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Right now, accessing your preferred, high-end moisturizers may be an issue. Everybody is ordering to their homes now. The major facial care and cosmetics stores are not open. You can’t just pop on into Sephora when you want your face cream. You have to order it online, just like everybody else. And, seriously, everybody is doing it, so there can be a major delay in deliveries. USPS released a statement about how they’re keeping their personnel and customers safe during this time, and it included the CDC’s assurance that packages from China should not be contaminated, as it would be difficult for the virus to survive that long a journey. But, nonetheless, some still aren’t quite comfortable interacting at all with a package that’s been in a busy warehouse, or being even within six feet of a stranger, like a delivery driver.

 

For the above-stated reasons, you may find that your skin is cracking, and you can’t get your usual moisturizer. But I think this quarantine has been a good time for us to learn how to be resourceful. We’re learning how to multitask with items that we didn’t previously use often, like canned beans and noodles. We are learning to think outside the box. This is not a time to be picky. I’m having to remind my baby boomer mom that, who does not seem to be worried about this virus, every time she wants to just “pop down to the store for some fresh flowers.” “Mom! Fresh flowers are not a necessity and not worth risking exposure to the virus over!”

 

Any time you think you need to leave your home and go to the store, look around your house and see what you have. If you can use something there, use it. Don’t put yourself at risk over something silly. Moisturizer isn’t silly, of course, but the belief that you need the pricey jarred stuff is. Because these are edible moisturizers you may already have at home.

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Coconut oil

Coconut oil is full of antioxidants, vitamin E (which you’ll notice is often added to store-bought creams), and has antimicrobial properties to fight off bacteria. It’s good to have around as a healthy cooking alternative to vegetable oil, and can be used in vegan baked goods. But it can also go right on your face.

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Kale

This leafy green is full of hydrating vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients, which can repair DNA damage caused by toxin exposure. This veggie you’ll want to blend up into a facemask, since it’s too dry solo to spread on your face. This simple recipe uses just three ingredients you likely already have.

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Olive oil

Olive oil is often used in store-bought creams and moisturizers, and has a special component called Squalene—an omega 2, which is deeply hydrating, and has similar properties to omega 3s. If you’re looking for healthier things to put on your salad than ranch or blue cheese dressing, try simple olive oil, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice, mixed together. Then save some oil for your face.

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Egg

Eggs do incredible things for the skin. They tone the skin, shrinks pores, reduce puffiness, and can fight blackheads. There are several DIY mask recipes here using egg, but we’re focusing on #3, which is specifically for hydration. Plus, it uses foods you likely have at home.

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Aloe vera

Take a look at the ingredients lists on many expensive jarred face products, and you’ll likely find this green plant on there. That’s because it’s antiseptic and mostly water, so it can purify the skin while hydrating it. So, if you have aloe vera gel around for things like sunburns and wounds, put some on your skin as a moisturizer. You can also combine it with brown sugar for an exfoliating scrub.

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Avocado oil

Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, E, and B—that last one can help your skin produce new cells. In the kitchen, it tastes great over salads, appetizers, and hummus. It makes a good base for meat marinades and can go in homemade mayonnaise. But you can also just put a few drops on your face for hydration.

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Cucumbers

When you go to a day spa, you see customers sitting around with fluffy towels wrapped around their heads and cucumber slices on their eyes. That’s because the crispy vegetable is full of hydrating vitamins A and C, which combat dryness and are mostly water, so they’re deeply hydrating.

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Bananas

If you have some ripe bananas you aren’t sure what to do with, besides putting them in banana bread or homemade ice cream, put them on your face. Simply mash up one ripe banana into a paste-like consistency, smother it on your face, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse. Or, you can also blend in honey and some plain yogurt.

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Sweet potato

This vibrant orange starch contains vitamin A, which helps build collagen, and antioxidants to fight off environmental pollutants. Because when it’s boiled it becomes so soft, it’s easy to mash this food into a mask. Simply mix one cooked sweet potato (skin removed, cooled) with a tablespoon of honey and milk in a bowl. Put the mixture on your face, let it sit for 20 minutes, and rinse.

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Honey

We’ve brought up honey multiples times now in the other mask recipes, and that’s because it’s antibacterial and has plenty of antioxidants. It can also help unclog pores, and is allegedly what made Cleopatra’s skin so flawless. You can simply add a few teaspoons to your damp face, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and rinse. Or you can make an exfoliator with one part baking soda and two parts honey.

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Peanut oil

Consider massaging peanut oil onto your skin before your next shower, and rinsing it off there. It can treat dry skin and eczema, and a little goes a long way. As for cooking, it’s great in stirfry, as a marinade for pork skewers, or as a thickener in vegan items, like raw breakfast bars.

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Papaya

This gorgeous orange fruit is often found in facemasks at professional spas, and in the ingredients lists of high-end skincare products. It’s rich in antioxidants and an enzyme called papain that’s deeply moisturizing. Mash up one fruit with a few drops of lemon juice and honey—the citric acid in the lemon juice may help remove dead skin cells—and put the mixture on your face. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

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Milk

Milk is another ingredient that, legend has it, contributed to Queen Cleopatra’s supple skin. It’s said she took daily baths in the stuff. If it’s true, she was onto something, since full-fat milk is deeply hydrating. Cow milk is fine, but if you happen to keep goat’s milk around (totally normal, right?) that has a pH that is closer to that of our skin’s. Just soak a cotton ball in the stuff, pat it on your face, let it sit for 15 minutes, and rinse.

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Oatmeal

You’ve probably found oatmeal in many body scrubs and facemasks throughout cosmetics stores and high-end spas. That’s because this breakfast food is anti-inflammatory and removes dead skin cells, letting moisturizer get deeper into your pores. Combine cooked oatmeal (cooled) with two tablespoons of honey, two tablespoons of yogurt, and one small egg in a bowl. Put the mixture on your face and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.

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Carrots

This lovely bright vegetable contains beta-carotene, which reduces inflammation and speeds up the skin’s healing process, making it good to use when there’s been sun damage. You’ll want to boil a carrot to soften it. Just one carrot will do. Mix that (cooled) with a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply that mixture to your face and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.

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