This budget friendly household ingredient is normally used for thickening sauces, but it can also tackle health problems and help with your daily beauty routine. Cornstarch has the amazing ability to soothe skin rashes and also fight underarm odor. Check out the many ways you can use cornstarch in your health and beauty endeavors!
Nifty And Thrifty Dry Shampoo
If you're in a hurry in the morning and don't have time to suds up your hair, dry shampoo can rescue your crowning glory from oily buildup! There's no need to buy the dry shampoo off the store shelf when you can make your own inexpensive version. With its amazing ability to absorb moisture, cornstarch works great for keeping your hair looking fresh in-between shampoos.
Step 1: Mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
Step 2: Store the mixture in a jar.
To use, just sprinkle a small amount on your roots, and brush. Alternately, you can use your fingers to work the powder into your roots, where the oil tends to build up.
Do you still have knots in your hair after you shampoo and condition? Apply a bit of cornstarch around the knot - it can act as a lube to help untangle that annoying ball of hair. So why in the world would cornstarch work as a detangler? According to a study published on the National Institutes of Health website, cornstarch particles act as a lubricant when surrounded by water. Amazing!
Protect Blisters And Sores
Cornstarch won't get rid of blisters and sores, but it can help protect it from getting infected. Blisters and sores can secrete small amounts of fluid, and you want to keep the area dry when it does this. Simply sprinkle a bit of cornstarch on the area to keep it dry.
If you suffer from skin irritation from sunburns or allergies, let cornstarch come to the rescue! Make a paste by mixing 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with water. Slowly add water until it reaches a thick but spreadable consistency. Apply a thin layer to the irritated areas of your skin and let it dry.
Sometimes your private parts can get a bit sweaty, especially if you've been working out or if you spend a lot of time outdoors. The solution? Cornstarch of course! To prevent unpleasant smells and absorb moisture, Livestrong recommends applying a sprinkling of cornstarch to cotton underwear, which is a breathable fabric.
Athlete's Foot Fighter
Caused by a yucky fungus that grows on top of the foot, athlete's foot is certainly a smelly affair and no fun to live with! According to the Mayo Clinic, athlete's foot is contagious and easily spreadable. It develops in damp and humid conditions, such as in sweaty shoes and socks. So before you play footsies with your loved ones, prevent the fungus from forming by sprinkling cornstarch in your shoes and socks. It has moisture absorbing properties that will prevent the fungus from taking over your beautiful toes.
Bye-Bye Bug Bites
The itchiness from bug bites can can sometimes drive you batty! However, sweat and bacteria can cause the itchiness to go into overdrive. Keep the bug bite clean and dry by applying a paste made of 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and water. Mix the two together until it reaches the consistency of peanut butter. Apply it to the bug bite and you'll no longer have to scratch yourself like a dog!
DIY Mascara Thickener
Cornstarch is famous for adding thickness to gravies and soups, but it can also create a full set of eyelashes when it's added to your mascara. To add instant volume, use a toothpick to scoop out a blob of mascara and scrape it onto a plate. Add a smidgen of cornstarch and mix the two together with the toothpick. Use a clean mascara wand to apply it to your lashes, then flutter your beautiful new set of faux falsies!
Watch this video to learn how to make a simple DIY deodorant using cornstarch!
Frugal Health And Beauty Solutions
Cornstarch is amazing as a health and beauty product! Not only can it keep your body dry and odor free, but it can also thicken eyelashes for a lot less money than those expensive department store mascara. So go ahead and buy an extra box of cornstarch to keep in your bathroom for health and beauty emergencies!