Keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated (naturally!) through the winter months!

Keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated (naturally!) through the winter months!

Hello everyone!

I don’t know about you all, but this winter has made my skin feel particularly itchy and dry.  I have been itching certain dry spots on my body for about a month now and am constantly reaching for my favorite natural moisturizers to soothe my skin.  If you are having the same problem and/or are looking for a better-working alternative to lotions and creams, keep on reading!

For years I had used the Nivea brand body lotion, as I truly believe it is the thickest, most moisturizing lotion out there for the whole body.  However, I had been wanting to switch to an oil for a while now as part of my never-ending quest to replace as many “unnatural” and chemical-filled products as possible with better alternatives.

I had already been using coconut oil for a number of things, and decided to see how it worked as an all-over moisturizer.  I loooved it!! There’s something that feels just luxurious about applying an oil all over your body rather than a body lotion.  It is so much more moisturizing and you can almost feel your body drinking it in.  I have since replaced body lotion entirely with coconut oil and feel great about using something 100% from nature to hydrate my skin. (I don’t, however, use coconut oil on my face.  I think Egyptian Magic- which I wrote about extensively in my post “My Three Ingredients for Fabulous, Clear, and Happy Skin!” -is more gentle and hydrating for the more sensitive skin of the face.)

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—–> tip: I like to apply coconut oil and then wait a couple minutes before getting dressed to let it absorb a bit. It comes out rather oily, so to avoid transferring it to my clothes I like to let it sink in a minute!

>> Coconut oil is now sold in many places: Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, most supermarkets, and there is a huge container of it (that offers the best deal) for sale very cheaply at Costco if you have a membership there!

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Switching over to coconut oil solved my dry skin problems until fairly recently when some even colder weather started to creep in and I was getting some new itchy spots. So I went to a little bit more “heavy duty” natural product: Shea butter.

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Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree.  It comes in a thick form, similar to Egyptian Magic, and needs to be rubbed between the palms for a minute to melt it down to an oil before applying to the skin.  Shea butter has been used for cosmetic purposes for thousands of years. Once I started applying this on my itchy spots, over the coconut oil already applied, the irritations completely subsided.

>> I bought 100% pure raw African Shea butter from Amazon for about $15 for 1 pound.  I bought THIS ONE.

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Another great trick I’ve been doing to hydrate my skin is taking baths with oils in them.  I stopped putting artificially frangranced foaming balls or soaps in my baths a long time ago, and usually opt for epsom salts.

8756694939_220ee70077.jpgLately I’ve been trying different oils in my bath instead, and my skin comes out so silky and moisturized.  I put around 20-30 drops of oil into the water and sit in the bath for at least 20 minutes.  Lately, I have been using an oil that is a mix of pomegranate and acai oils that I found in a health food store, but really any oil will give the same effect. I have also tried coconut oil and almond oil in the bath, which work wonderfully as well.

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The last product I want to mention is, of course, Egyptian Magic! I wrote about it extensively in my post linked above, so I won’t repeat everything here. But it is extremely moisturizing for the whole body as well as the face, and I would equate it to the Shea butter in terms of how moisturizing it is and its capabilities to completely soothe dry spots.

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These tricks and products have been working wonders on my dry, winter skin so I know they would on yours too! Hope this helped! <3 <3

 

Ciao loves,

Amanda

 

Photo of coconut oil: Pureformulas.com, Creative Common Attribution License

Photo of shea butter: wikimedia commons, hopkinsuniv, Creative Commons Attribution-share alike 3.0 unported

Photo of essential oil: Honolulu media, Attribution 2.0 Generic

3 Comments

  1. February 4, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Never heard of this product.. Will Defo look into this

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