6 Natural Skin Moisturizers You Already Have at Home
Got dry skin? Whether your skin is perpetually parched or you're dealing with a change in weather, finding the right moisturizer can seem like a never-ending quest. The good news is that you don't have to spend much money or look very far to keep your skin hydrated. In fact, you don't have to reach for any skincare products at all. Some of the best natural moisturizers can be found right in your kitchen.
Take a look at these natural ingredients that can hydrate your skin, plus pick up a few helpful tips on what you can do to prevent dry skin in the first place — you might be surprised how your regular skincare routine and other daily habits make a difference. Of course, always test out a small area of your skin first (such as the inside of your forearm) to make sure you don't have any negative reactions. Happy hydrating!
There's a reason olive oil can be found in so many natural products. Given that it's loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols, and vitamins (including vitamin A and vitamin E), olive oil offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging benefits to help fight fine lines and hydrate aging skin.
You can use it as a face moisturizer by massaging a small amount onto damp skin — it absorbs better this way and goes on more smoothly with a non-greasy finish. Like avocado oil, olive oil has a comedogenic rating that is moderately low, so those with acne-prone or oily skin types are generally fine with it.
It not only smells like a tropical paradise, but pure coconut oil can also send dry skin packing thanks to its ultra-hydrating components that are easily absorbed. Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids, which have strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can protect skin while keeping it hydrated.
Choose unrefined, virgin organic coconut oil to maximize its benefits and use it on any dry patches — try rubbing it on cracked heels at bedtime then wearing socks overnight. If your face is prone to breakouts, you might want to steer clear of using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer as it has a fairly high comedogenic rating. Instead, add coconut oil (or any of your favorite oils) to a bath of warm water for a full-body hydration treatment.
Oh, the avocado. Not only is this amazing fruit beloved as the ultimate topping for toast, it's also celebrated as a great moisturizer, used in everything from body wash to face serums. Along with many skin-nourishing nutrients like omega–3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E, avocado oil promotes cell turnover and has a moderately low comedogenic rating.
For face or body, try massaging a few drops of avocado oil onto damp skin right after the shower. For an easy DIY facial, apply mashed or pureed avocado directly on your face and let it set for 15 minutes. You can also add a teaspoon of olive oil or honey for even more hydration.
How sweet it is! Honey isn't just a must-have for tea and other treats, it's also one of nature's most complete skin fixers thanks to its numerous healing properties. For one, honey is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that fight free radicals linked to aging skin.
This soothing sap is also a powerful humectant that pulls in moisture to combat dry skin conditions while also brightening the complexion. What's more, honey is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it helps unclog pores, clear up acne-prone skin, and reduce redness. For best results, choose raw local honey, which maintains the nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes that regular, pasteurized honey loses during processing.
Since leaving honey on your face all day long can be a sticky situation, try using it as part of your cleansing and face mask routine. Massage honey onto clean, damp skin, then rinse it off after several minutes. You can also spread a layer of honey on your face and let it sit for 15–30 minutes for a sweet, soothing treatment.
Not just for those sunburn-heavy months of summer, aloe vera can be a natural remedy for dry skin in winter or anytime of year. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties and skin-plumping vitamin C and E, aloe vera is a go-to botanical for inflamed, thirsty skin.
While you can easily get aloe vera gel in a bottle, many grocery stores sell fresh aloe vera leaves or an entire plant. Simply cut the plump leaves to get that juicy, jelly-like liquid, then dab it on your skin. Aloe is also non-comedogenic, so it won't cause breakouts for those with troublesome skin types. However, some people can have an allergic reaction to aloe latex, which is found underneath the plant's skin, so be sure to conduct a small patch test before using it all over your face or body.
OK, so not everyone is going to have castor oil in the kitchen cupboard, but it's certainly easy to find and considered one of the best natural remedies for dry skin. Made from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, castor oil has long been used in skincare products as a humectant to lock in moisture.
Ricinoleic acid, the main fatty acid found in castor oil, is an anti-inflammatory, which makes it a good option to treat acne. Castor oil also has a low comedogenic rating, meaning it's not likely to clog pores. That said, castor oil is a thick oil that can be too rich for sensitive skin. Try mixing it with other skin-friendly oils such as argan oil, almond oil, jojoba seed oil, olive oil, or apricot oil to dilute it and make it easier to apply.
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No matter what you do, if you're "moisturizing" your face and body with lotions, potions, and creams that have drying ingredients, you'll continue to have issues. Look for natural, nourishing ingredients and avoid sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic dyes and fragrances that can cause irritation or dryness.
Stay consistent with your daily skincare routine and moisturize your whole body, not just your face. Use lotion after washing your hands as soap can strip away your skin's natural oils. Look for a moisturizer and body wash with emollients like shea butter, jojoba oil, and hyaluronic acid as well as the natural ingredients mentioned in this list.
Keep It Cool
As enticing as a long, hot shower sounds, it can wreak havoc on your skin. Steam creates heat, which can cause inflammation and dehydrate the skin. Use cool or warm water and limit your showers and baths to no more than 15 minutes. FYI, applying oil, lotion, or serum as soon as you get out of the shower is an effective way to lock in moisture.
Drink Lots of Water
Stay hydrated from the inside out and try drinking at least half a gallon each day. By increasing your water intake, you can help decrease the chances of having dehydrated skin.
Hydrated Skin, Naturally
While you could spend a fortune on fancy face creams and body butters, the truth is there's no need to break the bank when it comes to having properly moisturized skin. In fact, items you already have at home can be some of the best natural skin moisturizers.
Whether you’re fighting the bitter cold of winter or just need a hydrating boost in general, go ahead and give these natural remedies a try. After all, happy, healthy, glowing skin should always be within reach.