A few weeks ago I was poking around on Tumblr, and came across this picture...
A few minutes later, I found a post where a girl talked about using Milk of Magnesia on her face. It was purely coincidence, but it made me really curious, is there really a legion of women out there smearing laxative on their face? Is this really a thing?!
Turns out, it's a thing. Apparently this little secret has been around for a while, and let me tell you, I'm glad I found out! Milk of Magnesia's intended purpose is for use as a laxative. But, it also helps with oily skin and acne. I've been putting a thin layer on about every other night for a few weeks now, and the overall quality of my skin has improved. It's not a miracle worker or anything, but I do like the results. My skin feels less greasy throughout the day, and overall I have less blemishes than I did before I started using it. I use a cotton round to sort of dab it on at night after I wash my face. It's a little chalky and white once it dries, and it makes my face feel tight, but it's not uncomfortable. For around $4 a bottle, I think it's a worthwhile treatment :)
While I was looking into the Milk of Magnesia thing, I found out about people using this chafing gel by Monistat as a primer. Yet another weird use for a weird product!
Apparently the main ingredient in this chafing gel is the same as the main ingredient in a lot of high-end facial primers. The Monistat gel only cost about $6 for a pretty big tube, while primers can be pretty pricey (every one I've looked at is around $30). I will say that I've never used a high-end legitimate primer, so I can't compare using the Monistat gel against a true primer. But I can say that I really do like the Monistat gel. It makes my face feel soft, and it helps hold my makeup on throughout the day. Before I started using this stuff, I would notice that after a few hours my blush would disappear and my eyeliner would smear. Now that I'm using this gel, my makeup stays in place longer. I'm not sure if it works better than a legit primer, but I feel like it does it's job (errr, the job that a bunch of ladies on the internet have created for it!).
So! Those are my two reviews. In the end, I really like using both of these things, and I like that I can spend $10 on both and see pretty good results. If you're interested in trying them out, I'd love to hear how it goes! Also, if you have a similar kind of beauty remedy that you've had good results with, I'd love it if you shared it in the comments!!