With the lockdown still on, alphabetical shopping orders and possible stock shortages, you may very easily run out of your daily products. So here are 5 simple alternatives that you can try, to act as a quick fix or that could replace your current products altogether.
1.Out of shampoo or hair mask?
Try out flaxseed gel! This is my latest discovery and I wish I had found it sooner. Since I have been avoiding the shops (in my attempt to be extra safe), I actually ran out of my usual hair powder, but luckily I discovered that flaxseed gel can do wonders for your hair. Once you make the gel you can apply it to your hair for 1 hour if you need a shampoo alternative or a little longer if you want to use it as a hair mask or conditioner.
How to make it?
The process is easy and all you need, are some flax seeds and water. (also called graines de lin for my french speakers)
- Bring the water to a boil in a pan
- Put in your flax seeds and let it boil for around 15 minutes, while stirring every now and then to avoid the seeds from sticking to the bottom of the pan
- After around 15 minutes, a white form should start to form and the consistency of the water will become thicker or more gel like
- Turn off your stove, and let the mixture cool down
- Scoop the gel out and strain it (either with a sheer cloth, or a tea strainer if your mixture isn’t too thick)
- If you made too much, you can put it in a jar and keep it in the fridge for later use, it should stay for around a week or two
- Then you can just apply it to your hair and leave it on for around 1 hour before you wash it
Your hair and scalp should feel moisturized, after the very first wash. My hair felt stronger and overall healthier. If you have very greasy hair though and feel like this won’t clean your hair enough, you can try using some talcum powder on your scalp first to soak off the extra sebum/oils, then after a quick water rinse, you can apply the gel. If you are on a shampoo-free hair journey, I highly recommend you integrate this as part of your routine.
Why it works?
Flax seeds contain a lot of beneficial vitamins for hair growth and scalp health such as vitamin B, magnesium, selenium and omega 3 fatty acids.
2. What about face wash?
This is one of my favourite alternatives and will really benefit those of you who suffer with acne or dry skin. You just need one simple ingredient: Oatmeal.
How to do it?
It does not get easier than this, since all you have to do is ground the oatmeal up, if you like a finer texture, and then store it in a jar for when you need to wash your face. To use it, rinse your face with lukewarm water first, then just add some water to the ground oatmeal in the palm of your hand and squash it. Then apply the softened oatmeal gently to your face and leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes, before rinsing it off.
Your face should feel softer and cleaner just after, and with regular use, this can also help improve the texture of your skin.
Why it works?
The oatmeal will give you a nice amount of gentle physical exfoliation and it also contains saponins which naturally remove dirt from your pores. Oats also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a really great option for your face.
3. Out of moisturizer for your face?
Ok so even if I am a fan of oils, oils do not actually penetrate the inner layers of your skin as well as a good moisturizer can. They do a better job at sealing and retaining moisture. Therefore it’s best if you can add something to your skin first, before sealing it up with your favorite oil.(If you read this blog, you should already be familiar with some well-loved options like almond oil).
If you have a lovely garden, or if you started one during the last confinement, this will come in handy, because your two options are either aloe vera gel or rose water.
For the rose water:
1.Cut up a few of your beautiful big roses and let them dry up first.
2. Bring around a cup and a half of water to a boil , and then let it simmer on low heat.
3. Drop the petals in and leave them to ‘cook’, until the colour has gone from them
4. Leave it to cool and then pour the water into a spritzer bottle.
For aloe vera gel:
Very easy, all you have to do it is cut up a leaf, remove the gel and apply it to your skin
There you go, you can now apply your rose water or your aloe vera gel, before dabbing in a couple of drops of your favorite oils, for happy moisturized skin.
Why they work?
Both aloe vera and rose water are known to be very soothing. Aloe vera has polysaccharides and this gives it hydrating and anti-inflammatory benefits, and also helps it to create a protective barrier on your skin. As for rose water, it has been used since the middle-ages and just like aloe vera, it also has anti-inflammatory as well as antiseptic properties. Packed with antioxidants, rose water will also protect your skin against free radicals.
4. Out of deodorant ?
Even if lately all you have been doing is lounging on the couch, waiting for the days to go by, you may still want to smell fresh. So, if you run out of deodorant, an easy alternative is to mix some baking soda with coconut oil, and rub it on your armpits, after your shower. Wait for a couple of minutes and then wipe it off.
Why it works?
Baking soda is known to fight odor-causing bacteria, but since it can be a bit harsh on its own, mixing it with coconut oil will help add that extra moisture punch. In any case, I would recommend you do a patch test before trying it out, since it could cause irritations if you have sensitive skin.
5. Out of shaving cream?
Yes, I know..shaving is not top priority right now. I don’t know who I’m trying to fool with this one, but anyway if ever you do need to shave, or get rid of some unwanted stubble. Here are two options for you, that work great to give you smoother skin overall.
- Aloe vera Gel
- Coconut Oil( Yes, our trusty multi-functional friend)
Why they work?
Aloe vera, being anti-inflammatory, will help to prevent razor burns and bring that soothing sensation to your skin, as for coconut oil, it will act as a moisturizing barrier between the blade and your skin, helping it to glide, avoiding cuts.
So there you have it, 5 easy alternatives to try out, whether you skipped your day to go and get supplies or you are just looking for ways to get crafty during the lockdown. As with anything, however, please do your own research to make sure that the options mentioned will suit you.
Love & green vibes,