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Beauty Hacks Using the “Pointless” Silica Gel Packets

By Sydney Cook
Posted On Mar 23, 2016
Beauty Hacks Using the “Pointless” Silica Gel Packets

 

Ever wondered why in the heck every pair of shoes you purchase comes with a little surprise? The once pointless silica gel packets that accompany our impulse purchases faithfully like a Happy Meal toy, are no longer meaningless.  As per the scary warning sign – “DO NOT EAT, THROW AWAY” – there seems to be no use for the petite packets because honestly if I can’t eat it or wear it, what’s the point?  However, there are many uses for the packets, and we’ve gathered the top 5 reasons to get more pumped for the silica gel than your new pumps.

 

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With the silica gel packets, you can:

 

1. Extend the Life of Your Razors

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Razors can get expensive when you are forced to throw them out constantly due to fast oxidation. Instead of trashing your razors after the first use, toss them in a Tupperware or Ziploc bag half-filled with silica gel packets and seal to keep your blades rust free.

 

2. De-funk Your Gym Bag

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Staying fit has its perks and misfortunes – yeah, you’ll shed a few pounds, but the smelly gym bag is hard to avoid. After sweating your butt off, it’s hard to care about how your bag smells so you throw your sweaty clothes and shoes inside without a thought. We get it! But the solution to freshening up your bag is simple. Keep a few packets of silica gel inside your gym bag to absorb the dampness that gives your bag that funky odor. Fact: getting rid of moisture also eliminates bacteria.

 

3. Conceal You Costume Jewelry’s Secret

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Costume jewelry isn’t only for Halloween, and cute has no particular price. Admit it, some of our favorite affordable clothing stores also carry jewelry that is to die for. Not literally, of course – we aren’t really willing to die over a $5.00 necklace. But when it comes to keeping our gold chokers from tarnishing and spilling the $5.00 beans, we will move mountains. An effort that is way easier than moving Mt. Everest resides in a small pack. Place a couple of packs of silica gel in the bottom of your jewelry box to keep your jewelry from deteriorating.

 

4. Save the Beach Day

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It was all fun and games until my phone stopped working. Don’t be a victim of a water damaged iPhone – trust me, it will ruin your day! Throw some silica gel packets into your beach day bag to preserve your belongings. The packets will suck moisture from the items in your bag including your wet bikini.

 

5. Protect Your Polaroids

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Though printing pictures may seem like a thing of the caveman era, on special occasions nothing is better than an actual printed photo to put a stamp on the memory. These days, prints are prized possessions, especially selfies. If you take the time to actually print a picture, it’s obviously meaningful and you want it to last. Don’t lose your photos by storing them carelessly. Place the images in a plastic container lined with packets of silica gel to keep the photos from fading or bending due to moisture.

These are our top 5 beauty hacks to enhance your life with the profitable silica gel packets. Not only do you get a fresh pair of shoes, but you can save your iPhone and other prized possessions all with the same package.

We suggest keeping a few, if not all, of the tiny but powerful packets since you’re now aware of its wonders.

 

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