The Best Moisturizer Is Probably Already in Your Pantry
Let’s be honest: The pandemic is stressing out a lot of things, including your skin. If you’ve found yourself particularly dry or breaking out despite the daily mask routine, stress is a likely culprit. I was a beauty editor for two years, so I learned a few tricks from the pros, and surprisingly, not all the best skin-care routines involve dropping serious dough. In fact, natural skin care is often the way to go. (Look, Ma, I rhymed!)
Two of my favorite skin-care hacks include ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard: virgin coconut oil, tea tree oil, and castor oil.
While there’s been some debate about coconut oil for skin, most experts agree that you can’t go wrong slathering the fatty acid and antioxidant-rich moisturizer on your body; particularly dry spots such as elbows and knees absorb it like a sponge. But there is debate about using it on your face.
For those already prone to greasy skin, coconut oil can be heavy and clog pores; but drier-skin types (like mine) drink it up like lemonade on a hot day. It’s important to remember that all skin types are different, and what may be beneficial for one person may not be for another. Below are two moisturizer alternatives that have worked wonders on my skin.
Coconut Oil + Tea Tree Oil
This combination not only hydrates skin, it fights breakouts and acne. For me, it also evened out my skin tone. Coconut oil’s rich fatty acids combined with its antioxidant properties are a powerhouse for inflammation reduction and hydration, not to mention its antimicrobial properties, which help clear away bacteria and fungus. Combined with tea tree oil — also known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties — this is a magical elixir just waiting to clear, smooth, and hydrate angry skin.
Combine a dime-size amount of coconut oil with one or two drops of tea tree essential oil and apply to the face.
Pro tip: When you apply moisturizer, dab the product onto your skin, don't rub it in. Dabbing allows the skin to absorb more of the product versus smearing it all over your face, which is more like wiping it away.
This is the heavy-duty stuff. You might have googled uses for castor oil in the past, finding it's supposedly a dream solution for luscious long hair and eyelashes (one of my best friends would confirm this). Castor oil has been used since Egyptian times; it's rich in vitamin E and, like coconut oil, is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and hydrating properties. You can apply this to your skin, lips, lashes, and hair for a serious moisture boost.