The weather, harsh soaps and cleansers, and simply having your bath or shower water too hot, can all add up to dry skin. You can, of course, combat dry skin with expensive moisturisers and body lotions, but why not hydrate your skin the natural way? Here are ten genius ways that you can hydrate your skin naturally.
1. Drink plenty of water
You’ve probably heard this one before, but it still has to get a mention on our list. The easiest way to hydrate your skin is to keep your body hydrated from the inside. It’s also good for your heart and your kidneys, so make sure you are getting your two litres of water a day.
2. Olive oil
Olive oil is brimming with the fatty acids and antioxidants that will help keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Try massaging some olive oil into your skin, before you shower or bath, and it will help to stop the warm water and soap drying your skin out.
3. Use only gentle, natural soap
Check the labels on your soaps and cleanser too. Avoid the chemical laden, harsh soaps, which will strip the natural oils from your skin, and chose those that contain only natural ingredients and moisturising agents like aloe vera instead.
4. Turn down the temperature on your baths and showers
Hot water will also strip the oils from your skin, so don’t spend too long in scalding hot showers or baths. The hot water might feel lovely and relaxing, but it’s not going to help you keep your skin hydrated at all.
5. Add avocado to your diet
What you eat will also affect the hydration of your skin. If you don’t already eat avocado, then try adding it to your diet. Avocado contains lots of healthy fats that will help hydrate your skin, but dunk bad cholesterol. Avocado makes an amazing natural hydrating face mask too; just mash up some avocado flesh in a bowl, add a teaspoon of avocado oil and apply to your face for five minutes before washing off with lukewarm water; it’s a wonderful, refreshing and nourishing face mask that is not only very easy to make, but is also very effective.
6. Use a humidifier
Putting a humidifier in your bedroom will also help to stop your skin from drying out. It will also help you sleep better and it’s good for your respiratory system too. Also, don’t have the central heating or the air conditioning on too high, as both these can dry out your skin.
7. Wonderful Honey
One of the best skin care products that Mother Nature gave us is raw, organic honey. It’s naturally hydrating and it also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that will soothe irritation and fight infection. Apply honey to any particularly bad areas of dry skin and leave it on for about five minutes, before washing off again with lukewarm water. Repeat this daily, for a few days, and you will soon see the difference in your skin.
– Face mask for dry skin:
Here is another one of wonderful, natural and effective face masks with the use of honey for dry skin: mix one teaspoon of raw honey, one teaspoon of coconut oil (or/and avocado oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil, sesame seed oil, all of which are very nourishing and moisturizing) and half banana (or avocado), mashed; apply to your face for about five minutes and then, rinse. Your skin will feel soft, nourished and refreshed.
– Face masks for acne prone skin:
If you have acne prone skin, here is natural, facial treatment that will be convenient for you: mix one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (no worries, it won’t clog your pores), add one tablespoon of plain yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice (if your skin is sensitive, skip lemon juice). Mix well all the ingredients, apply to the skin for about five minutes and rinse off. Your skin will say ‘thank you’.
Another easy natural face mask for oily and acne prone skin is the mixture of honey and fresh mashed strawberries. Both strawberries and honey help neutralize bacteria and unclog pores. Honey will also help hydrate your skin and sooth irritation. Just mix two mashed strawberries with one teaspoon of honey and apply to your face for about five minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. Enjoy beautiful nourished and glowing skin!
8. Eat more pumpkin
Another superb food for hydrating your skin, from the inside, is pumpkin. Just by adding a small amount of pumpkin to your diet, you will be supplying your skin with more of the nourishment it needs to stay healthy and hydrated.
You can also use zinc rich pumpkin as a wonderful ingredient for natural face mask, here is how: mix one tablespoon of raw finely grated pumpkin with one egg white, one teaspoon of sweet almond oil and one teaspoon of tomato juice. Mix or blend well all the ingredients and apply to your face for about five minutes, before rinsing off. This mask will not only help hydrate and nourish your skin, but it will also help fight excess oil, as well as blemishes, and will help gently exfoliate your skin, thanks to natural enzymes that pumpkin and tomato juice contain.
9. Eat more fruit
Most fruit has high water content and it also has the vitamins and minerals that you and your skin need to stay healthy as well. Replace one of your current daily snacks with a piece of fresh fruit and your skin will look and feel a lot better for it.
10. Increase your omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids provide the building blocks that your body uses to produce the oils on your skin. Add more salmon and oily fish to your diet and you’ll be doing your heart a favour, as well as improving the hydration of your skin.
Always treat your skin kindly. Avoid harsh rubbing and scrubbing, it will help you delay aging and stay younger for longer. Also, make sure you are not allergic to natural ingredients of face masks and treatments, test them on your wrist before using on your face.