Beauty Secrets to Hide from the Boys

 Image by Priscilla Reyes

Image by Priscilla Reyes

Every girl has her beauty secrets. Some we are more than happy to share with our girlfriends and maybe even our significant other. However, sometimes you need to keep a little bit of that mystery, especially when your beauty secret is actually pretty gross. Here are some of my favorite beauty secrets that I’d never let a significant other see.

Baby Foot Peel

I do this peel two or 3 times a year, and the title doesn’t lie – it gives you baby soft feet. You start by simply soaking your feet in warm water for a few minutes, which is nice and relaxing on its own. Then stick your feet in the plastic booties that are filled with an exfoliating gel and hang out for about an hour. Rinse the goop off then forget about it. Nothing will happen for a few days, until the treatment takes effect and you start shedding skin like a snake. Not exaggerating – you will be peeling off huge layers of dead skin every day for about a week. This treatment is best saved for Fall, Winter and early Spring when you are still wearing socks and boots. And avoid yoga classes or any barefoot activities until the peeling dies down. I have had people stare in horror when I pivoted on my mat and a giant flap of skin rubbed off.

Cellulite Masks

Every woman will deal with the c word at some point in her life, but there are a whole host of products that will help you rein it in. I religiously use Bliss’ Fat Girl Slim but have also recently started experimenting with more intensive treatment masks. I’m currently using The Body Shop’s Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay and am happy with the results. You basically slather it on your butt and thighs and anywhere that is prone to dimples, and to keep from getting the clay everywhere, wrap up in Saran wrap. If you live alone you can enjoy walking around with your plastic covered butt, or put on a bathrobe so you don’t scare your roommate or significant other. Then wash it off in the shower! Since it is a clay mask it tends to get a little messy. I usually do this on days when I have to clean the bathroom anyway.

Sheet Masks

These pack a punch, but are way uglier than your cream or clay formula. Sheet masks are loaded with potent ingredients and are great for boosting radiance and hydration, but the scary white paper definitely looks like something out of a horror flick. And they now come in special shapes and sizes to treat more than just your face. I love eye masks to brighten my undereye, and hand masks for extra moisture in the dry winter months. Sephora also recently released a line of lip masks, designed to moisturize, replenish, protect and soothe dry, chapped lips. I haven’t tried these yet, but they are definitely on the list!