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10 Effective Ways To Moisturize Your Skin Naturally

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10 Effective Ways To Moisturize Your Skin Naturally September 19, 2017

Dry skin can make you look dull and old. It is absolutely essential to provide your skin hydration so that it looks healthy. But it is not just the people with dry skin who need to do this. Not many know that even people with normal, combination, and oily skin must also moisturize their skin.

No matter the season, a moisturizer is essential for beautiful skin. Using a moisturizer every day can make your skin glow and provide deep hydration. The sun’s UV rays, along with seasonal changes in weather can cause a lot of damage to the skin, making it very dry. This dryness further leads to itching, dry patches, and many other skin problems. If you want your skin to stay free of these problems, you’ll need to moisturize it daily.

Although there are many moisturizers available in retail shops and online stores, you could do with some ingredients found right at your home. These homemade moisturizers contain fresh nutrients and can provide amazing results. Here they are!

How To Moisturize Skin Naturally At Home

  1. Oils
  2. Honey
  3. Aloe Vera Gel
  4. Milk Or Buttermilk
  5. Avocado
  6. Cocoa Butter
  7. Shea Butter
  8. Mango Butter
  9. Cucumber Juice
  10. Beeswax

Get Soft Skin With These Natural Remedies

1. Moisturize Skin With Oils

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You Will Need

Coconut oil OR baby oil OR olive oil OR castor oil OR jojoba oil OR Mineral oil OR sesame oil. You can pick whatever is available at home.

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply the oil all over your body and massage for a minute or two. By massaging, the oil will get quickly absorbed into the skin and not stain your clothes.
  2. You can leave it overnight and take a shower early the next day morning for fresh skin, or use it after taking a shower.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Dry and itchy skin requires deep hydration and what better than natural oils to do the trick? The many oils mentioned above offer excellent soothing effects for all skin types. They are very rich in vitamin E, vitamin A, and fatty acids. They lock in moisture and also supply the skin with essential nutrients for optimum skin health (1). With regular application, you’ll soon notice a smoother and softer skin.

[ Read: 6 Simple Tips To Get Healthy Skin ]

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2. Moisturize Skin With Honey

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You Will Need

Organic honey

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a layer of honey on the affected area, for example, your face or your arms.
  2. Leave the honey on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week or more often if you have very dry skin.

Why This Works

Honey is one of the best natural moisturizers for skin. It is natural emollient and humectant. It penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to moisturize it. It also helps in cleaning up your skin pores and restore the dull skin to it natural glow with its antioxidants (2, 3).

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3. Aloe Vera Gel

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You Will Need

An aloe vera leaf

What You Have To Do
  1. Peel off the outer part of the leaf and remove the inside stem that secretes the gel.
  2. Extract this gel and make sure you mash it nicely and apply it soon as possible.
  3. Allow it to dry for 10-12 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

You can store the remainder of the aloe vera gel in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

How Often You Should Do This

You can repeat this once in every 2-3 days.

Why This Works

Keep an aloe vera plant on your balcony. It grows very quickly and within no time, you’ll have a home moisturizer at your disposal! Aloe vera gel has plenty of nutrients like vitamin E and vitamin A that are great for the skin. It also contains plant steroids that have anti-inflammatory property (4). This will help to relieve the itching sensation seen with dry skin.

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4. Milk Or Buttermilk

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You Will Need

Cold milk or buttermilk

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply it generously on the affected area.
  2. Keep it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week before taking a shower.

Why This Works

Dry and dull skin can really make you look haggard. But the solution is in your fridge! Both milk and buttermilk are effective ways to hydrate all skin types. They are quickly absorbed into the skin pores. Additionally, they can help in keeping away wrinkles as well (5, 6).

Caution

If you are allergic to milk and other dairy products, do not use this remedy.

[ Read: How To Get Younger Looking Skin ]

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5. Avocado As Moisturizer

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You Will Need

An avocado

What You Have To Do
  1. Cut open the avocado and remove the pulp present inside.
  2. Gently mash this so that no lumps remain.
  3. Apply this on the affected area and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

All your dry and flaky patches will soon be gone with this home remedy. Avocado contains plenty of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals such as fatty acids, carotenoids, vitamin C, and vitamin E. These will nourish your skin and also protect it from free radical damage. Vitamin C aids in collagen and elastin synthesis leaving your skin firm and young-looking (7).

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6. Cocoa Butter

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You Will Need

Cocoa butter

What You Have To Do
  1. Shave the cocoa butter and rub into the skin gently. The butter will melt with the friction and spread over your skin.
  2. Leave it on.

If you have difficulty melting the butter, place a few pieces in a double-boiler for a couple of minutes and then apply on the skin.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this to moisturize your skin twice a week.

Why This Works

This natural butter extracted from cocoa seeds increases the skin’s elasticity and moisturizes it. This is due to the saturated fats present in it (8). The polyphenols in cocoa possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They help in reversing the damage caused by UV exposure and have anti-aging effects (9).

[ Read: Home Remedies For Glowing Skin ]

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7. Shea Butter

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You Will Need

Organic shea butter

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a small dollop of shea butter and rub it in between your hands to melt it.
  2. Apply this all over the affected area.
  3. Massage for a few minutes so that it is absorbed into the skin.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this every night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer for the skin as it is rich in saturated fatty acids. It also has healing and anti-aging properties (10).

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8. Mango Butter

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You Will Need

Mango butter

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply the butter all over the skin and massage it in.
  2. Leave it on.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this daily or every alternate day.

Why This Works

Rich in antioxidants and compounds that moisturize the skin, mango butter is fast becoming the next big thing in the skin care industry (11). It is easily absorbed into the skin and does not leave a greasy residue.

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9. Cucumber Juice

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You Will Need
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 8 oz. paraffin wax
  • 2 oz. carrier oil (almond oil works best)
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel the cucumber and cut in half along the length.
  2. Remove the seeds and blend the remaining cucumber pieces into a puree.
  3. Heat the paraffin wax in the microwave for 90 seconds to melt it.
  4. To this, add the carrier oil and cucumber puree. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Use this to massage the skin and moisturize it.

Store the rest of the mixture in an air-tight container.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this every night.

Why This Works

Cucumber is majorly water, and when used in a skin moisturizer, it hydrates the skin. It is a soothing agent that replenishes and rejuvenates the skin (12).

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10. Beeswax

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 oz. Beeswax
  • 5-6 capsules Vitamin E oil
What You Have To Do
  1. In a glass container, put both the oils and the beeswax.
  2. Now, heat all these ingredients in a double boiler over medium heat. Mix every few minutes to get an even mixture.
  3. Once all the beeswax has melted and mixed well with the oil, take the container out and let it cool.
  4. Before the mixture solidifies, add the vitamin E oil from the capsules and stir well.
  5. Apply this beeswax lotion on the skin and massage well.
  6. Leave it on overnight.

Close the glass container with a tight lid and store for future use.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this every alternate day.

Why This Works

Beeswax softens the skin and also improves its elasticity (13). Coconut oil and olive oil are excellent moisturizers as well. They also possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (14, 15).

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These cost effective, easy to make moisturizers can keep you looking beautiful and young. Why spend a fortune on chemical laden products when you can get the same benefits at a much lesser cost!

Here are some tips you should keep in mind when moisturizing your skin and taking care of it.

Tips For Moisturizing Your Skin

  • Use a gentle moisturizer on a daily basis. You can use richer moisturizers during the winter months to counteract the dryness caused by the cold temperatures.
  • While taking a shower or washing your face, ensure that the water is lukewarm and not hot. Hot water can sap moisture from the skin.
  • Do not use harsh soaps or body washes as these can make your skin dry and dull.
  • Use a moisturizer that is universal for all skin types or is for your specific skin type.
  • Every part of your body is important. You need to use both facial and body moisturizers.
  • Use a moisturizer with SPF in it or a sunblock on top of the moisturizer to protect your skin from UV damage.
  • Knowing what suits your skin and what doesn’t is essential. Conduct a patch test if you are unsure about any ingredient in the home remedies.

Risks Of Moisturizers

It is important to know if the moisturizer you are planning to use contains ingredients that are safe to use. When purchasing a product from the market, read the label carefully to know exactly what it contains. When it comes to the home remedies, the ingredients listed above are all safe to use and suit most skin types. As mentioned above, a patch test will remove any doubts from your mind about experimenting with a new ingredient.

Say goodbye to dull, dry, and unhealthy skin with these remedies and tips. Including them in your skin care routine is vital for a soft and glowing skin. It is never too late to start!

Now that you know how to moisturize skin naturally at home, what are you waiting for? Have you used any of these home remedies for moisturizing your skin? Do let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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