Upcycling Skincare? How to Repurpose Skincare Products?

Claudia Christin Sep 28 2021

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You’ll inevitably encounter some products that just don’t work out for your face or that have been sitting there for too long that it passed their PAO (period after opening). It may feel so wasteful to throw them out since they are barely used and maybe it’s just your facial skin that is not getting along well with the product. Here are some of our ideas on how to repurpose those skincare products that may not work for your face, but you can make the best of them for other parts of your body, or daily life!


How do you know if a product doesn’t work for you? 


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You may be experiencing one of the following: 

✓ Burning sensation

✓ Red and irritated skin 

✓ Itchiness 

✓ Dry, flakey skin

✓ Breakouts


Although there are some other factors that we may want to consider such as lifestyle changes due to diet, hormones, or lack of sleep that may have its role on how our skin reacts to certain ingredients. 


Here are some of the products that may not work for you and how to make the best out of it.


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  1. 1. Too-heavy moisturizer 

Finding the right moisturizer that suits best for our skin is not an easy task. It takes quite a few trials and errors until we can finally find “the one”. It is an important essential step that helps to lock in all the moisture on our skin to make it look hydrated and plump. If you think that recent moisturizer is too heavy, greasy, or even clogging your pores, you can go ahead and repurpose it 


Repurpose for: hand or foot cream (or any part of your body that requires more moisture). Most of the time hand/foot cream is thicker since it is much more prone to cracking and dryness (especially during the wintertime). That’s why a moisturizer that is too thick for your face may fit perfectly for your hand/foot.


  1. 2. Harsh exfoliants

Exfoliation’s purpose is to remove the dead skin cells or the most outer layer of our skin. It helps reveal the newer fresh-looking, smoother and brighter skin. There are so many different types of exfoliators in the market and some exfoliators fit better than others.  For that reason, it is pretty common for people to “fail” in finding the one. But it’s alright since it is not the end of the world.


Repurpose for: You can use it on other parts of your body such as the knees, elbow, or feet (or wherever it is feeling textured and rough). Just make sure that you slather on that sunscreen every time after you exfoliate part of your body.


  1. 3. Cleansing oil/balms

They are a great first cleanser product that can effectively remove any excess makeup, dirt, sebum with minimal friction on your skin. However, some of them just won’t sit well on your skin and cause breakouts. 


Repurpose for: makeup brushes / sponge / tools cleanser. You can use it just like a first-step cleanser for your brushes. It will effortlessly melt away the excess makeup and dirt from the brush. Rub the cleansing oil in for a good minute and then rinse it off with water. You can also do a second-step cleanser for your brushing using your favorite water-based cleanser which we will talk about next!


  1. 4. Face wash/cleanser 

Face wash is such an essential step in your skincare routine, regardless of your skin type. There are so many different types of face wash with different texture and Did you found any face wash/cleanser that is a little too harsh or maybe unpleasant fragrant that is too sensitizing for your nose? 


Repurpose it for: Use it as a body wash instead and as a second-cleanser for your makeup brush! 


  1. 5. Face oils 

Face oils can be a great addition of moisture in your skincare routine. They are great for the winter but during the summer time you may feel like you don’t really need it anymore. However, your time is ticking since you’ve opened the bottle in winter time. How can you make the best out of it?


Repurpose it for: you can use your face oils for your hands, lips, nails and cuticles. It helps nourish and reduce dryness on this part of your body.


Of course, you always donate or share these products with your loved one. Since skincare is very personal, one product that doesn’t fit you may be a holy grail for others, vice versa. Let us know if you have other ideas on how to repurpose our skincare products! 


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