Toothpaste Uses: 8 Amazing Toothpaste Beauty Hacks
What if you knew that you had one item in your bathroom that had multiple beauty uses and was capable of eliminating the need for several other products? When you pick up a tube of toothpaste, the only thing you can think of using it for is to stave off cavities (hopefully) and give you fresh breath. The only time you use toothpaste is in the morning after waking up, and before going to sleep at night, if you even remember.
But, what are the other uses of toothpaste apart from cleaning your teeth? Below are a few toothpaste uses that you’d never thought of.
1. Toothpaste on pimple – spot treatment for pimples
You finally have a date with the guy you’ve been crushing on for weeks. It’s tomorrow and you even bought yourself a new dress because you want to look your best. Unfortunately, you wake up to a large zit on your forehead that wasn’t there the day before. If this has happened to you, then you know how much of a struggle it can be trying to get rid of a pimple in time.
Did you know that applying a dab of toothpaste on pimple will dry it out overnight? Does toothpaste get rid of pimples? Yes, even Model Gigi Hadid uses such toothpaste beauty hacks. After applying the toothpaste, cover it with some tissue. Try as much as possible to use organic toothpaste to avoid getting too many chemicals on your face.
2. Toothpaste for blackheads and acne – Toothpaste is a blackhead remover
Blackheads and acne can be quite stubborn. You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for some fancy exotic-sounding facials to remove acne. You can use toothpaste to get rid of the blackheads. In the same way, the toothpaste fights bacteria and plaque is the same way it can help clear up your skin. Blackheads are essentially caused by blocked pores. Sebum, bacteria and old skin cells can get trapped under the skin, causing blackheads which could turn into pimples. The ingredients found in toothpaste, such as triclosan and alcohol are effective in drying out any excess oil trapped under the skin.
Mix toothpaste with some water to form a light paste and apply it to your face similar to a toothpaste face mask. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
3. Toothpaste on face – toothpaste Exfoliating agent
You’ve probably heard about using ingredients such as sugar, oils, flour and coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin and give you a fair face. But did you know that you could use toothpaste on face for fair skin too? Simply mix some toothpaste and table salt in a cup to form a thick paste and apply it to your skin. Using gentle circular motions, rub the toothpaste mixture into your skin. Make sure not to scrub underneath your eyes.
A better alternative to table salt is sea salt, which has a higher mineral content.
4. Toothpaste for mosquito and bed bug bite relief
There is nothing as annoying as a mosquito and bed bug bite that itches and won’t stop. Your skin now looks raw and angry thanks to all the scratching you’ve been doing. A solution to your problem sits in your bathroom. Tab a little bit of toothpaste on the bug bite and allow it to dry. You should feel relief in a few minutes. Two main ingredients help in relieving the itching from an insect bite. These are menthol and baking soda.
Menthol has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it effective in relieving an itch. Some toothpaste have baking soda too, and it helps by neutralizing the PH of your skin because of its alkaline nature.
5. Toothpaste to clean your nails – remove nail polish with toothpaste
Are you a victim of yellow and stained nails as a result of the havoc you wreck on your nails at your weekly salon visits? The stains come from dark colored polishes. Your first instinct will be to have your nails done with yet another dark color in order to hide the discoloration and make the nails look decent again. But, did you know that there’s a much simpler and cheaper alternative? A whitening toothpaste like Colgate has the same effect on your nails as it does on your teeth.
You can remove nail polish with toothpaste. Clean your nails using a brush and apply the toothpaste to each nail. Let it sit for a few minutes then scrub using a nail brush. Rinse off and enjoy how clean and stain-free your nails look.
6. Stain removal – Toothpaste can remove stains on clothes
Recently spilled something on your favorite dress? Don’t have the money to take it for special cleaning? Don’t worry because a simple solution can be found in toothpaste. You can use toothpaste to remove stains on clothes. Toothpaste has whitening agents that can work the same way on stains as they do on your teeth.
Rub some toothpaste on the stubborn stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it off. Rinse and repeat until the stain is gone.
7. Toothpaste for cleaning silver cutlery or jewelry
Do you have some silverware that’s sitting in your cupboard and tarnishing? Or perhaps your favorite silver jewelry that’s no longer as shiny as it used to be. You don’t need some complicated cleaning solution to have your silver shining once more. All you need is a little bit of toothpaste to polish the silver. Rub it onto the tarnished spots on your silver items. Leave it on overnight and use a cloth to wipe it off in the morning. Your silver should be as good as new.
8. Use toothpaste to remove unwanted hair
As a woman, unwanted facial and pubic hair is something you do not want to be seen with. Instead of painful waxing strips, and shaving (you might cut yourself in the process) you can opt to use toothpaste to remove unwanted hair. Make a paste using toothpaste, sugar or salt, and lemon. Massage it onto your skin, especially where you have facial hair and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Remove using upward strokes of your hand. The unwanted hair will have softened and can easily be removed. Rinse off any residue.
It must be exciting to learn about all these toothpaste uses and beauty hacks. However, it is advised that you use toothpaste on your skin moderately. Most of these treatments should not be done more than twice a week or you risk disrupting your skin’s protective layer. Toothpaste can be harsh if used excessively.