In my quest to create less waste and spend less money, I’ve actually discovered several skin care swaps that have my skin feeling better than ever.
Ice roller -> lavendar infused ice cube
Ice rollers or jade rollers have been popping up on social media a lot of late with beauty bloggers swearing by them. The supposed benefits include
•reducing appearance of pores
I have no idea if any of that is based on fact but I kinda loved the idea of rolling something cold all over my face! 🤣
A “sustainability influencer” suggested making your own by adding a drop of essential oil into ice cubes so I tried it and loved it. I use it every morning now. It helps me wake up and I feel like it reduces any puffiness. Also, smells amaaaazing. Cheap and easy to do but it feels like a luxury!
Oil-based cleanser -> Almond oil
Every night, I remove my makeup up (which is typically just tinted moisturiser and mascara these days) with Sweet Almond Oil and a hot face cloth. Just work the oil into your skin for a minute or two and then remove with a face cloth (mine are bamboo)you’ve run under the hot water tap. It’s dreamy!
After that, I wash with a facial cleansing bar to make sure my face is properly clean.
Then, cos I’m fancy AF, I spritz my face with some Rosewater.
Serum -> homemade oil blend
Instead of a super expensive serum, I made my own blend of Sweet Almond Oil and Argan Oil (50/50) with a couple of drops of frankincense. I read that frankincense has anti-aging properties and I have no idea whether or not that is total bullshit but it smells good and I cross my fingers!
Once a week, I exfoliate with a homemade honey and brown sugar scrub.
It’s so cheap and easy to make and if I accidentally get any in mouth, it tastes fab!
Homemade body butter
For years, I just used Palmers Cocoa butter and it was the only thing that I felt worked. I have pretty dry skin especially here in London where the water is really hard (I actually really miss the humidity of Taiwan!).
That was until I tested out this recipe that I came across on Instagram over the Christmas holidays.
You take equal parts;
• Shea butter
Put them in a glass bowl and place over a saucepan of water. Boil the water and wait for your mixture to melt. Once it’s melted, let it cool for a few mins and then pop it in the freezer to solidify it a little. When it’s started to solidify around the edges, take it out and use a whisk to whip it up. When you have a nice fluffy consistency transfer it to a jar. I use a salsa jar because I eat chips and salsa at an alarming rate and always have a ton lying around my kitchen! You can also add a couple of drops of essentail oil if you want to make it scented.
Tranistioning from “normal” moisturiser to oil did cause some breakouts for a couple of weeks but I’ve now followed this regime since last summer and my skin is happier than it has been in years!
Let me know if you try any of these and how you get on with them.