The summer always brings its own array of beauty ailments — think razor burn from all the shaving and a crepey chest from the extra sun. Fortunately, the products that cure these symptoms are only as far as your medicine cabinet.
The easy solutions to reversing seasonal beauty bothers are likely in your bathroom! Discover the genius ways to use these staples so you can stroll through summer with confidence.
Soothe razor burn with aspirin.
Used topically, the pain reliever’s salicylic acid calms post-shave redness, inflammation, and irritation. In fact, one study found that applying a paste made of aspirin decreased the pain of inflamed skin by 96 percent in mere minutes. (And that’s not all that aspirin helps with — it’s also great for dandruff.)
Try it: Mix two crushed aspirin tablets with 1 tablespoon of water. Apply to irritated skin and let sit for five minutes before rinsing.
Smooth a crepey chest with aloe.
Potent antioxidants in the plant’s gel promote collagen and elastin production to firm wrinkly skin. Even better? Aloe’s compounds plump skin and “fill in” creases for an instantly more youthful-looking décolletage.
Try it: Massage a quarter-size amount of aloe vera gel onto the chest once a day; let absorb.
Thwart chafing with milk of magnesia.
Used topically, milk of magnesia’s magnesium hydroxide creates a barrier over skin that reduces any thigh-rubbing friction in seconds.
Try it: Rub a nickel-size amount of the liquid onto the inner thighs and let dry for two minutes before getting dressed.
Soften rough patches with petroleum jelly.
The jelly’s petrolatum creates a film that seals moisture into the upper layers of skin, hydrating dry, rough spots, stat. And mixing it with exfoliating sugar boosts the skin-softening results.
Try it: Mix ½ tablespoon of petroleum jelly and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Rub on rough patches for one minute, then remove with a damp washcloth.
Slow sweating with witch hazel.
The tannins in witch hazel have an astringent effect that temporarily tightens pores to cut down on sweat production. This also reduces the odor-causing bacteria that comes with sweat, so you’ll smell fresh all day.
Try it: Add witch hazel to a spray bottle and spritz onto areas of the body that get sweaty once a day or as needed.
Sidestep bug bite itchiness with mouthwash.
Outdoor walk leave you with bug bites galore? Dab each red bump with mouthwash. Its cooling menthol has a calming effect that instantly reduces the need to scratch.
Bonus: Medicine Cabinet Products That Double as Travel Hacks!
To tote fragrance: Saturate cotton swabs with your favorite perfume and store in an airtight plastic baggie to keep the scent from evaporating. Swipe onto pulse points when needed to smell fresh!
To apply makeup: Leave bulky brushes behind and use cotton balls as applicators. Just place a few in each compact — they also serve as a cushion to keep powder from breaking in transit!
To stash toiletries: Fill empty pill bottles with shower staples like shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. They’re sealable, TSA-friendly, and save valuable space in luggage.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.