We admit it – as a beauty brand, TCP isn’t exactly the star of many covetable #shelfies and a mere whiff of that distinctive (ok, make that downright pungent) aroma takes us straight back to grazed knees and pebble-dashed palms in the playground (anyone else remember the sting of picking out bits of gravel from your hands?).
So who knew that the medicine cabinet staple had been masquerading as a multi-functional beauty hero all along? How do we love thee? Let us count the ways…
1. Scalp Soother
Dr S Khan, award-winning hair transplant surgeon and Kerluxe Hair Restoration Consultant
suggests putting a few drops of TCP in a sink of warm water and bathing the scalp for 10 minutes. “As a mild antiseptic, this would be beneficial if the person has a fungal infection causing inflammation, dandruff, or an itchy scalp,” says Dr Khan.
2) Acne-busting astringent
Cutibacterium Acne, otherwise known as the pesky bacteria responsible for your spots are not fans of antiseptics (products designed to prevent the growth of microorganisms) so if you’ve run out of your usual acne treatment, sweeping TCP over your face as a temporary toner may help keep zits at bay.
3)Bye Bye B.O
Contrary to popular belief, sweat in its pure form is largely odourless – it’s the bacteria that live on our skin that give it the distinctive pong most commuters will be familiar with, caused when they break down the protein-rich sweat. To curb the stink, simply soak some cotton wool in TCP and swipe over your underarm area.
4) Brush Cleaner
Makeup brushes are meccas for bacteria so give yours a power clean by soaking them in a mug of TCP for a few minutes. The same principles can be applied to disinfect your toothbrush especially after you’ve had a cold or bug as it’s home to more than 100 million bacteria including faecal germs according to researchers at the University Of Manchester.
Banish spots and get your back looking flawless by turbocharging your loofah. After bathing, apply a little TCP to the head and gently brush over your entire back to prevent back acne.