5 Unexpected Ways To Use A Toothbrush In Your Beauty Routine

Tame unruly brows, fix faux tan mistakes and more.

toothbrush, beauty regime, hacks
Image: @birchbox

We’ve come across some pretty effective—and downright bizarre—beauty gadgets for our skin, hair and makeup. But, one of the most useful, multi-purpose tools we’ve discovered is actually a humble bathroom staple. Yep, we’re talking about the toothbrush.

A toothbrush doesn’t just keep your pearly whites polished, you can use one (albeit a different one to cleaning your teeth) to tame unruly brows, fix faux tan mistakes, prevent pesky ingrown hairs and so much more.

Keep scrolling to find out more.

5 Genius Toothbrush Hacks

1Tame unruly brows

No brow gel? No problem! Try dabbing a bit of clear lip balm on your brows, then brush them in place with a toothbrush. Alternatively, spray some hairspray onto the toothbrush and comb them into place.

2Exfoliate your lips

Dampen a toothbrush in warm water and rub the bristles on your lips in a circular motion to slough away dry, flaky skin—hello, soft, kissable lips!

3Fix fake tan mistakes

If you’ve got dark splotches on areas like the hands, feet, elbows, or knees, grab a toothbrush and a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda to gently brush over those areas.

4Get rid of ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs can be annoying, unsightly and downright painful. But, there is an easy way to keep them at bay: Exfoliation. And, it turns out, a toothbrush makes for a great gentle exfoliator. Use it in the shower with a cleanser or dry to prevent future ingrown hairs.

5Create a boho braid

If you’re all about sexy, bedhead hair (who isn’t?!), after you’ve braided your strands into a plait, take a clean toothbrush and gently brush the bristles upward. This will create an instantly textured finish.

A toothbrush isn’t the only multitasker out there—here are 10 brilliant ways to use coconut oil that extend beyond the kitchen.