A huge part of living a mindful and health-filled life is the routines and rituals that we have in place to keep us feeling our best. Part of feeling our best is also looking our best. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder and appearances certainly are not everything, there is still truth to the adage “when you look good, you feel good.” One of the essential elements to looking good is maintaining proper grooming habits and keeping our skin healthy. After all, our skin is our body’s largest organ, so our skin health is a fantastic indicator of our overall health.
While you may already have your morning and evening skincare routines in place, hopefully, you’re incorporating healthy moisturizers into both of them. Moisturizing your skin is just as important as toning and exfoliating it, if not more so. Let’s take a look at some natural ways to keep our skin looking its best by using essential moisturizer products.
Honey is one of the most valuable items you can have in your household. While we’re all used to using honey for a sore throat or cough, honey is a fantastic moisturizer too. Especially if you have Manuka honey at home, try it tonight to keep your skin looking amazing. Honey is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and known to heal wounds (Manuka is an incredibly powerful wound healer). To use honey as a moisturizer, simply apply a thin layer to your face and leave it on for roughly ten minutes, then remove it with a warm, damp facial cloth.
You may only use buttermilk while making the perfect cornbread, but it has plenty of use to keep your skin healthy. Buttermilk is beneficial as a skin moisturizer because lactic acid is a great exfoliant and hydrates your skin. To use buttermilk for a healthy and dewy glow, you can easily make a mask. Pro-tip, combine the buttermilk with yogurt as a base for your mask to boost its probiotic properties to heal your skin further.
Most households already are home to a healthy Aloe Vera plant, especially if you prefer more holistic approaches to treat typical household injuries. You probably already use your Aloe for sunburns and insect bites, but it can be incredible to moisturize dry, dull skin. To use Aloe Vera as a moisturizer today, simply cut off a leaf and slice it open. Slather the gel on your face, and it’s rich in Vitamins B12, A, C, and Vitamin E – all of which do wonders for your complexion. If you want to boost your Aloe experience, add some of your favorite essential oils to give the gel a calming, uplifting, or centering tone, depending on your mood and the oils you have on hand.
If you’re a parent, you likely have used oats in your baby’s bath or homemade creams to soothe common childhood skin issues like eczema and rashes. Oats can work the same for you as they do for your darling child. To use oats as a moisturizer at home, grind the oats down to a fine powder and add them to warm water. You can place them directly in the bath or leave the powder and water thicker to add to your face. The power of the oats lies in their anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Oats are a must if you’re dealing with rashes or breakouts and severe redness.
If you’re a fan of plant-based eating, you likely have quite a few avocados in your home right now. The delicious avocado is a powerhouse beyond its nutritional values. Make a moisturizing avocado face mask at home by mashing the avocado thoroughly and adding other items mentioned above, mainly honey. The avocado works great for your skin as it’s full of vitamins, minerals, and protein – and most importantly, it’s a powerful antioxidant.
Taking care of your skin is a lifelong commitment and one that will pay off in spades if you incorporate your skincare into your self-care rituals. Settling skin woes from a more holistic point is always the best first line of defense. Here’s to your (skin) health!