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Pantry Pretty: 5 Accessible Skincare Items You (probably) Already Own

Beauty standards constantly change and shift as social media and the technological world are inundated with health and beauty content. In recent years, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on curating a healthy skincare routine. While makeup still plays a crucial role in the beauty industry, the focus has shifted slightly to promote healthy skin that illustrates natural beauty.

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The beauty industry is an overwhelming and constantly changing world. We are frequently bombarded with new product releases that claim to enhance the overall health of our skin. It is easy to get lost in the sea of information and skincare products that are constantly advertised. Because of this plethora of information, it can be difficult to determine what products are truly effective. In addition to the sheer number of products that can be found on the market, many of these skincare products come with a hefty price tag. This leads consumers to struggle to not break the bank when developing a skincare routine that promotes healthy and glowing skin.

This article will discuss 5 amazing skincare products that you likely already have in your home. This list includes a variety of affordable, natural, and common pantry items that are research-backed and known to stimulate and protect your skin. With comprehensive instructions on how to use these ingredients, you will be able to incorporate them into your skincare routine in order to emphasize the natural beauty of your skin. These items are accessible, affordable, and can be used to treat a variety of skincare routines. Crafting a simple homemade facemask or moisturizer can help to safely enhance your natural beauty without having to purchase additional skincare products. If you don't currently have one or more of these items on hand, no worries - we provide our ethically sourced REESHI recommendations at the bottom of this page.

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5 Accessible Skincare Products You Already Have in the Pantry, Why They Work, And How To Use Them

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is often considered a superfood that has a variety of health and skincare benefits. This oil is extremely versatile and can be incorporated into a variety of homemade face masks. The oil itself is very hydrating and can help treat irritated or dry skin. Coconut oil is antimicrobial due to its monolaurin content, which means that it can help prevent acne outbreaks while reducing irritation and inflammation.

How To Use Coconut Oil In Your Skincare Routine

You can warm coconut oil between your palms and apply it directly to your face in order to add a rich layer of moisture to your skin. You can also apply oil to specific dry patches to target specific areas that lack moisture. The oil can also be combined with other ingredients such as avocado to create a deeply moisturizing face mask.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is another common pantry ingredient that can be incorporated into your skincare routine.

This orange-colored spice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can help both your gut health as well as your skin health. Its anti-inflammatory properties, due to its high concentrations of the miracle molecule curcumin, can help treat irritation caused by acne as well as help your skin develop a healthy glow.

How To Use Turmeric In Your Skincare Routine

Turmeric can be combined with other ingredients such as raw honey and yogurt to create a natural face mask that powerfully targets inflammation of the face.

As with any skincare product, it is important to patch-test these homemade face masks to determine your skin sensitivity to the ingredients. Additionally, high quality turmeric will not stain white/fair skin. Poor quality turmeric may have yellow dyes included that could stain the skin.

3. Raw Honey

Raw honey possesses many wonderful skincare benefits and can frequently be found in most home pantries. Raw honey contains antioxidants that are known for their skin-healing properties. Raw honey can be used directly on the skin to reduce scarring and treat skin conditions such as eczema and acne.

How To Use Raw Honey In Your Skincare Routine

Raw honey can be combined with other ingredients such as turmeric or plain Greek yogurt to create a nourishing face mask that can minimize scarring from acne or eczema. The honey can also be applied directly to the face for these same benefits. This can be a slightly messy ingredient to work with so incorporating this into your nighttime skincare routine might be the easiest.

Common (not-raw) honey found in grocery stores has been pasteurized, or heated to high temperatures and then rapidly cooled, to promote better shelf life and decrease the chance of contamination. However, since high temperatures denature and "kill" off some of the molecules that are known to have health applications, raw (non-heated/pasteurized) honey is recommended for maximizing these amazing skin benefits. We provide our REESHI recommendation for raw honey below.

4. Rolled Oats

Many skincare products that are sold within the beauty industry use oats as a powerful ingredient to treat skin conditions such as eczema. Oats are also naturally moisturizing thanks to the proteins and lipids they contain. Oats are gentle on the skin and can act as an effective exfoliant while restoring vital moisture.

How To Use Rolled Oats In Your Skincare Routine

You can grind up oats in a blender or food processor to create a fine powder before combining it with honey or avocado oil to create a gentle exfoliator that can remove dead skin cells and leave behind healthy, glowing skin. However, it is always important to be very careful when using a physical exfoliant such as oats- be very gentle when massaging your face with this to prevent any unintentional abrasion to the skin.

5. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is another common pantry staple that can also double as effective and natural skincare. Chamomile, specifically Roman Chamomile or Chamaemelum nobile, is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively mend the skin barrier and treat skin conditions such as acne. It can also be used to reduce signs of aging and minimize the appearance of dark circles.

How To Use Chamomile Tea In Your Skincare Routine

After brewing a cup of tea, you can take the cooled tea bags wrapped in a towel or napkin and rest them directly on the areas of your face where you would like to reduce inflammation or treat dark circles. After about 10-15 minutes, you may remove and observe the reduction of puffiness or redness.


Beauty standards are constantly changing, and it is easy to feel as though you have to purchase a plethora of expensive products to attain the healthy, glowing skin of your dreams. However, it is important to know that there are a variety of safe and natural products that you can find in your home pantry that can promote healthy skin! Attaining the healthy skin you desire is not as inaccessible as we are sometimes led to believe. With a little additional research and some scrounging around, you can create research-backed nourishing and healing skincare products from ingredients that you can find in your own home.

REESHI Recommended Products for Pantry Pretty

We scoured the internet and verified these five products'' sourcing, processing, and handling to ensure our recommendation to you is ethical, sustainable, and climate-conscious.

That's the REESHI way.

  1. Pure Unrefined Coconut Oil - Alaffia (Black-Owned, on a Mission to Empower African Women)

  2. Organic Turmeric - Leaning Tree Organics (Minority-owned, supports 5 grade schools in India)

  3. Raw Honey - Avery Girl Honey (Family-Owned, supports ethical beekeeping)

  4. Rolled Oats - Bob's Red Mill (Employee-Owned, supports regenerative agriculture and sustainable sourcing)

  5. Chamomile Tea - Alaya Tea (Woman and minority-owned, supports female tea farmers in India)

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