Monday, December 29, 2014

How to Naturally Avoid Dry Skin this Winter

It’s that time of year again – the season when cold winter weather leaves you with dry, patchy skin. Fear not: these natural remedies will have your skin feeling softer and rehydrated in no time.
They are also less expensive than their commercial counterparts, and they don’t contain any mystery ingredients.

Moisturizing your skin with an avocado mask will have your face feeling soft and refreshed. Using a food processor, puree one half of an avocado, then add 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey and one teaspoon of olive oil or yogurt. Cleanse your face of any dirt, and then apply the mask evenly to your skin. Leave it on for approximately 30-40 minutes. Gently rinse and pat dry, so you don’t draw the moisture out with a towel.
Castor oil
Castor oil contains a high concentration of fatty acids that can quickly penetrate and moisturize the skin. A little goes a long way with castor oil. Just a small amount can work wonders for removing dry patches and renewing hydration in the skin.
Simply apply a few drops and gently massage it into your skin at night to wake up feeling revitalized.
Organic raw honey contains many wonderful properties. As mentioned above, it can be paired with avocado for a refreshing mask, or it can also be used by itself to permeate and soothe the skin.
Simply apply the honey directly to problematic dry areas and gently massage it in. Once it has been applied, let it sit for 3-4 minutes before gently rinsing it off. You will have softer skin in no time.
Aloe vera
The aloe vera plant has such amazing qualities that it was known to the ancient Egyptians as the “plant of immortality.” Inside this plant is a clear gel that is full of medicinal properties which help heal wounds and moisturize.
Particularly for people with oily complexions, aloe vera is great for hydrating the skin without leaving a greasy residue like some commercial products. It also acts as a good moisturizing base when applied to the face before the application of mineral-based makeup.
Coconut oil
The great thing about coconut oil is it can replace moisture in the skin all by itself, right out of the jar with no prep work needed. You just open the lid, and apply it wherever you have dry patches of skin.
That being said, coconut oil also works great in conjunction with other natural ingredients. For a luxurious sugar scrub, mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup of brown sugar, and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
Any of these natural remedies will work wonders for keeping your skin soft and supple despite the cold weather. Experiment a little to find out which ones will work best for you.
-The Alternative Daily

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