DIY Teeth Whitening
With every decade that goes by, our teeth darken at least 1 to 2 shades darker. It is proven that a whiter pearlier smile, can wipe years off of your face, making you look younger. Your teeth and smile are one of the first things people notice when they look at you. Having white teeth is a sign of beauty, youth and good health.
Unfortunately, there are many factors that can cause our teeth to get darker over time. Genetics for one, plays a huge role in the darkening of our teeth but there are also bad habits such as smoking, drinking, coffee, acidic juices such as orange juice etc. Nutrition and how you take care of your teeth also plays a part in this. It is important to eat right and to floss and brush your teeth 2x a day.
Enamel is also the leading factor in teeth darkening.
What is enamel?
Think of the the enamel as some sort of transparent plastic shield that covers the dentin structure. The dentin structure grows causing the pigment inside our teeth to become more visible and prominent.
The obsession and new craze for teeth whitening and diy teeth whitening procedures, started not to long ago. From whitening your teeth at the dentists office to getting a quick whitening procedure done at the beauty salon, while you get your manicure done, we as a society have become obsessed.
Our toothpastes have whitening agents and bleaching agents in them as well as our mouth washes. We can now whiten our teeth at home or while driving in our cars, with trays or strips. These are all great but can also damage the enamel and/or cause our teeth to become sensitive. By educating yourself or using natural procedures, you can protect your teeth better.
Whiten teeth with baking soda
How to whiten your teeth with baking soda?
This diy teeth whitening procedure is one of the oldest tricks in the book but it’s one of the best. Mix baking soda and fresh squeezed lemon juice into a bowl. Before applying the mixture to your teeth, wipe your teeth with a clean cloth, to insure there is no saliva on your teeth. Apply the mixture. Do not leave it on for more than one minute. Brush it of with your toothbrush.
DIY teeth whitening | Strawberries to whiten teeth
Do strawberries whiten teeth? Absolutely, strawberries are natural bleaching agents. They also contain vitamin C which gets rid of the plaque on our teeth, causing them to whiten. Strawberries also contain astringent in them which works to remove surface stains.
Eat an apple
Has anyone ever told you that eating an apple is equivalent to brushing your teeth? Well it’s true. Now I wouldn’t give up brushing my teeth versus eating an apple every morning and night, but eating an apple acts like a toothbrush. Why? Because eating and chewing an apple gets rid of surface stains, thus getting rid of bacteria and food in the mouth. It also contains malic acid. Malic acid helps to dissolve stains and is an ingredient used in teeth whitening and teeth bleaching products.
Girls Night In | DIY Spa Day
You will need to take turns giving each other spa services, or partner up. Here are the treatment and things to do on a girls night in:
You will need:
- A mini bath massage to soak the feet (available at walmart) or just a regular big bowl filled with warm water.
- Pedicure bath bombs or soap for soaking the feet in the bath.
- A pumice stone to scrub the dead skin.
- A nail file.
- Nail cutter.
- Cotton balls or toe separators.
- Massage cream or regular foot lotion.
- Cuticle softener and cuticle oil
- A buffer
- Cuticle pusher
- Desired nail polish, base coat and top coat.
- Nail polish remover
(You can purchase all these things in pharmacy’s, beauty stores etc.)
Step 1: Remove any nail polish with the nail polish remover
Step 2:Cut and file the nails. The preferred shape is a square shaped nail.
Step 3: Apply the cuticle softener on all of your toes.
Step 4: Add your soap to the bath or bowl and soak your feet for about 10 minutes.
Step 5:Remove 1 foot and apply the cuticle oil and gently push back the cuticles to create a nice shape around the nail bed.
Step 6: Scrape off the dead skin with the pumice stone under the foot gently.
Step 7: Massage the foot with the lotion.
Step 8: Wipe the nails with nail polish remover to remove any excess oils or previous polish
Step 9: Buff to remove any unwanted dirt, oil or polish. Buffing creates a smooth surface.
Step 10: Apply cotton balls between toes or separators
Step 11: Apply base coat, then 2 coats of polish and finish off with top coat.
Step12: Repeat on the other foot
You will need:
- 2 small bowls filled with warm water and manicure soap
- Cuticle softener and oil cuticles and cuticle pusher
- Hand lotion
- Nail files and nail cutter (use a separate one from the toes)
- Nail polish, top and base coat. cuticle pusher
- A buffer
Remove the nail polish. Cut and file the nails as desired. Put cuticle softener on the nails and soak both hands in each bowl for 10 minutes. Start with one hand while the other continues soaking. Put cuticle oil and push back the cuticles gently, just to get nice shape on the nail bed around the cuticles.
Massage the hand with the hand lotion. Remove any impurities and oil on the nail with nail polish remover. Buff the nails to remove any unwanted dirt, oil or polish. Buffing will create a smooth surface. Add base coat, 2 coats of the desired color and top coat.
You will need:
- A cleanser according to the persons skin type. Use a milk cleanser for regular skin, gel cleansers oily to acne prone skin, anti aging cleanser for mature Skin.
- Toner according to the skin type (Normal,oily to acne,mature,sensitive,dry)
- An exfoliant
- A moisturizer according to skin
- Kleenex for extraction
- A big bowl
- Face mask
- Face cloth
- Shower cap
- Cotton pads or facial brush
- Big towel
Have the person put on the shower cap and lie down. Apply the face cleanser for 60 seconds with a facial brush,the cotton pads or your clean hands. Wash it off with the face cloth. Apply toner and then apply the exfoliant for about 2 minutes. Rinse with the face cloth. Now fill the bowl with steaming hot water and ask the person to place their face near the bowl and place the large towel over the back of their head and the bowl for 10 minutes. This will open up the pores and allow you to extract some blackheads safely. It’s really fun but make sure the skin is very soft and steamy. They must come out easily with no force or pressure at all. If not, don’t force. Apply a face mask for 15 min, rinse and finish off with a moisturizer.