Saturday, July 26, 2008

Beauty Tips from ELLE


Every now and then I run across a tip in a fashion magazine that sticks with me. Usually these helpful tips get added to my mental "to do" list but never really implemented. Like drinking water and taking some of those vitamins I keep stockpiling in my medicine cabinet. For whatever reason, this tip by beauty editor Kate Growney moved me to action:

Elle: I hear you have an interesting way of whitening your teeth.
KG: I rinse with a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes once per week. Peroxide is non-toxic and in all the tooth bleaches. My dentist says swishing does the same thing.

This is a tip I couldn't let go, especially since I just happened to buy way more peroxide than I would ever need last time I was at Costco. So I tried it this morning, and it wasn't that bad. I used way more than a tablespoon because forgot the proper dosage so after the first few swishes, I looked like a rabid dog. Let me also just share this with you, ten minutes is a really long time in swish land. My cheeks started hurting around minute number two. When it was over, my mouth was still bubbly for another few minutes, even after I rinsed again with water. 

I wonder how long I have to keep this up to see any improvement. Right now I just have a weird taste in my mouth and off-white teeth.

8 comments:

Beautifully.Conjured.Up said...

Wow, I have been doing this for a couple of years now, but it was on a whim. I figured, since our bodies naturally makes hydrogen peroxide, and its a great cleanser, it wouldn't be bad for your teeth. I had no idea other people were doing it :)

Brigitte said...

I tried it again this morning while I was in the shower and had a much easier time.

Camille Acey said...

did you already see this?
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/23/black.hair/index.html

Brigitte said...

Hi Camille-

I hadn't seen that article, thanks.

::Otulp:: said...

please, this is old news and straight out of oprah. go head and 'rock those kinky locks' girlfriend, and see if yo ass gets a job

Camille Acey said...

:Otulp: I've had kinky locs for years and people are practically banging down my door to hire me. I don't know what planet you're living on...

Brigitte said...

I agree with Camille. I've had corporate and public jobs with all kinds of natural hair including locs. It was never an issue aside from the random employee that I had to bitchslap for unauthorized touching of my hair.

Asian Models Blogger said...

Please, please, please e-mail me once you have figured out the right dosage and time.

There's no point both of us burning out mouth, isn't there?