As a mom, you might be contemplating the benefits of using natural ways to hydrate the skin. The good news is that this post contains a bunch of useful advice on how you can use pantry items into super hydrating solutions for your whole family’s skin!
Best natural ways to hydrate the skin
When it comes to skincare, natural solutions are always safer. Even more so if you or your family is prone to allergies or have very sensitive skin. Here are seven genius ways of combatting dry skin, the natural way!
1. Load up on H2O
You’ve heard this a million times before, but the easiest and most effective way to ensure your skin is getting enough hydration is by keeping your body hydrated. Two litres a day will help combat dry skin, but it’s also great for kidney and heart health.
2. Turn to olive oil
Loaded with amino acids and antioxidants, olive oil is an all-star that’ll help you keep your skin hydrated. You can massage some virgin olive oil into your skin right before you hit the shower, which will stop the warm water from drying out your skin. That warm water leads us to the next tip, which is…
3. Don’t take an extremely hot bath or shower
Hot water is a major culprit when it comes to depleted oil levels in your skin. We’re not saying you should forego the warm baths and showers altogether, but those scalding hot sessions just aren’t doing you any good.
4. Ditch the harsh soaps and cleansers
Look, those cleansers and soaps they sell at the beauty counter DO smell heavenly, heck they might even temporarily feel like they’re working, but in the long run, all those preservatives and parabens are ruining your complexion. Why not consider making your own moisturising soap? Check out this recipe for cold pressed activated charcoal soap. Its super simple to make and your skin will thank you for the investment you made in yourself!
5. Stop using coconut oil strictly for cooking
Coconut oil is a great fat for prepping food, and as much as your taste buds love it, your skin is guaranteed to appreciate it even more. It really is a miracle oil of sorts since it’s antibacterial and antioxidant when used topically, oh and its moisturising properties are out of this world!
6. Honour the honey
Raw, organic honey is arguably one of nature’s greatest gifts to mankind. Not only is it a natural hydrating agent, but it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is perfect for soothing dry and irritated skin. Try applying some organic honey to the areas of your skin that are really taking punches. Leave it on for about 5 minutes (more if you’d like) and then just rinse it off with lukewarm water. When you repeat this regime on a daily basis, you’ll start seeing amazing results in less than a week’s time.
7. Plump up with pumpkin
Our mothers always told us that pumpkin is beneficial for beautiful locks, but it turns out that pumpkin is seriously powerful when it comes to hydrating the skin from within. If you’re not keen on including pumpkin in your diet, you might want to try out a zinc-rich pumpkin face mask. All you need to do is mix one tablespoon of raw, grated pumpkin with one egg white. Then add one teaspoon of almond oil and a teaspoon of pure tomato juice. After you’ve whipped up the mixture, apply it to your face and allow it to work for about 10 minutes, before rinsing it off with warm water. Just give it a try, you’ll love the hydrating effect, and as a bonus, this mask will also help combat excess oil, blemishes and gently exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells.