Bianca and I are both big fans of natural skincare, and we try our best to find cruelty-free products that are free from harsh ingredients and are good for the environment. You can check out our cruelty-free section for a little more info.
But finding products that fit the bill can be really difficult! Surprisingly, you can find some excellent skincare products in an unexpected place: your kitchen!
Different foods have different benefits. Some are great for moisturizing, some are great at exfoliating. Here are a few things to try. Please just keep in mind that just like skincare products you would purchase at the drugstore, your skin can react badly to food as well. What works for me may not work for you! Always patch test before smearing anything all over your face.
- Coconut Oil. Ah, the miracle worker. I cook with it like crazy, but I also slather it all over my entire body on a fairly regular basis. I use it to wash my face (literally rub on, wipe off with a damp cloth) on especially dry days and apply it to my lips before bed. I’ve never had luck with it for a hair mask, but many people swear by it. Note that it’s comedogenic, meaning it might clog your pores. If you’re acne prone, proceed with caution or maybe just use it as a body moisturizer.
- Honey. There’s a pretty good discussion going in the comments of one of my last posts about whether vegans should eat honey. To that, I say: Honey, you do you. Honey is a humectant, meaning it will help your skin attract and retain moisture. It also has antibacterial properties, which make it a great option for an acne treatment. Some suggest using it as a mask by spreading it over your face and wiping it off with a damp cloth after a few minutes.
- Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV has been used forever as a skin treatment. Many use it to help fight acne, as it might be helpful in returning your skin to its normal pH. Others use it to remove warts. Depending on your skin’s tolerance, you may need to dilute it with water (25% ACV, 75% water) since vinegar has been known to cause chemical burns. Your results may vary! Just be careful.
- Oatmeal. My favorite breakfast! Oatmeal is also great for your skin. Like honey, it’s a humectant. And unlike harsher physical exfoliants (salt scrubs and the stuff you can buy in the skincare aisle), which can cause microtears in your skin and lead to irritation and infection, it’s very gentle. Try running it through your food processor for a few seconds and mixing the powder with water.
- Mineral Oil. Okay, so it’s not necessarily a food, but you can buy wood oil (for cutting boards) that is 100% mineral oil. Use it to wash your face, clear pores, moisturize and shave. It’s not the bad guy it’s been made out to be. I regularly use mineral oil to wash my face and shave my legs.
Now time for a little PSA.
Whatever you do, please do not put lemon juice or baking soda on your face. I know this is a popular Pinterest tip. People claim that it brightens the skin, fights acne, and naturally exfoliates. But your skin has something called an acid mantle, which is basically an acidic layer on your skin that helps protect it from harmful bacteria and contaminants while still supporting the good stuff on your skin (beneficial bacteria, etc.). Lemon juice and baking soda will fuck this up, for lack of a better phrase. It may seem fine now, but in the long run, you’ll be ruining your skin. Not to mention that going into the sun after slathering yourself in lemon juice can result in some really nasty burns. If you are brave, look at this photo. Now imagine that all over your face.
Long story short: if life gives you lemons, just make lemonade.