Wacky (But Worth It!) Products For Every Embarrassing Beauty Problem
Rubbing charcoal (a.k.a. “activated carbon”) all over your body might seem counterintuitive and, well, just plain dirty. But it actually does the opposite. The carbon attracts dirt and oils in your skin (read: the stuff that causes your pores to clog) and draws them out like a magnet. We’re particularly fond of this sea sponge because it also gently exfoliates as you lather up, leaving skin feeling softer.
Buy It! H2O+ Black Sea Konjac Body Sponge, $15; h2oplus.com
PROBLEM: YOUR HAIR STINKS
At surface-level, the solution seems obvious: Wash it. But #hairprobs are never that cut and dry. Maybe you’re trying to stretch out a blowout? Maybe adding more dry shampoo will make your hair too textured? That’s why we love this hair mist. It’s lighter than most fragrances (and less drying than a regular perfumes), and the “St. Barths” citrusy scent smells incredible.
Buy It! Fekkai Hair Mist Fragrance, $20; fekkai.com
PROBLEM: CHEST SWEAT
While powders (like barber’s and baby’s) work in a pinch, they’re also a giant mess to put on. Enter this innovative cream-to-powder formula. It glides on like a lotion, allowing you to target exactly where you need protection, and then dries into a powdery sweat-proof barrier. Bonus: It also works great in other sensitive areas prone to chafing (like thighs).
Buy It! Anthony No Sweat Body Defense, $20; ulta.com
PROBLEM: YOU FEEL STICKY
Meet the closest thing to schlepping your shower around with you: Ban Cooling Body Cloths. The pack is portable enough to toss in your bag and the cloths leave you feeling refreshed – meaning you’ll never have to pass on a trip to your fave lunch spot because it’s too humid outside.
Buy It! Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths, $7.72 for a pack of two; Walmart.com
PROBLEM: YOUR FEET NEED TLC
Here s the deal: Nothing will leave your feet softer, smoother and more callus-free than Baby Foot. It’s legit better than any pedicure we’ve ever had. (See video proof here!) But (and there’s a pretty big but), you definitely want to use it when you can avoid wearing sandals for a week. It really makes dead skin peel off the bottoms of your feet.
Buy It! Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel, $25; joyus.com
PROBLEM: YOU GET SWEAT STAINS
Before using this product, you need to ask yourself the following questions. 1) Are you willing to do anything to stop sweating through your shirts? 2) By “anything” do you actually mean “anything but giving up your fave deodorant?” Because these padded adhesives kind of feel like you’re wearing maxi pads under your arms, but they seriously work. Our recommendation? If you’re running to a job interview or have a big presentation and you’re nervous about sweating bullets, stick some of these on. They beat trying to stuff paper towels in your pits.
Buy It! Mondss Underarm Wear, $11 for a box of 10 adhesives; mondss.com
PROBLEM: YOUR SCALP ITCHES
Dry shampoo is a god-send, but skipping days between washes can lead to build-up, often causing flaky, itchy patches on your head. Not a good look. Try adding a purifying scalp spray to your routine. One of our favorites, Lisa’s Hair Elixir by Carol’s Daughter, is formulated with cedar leaf, to help combat dryness, and rosemary oil, which polishes away any gunk that’s accumulated around your follicles.
Buy It! Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir Fortifying Scalp Spray, $22; ulta.com
PROBLEM: YOU GOTTA GO
You could spray half a bottle of hairspray to try and cover up your, ahem, bathroom activities. Or you could invest in this pretty perfume for your toilet bowl. Plus, it’s a nice courtesy to keep around for guests. (They’ll probably find it funny, but no joke, they’ll appreciate it.)
Buy It! Poo~Pourri Déjà Poo Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, $9.95 for a 2 oz. bottle; PooPourri.com
PROBLEM: YOU'VE GOT HAIR THERE
Bikini line, arms, underarms – wherever you need hair to disappear fast, this travel-friendly roll-on cream will make it vanish in minutes. Just glide it on and wipe it (along with unwanted hair) off with a wet washcloth. One word of warning: Don’t confuse it with your deodorant!
Buy It! Nair Glides Away Hair Remover, $12.20; amazon.com