Sunday, January 12, 2014

Winter-Proof Your Skin - 3 Ways To Moisturize Your Skin Naturally

Dry skin and winter seem to go hand-in-hand.  Where you find one you will likely find the other.  This time of year can be brutal on your skin and can leave many damaging effects behind if you don't moisturize and protect your skin from the harsh elements of winter.  There are so many different options available to moisturize your skin with these days it can be hard to know what to use and how often to use it.  Plus when you consider some of the harsh chemicals and dyes that are put into most of the mainstream lotions and body butters it is no wonder that our skin goes a little crazy and gets all dried out.  Our skin is the largest organ on our body and it absorbs everything it touches within seconds making what you put on your skin vitally important not only to the health of your skin but to your over all health as well.  So, it only makes sense to put something that will not only nourish your skin but that is also safe, natural and not cause any unhealthy side effects.  Listed below are some natural ways to winter-proof your skin this winter and quite possibly for the rest of your life.  These alternatives are 100% natural, affordable and effective.

  • Butters.   Butters are generally found in solid form, are plant based and commonly consist of mango butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter and shea butter.  Butters offer a high degree of protection and moisturizing effect as they are slower to absorb into your skin.  When searching to purchase an all natural moisturizing butter make sure to get it from a reputable source to be sure that no additives or other chemicals are put into the butter.
  • Oils.  Over the years oils have become a very popular way to keep skin moisturized.  Some examples of skin moisturizing oils are; olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, castor oil and avocado oil.  When looking for the perfect moisturizing oil to use on your skin make sure to look for 100% organic oils to ensure you aren't putting any highly chemicalized oils on your skin.  Oils are slightly easier for the skin to absorb than butters and offer great moisturizing effects and are extremely affordable as a little bit goes a long way.
  • Combination of Oils and Butters.  This is a great option for anyone that wants to get a little creative and tailor the recipe to suit your skin type.  It will slowly absorb into your skin and leave it feeling so soft and protected.  If using coconut oil, the addition of butter helps to stabilize the consistency of the oil making it more durable for warmer temperatures.  A blend to try out is: 12 tablespoons of Shea Butter, 4 tablespoons Plant Oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil or any plant oil of your choice.  5-10 drops of essential oil of your choice.  With a high speed mixer blend the shea butter and plant oil together until you reach desired consistency.  This will take several minutes.  Once desired consistency is achieved add essential oils to mixtures and put mixture into an airtight container.  Label accordingly and enjoy!

Finding the right natural moisturizer that works best for you may take some trial and error but the efforts are well worth it.  Your skin will feel amazing and your immune system will thank you for nourishing it without all sorts of chemicals and dyes.  Have fun with the combinations and enjoy your soft winterized skin.

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