Dry, cold Winter weather is harsh on skin. This Winter, it seemed that I need to slather on lotion every 30 minutes! But, my skin still felt dry and almost like sandpaper at all times. Attempting to get away from some of the chemicals and other irritants in store-bought cleansers, lotions and other beauty products, I tried out a few skin care remedies using a more natural approach. After using these moisturizers for a few weeks, I’m ready to share the results.
Most of these all-natural beauty remedies are under $10 and can be purchased from your local health food store or vitamin supplement store. As always, try to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
For the Face: RoseWater
Rosewater is a naturally occurring byproduct of distillation of essential oil of rose petals. Packed full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidants, rosewater hydrates and rejuvenates the complexion. Rosewater has many beneficial properties when applied to the skin, including:
- maintains the pH balance of skin (controls both oily and dry skin and soothes many types of dermatitis)
- prevents wrinkles and tightens pores
- mild antiseptic properties (good for acne)
- calms reddened or inflamed skin
- helps to heal or prevent scars
- stimulates circulation in the blood vessels beneath the skin (reduces the appearance of broken capillaries)
Regular use of rosewater has been shown to reduce and prevent dermatitis and eczema and soothe the skin when those irritations do occur. Rosewater can also be used for aromatherapy.
For my face, I have been using Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin Spray as my moisturizer. I absolutely LOVE it! The added vegetable glycerin acts as a mild astringent, while the rosewater hydrates and tightens pores. I have combination skin and was really suffering from dry skin in some areas. After just a couple of days, I was noticing a major improvement in the appearance of my skin! I have heard great things about Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner for a cleanser, as well. I like that this toner was alcohol-free, to avoid further irritation to the skin.
For the Body: Coconut Oil & Vitamin E
Jillian has already talked about some of the benefits of using coconut oil. Vitamin E oil can also work wonders for your skin and is included in many skin care products. Packed full of moisture and antioxidants, the benefits of Vitamin E oil include:
- maintains the elasticity of skin (anti-aging)
- promoting new skin cell growth and healing scars
- moisturizes and soothes dry skin
- prevents and repairs free radical damage (sun spots)
For the rest of my body, I made a batch of whipped coconut oil and vitamin E lotion. It was as simple as tossing the two ingredients in the bowl of my KitchenAid mixer, turn it on and watch the oil churn into a whipped body butter.
To make the whipped coconut oil and vitamin E lotion, you will need the following:
Yep, just coconut oil and vitamin E oil! Make sure your coconut oil is organic, unrefined and for medium heat. The unrefined coconut oil will whip up nicely and stay in a lotion consistency much better than the refined coconut oil. Because Vitamin E oil is heavy and can difficult for the skin to absorb, it should be used in small amounts. I used one teaspoon of vitamin E oil per cup of coconut oil. Add the ingredients to the bowl of the mixer, turn it on medium speed for approximately 5 minutes or until you reach the desired consistency. Be sure to store the whipped lotion in an clean, airtight container. I used a lidded canning jar, which can be purchased at any grocery store, Walmart, Target or even Michaels craft store.
A word of caution – this lotion takes longer to absorb than your typical drug store lotions. Much like a shea body butter, it is thick and takes some time to soak in. So, don’t slather this on right before you need to get dressed. I have been loving the whipped coconut and vitamin E lotion! It works wonders for hydrating the skin and the faint scent of coconut is delightful.
For the Lips: Exfoliation & Natural/Organic Lip Balm
Your lips are just as susceptible to the Winter elements. To refresh chapped lips, start by exfoliating to remove dead skin. You can make a simple at-home exfoliant by mixing together equal amounts of brown sugar, honey and olive oil. Gently rub the brown sugar scrub on your lips and rinse with warm water. To rehydrate your lips and keep the skin looking fresh, choose a lip balm that contains natural ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E. With all its skin rejuvenation and hydration benefits, it is no wonder that most lip balms contain a dose of Vitamin E oil. Also make sure that your lip balm does not contain alcohol, dyes or fragrances, as these will dry out the skin. A couple of my favorite lip balms are Burt’s Bees and Desert Essence Lip Rescue. Although I have not tried them yet, I have been hearing great things about these cute Eos lip balms, which are 100% natural and 95% organic.
Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist and am not qualified to give advice on skin issues. I am simply sharing what has worked well for me. If you have any skin issues or a form of dermatitis, make sure you consult a dermatologist before changing your skin care regimen. It is always wise to test a small, inconspicuous area of skin for a reaction, before slathering these skin care remedies all over your body.