By Natalie Orosco
As the weather becomes more chilly and crisp, people begin to prepare to fight off common winter-time skin woes. Lotions and creams alone are not always able to prevent dry, dull and irritated skin though. You can preserve healthy, glowing skin and even enhance it with a few proven and all-natural skincare methods. Don’t lose your glow this winter; keep your skin supple and soft with these effective beauty tips.
Coconut oil is a holy-grail product for many all-natural enthusiasts. It truly is a unique gift from nature. Coconut oil deeply hydrates skin and hair. It also adds a lustrous shine and healthy glow. The trick to avoiding a slick, oily feeling is to mist your skin with water before applying coconut oil. Use a small, dime-sized amount and rub it into your skin using short, circular motions. This application method also helps the oil penetrate the skin more effectively.
Water hydrates your body from the inside out. Not drinking enough of it is one of the leading causes of dull and dry skin. For many years, the FDA has recommended that Americans should drink a minimum of eight full ounces of water every day. This one size fits all approach will not guarantee that you are adequately hydrated though.
A more reliable way to determine how much water you really need is to calculate your body weight, divide it in half, than convert it into ounces. For example, a 120 pound woman would need at least 60 ounces or about eight cups of water each day. Physically active individuals should drink their full body weight in ounces. This approach can ensure that you meet your daily water quota, and reap the countless health benefits that follow.
Shea butter has been a staple in beauty and skincare routines since ancient times. It is one of the oldest and most effective moisturizers available. The reason behind its hydrating power is its extremely high vitamin A and vitamin F content. Both of these nutrients contribute to younger, healthier, and softer skin. Shea butter is ideal for sensitive skin and can even be used to condition dry hair.
Perhaps best known for its heart-health benefits, olive oil is also an extremely effective moisturizer. First popularized by ancient Greeks, it is ideal for severely dry and cracked skin. Olive oil also produces a dewy glow. The best way to apply it is right after a warm bath or shower, while your skin is still damp. Use a small amount of olive oil and gently rub it into your skin using circular motions.
Raw honey is used for many different skincare purposes. It is a soothing ingredient in facial masks, natural exfoliator, and deep moisturizer for problem areas on the body. Try applying a small amount directly onto dry hands, feet, elbows, or cheeks. Allow it to sit on your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse it off and pat dry with a towel. For deeper penetration, apply it to hands or feet and cover with gloves or socks while you sleep. Rinse it off in the morning, and be prepared to be amazed!
All of these all-natural products are excellent choices for maintaining healthy, glowing skin during the winter-time. Try them out to find which one works best for you. Besides using all-natural products, you should also maintain a healthy diet for optimal skin health.