TikTokers use edibles for skin care, so I gave it a try

Is food part of your skin care routine? I've tried (and talked to the experts about) some of TikTok's most popular food-as-beauty product trends. (Photos: Jamie Davis Smith)

Is food part of your skin care routine? I’ve tried (and talked to the experts about) some of TikTok’s most popular food-as-beauty product trends. (Photos: Jamie Davis Smith)

Great skin doesn’t have to cost a fortune or contain tons of synthetic ingredients. Many TikTokers are turning to their pantries and using food as a natural, organic and effective means of skin care.

I’d be thrilled to finally stop spending hundreds of dollars a year on lotions and face masks and instead run to the grocery store for the magic potion that prevents wrinkles and gives me glowing skin, so I tried some TikTok recommended home remedies .

Dermatologists say there’s not much risk in smearing fresh food on your face as long as it’s not spoiled. Just be careful not to overdo it. dr Harikiran Chekuri says, “Potential downsides of using these ingredients topically include clogging pores if left on the skin for too long, so they should be removed after 10 minutes.” He also warns that some may experience skin irritation, and suggests to do a patch test (testing a product on a less sensitive area of ​​skin like the arm to look for an allergic reaction) first.

With that in mind, I set out to determine if convenience and cost would convince me to use off-the-shelf skincare items, or if the “Ick” factor would win out and stick with my favorite brands.

avocado

avocados are enriched with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E dr Anna Chacona board-certified dermatologist and author, avocado moisturizes, nourishes, reduces inflammation, and prevents and treats acne and reduces signs of skin aging. Still, some are allergic to the oils in avocados, so it’s important to do a spot test before using.

Overall, I found making a face mask out of an avocado a failure. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

Overall, I found making a face mask out of an avocado a failure. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

The first challenge in using avocado for any reason is finding one that’s ripe enough to use that hasn’t gone bad yet. After spending some time carefully poking through a dozen avocados, I was delighted to discover a perfect one. I mashed the avocado with a fork using the same technique I use when making guacamole.

I probably should have spent more time mashing the avocado as it still had some chunks when I applied it to my face and I found it difficult to get anything apart from small chunks that stuck to my skin, although a good amount got stuck in my eyebrows. For me, an avocado mask was a failure. In the future, if I’m looking to reap the benefits of avocado for skincare, I’ll give avocado oil a try, which has the added benefit of not having to worry about whether an avocado is ready to use or not.

olive oil

says Chakon olive oil is rich in vitamins, lipids and antioxidants, all of which contribute to healthier looking skin. “Its antioxidants may help reduce the appearance of aging,” she says. dermatologist dr Cory Gaskins explains that olive oil is a great choice for “deeply hydrating” the skin. For best results dermatologist and researcher dr Enrizza factor recommends choosing a high-quality olive oil that “contains no additives or chemicals.” A rare side effect of using olive oil on skin is that it can cause acne in some, so go slow.

Even using a jade roller didn't help my skin absorb the olive oil. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

Even using a jade roller didn’t help my skin absorb the olive oil. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

Olive oil was my least favorite food that I put on my face. Unsurprisingly, it felt oily and slimy. I tried using a jade roller to help the oil penetrate deeper and to see if it would make the oil feel more soothing and less drippy. It didn’t.

Even after I washed off the olive oil, it felt like a residue was left behind. However, my skin looked — flatteringly — shiny after using the olive oil. It also felt softer and smoother. Given the benefits of using olive oil I will try using it topically again with a different brand but this attempt was a failure.

cucumber

The humble one cucumber has a calming and cooling effect. According to Chacon, they promote antioxidant activity that can slow down signs of aging. According to Gaskin, cucumbers are “great for reducing puffiness around the eyes.” And they can reduce redness. For most people, there are no downsides to using cucumber on the skin.

While I wasn't a fan of the cucumber's cold feeling on my face, the scent was refreshing. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

While I wasn’t a fan of the cucumber’s cold feeling on my face, the scent was refreshing. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

I first placed room-warm cucumber slices over my eyes and enjoyed the cool, soothing feeling. After that, I did what many TikTokers recommend and rubbed a frozen cucumber all over my face. I don’t like the cold and didn’t enjoy the feeling, although those who aren’t that sensitive to cold may do better with this trend. Because I felt so uncomfortable, I stopped this experiment so I didn’t notice any benefits. I loved the refreshing cucumber smell for the short time I used the frozen one.

Treasure

Treasure is not only a good natural sweetener. Chacon says it deeply hydrates skin, acts as a pore cleanser, serves as a gentle exfoliator, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, whitens and brightens scars. Still, honey may not be the best choice for those with infants, since “consumption of honey by mouth has led to botulism in infants,” according to Chacon.

After smearing honey on my face, my husband said my skin looked radiant. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

After smearing honey on my face, my husband said my skin looked radiant. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

I worried that putting honey on my face would be a gross gooey mess, but was pleasantly surprised that the mess wasn’t that bad. I used my hands to apply the honey to my face and found it to be easy to transfer and easy to apply evenly. I thought it would be awkward sitting around with something so sticky on my face, but I barely felt it.

After 10 minutes I braced myself for what I thought would be a challenge to remove, but using a hot washcloth the honey came off easily. My husband said I look radiant.

Oats

Oats are not just a delicious breakfast. Factor explains that “oats have been used as a topical treatment for centuries” and that its topical application “can significantly improve skin dryness, flaking, roughness, and even itching.” She thinks oats are a great daily cleanser that’s “gentle on the skin.” According to Chacon, oatmeal moisturizes and nourishes. While most oats are well tolerated on the skin, allergy sufferers can get blotchy, itchy skin, says Chacon.

I prepared a small bowl of oatmeal by quickly mixing some with some hot water. After letting the mixture cool, I started applying it to my face with my fingers. It was really messy and hard to get the oats to stick and almost impossible to evenly apply the oats. At one point I had a huge chunk on my nose, but then I could barely stick one to my cheeks.

I've found it difficult to get oats off my skin and will probably stick to only eating them in the future. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

I’ve found it difficult to get oats off my skin and will probably stick to only eating them in the future. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

I rubbed the oatmeal in as best I could and let it sit for a while. It was difficult to get oatmeal off my skin. I don’t think oats work well as a mask, although they could be a good exfoliator. After using the oat mixture on my face, my face felt smoother and looked a little clearer, but given the mess, I think I’ll just stick with it meal Oats from now on.

coconut oil

coconut oil has several potential benefits, according to Chacon. These include reducing inflammation, hydrating the skin and aiding in wound healing. “It also has antibacterial properties that can help heal acne and protect skin from dangerous microorganisms,” says Chacon.

I melted coconut oil with some warm water to get a mixture that's perfect for applying to my skin. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

I melted coconut oil with some warm water to get a mixture that’s perfect for applying to my skin. (Photo: Jamie Davis Smith)

Factor adds that “it’s easy to apply directly to the skin and has few known risks.” That said, coconut oil isn’t for everyone. “Coconut oil is highly comedogenic, which means it can clog your pores and bring out blackheads, whiteheads, and acne,” explains Chacon.

I melted coconut oil in a bowl of hot water and stirred to dissolve. Then I used my fingers to apply the oil to my face and rub it in. It felt a little slimy but was soothing. After about ten minutes I used a washcloth with warm water to rub it off. I thought my skin had a new glow after removing it all.

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