10 Beauty Hacks From Your Grandmother

Selecting the best products for your beauty regimen can be confusing. Thankfully, with the right gear and a lifehack or two from Grandma, you can make the experience a lot less stressful.


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Beauty Hack #1: Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Cleansing Brush System

Nearly all grandmothers preach one basic beauty rule: Never go to bed with your makeup on. With the Clarisonic Mia 2, you'll not only get rid of all your makeup, but the dirt and oil deep in your pores too. Its two speeds, pulsing timer, and interchangeable brush heads make it very easy to use and help provide a cleaning that's six times better than hands alone—but still gentle enough to use twice a day! ($147; walmart.com)

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Beauty Hack #2: Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer

If your grandma is like mine, she's probably always telling you to take it easy on your hair with the heat to avoid damage. But who can give up their hair dryer? Enter the Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer, which uses infrared heat that's much gentler on your hair. It also boasts three heat and speed settings and a lightweight design to make drying your hair a breeze. ($20; walmart.com)

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Beauty Hack #3: Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects Whitening Kit

Grandmas love to remind us that we're never prettier than when we smile. If you're feeling a little self-conscious about how dingy your smile might look, whitening kits like the Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects Whitening Kit can make all the difference. Not only do these strips whiten nearly as well as in-office treatments, but they do it within just a few days for much less money, leaving you with no excuse not to smile. ($36; walmart.com)

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Beauty Hack #4: Shany Pro Signature 24-Piece Brush Set

Grandma always cautions us not to touch our faces too much to avoid spreading dirt and bacteria around—that even goes for applying makeup. A good set of makeup brushes like the Shany Pro Signature 24-Piece Brush Set keeps you from rubbing your face and delivers flawless makeup every time. The set offers a variety of high-quality brushes made with antibacterial bristles and a handy roll-up pouch to keep them protected. ($40; jet.com)

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Beauty Hack #5: Simplehuman 8-Inch Sensor Mirror

Dakota Johnson's famous grandma, Tippi Hedren, passed along a great tip about looking down into a mirror when you're applying mascara to get the most coverage for your lashes. But that requires having a reliable vanity mirror like the Simplehuman 8-Inch Wall-Mount Sensor Mirror, which offers five times magnification, a distortion-free surface, and tru-lux light system to mimic natural sunlight. In fact, it's twice as bright as the next best mirror on the market. ($200; jet.com)

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Beauty Hack #6: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponges 4-Piece Set

Grandmas usually warn about applying too much makeup, especially foundation. That's pretty good advice because no one likes cakey foundation—which is why you may want to pick up a makeup sponge like the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponges 4-Piece Set for blending your face makeup. The latex-free, contoured design make them ideal for applying foundation and concealer precisely and blending it flawlessly without soaking up too much product. ($18; jet.com)

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Beauty Hack #7: Dr. Jart+ Dermask Clearing Solution

Your grandmother has probably been lecturing since your teens about not picking at your breakouts. Heed her advice and treat those pesky pimples with the Dr. Jart+ Dermask Clearing Solution instead. With a combination of tea tree oil, salicylic acid, niacinamide, and the antioxidant glutathione, these masks help reduce inflammation and heal acne without drying out your skin. Best of all, they're soft and comfortable to wear, so they're perfect for your next spa night with your girlfriends. ($23; jet.com)

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Beauty Hack #8: Conair Pro All-Purpose Hair Brush

Plenty of grandmothers firmly believe that brushing your hair 100 strokes each day helps keep it smooth, shiny, and soft because it distributes the natural oils from your scalp. You need a good brush like the Conair Pro All-Purpose Hair Brush to get the job done, though. Not only is it well-made and good for detangling, its rounded, nylon bristles are gentle on your hair, so you don't have to worry about snags or breakage. ($4; walmart.com)

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Beauty Hack #9: Emjoi Emagine Dual Opposed 72-Tweezer Head Epilator

Grandma likes to warn that whatever you shave, the hair will grow back thicker. If you're tired of how often you need to shave, the Emjoi Emagine Dual Opposed 72 -Tweezer Head Epilator can save you precious time. It boasts 72 silver ion antimicrobial tweezers that remove hair from the roots, giving you up to six blissful weeks before you need to use the device again. The Emjoi Emagine also does a great job of preventing ingrown hairs and is very easy to clean. ($129; jet.com)

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Beauty Hack #10: Yerba Prima Tampico Natural Boar Bristle Skin Brush

If your grandmother's been recommending dry brushing to exfoliate, boost circulation, and banish toxins from your body, you may want to listen. You'll need a good dry brush like the Yerba Prima Tampico Natural Boar Bristle Skin Brush, which offers firm bristles and a sturdy design. Its long handle also makes it easy to reach your back and shoulders. ($14; walmart.com)

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