It's been several months since we've been social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and chances are, you've run out of your everyday beauty products and had to make a trip to the drugstore once or twice. Even if you're taking a break from your regularly scheduled full-face looks, you might still be playing with makeup for a Zoom meeting, a Bumble video date, or just for fun.
But what if you run out of your favorite mascara or eyebrow gel and you don't feel like battling anti-maskers at Walmart if you live in a state seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases? Maybe you completely spaced on ordering body wash. You can search online wait for your stuff to be delivered, or just sub them out and use other beauty products you might have lying around.
We chatted with cosmetic chemists, hairstylists, makeup artists, and trichologists to make sure you're not going to damage your eyes or irritate your skin with these simple hacks. Whether you're stuck at home, traveling light, or trying to save a few bucks, you'll be surprised by how well some of these product swaps work. Grab a well worn-in mascara, neutral brown eye shadow, and some body lotion and get creative.
Use body lotion as leave-in conditioner
If you have dry or textured hair, you probably need a leave-in conditioner to even get a comb through your strands. But if you run out, you can forget doing a decent-looking blowout at home. And even if you're not using a hot tool, your hair might feel dry as hell without a leave-in base.
In a pinch, that's where body lotion comes in. You don't want to use it all the time, but while under stay-at-home orders, we've found it can be a decent alternative. "If you're considering it, reach for a product with more silicones," says Victoria Fu, cosmetic chemist and cofounder of Chemist Confessions. "[But] expect the outcome to be a little more greasy [and] heavy."
Bridgette Hill, trichologist and stylist with Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa, agrees but warns that body lotion might not work as well on all hair types. "Generally speaking, body lotions are cream-based [and provide] moisturizing humectants and lipids that may be beneficial to hair fibers," she explains. "Body lotion may only be beneficial to someone who does not have chemically-treated or colored hair."