We’ve come across some pretty effective—and downright bizarre—beauty gadgets for our skin, hair and makeup. But, one of the most useful, multi-purpose tools we’ve discovered is actually a humble bathroom staple. Yep, we’re talking about the toothbrush.
A toothbrush doesn’t just keep your pearly whites polished, you can use one (albeit a different one to cleaning your teeth) to tame unruly brows, fix faux tan mistakes, prevent pesky ingrown hairs and so much more.
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5 Genius Toothbrush Hacks
Tame unruly brows
No brow gel? No problem! Try dabbing a bit of clear lip balm on your brows, then brush them in place with a toothbrush. Alternatively, spray some hairspray onto the toothbrush and comb them into place.
Exfoliate your lips
Dampen a toothbrush in warm water and rub the bristles on your lips in a circular motion to slough away dry, flaky skin—hello, soft, kissable lips!
Fix fake tan mistakes
If you’ve got dark splotches on areas like the hands, feet, elbows, or knees, grab a toothbrush and a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda to gently brush over those areas.
Get rid of ingrown hairs
Ingrown hairs can be annoying, unsightly and downright painful. But, there is an easy way to keep them at bay: Exfoliation. And, it turns out, a toothbrush makes for a great gentle exfoliator. Use it in the shower with a cleanser or dry to prevent future ingrown hairs.
If you’re all about sexy, bedhead hair (who isn’t?!), after you’ve braided your strands into a plait, take a clean toothbrush and gently brush the bristles upward. This will create an instantly textured finish.