Our skin is one of the most important organs in our body, not to mention supple and flexible; and keeping it healthy and moisturised should be a priority. But often it could cost you a pretty penny to buy natural skincare products or high end skincare products which may end up not being too good for your skin afterall. Here are 12 surprising natural moisturisers found in your kitchen that you probably didn’t know about.
12 Surprising Natural Moisturisers – Found in Your Kitchen
Not only good to cook with but natural oils can be essential for keeping your skin moisturised and hydrated. Olive oil contains antioxidants which are soothing for the skin and which may help with repairing damaged cells caused by excessive dryness. Olive oil is also an excellent choice for the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles due to its high content of Vitamin E.
Honey is a fantastic moisturiser that can be applied to your skin. Simply massage it into your skin, and then leave it for ten minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. If you do this frequently, you will start to notice a beautiful natural glow to your skin.
One of my favourite favourites, this versatile household staple has many uses, including cooking, baking, hair masks, oil pulling and natural lip gloss. Coconut oil contains fatty acids with antibacterial components which enhances collagen production when applied to your skin as a natural moisturiser. Coconut oil absorbs a lot easier than other oils.
Shea butter has a high content of triglycerides which means its a perfect emollient for restoring dry skin and preventing moisture loss. Shea butter extract is anti-inflammatory and is often used in familiar skincare products found on the supermarket shelves.
Aloe Vera contains a gel-like substance in their thick leaves which is a fantastic moisturiser during the cold winter months. Simply cut off a leaf and squeeze the gel out. Apply it directly to your face and allow it to dry for a few minutes before rinsing it off with water. Aloe Vera does not leave that greasy feel on your skin which is often the case with shop-bought creams. It is also great for relieving jelly fish stings or sunburn.
Plain Yogurt or Buttermilk
Dermatologists and estheticians often recommend fermented dairy products like buttermilk or plain yogurt because of their gentle hydration and exfoliating properties. They also contain loads of microbiome probiotics which are superb for your skin.Recent studies revealed that it is advantageous for acne prone skin when applied topically or taken orally.
A natural yogurt mask has been found to enhance skin moisture, brightness, and elasticity. To bring relief for dry and itchy skin, apply yogurt directly to the skin and leave to dry for ten minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Oat extract, colloidal oat, and oat is often featured on the ingredients list of many skin care products. This is because of the calming effect it has on irritated skin. Oat has antihistamine as well as anti-inflammatory properties which is why it is so effective in soothing atopic allergic reactions.
You can use colloidal oat or grind oats into a fine powder and add one cup to your warm bath water while it is running. This could help with bringing welcome relief to itchy or dry skin.
Almond oil is a wonderful source of vitamin E and is thought of to be an effective remedy for dry skin. Simply apply some on your face and body before taking a shower. Your skin will feel so supple and soft afterwards.
You might have noticed that this humble little vegetable is often used at beauty salons and spas. There is a good reason for it: Cucumber can be incredibly soothing to inflamed and tired skin.
It has a high water content which makes it hydrating plus the nutrients contained in the juice is effective for reducing swelling. Place two cucumber slices over your eyes after waking up each morning, to re-energise and get rid of any puffiness in your skin.
Avocado Oil or Avocados
Avocados are packed with vitamins, minerals, waxes, and proteins which makes it a powerful antioxidant that is good for treating your skin. Avocado oil is useful for boosting collagen synthesis.
You can make a face mask with mashed avocado, plain yogurt, oat, and honey to reap all the natural benefits that these natural gems have to offer.
You can squeeze out the pulp of a papaya slice and mix it with honey to make a paste. Apply it directly to your skin and leave it to dry for ten minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Your skin will be left feeling moisturised and rejuvenated.
Rose water is an excellent moisturising toner pre-oil and can also be used as a mist that you spray onto your skin throughout the day.
How to make your rose oil spray:
Dry the roses first and gather enough leaves to fill a quarter cup of petals. Then combine it with a cup and a half of water. Place it on the stove and bring it to the boil. Turn the heat down and allow it to simmer until all the color from the petals has gone. Drain it into a spritzer bottle and store it in the fridge. You must use it within a month as it does not contain preservatives like store-bought rosewater.
I hope you’ve found this article interesting and informative. Have you made any of these 12 surprising natural moisturisers found in your kitchen before?
Sending you love and happy, beautifully glowing skin vibes,