Let’s be real: There’s some seriously crazy stuff out there that promises to make you pretty. And while we (usually) won’t go to extremes in the name of good looks, we are game to test-drive the weird and the wacky in hopes they’ll procure amazing results. Here, we confess to the most bizarre products and potions we’ve tried recently.
"I tried drinking apple cider vinegar for a week to help with digestion. I found that it did ease bloating, but it tasted so bad that I haven't been able to keep it up. I drank a tablespoon straight, which was repulsive (my mistake). Always mix it with water! "
—Amy Lee, Associate Fashion Editor
"I've been micro-needling at home using a very small roller. It's not as painful as it sounds—it feels like rolling a wire hairbrush on your face. I've noticed my skin looks more plump, and it's definitely softer, likely because the micro-needling helps products penetrate the epidermis. I can't help but feel it's a little far to go for a beauty regimen though."
—Nicky Deam, Editorial Director
"My mom gave me an at-home LED light. I've been diligently using it four to five times a week, and my skin has started looking more glowy and even-toned. Plus, it makes my morning web surfing way more productive."
—Jaclyn Decell, Social Media Manager
"I'm obsessed with using baking soda as an exfoliator! When I feel that my face needs an extra-deep clean, I drop a teaspoon of baking soda in my hand and add some water to create a paste. I gently scrub, avoiding my eye area. The powder is so fine that it softens my skin without irritating, and it even has antimicrobial properties, which help fight breakouts."
—Stephanie Montes, Senior Beauty Editor
"I have genetic issues with my gums, so I tried oil pulling, which is supposed to improve your overall health, whiten teeth and promote oral hygiene. You swish an oil (like coconut) around in your mouth for 20 minutes. I never made it past five. I didn't find it as gross as some people do, but it wasn't exactly pleasant. Plus, I'm impatient and I just couldn't keep swishing. Still, I feel that some is better than none, so I try to do it every day for a few minutes."
—Erin Nicole, Red Carpet Editor
"I heard about using manuka honey as a face cleanser and was curious to try it. It does feel pretty good to rub the cool goo on your face, for the record, but it doesn't remove makeup very well. I recommend using an oil cleanser or makeup wipe before finishing with the honey. My skin felt super soft afterward, and it does appear more glowy. I say it's worth a try if you have normal and balanced skin."
—Kristi Mikesky, Features Editor