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5 Ways to Repurpose Skincare Products



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We’ve all purchased at least one skincare product that we’re not crazy about (many of us have purchased several). With so many great skincare brands out there, it can be tempting to want to try them all. Unfortunately, not every product is going to work well for your skin. It doesn’t mean that it’s a bad product, it may just not work well with your skin type or specific routine.

Luckily, skin care products can provide a myriad of benefits outside of their designated use and benefit claims. Instead of wasting products you don’t love, here are five ways to repurpose them.

Use Serums as Lip Masks

Serums have become a popular skincare product for addressing various skin concerns. Since they have a high concentration of one ingredient, they are great for targeting very specific skin concerns. Hyaluronic acid serums can be used for added hydration on dry skin. Vitamin A serum will reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C serum brightens and has anti-aging properties.

Just because serums have a powerful blend of ingredients doesn’t mean they’re all going to work for you. Like any other skincare product, finding the right serum for your skin can take time. But if you purchase a serum you don’t love, you may be able to repurpose it. Facial serums can actually double as lip masks.

For example, if your vitamin C serum isn’t reducing fine lines and wrinkles, a prescription anti-aging treatment may be needed. But that doesn’t mean your serum has to go to waste. Vitamin C is both smoothing and hydrating when applied to the lips.

Use Moisturizers On Your Body

Many moisturizers can either provide too little hydration or too much. This imbalance can lead to dryness, irritation, and breakouts — none of which you want from quality skincare. Or, maybe a moisturizer doesn’t mix well with other products in a routine. Your skin could also be sensitive to some ingredients.

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Needless to say, there are numerous reasons you may not love a moisturizer.

If you have a moisturizer that you don’t love, prevent waste and use it on your body instead. Every moisturizer contains hydrating properties that other parts of your body can benefit from, including your hands, elbows, knees, and so on. To ensure your facial moisturizer will help other dry areas, look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

Use Cleansers as Body Wash

Cleansers are a vital component in any skincare routine. And with a plethora of options available, it can be overwhelming to pick the product that’s right for you. First of all, there are different types of cleansers: gels, foaming face washes, and exfoliators. Secondly, each cleanser points to different benefits and has different claims for what concerns it’s formulated to address.

If you have unused cleansers sitting in your cabinet, prevent waste by repurposing them as a body wash. A glycolic acid cleanser or walnut scrub will work great as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and reveal softer, smoother skin. A gentle cleanser for sensitive skin is great for everyday use. These cleansers have minimal ingredients and are unlikely to cause any sort of bad reaction. Benzoyl peroxide cleansers can even be used on your underarms to reduce body odor.

Bonus Tip: If you don’t like your cleanser as a body wash either, use it to clean your makeup brushes.

Use AHA/BHA Peels as a Foot Mask

A less common skincare product but still wildly popular — peeling solutions. A lot of spas will offer chemical peels along with many of their facial services. However, peeling solutions with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) can also be used at home. The AHA will exfoliate the outermost layer of skin for a brighter appearance, while BHA decongests pores and minimizes breakouts.

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A product like an AHA/BHA peel can be intriguing. Since they aren’t common or widely used, the temptation to purchase them is there. Will it provide amazing benefits? Is this the thing that your skincare routine has been missing? There’s only one way to find out. But if you purchase a peeling solution only to find out the results weren’t what you expected, don’t panic. Peeling solutions work great as feet masks because they help smooth out rough skin.

Use Retinol on Your Chest, Neck, and Hands

Retinol has increased in popularity over the last several years, becoming a nighttime staple in many skincare routines. Ask any dermatologist and they’re likely to rave about the results that can come from incorporating retinol into your routine. The main function of retinol is to promote cell turnover and it’s used to address so many skin concerns. Retinol can help with pigmentation and acne, target signs of aging, improve skin texture, and minimize pores.

When you first start using retinol, you might discover that the product is too strong or not strong enough. This can force you to go back to the drawing board, leaving you stuck with a product that was probably costly and won’t be used much. But if you aren’t using retinol on your face, try applying it to your chest, neck, and/or hands. This is a great way to be proactive and prevent signs of aging such as sagging skin.

Don’t let the name of a product, the packaging, or its claims keep you from getting full use out of it. Just about every skincare product you can think of can be repurposed in some way. All it requires is a little bit of research and imagination and you may find that what doesn’t work well on your face actually serves another great purpose.

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