Sure, we’ve heard a glass of red wine can be good for your health, but did you know that high-end spas and salons are now using alcoholic beverages to exfoliate dead skin, add shine to your hair, create perfect pedicures and more? So, while drinking alcohol should always be kept in moderation, there is no need to ban all cocktails – because booze really can lead to a more beautiful you!
Best of all, many of the adult beverage beauty treatments being concocted at spas nationwide can be made at home (perhaps with a quick liquor store run) for less money than many beauty products. So, whether you’re a beer, wine or cocktail gal, we have you covered:
Melon Martini Manicure
Give yourself a DIY hand treat perfect for reviving dry, winter hands. Mix Bacardi (which acts as an antiseptic), lime juice (rich alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate dead skin cells), sugar (for manual exfoliation), olive oil (to moistuize), shredded coconut (to exfoliate and add a tropical scent) and mashed cantaloupe (rich in antioxidants and vitamin A) and apply to hands (or feet). Massage into skin for 2-3 minutes before rinsing and following with your polish of choice!
Vodka Foot Bath
When the weather heats up, your feet can get a bit sweaty (and sometimes smelly). To reduce foot odor, soak your feet in a vodka bath. Just mix cold water with cheap vodka to kill odor-causing bacteria.
If you’re in need of a pedicure but are looking to save the money, give yourself an exfoliating pedicure at home! Fill a bowl or basin with enough warm water to cover your ankles and pour in half of a bottle of beer. The yeast in the beer will soften the bottoms of feet while the alcohol kills bacteria and works as a natural antiseptic. Keep your feet in the mixture for 10-15 minutes before moisturizing and polishing. If your feet need even more love, use a foot file to further scrub your feet before applying lotion.
Margarita Body Scrub
If your body needs an invigorating scrub to revive dull, dry skin, make a margarita scrub! Mix salt (to exfoliate), tequila (to cleanse), olive oil (to moisturize), lime juice (to loosen dead skin cells) and slather the mixture onto damp skin in gentle circular motions. Let sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
Red Wine Facial Mask
We all know that wine is a powerful antioxidant, but did you know that you can use the leftovers from last night’s bottle (if there are any!) for a naturally firming and anti-aging mask? Well, you can! Combine 1 egg white (to firm and tighten fine lines and wrinkles), 3 tablespoons of red wine (for its antioxidant benefits) and honey (to hydrate) and leave on your face for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Vodka Hair Toner
If you use lots of hair products or your hair is just looking a bit dull, skip the clarifying shampoo and instead mix 1 shot of vodka into your bottle of shampoo to help clean your hair and scalp. Some even claim vodka can stimulate hair growth too!
Champagne Marinade for Shine
Champagne isn’t just for sipping. Rather, it’s for your hair too! So, pop a bottle before a big night out and as you sip a glass of bubbly, let your hair marinate in a mixture of one-half cup of champagne and one half cup of water. Your hair will be shinier and more lustrous, without the heft price of an in-salon treatment.
De-Frizzing Beer Treatment
If winter hats and dry heat have your hair frizzing up, take one cup of flat, room-temperature beer and work it into your hair after shampooing. The vitamin B and natural sugars in the beer will add body and shine, while acting as a natural setting lotion that de-frizzes while increasing resilience, vitality and hold. Rinse with cold water and you’re ready to go.
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