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Finally, A Kitchen Remedy That Actually Works

Komal Basith

I know this is a weird question, but I’m trying to be as natural as possible this year and part of that means no more manicures or pedicures. The only problem is my nails are really yellow from all the years of wearing nail polish without a break, and I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to wait for them to grow out because they grow really slowly – but they’re hideous.

First off, this isn’t a weird question at all! There are loads of nail whiteners and strengtheners you could use to get rid of yellow nails – Sally Hansen does an especially effective one – but if you’re really serious about laying off the chemicals on your nails, the best solution is most likely in your kitchen. I’m usually a huge non-believer in whole kitchen beauty fix-it, because most times putting raw ingredients on your skin does more harm than good, especially when you’re talking about citrus fruits. But these are your nails we’re talking about, and citrus, which is so often abused in skin DIYs for its whitening properties, is what’s going to save them this time. It’s pretty simple – rub a lemon wedge over your nails everyday for a week, or squeeze some into a bowl of warm water and soak your nails in them for five minutes everyday for a week, and you'll start to see the yellowness fade away. If you don’t want to wait that long, well, there’s always the Sally Hansen!

I went on holiday recently and forgot to get my bikini line waxed in time, so I had to use a razor before I got to the beach. Now I’ve got major ingrowns and it is so uncomfortable! What’s the quickest way to get rid of them?

Have you tried Stridex’s Salicylic Acid Pads? They’re the most effective thing I’ve ever used for an ingrown. They work really well on the legs and I see no reason why they shouldn’t work on the bikini line too. Try the maximum strength pads – they’re also a great way to prep your skin for a zit that you just have to pop. You know the kind, the ones that look like they’ve been on the verge for days? If you’re going to pop it, this will make your job much easier. About the ingrown – never try and pop or squeeze those, obviously. Just use these; they’ll calm your skin down and speed the whole thing up so you'll be ingrown- (and discomfort) free in a couple of days.

What’s the best way to deal with the really stubborn blackheads on my nose and cheeks?

To be perfectly honest with you, if you’ve already got blackheads, you’re better off going to a dermatologist for a microdermabrasion session or, at the very least, to see your facialist. Lots of facialists don’t squeeze gunk out of your pores with those medieval torture-looking devices anymore, and for good reason – doing so damages your skin. Your therapist might steam your face a bit and try and coax stubborn blackheads out with a bit of cotton, but if they’re any good, they won’t use a steel blackhead remover. So back to the dermatologist – microdermabrasion is your best bet. It’ll rid your skin of existing blackheads, tighten your pores, and make everything look brighter and fresher.

Meanwhile, if you know you're prone to blackheads and want to prevent them, use a scrub that contains salicylic acid once a week, like L’Oreal’s Go Clean 360.

And because it's almost the weekend, here's Victoria Beckham answering 73 questions for Vogue! Have a lovely weekend!


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