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Much of what young girls learn about beauty comes from the women they surround themselves with. Many of these so-called “wives tales” promote strong nails, radiant, wrinkle-free skin and soft, shiny hair. But do these wives tales work? Here we provide some old-fashioned, natural beauty tips that actually work!

Cucumbers Cure Puffy Eyes

Puffiness is common among middle-age women as tissues and muscles weaken as we age. Unlike other healthy food for your skin, cucumbers reduce puffy skin by being placed on the outside of your skin because of their cold temperature and the moisture they hold. Cucumbers have similar active ingredients as algae and aloe to moisturize your face and reduce puffiness almost instantly, whether you're suffering from sinus pressure or a few hours of sleep.

Rid Nails of Fungus with Bleach

Combine one cup of water with one teaspoon of bleach. It’s important to always make sure to always dilute your bleach mixture as, bleach can burn your skin. Place the mixture on the affected nails with a dropper or with a toothpick. Continuously apply this mixture twice a day until the infection disappears. This can take several weeks.

Clear Acne with Tea Tree Oil

Despite many of the myths about acne, using tea tree oil to treat acne is one of those natural beauty tips that's been proven by modern science. Tea tree oil fights the bacteria that cause pimples and whiteheads or blackheads. Tea tree oil is also great for dry scalp as it nourishes the scalp and rids the head of dandruff, and also helps cure dry skin, eczema, and reduces the appearance of bruises.

Mayonnaise Hair Mask for Soft, Shiny Hair

One of the most classic natural beauty tips, mayonnaise is an inexpensive beauty treatment for your hair. Mayonnaise contains a large amount of oil which moisturizes and adds shine to locks. While many prefer Moroccan Oil, mayonnaise is less expensive, and with only a dime size amount, can give similar results. Mayonnaise will nourish the hair and hydrate it, all in a short amount of time. Apply real mayonnaise to your hair leaving it on for at least an hour to allow the hair to soak up the oil.

Improve Your Skin Tone and Texture with Vitamin E

Try a peel with vitamin E ingredients in it like NeoStrata’s Exuviance Performance Peel. This peel is safe and easy to use. It exfoliates dead skin and reveals healthier and fresher skin cells underneath the layers of dead skin. Vitamin E is also great for minimizing scars.

Preparation H for Wrinkles and Puffy Eyes

Bio-Dyne, an ingredient in the hemorrhoid cream, has wrinkle-reducing benefits. Ultimately, any anti-wrinkle cream will help reduce visibility of wrinkles without drying the skin out. The cream also can work on existing crow’s feet. Preparation H also has been known to aid in reducing the appearance of under eye dark circles. Use this cream to moisturize.

Final thoughts

These natural beauty tips prove the old adage that you can often find the best beauty treatments in your own home. After all, time tells all, and these old tricks have proven their worth.