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Buy It Or DIY It? Home Remedies Whiten Teeth, Heal Dry Skin, Clear Acne & More

1.16.13 Buy it or DIY it
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NEW YORK (WLNY) – There are so many beauty products out there — but you don’t need to go beyond your own kitchen to get gorgeous.

Alexis Wolfer, the founder and editor-in-chief of TheBeautyBean.com, visited The Couch to let us know whether you should buy it or DIY it.

For Whiter Teeth:

BUY IT: Crest 3D White Rinse ($7.99) & Toothpaste ($4.29) – If a brighter smile is on your wish list and the drugstore is on your to do list, pick up Crest 3D White Rinse and Toothpaste for multi-tasking products that help you take care of your oral health and whiten your smile all-in-one.

DIY IT: Orange Rind rub – Use an orange rind to scrub away plaque and stains while on the go. The fruit acids help to gently dissolve stains and plaque while the rind simultaneously manually exfoliates.

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For Anti-Aging/Sun Damage:
BUY IT: Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Skin Brightening Corrector ($75) – with its patent-pending, hydroquinone-free skin brightening complex, this brightening treatment has been clinically shown to dramatically reverse the appearance of dark spots and discolorations.

DIY IT: Soy Milk + Pumpkin Mask – Mix equal parts and apply to your face for 10-15 minutes. Soy milk gently fights dark spots while pumpkin gently peels your skin for a younger, more even skintone.

For Dry Skin:
BUY IT: Elemis Ginger + Lime Exfoliating Scrub ($60) – if dull, dry, flakey skin is the bane on your winter existence, Elemis Ginger + Lime body scrub is your knight in shinning armor. With lime to chemically loosen skincells, jojoba to moisturize, ginger to increase circulation and salt to scrub away dull skin, your skin will be beach-ready in no time.

DIY IT: Sea Salt, Lime + Jojoba Oil Scrub – Prefer to DIY it? Make your own body scrub with salt (to manually exfoliate), lime (to chemically exfoliate) and jojoba oil (to hydrate). Store it in your fridge and use within 5 days for soften skin on a budget.

To Lessen Cellulite:

BUY IT: Cellulite massager ($16) increase blood flow to cellulite ridden areas with a cellulite massager designed to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.

DIY IT: Caffeinated Coffee + Olive Oil cellulite scrub – use leftover caffeinated coffee grounds to make a body scrub that non only increases circulation, but also dilates blood vessels with topical caffeine for smoother, softer, dimple-free skin.

Anti-Acne Facial Mask:
BUY IT: Proactive Sulfur Mask ($14.95) – with 6% antibacterial sulfur and vitamin-enriched omegas, this therapeutic clay mask is designed to soothe irritation and heal blemishes fast, making it the best acne treatment.

DIY IT: Full Fat Greek Yogurt + Sweet Potato – Mix 1 Tbsp full fat Greek yogurt with 1 Tbsp mashed sweet potato for a spot treatment that reduces redness and inflammation immediately. Shared with me by a top celebrity facialist, a tiny dab of this mixture works wonders on even the most sensitive skin.