Stuff That Works, Stuff That Doesn’t

by Jane Wangersky | July 26th, 2012 | Women's Beauty, Women's Fashion

This time, I’d like to take a quick look at several different products and ideas, just in terms of whether or not they work. I’ve mentioned some of these before as something I meant to try later; others have never been discussed here. Anyway, here they all are.

Mixing lanolin, sweet almond oil, and lemon extract — works. By that I mean the lemon scent covers the really off-putting smell of the lanolin, something the sweet almond oil can’t do because it has no scent. You end up with a great, mostly natural moisturizer.

Creating low-cost “nail art” by soaking little squares of wrapping paper in rubbing alcohol, then rubbing the design onto your nails — doesn’t work. At least not with dollar store wrapping paper. Maybe next time I’ll try the upscale stuff the candy store uses.

Fresh Farmacy soap from Lush, used as an acne treatment — works. However, you can’t just wash with it, you have to mix it into a paste with water, and leave it on overnight. (Or all day — it’s conveniently flesh toned).

Speaking of acne treatments, Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel works too, and pretty quickly, though not necessarily in just eight hours as it claims. Some users have a reaction to it, but  not the one I talked to, in spite of his sensitive skin.

(Of course, the place to start dealing with acne is your daily face wash — instead of using something harsh that feels like it’s working, but is really only stimulating your oil glands, use Cetaphil Lotion or one of its store brand imitators).

Nip & Fab, a gel that’s supposed to shrink your bulging belly from the outside if you just rub it in twice a day — the jury is still out on this one. I have to say I was impressed by the amount of gel I got for $20, considering the tiny amount I can actually use each day. On the other hand, I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks, and my waistline still measures exactly the same. I’ll check back in when I get to the end of the tube, in a couple of months.

Keep in mind your mileage may vary — but this is what I’ve found.

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