Heads up! Your skin is the largest organ that you have. And since it helps to protect your other vital organs, it's important that you protect it so it stays in good condition down the road. One of the best ways to treat your skin, is to hydrate it.
Aside from drinking plenty of water, the best way to keep your skin hydrated is to apply a moisturizer to it. However, many lotions can actually block your pores and leave an unwanted residue on your skin so you might want to consider a few more natural options. In many cases, the ingredients for these natural moisturizers can be found in your kitchen or pantry!
Coconut oil is one of the best natural moisturizers on the market. Find the benefits of coconut oil here. But coconut isn't the only natural moisturizer you should try. Here are some examples of the more oft overlooked natural moisturizing options for you skin.
Sweet Almond Oil
We can't say enough about all of the benefits that come from applying some sweet almond oil to your skin. It's a powerful antioxidant that has lots of Vitamin E and it's gentle enough to use on a newborn's skin. It's a unique exfoliant that penetrates deeply into the pores in order to dislodge any dirt that washing may have missed. Plus, it's the kind of oil that you should consider applying to your "problem areas" if you're someone who suffers with eczema or psoriasis. That's because it's a mild and hypoallergenic oil that can decrease the urge to scratch any flare-ups. (Pretty sweet, right?)
A standout reason to give grapeseed oil a try is the fact that it is extremely high in linoleic acid. This kind of acid is both anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen, which makes it great for treating acne, eczema, and really dry and itchy skin. Grapeseed oil also has an impressive reputation when it comes to reducing the appearance of age spots and protecting your skin from sunburns. And if you're pregnant or a new mom? Consider applying it to your stretch marks. Since it effectively increases the production of collagen and elastin, that can help to reduce their appearance.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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We're pretty sure that you probably do a lot of cooking with olive oil and that's wonderful! We say that because olive oil helps to strengthen bones, aids in weight loss, and has even been linked to reducing cancer and Alzheimer's risks. But on the beauty front, it's also worth considering. For one thing, it can help to improve the quality and condition of your hair and nails. Also, it has lots of Vitamin E, (which aids in reducing signs of aging) and is a relatively thick oil which is great for applying to your skin when you get out of the shower to seal in moisture. You can also dab a cotton ball onto it and remove your makeup with it!
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As a skin and hair conditioner, this is a "fan favorite". Rosehip oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 oils which nourish extremely dry skin. It has astringent properties within it that soothes sunburn, and smooths out scar tissue. It also helps to make wrinkles appear less prominent while evening out your skin in such a way that you'll end up with a healthy glow each and every time that you apply it.
Apricot Kernel Oil
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Apricots are full of minerals and packed with fiber and iron which makes them healthy to eat. Plus, the can be turned into a moisturizing oil, excellent for those extra dry areas like your elbows or knees. Apricot kernel oil is hydrating enough to use on your entire body, and light enough to use as a facial oil. As a bonus, it's mild and non-irritating on all skin types. Perfect for a warm body massage.