Household Items That Double As Skincare
Hiding in your cupboards and kitchen are a number of produce and products you can use as a cheaper and a more environmentally friendly alternative to store bought creams and face masks. And if you’ve only used these items for cooking so far, you may be surprised to find out that they might be even more efficient than your fancy department store beauty products. Therefore you don’t need to have a hundred different lotions, cleansers and masks for night and day when ingredients in your kitchen do the job just as well. So before going out and purchasing yet another expensive cream, give a try to one of the following items that you most likely already have in your kitchen:
Honey is a great one for your skin as it is packed with enzymes and nutrients and therefore is great for both unclogging pores or moisturizing. One study also shows that honey can stop wrinkles from forming and contributes to preventing skin infections. The easiest way to include honey in your skincare is to make a honey mask - wash your face and apply either pure honey or honey diluted with water (this makes the removal easier) to your face and leave for up to 20 minutes. To make the process less messy and sticky you could opt for applying honey only to scars or blemishes.
Olive oil is absolutely brimming with benefits for your skin and has been used in skincare since the ancient times. Olive oil is full of antioxidants and contains squalene - an oil that mimics your face’s natural sebum therefore leaving your skin extra hydrated and smooth. Olive oil can be used alone or mixed in together with a moisturizer. However less is more is the key when it comes to using olive oil as with some skin types it can lead to clogged pores.
In addition to using it on your face, olive oil is also great for your hair, body, nails and cuticles!
As a source of Vitamin C and citric acid lemons are full of antioxidants and antibacterial properties and can therefore have many benefits in skincare. Mixing a couple drops of lemon juice together with tea tree oil and distilled water makes a great cleanser and blackhead treatment whereas using a lemon peel works great on dark circles and acne scars. However lemon is one of those household skincare items you have to be incredibly careful with as it can often have more side effects than benefits - because of its acidic content it can lead to skin irritations and dryness.
According to dermatologists turmeric is a great addition to your skincare routine as it is filled with antibacterial properties which can fight off acne and breakouts. Because of its soothing detoxifying nature it is great for people with inflammation and acne scarring. Turmeric works best mixed together with honey, apple cider vinegar or oatmeal mixed together into a home-made face mask. Make sure you’re careful when applying the mask though (or use Kasturi turmeric as an alternative) as turmeric has a habit of colouring everything yellow!
Another messy one on the list - coffee grounds are packed with antioxidants and because of their consistency make for a great exfoliant to rub away dead skin cells. Furthermore, coffee grounds left over from your morning cup of joe can make for a quick and easy DIY face mask as the chlorogenic acids found in coffee can reduce inflammation in your face. Be careful not to scrub your skin too hard with the grounds though as that can cause irritation.
Compared to other kitchen items that can also be used as exfoliant, oatmeal stands out because of its hydrating properties, therefore being perfect for dry skin. Try an oatmeal mask by grinding oatmeal into a fine powder in a food processor and mixing it with either milk or water and honey - leave on your skin for 20 minutes. Or for a DIY spa treatment add oats into your warm bath water
Ice cubes are another incredibly simple yet incredibly amazing skincare hero. Ice cubes are great for sculpting your cheek bones, improving circulation in your skin and helping serums and moisturizers absorb into your skin. If you want to step up your ice cube game then you can try making your ice cubes from chamomile or antioxidant packed green tea.
Let us know what other pantry finds can double as skincare!
P.S. Please always test all the items on a small part of your skin before applying them to your face or another larger area of your body.