Valdosta Daily Times


July 14, 2013

I love funk ... but I don’t love being funky


-- — The Witch’s Brew

If you’re extra funky like me, you need a toner to go along with an exfoliant. I have used a plethora of expensive products, and if the blow of the price wasn’t bad enough, they didn’t even work that well. Finally, I discovered an all-natural solution right in Walmart: T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel for just under $4 per bottle. I started using it at the beginning of the summer and have even hooked my mom on it. You get 16 fluid ounces per bottle, which lasts forever because you only use a few drops twice per day.

How to use: Put a few drops onto a cotton ball and gently rub all over face. Be sure to focus on your t-zone: forehead, nose, inner-cheeks and chin.

Pimple Elixir

No matter the brand you buy, acne spot treatment is pricey. Even if you buy over-the-counter brands, you’re still looking at no less than $8 per tube. Hey now! That’s more than a 12 pack of Diet Coke. That’s why when I need to zap a pimple; I reach for Equate First Aid rubbing alcohol at just $1.50 per bottle. It’s the best way to just dry those bulky, summer pimples right out. I use it on my face, chest, back and yes, even my legs (again, I feel no shame).

How to use: Put a drop or two of alcohol on a cotton ball and rub only on the affected areas. If you’re just drying up a few, sparse pimples, the drying won’t really affect you, but if you are trying to clear up say your entire forehead, you will notice mild-severe drying. Sometimes sweating can also cause pimples and blackheads in the outer ear canals. I put some alcohol on a Q-tip and rub on the affected areas. Warning! Do not put a Q-tip or alcohol in the inside of your actual ear.

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