3 Household Items That Double as Surprising Beauty Boosters

Beauty tricks you'll find in the kitchen.

Castor Oil as Lash Grower

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For fuller brows and lashes, dip a new mascara wand into a dish of castor oil, which is rich in natural fats that help promote healthy hair growth. Tap off the excess and apply once a night, says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City.

Ground Cinnamon as Lip Plumper

Mix a dash of the spice with your regular lip balm and dab on lips. “Because cinnamon is an irritant, it causes inflammation and will temporarily—but not painfully—plump up the lips,” says Zeichner.

Sweet’N Low as Scalp Soother

To minimize the irritation that occurs from coloring your hair, do as Beverly Hills-based hairstylist Lea Journo does: Mix 2 packets of the artificial sweetener into the bowl of dye, then apply as usual. The acid in the Sweet’N Low may help neutralize the harsh ingredients in the hair coloring.