I never thought I would have such a story to tell. I had to survive 24 hours without any skin products, whatsoever. That meant saying good-bye to my morning and night skincare routine, without a warning.
We started off the day wanting to take a trip to Niagara, New York just to see the American side of the falls and do a little holiday shopping here and there, in Buffalo. The plan was to come back by nightfall. So obviously, I didn’t feel the need to pack anything. I just wore everyday glam makeup: foundation, mascara, bronzer, highlighter, matte lipstick, and was on my way.
The day went as planned up until it started snowing like crazy while we were driving back to the Canadian border. If you’ve ever been to Buffalo, you know how small and narrow the roads are, making them super slippery when it snows. It was pretty dark out, so my dad decided we stay in Niagara, NY overnight till the weather got better.
Just a few itty bitty problems: My face was caked, and I had no makeup remover on me. I didn’t bring a cleanser, nor face wash. I didn’t have my toothbrush, my night cream nor my night mask. To top it all off. I didn’t bring a pair of clothes with me to sleep in.
So I know its not the end of the world. Its just one night, I can handle it, I like me a good challenge anyway. I guess since we are so indulged in our skincare routine, its hard to live without it.
But I did. This is how I did it.
Okay, so you would assume hotels would have at least some type of facial soap in their bathrooms, right? Wrong. Since this was a very last minute booking, especially in Niagara, the only thing they had in the bathroom was a small bottle of liquid hand soap. The first thing I did, was washed the nasty germs off my hands, and splashed warm water all over my face, to help with the removal of makeup. I took the face towel (the bathroom thankfully had), and scrubbed lightly the makeup off my face. 60 % of the makeup came off just by doing that. So far so good.
I felt like a lot of foundation was still clogged in my pores, and my lipstick (Rimmel Provocalips 16Hr) wasn’t budging with just water. I had to think fast. I sat on the bed, searching through my bag for any type of wet wipes that could help me out. When I looked up, I saw the coffee maker sitting on the table in front of me. Ding Ding Ding! I remember reading somewhere that coffee is really good at exfoliating. I grabbed those sachets of coffee powder, boiled some water, and boom, DIY exfoliator at your service. Long story short, I used that “mask” to exfoliate and remove any makeup that still remained on my face. It worked pretty well, not gonna lie. My skin felt pretty smooth and squeaky clean.
The Next Morning
After a good night’s rest, the next morning had to be the absolute hardest. I had no face wash, toner, nor any moisturizer. How was I supposed to survive a chilly, cold, dry day without any moisturizer? My skin would not forgive me. Not gonna lie, my face felt really smooth with the coffee mask from last night. But since I suffer from horrible dry/dehydrated skin, my skin was cracking up and got pretty flaky. But that wasn’t the biggest problem.
Breakfast was about to close downstairs and so I went to the hotel vending machine, got a pack of mints and chewed on that for a while before eating breakfast ( I didn’t have any toothpaste/toothbrush). After eating breakfast I took Greek yogurt from the fridge and some spreadable honey. I mixed them together in a cup and made another DIY mask/cleanser. I was on a roll! I kept it on my face for about 5 minutes and rinsed it off. Yogurt is awesome for the skin, and works beautifully as a moisturizer. The honey has antibacterial properties, so I figured why not mix them up to make myself a cleanser?
My skin felt pretty good for the rest of the day, but it did end up getting very dry because of the cold weather. It cracked up all over my cheeks and forehead area. I was just living with it till I got home at night.
The one thing I learned from this horrendous experience, was to improvise with what you have on you. Yes, sometimes you wont have any means to help you with your skin care, I was lucky enough to have some ingredients in the hotel. Even if I didn’t, its alright, because there is no harm in not doing anything at all. Some people around the world do absolutely nothing when it comes to skin care, and they’re perfectly alright. Waking up and rising my face and mouth with water would’ve worked just fine. But I wanted to challenge myself. Thus proving the point again: when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to improvise with what you had to make the best of it? Let me know in the comments below.