Question:I accidently left my beauty products at home—what should I do?
Answer: We’ve all been there—you need to spend the night at a friend’s house or a hotel and you’re without your go-to nighttime products. If you’re like me, this may cause you to panic a bit since one night without the proper skincare products could lead to dry, angry skin in the morning. This just means you’ll have to get a bit creative and work with what you’ve got in order to take care of yourself. Here are a few tips to help you out when you’re in a pinch:
- If you’re spending the night at a hotel, use a small pea-sized amount of the hotel body wash or hand soap to get the makeup off. Call down to the front desk and ask them to send up milk or honey (they’ll sometimes have small honey packets for tea drinkers), and use these as both a soothing cleanser and moisturizer. Milk and honey can be used separately or mixed together for an ultra-nourishing treatment! If you notice that you still have a bit of eye makeup left over, put a small amount of hotel body lotion on to a tissue and wipe the makeup off (but be careful not to get in your eyes!).
- On the other hand, if you’re at a friend’s house or spending the night at a guy’s house (who doesn’t have any beauty products whatsoever!), raid their fridge and make an awesome homemade facial cleanser. Combine 2 tablespoons milk or yogurt with one tablespoon of lemon juice. If you have acne-prone skin, this cleanser is actually great for calming inflammation. If you have a little extra time on your hands, cooked oatmeal combined with milk is also a great, nourishing cleanser.
- For a makeshift moisturizer, you can always use the hotel body lotion, but coconut oil, banana, olive oil, or avocado also work if you’re staying at someone’s house. If you’re in need of an exfoliator, sugar or brown sugar works as a great scrub.
- If you’re desperately in need of contact solution, refrain from using water or a homemade solution. Water can actually contaminate your lenses and dry them out. Instead, if you can risk sleeping in them for one night, do so and throw them out the next morning. Sleeping in contacts that aren’t designed for overnight wear is not a good idea, so avoid it at all costs if you can.
- An easy makeshift floss is using the thread from a button, or the corner of a piece of paper. Sounds a bit odd, but it’s better to get the gunk out of your teeth than suffer in silence!
- If you forgot your toothbrush and/or toothpaste, wrap a damp wet paper towel around your finger, apply a dab of toothpaste, and rub your teeth just as you would with a toothbrush. If you forgot the toothpaste as well, you can add a few tablespoons of salt to warm water (salt has antibacterial properties) and brush with the salty water. You can also swish the salt water around in your mouth as a rinse.
What beauty replacements have you tested out? What did you think?