Spring is officially here, yet most of us are still fighting snow storms and Antarctic-esque temperatures. By this point, the dry winter air has robbed our skin of every last bit of moisture. To get your skin ready for spring, hydration is key. There are tons of them on the market, but the most effective remedies are actually in your kitchen. Here are some of the best natural moisturizers you can eat to use topically on your skin to relieve your dry, flaky and chapped winter skin:
1 Bananas: If you have a bunch of bananas that you can’t seem to finish, mash one up into a mask. Bananas actually have two benefits that help dry skin: moisturization and exfoliation. They remove the top layer of flaky, dry skin so the moisturizing agents can really penetrate and sort out the root of the problem.
2 Avocado: This yummy fruit isn’t just great for guacamole. It’s loaded with fatty acids and vitamins A,D and E that are essential for healthy, soft skin. Simply mash one up and apply to any areas that need attention. The natural oils in the avocado will go to work almost instantly, leaving you with baby-soft skin. It’s also great for your hair, if you’ve noticed the ends are starting to look dry and brittle.
3 Coconut Oil: If you only stock up on one product for the winter, it should be coconut oil. If you’re suffering from extremely dry skin, this oil is a miracle product. Like Avocados, coconut oil is high in saturated fat, which translates to amazing moisturizing properties. Simply lather on a generous amount before you go to bed, and wake up with smooth skin. Since it’s anti-bacterial, you can even use it as a face or body wash. Plus, for any coconut lovers out there, the smell is heavenly.
4 Honey: Sweet and sticky honey might seem like an odd choice to slather on your face, but it actually has wonderful moisturizing benefits. To really heal your driest skin, try making a mask with honey, banana and coconut oil. It’ll smell good enough to eat and relieve your biggest winter skin woes. Honey is also a great antibacterial agent, so it’ll help to clear out any stubborn breakouts.
About the Author: Sydney Brodie
Sydney is currently a college student and aspiring magazine editor with a serious passion for health– she believes there’s nothing a little coconut oil can’t fix! You can usually catch her at home watching movies, having a spa night or in the kitchen experimenting with a new gluten-free brownie recipe