Well-hydrated skin is the foundation for healthy, beautiful, youthful-looking skin. However, the Inland Empire’s dry heat can make it difficult for skin cells to retain water, leading to dry, dull skin. In addition to prematurely aging your appearance, dry skin can also exacerbate existing skin conditions.
If your skin is already oily, not moisturizing enough can cause your skin to overproduce oil, leading to oily skin texture. Likewise, people suffering from dry skin may notice even more dull or peeling patches across their face.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can keep you skin healthy and moisturized— all at home. Consider creating facial masks with any of these natural products that are likely already in your pantry.
From soothing sunburns to fighting acne, aloe vera is a miracle plant that can lead to great skin. When it comes to moisturizing dry skin, aloe not only restores moisture and crucial vitamins but can relieve uncomfortable tightness and itching caused by dry skin. Apply the gel from inside the leaf to dry skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Avocados are more than a source of healthy fats. This popular topping is rich in vitamin C and vitamin E— key nutrients that support collagen and elastin growth. For individuals with dry skin, this means a solution to flaky patches and tired looks. Interested? Try mashing an avocado until smooth and apply to the dry area. Leave the mask on for five minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
There’s a reason cocoa butter is a main ingredient in countless skin treatments. This thick, lush butter contains polyphenols, which are important antioxidants that help reduce inflammation as well as improve skin elasticity. While frequently recommended for preventing and treating stretch marks, cocoa butter is great for deep skin hydration.
It’s no surprise that cucumbers made the list of at home moisturizers. These tasty vegetables are mostly water, making them perfect as a snack and skin booster. To maximize their hydration properties, remove the seeds and puree the cucumber. Then, mix with a carrier oil and paraffin wax to create a lush moisturizer. This mix is gentle enough for nightly use.
Honey is not only a natural moisturizer; it’s also a great humectant, meaning it penetrates deep into skin and locks in moisture. As this popular sweetener also has some antibacterial properties, it pulls double-duty by cleaning pores and rehydrating your skin. For the best results, apply the honey in a thin layer and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. This treatment can be applied twice a week, or more frequently if your skin is very dry.
Milk is a great thirst quencher for dry, dull skin. Regular cold as well as buttermilk can both be easily absorbed into the skin, helping hydrate skin as well as fight off wrinkles. So long as you’re not allergic to milk, this refrigerator staple can be applied twice a week to your skin in the shower.
While you may be more familiar with adding coconut or olive oil to your dinner recipe, these oils just as good for your skin as they are for your body. Oils like coconut and olive, as well as baby, mineral, and jojoba oil, are rich in vitamins and fatty acids, allowing them to not only soothe dry skin but also lock in moisture. Massaging these oils into your skin and leaving it overnight several times a week can lead to softer, smoother skin over time.
Another key ingredient in countless heavy-duty moisturizers, shea butter contains both fatty acids and anti-aging properties. This makes it the perfect tool against dry conditions. Including shea butter as part of your nightly skin care routine can help heal dried out skin while locking in moisture.
Last but not least, drinking plenty of water can help provide much needed hydration to dry skin. If you have a hard time remembering to drink enough water, try carrying a reusable bottle with you and make it a goal to finish drinking a full bottle by every meal.
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