Rather than heading to the pharmacy section of the grocery store the next time you’re looking for moisturizing products, take a look in the produce areas instead. Those oily products you’re used to using may not be doing all good for your skin, some could even do more harm than good.
When looking for a skin moisturizer, it’s important to look for something that contains lactic acid, which is a hydroxy acid. Most moisturizing products you buy from the store contain alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy. The reason these components are so important and popular, is that they act as exfoliants, which assist in removing old dead skin cells, allowing new cells to be created. We recommend using buttermilk as a natural alternative to those expensive drug store products. Simply lay a cloth soaked in buttermilk on the area of dry skin for roughly 5-7 minutes.
Another topical solution is shea butter, harvested from shea nuts in Africa. Rich in vitamin A, shea butter mimics the bodies natural fats found in skin’s upper layers. Help alleviate your dry skin, sunburn, bug bites and more! When you are at the store looking for shea butter, look for something that is less than 18 months old and does not contain hexane.
Ancient Greeks used olive oil in their baths, citing it’s skin healing properties. It’s also known to help lower blood pressure, lower your risk of heart attack, potentially fight off certain types of cancer and possibly lower cholesterol. Some studies have also shown olive oil to decrease inflammation, assist in regulating blood sugar for those that are diabetic and of course moisturize dry skin.
Olive oil contains linoleic acid, which is found naturally in human skin as a result of the foods we eat. This creates a water barrier that stops the skin from losing it’s moisture.
If you’re like me, you love avocados mixed into your favorite party dips, however you can also use your pureed avocados to clear up your complexion. Your skin will love the lubricating qualities of the avocado, which is also high in vitamins A, D and E. Vitamin E helps the skin retain moisture and also reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Simply apply some smooshed avocado to the problem area for about 15 minutes and then rinse off.