Do you ever Macgyver your skincare?
I do! I can’t help but be curious with skincare - well with most things really - and sometimes my bathroom hunts to find a solution to an immediate problem have uncovered some pretty nifty ways to either (a) solve a problem at hand with what’s already in my bathroom; (b) not waste leftover products I already have (saving me money!) or (c) find something that actually does a job better for me than a product specifically made for the task!
So just in case my experiments might be useful to you, here are 5 skincare products I REGULARLY use in ways that I doubt they were actually intended!
1. Using skincare acids (like BHA serums/masks) to treat and prevent ingrown hairs!
We don’t sell acid serums like those that include BHAs or AHAs for exfoliation in the Sheet Mask Shop. Mostly because I have tried them before and I definitely cannot be trusted not to over-exfoliate. And I suspect many others will be the same. And over-exfoliation does not do good things to your skin. And you MUST wear sunscreen super conscientiously if you use them. I just feel like too many things can and do go wrong.
[NOTE: We do, however, make an exception for some sheet masks that include acids - mostly because you’re highly unlikely to use a single particular sheet mask every day (and I tell you clearly you need to wear sunscreen when you use it). Sorry, I digress.]
But I don’t waste the acid serums I already have. See, they are REALLY GOOD at helping to prevent (and treat) ingrown hairs. They have been lifesavers for me around the (cough) bikini line. Using them regularly in these areas helps stop dead/dry skin covering over your hairs and trapping them in the most uncomfortable and ugly of ways!
Obviously, I’m not big on a lugging a bottle of this stuff on holidays or anything, just to treat ingrown hairs. But what I do do, is take a couple of BHA sheet masks with me when I go away! Once I’ve used it on my face, I then use the mask on my….
2. Using my Heimish All Clean Cleansing Balm to shave!
Speaking of hair based issues - I can also really recommend using the Heimish All Clean Cleansing Balm if you need to do any kind of a ‘dry shave’. Perhaps I am the only disorganised one that has looked in the mirror right before heading out and realised I am going to need to use a facial razor! If that happens, use this stuff as a lubricant. It is so perfect and way better for your skin than using soap or (eek) shaving cream.
I strongly suspect any oil cleanser might be good for this - but I can only speak personally for this particular product. And it may be better than some others - I love this cleanser for its great ‘slip’ on the skin.
3. Using my Bonair Premier Aloe Real Squeeze Toner as an all-over body moisturiser!
I do not like heavy body balms or creams on my body (especially my legs) in summer. They’re lovely and luxurious in the depths of winter, but they are sticky and gross in the heat. But I still need to keep my skin soft, hydrated and glowy. So I totally use my Bonair Aloe Toner all over myself.
It is so perfect for this! And really, why do we use toner on our face as a light, refreshing, moisture boost, but not on the rest of us! When you start sweating through the Australian summer, come see me for one of these!
4. Getting every bit of goodness out of my sheet masks!
When you buy a sheet mask you usually buy 20-30ml of an amazing essence or serum drenching the mask itself. Don’t waste it! The mask is really important to helping all that goodness really have time to penetrate into your skin, but the serum itself is still really good. Sometimes a bit is left in the packet when you take the mask out - I often offer that to my partner to help reduce the number of times he raids my sheet mask stash! Or you can use it tomorrow, or on another a part of your body.
But even after I’ve let the mask do its thing on your face, it usually still has some serum left in it. I like to re-use that mask on my neck or decolletage for 5 mins or so - especially if it’s a mask that features anti-aging ingredients.
5. Using all facial products (including sunscreen) on the backs of my hands!
When it comes to skincare, I really believe it’s a good idea to not ignore the backs of your hands. They work hard and catch a lot of sun. There’s a really simple way to treat them too - it’s really just about creating a habit during your skincare routine (and I suspect it’s one many people actually practice).
Every time you use a product on your face, there’s likely to be a little left over on the palms of your hands (if you use your hands to apply it of course!). As soon as any step of my skincare routine is complete, that leftover product on my palms gets rubbed into the back of my hands. Especially sunscreen!
For an even better treat for your hands you can also try a hand mask!
Well… those are my top 5 alternate uses for my skincare products - I’d love to know if any of you have any others that I should be trying!