Skincare? At Your Grocery Store?
Grab those reusable grocery bags under your sink and scrounge your drawers for some bus fare – we’re heading to the grocery store.
Not for reasons you might think, though. We’re not going for food. We’re going for your skin.
You don’t need to go to overpriced skincare and makeup franchises for beautiful complexions. Lined along the shelves of your local grocery store are some of the best skincare products money can buy.
One ingredient, no weird chemicals you can’t pronounce (unless you count GMOs…. but buying organic can fix that) and more money in your pocket. Let’s take a look at the contenders:
Almond Oil (Olive, Coconut, etc.) for Your Skin
Almond oil is loaded with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids and has amazing conditioning and repairing properties. The question, really, is what can’t it do?
The smoothing, anti-scarring, and rejuvenating effects of almond oil date back thousands of years, with some reports going as far back as 5,000 BC. Documented uses exist in not one, not two, but three separate, distinct schools of medicine, including Ancient Chinese, Ayurveda, and Greco-Persian Medicine. Fast forward to modern day and the super medicine is largely used to treat a variety of different skin conditions, as well as a means of reducing the visibility of scars. It has proved to be particularly effective against dry skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
On top of this, its uses include: shaving cream, makeup remover, deep conditioner for your hair, body butter, facial cleanser, shower gel, wrinkle reducer, chapped lips soother, and insect repellent.
Honestly, all of your time could be spent in the oil section. Almond, Oil, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil…. They can all lend support to healthy skin, hair, and even nails.
Honey for Your Skin
Honey isn’t just for your grandma’s tea. You can also use it as a facial mask, exfoliator, bath soak, hair conditioner and sunburn treatment.
Cleanup might be a bit of a hassle, but honey is also naturally antibacterial, which means that you can use it to both treat acne and protect your skin from future breakouts.
Oatmeal for Your Skin
Contrary to what you might think, oatmeal also contains a high level of fat, which when used as a bath or scrub can produce a very moisturizing effect.
Similar to sea salt and course coffee grinds, oatmeal is also an incredible exfoliant. It addition to simply clearing out your pores, oatmeal also contains saponins, which can help sooth acne and minor blemishes, as well as control oily skin.
Keep an eye on your oats if you use them to scrub, though. The sight and smell of a spoiled bag of oats in the corner of your bathroom is truly an other-worldly experience.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Skin
Apple Cider Vinegar is largely toted, among other things, for its powerful anti-microbial quality. It can be super effective in treating anything from head lice, to ear infections, to warts and nail fungus. More aesthetically, it can also be used to both prevent and minimize acne.
Aside from your skin, you can also naturally lighten your hair by mixing apple cider vinegar with honey.
Sea Salt for Your Skin
The 80+ trace minerals typically found in Himalayan Sea Salt can not only improve circulation and help get that blood where it needs to go faster, helping with recovery in the process, but they can also help alleviate muscle soreness. Plus, the larger, coarser granules can then be used to exfoliate your skin.
The easiest way to apply is mixing with warm water and rubbing by hand. If have you an empty spray bottle, you can also mix it with water to create a mist spray.
To cover all your bases you can also grab our coffee scrub, which, in addition to sea salt, also contains roasted course coffee grinds and a generous dosing of almond oil.
The best part? You can easily walk out of the grocery store having spent less than $50 on all of the above. Before heading into the mall for your next skincare haul, give Mother Nature a shot first. She might just surprise you.
Of course, there are countless other grocery items that can be listed here. Have any grocery items in your own skincare regimen that aren't listed here? Please share! We’d love some food for thought.