The unpredictable weather can sometimes be harsh to our skin, but just as nature can work against our skin, it is also nature that can be our best ally in taking care of it. Cosmetics commercially available are exorbitantly priced, and the chemicals in them can worsen skin conditions.
Here are some natural, inexpensive treats that will moisturize your skin even at its driest spell.
Before hopping into the shower or before going to bed, use one of these to soothe and invigorate your skin:
Try different types of oil. Our skin dries up because moisture evaporates from our skin by slipping through tiny cracks and fissures. Oils are one of the best form of moisturizer as they form a barrier layer on top of the skin that prevents the molecules of water from escaping.
Rub on some olive, almond or coconut oil and massage lightly on to your hands, legs and the rest of your body before heading for a shower. If time permits, heat the oil and then apply.
Oatmeal makes a great exfoliator or mask. Mix together 2 tablespoons of oats with a tablespoon of honey and a dash of water. Heat up the mixture, then rub it into your skin. If you just to exfoliate, wash it off right away or you can leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes as a soothing, hydrating mask before rinsing. Oatmeal can also be used to treat dry, chapped hands. Rub your hands with wet oatmeal instead of soap. Dry your hands with a towel, then rub them with dry oatmeal.
Honey locks in moisture, is an antioxidant and has anti-microbial properties. Lightly heat 2 tsp. of honey and apply it onto your skin (face, hands, legs) while warm. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and then wash it off. Rub a little honey into your skin, sit and relax for up to 10 minutes, and then make a bee line for the shower or bath to rinse thoroughly.
Eggs are not only for sunny side ups for breakfast. Mix one egg yolk with a teaspoon of orange juice, a teaspoon of olive oil, a few drops of rose water and a few drops of lime juice. Apply this mixture to your face every morning for 15 minutes before you take a bath.
Milk cream makes for a very good moisturiser, too. Mix a few drops of lime, a teaspoon of milk and two tsp. of milk cream and rub onto your hands and legs. Leave it on for a while before you head for a shower. You’ll see the difference immediately.
Not only do chocolates make you feel good, they also make you look good. It promotes that youthful glow, reduces fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and protects from environmental effects such as sun and pollution. Mix 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 4 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado. Apply the mask to your face and any other body part you desire. Gently massage the mask into your skin, and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse it off with warm water.
Mangoes aren’t jsut for cakes and desserts. It is also a good moisturizer. Peel a ripe one and squash into pulp. Mix 1 teaspoon of mango pulp with 1 teaspoon of sugar and use it to peel and prepare your skin for the actual mask that’s now to follow. Mix the remaining pulp with 3 teaspoons of argan oil. Apply it all over your body and wash off after 15 to minutes. No need to apply any additional moisturizer afterwards.
Bananas, aren’t just good sources of pottasium and energy. Mash some ripe bananas and spread it on your face. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
While in the shower, adding a cup of oatmeal to a warm water bath and your skin will be rehydrated dry and invigorated. Oatmeal helps skin retain the moisture from the bath water and are packed with vitamin E, a nutrient which is vital to healthy skin.
Oil also has cleansing properties. Mix together a 3 to 1 ratio of olive oil and castor oil or grape seed oil and castor oil. Rub gently in your palm to warm and then spread over the face evenly, then placed a squeezed a washcloth dipped in hot water over your face. Keep it there until the washcloth is cooled. Rinse out the oil from the washcloth and after two or three repetitions, your face will feel soft and silky.
After showering, use oil as a light moisturiser. Olive oil, in particular, is an amazing multitasker. It instantly grooms dry cuticles, works wonders on hands and elbows, removes makeup, and soothes itchy, dry skin in any part of our body. Dab a thin layer of organic extra-virgin olive oil under your moisturizer for an extra dose of antioxidants and good fatty acids
Aloe Vera is also super good for your skin. After bath, slice a piece of aloe, squeeze all the gel out and apply onto your face, hands or legs. It will not only moisturise your skin, it will also form a protective layer that will keep impurities from entering your pores. Though aloe vera is a good skin hydrant, it can leave your skin feeling tight, so apply just a bit of moisturiser.
For bedtime, try rubbing coconut milk onto your face and body, and leave it overnight. It does not only reduce skin dryness, but can also help in combatting dark spots and blemishes. Make sure to use old bed-sheets and pillow covers.
Apply a little organic honey on your chapped, cracked lips in the evening and wake up to a pair of smooth, yummy lips. Honey will also soothe cracked heels and rough elbows.
Enjoy raiding your kitchen!