Skincare stores across the world are flush with countless skin products promising beautiful skin at a cost. These over-the-counter-products may no doubt work for some people, but it takes a lot of trial and error (and heartbreaks) to reach the appropriate skin products. These lotions & potions have tons of ingredients and preservatives (which may be harmful) along with the active ingredient. Besides, the product may have alcohol and fragrances that may cause skin irritation or make skin excessively dry.
Health & wellness is increasingly moving towards natural remedies. Even for dermal care people are looking for simple solution in beauty care, such as skin revitalization, remedy for dryness, acne, sun burn, and anti-aging solutions. Studies have shown that natural oils are pure and offer better result for skin care. The kitchen cabinet in your home is a storehouse of various ingredients that are invaluable for treating skin issues. Simple ingredients like honey, cucumber, yogurt, avocado or olive oil can be used for moisturisation, acne cure, sun screen or to prevent premature aging.
Natural Moisturisers at home
Natural moisturisers taken from your kitchen cabinet contain fresh ingredients that are bound to provide the best result for your skin.
Here is a lowdown on 9 natural moisturisers to keep your skin smooth and glowing.
1. Olive oil
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that prevents oxidation of free radicals, and reduces signs of premature aging. It’s rich in vitamins A, D, E and K – all of these micronutrients are good for skin and hair. This nutty oil has proved to be the perfect moisturiser for many.
Home remedy tips: Apply extra virgin olive oil on face and body for an extra dose of moisturisation. Do it when the skin is damp for maximum benefit.
Honey is a humectant (draws moisture from air) that works as an excellent moisturiser for skin. It has natural healing properties, which has been used to treat skin damages like scars caused by acne. Honey has anti-inflammatory compounds that help to reduce skin irritation and redness.
Home remedy tips: Apply honey (Manuka variety) all over your face and wash it off with lukewarm water after (5-10 minutes) for a dewy glow. Use it as a natural face wash daily or as a face mask once a week.
3. Avocado and avocado oil
Avocado oil contains vitamins A, D and E which offers deep moisturization for dry skin. It’s rich in vitamin E and helps to reduce fine lines & wrinkles, fades acne scars and lessens hyperpigmentation. Avocado oil acts as natural protector of skin from the harmful UV rays of sun.
Home remedy tips: Make a nourishing face mask by using the flesh of avocado in combination with organic honey. Use avocado oil diluted with water as a moisturizer to make your skin soft, smooth and supple.
Yogurt contains lactic acid that exfoliates dead skin and tightens pores, rejuvenating and improving skin texture. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of yogurt make it a natural cure for acne-prone skin. It also helps to soothe sun-damaged skin, while hydrating and nourishing your skin.
Home remedy tips: Apply yogurt on clean face and wash it off after 10 minutes to remove dead cells, giving you smooth and glowing skin.
5. Almond oil
Almost oil is best known as a moisturizer due to its emollient property. The high content of vitamin E (an antioxidant) reduces oxidative damage caused by pollution and suns’ UV rays. It also slows down the signs of aging (wrinkles, fine lines, etc.) and reverses photo damage.
Home remedy tips: Massage a few drops of almond oil to face and under eye before bed to get rid of dark circle, wrinkles and other skin blemishes.
Cucumber has a cooling property that soothes weary eyes and reduces dark circles due to the presence of silica. The mild astringent property of cucumber helps to get relief from sun tan and sun burn. Its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties aid in treating dull skin, revitalizing and renewing facial skin to its natural glow.
Home remedy tips: Puree chunks of cucumber and add a few drops of organic honey to make a hydrating face mask that also helps to soothe out irritated skin.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel derived from its plant is rich in vitamins, lipids and amino acids, which are effective moisturizing agents. The anti-inflammatory property of aloe makes it a healing gel for minor cuts and sun burns. Suitable for all skin types, the gel of aloe vera kills the acne-causing bacteria, lightens blemishes and age spots, and reduces signs of aging by plumping up skin.
Home remedy tips: Make your own face serum by mixing aloe vera gel with a carrier oil (as per your skin type) and a few drops of essential oil, to keep your skin hydrated and healthy during the day.
8. Sunflower seed oil
Sunflower seed oil has high content of vitamin E, keeping skin moisturized for longer time. It’s anti-oxidant property helps in protecting skin from the harmful UV rays of sun and prevents premature aging. Rich in vitamins A, C, E and D, sunflower oil aids in cell regeneration and getting rid of acne-causing bacteria – effectively treating acne. Sunflower oil is high on linoleic acid that helps to fade skin blemishes.
Home remedy tips: Apply a few drops of the oil in palm and rub it in the skin to lighten dark spots and marks left by acne scars.
Oats have skin-healing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and help to soothe dry skin. It contains saponins, natural cleansing compounds that help to remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Oats are good for oily skin as it soaks up excess oil and reduces acne.
Home remedy tips: Pour a cup of powdered oats in your bathwater to heal skin conditions like itchiness and inflammation.
Natural moisturizers keep your skin smooth, supple and glowing, without putting a dent on your pocket. Take your pick out of a wide array of ingredients from the kitchen cabinet, and rest assured that they are free from harmful chemicals. And, remember to do a patch test to avoid allergic reaction, especially if you have sensitive skin.