There are various skin types and skin conditions. But no matter what type of skin you have, it is important that you keep moisturizing it regularly. By missing out on moisturizing your skin, you can cause it to become red or flaky. Keeping your skin moisturized will also ensure that it stays young, healthy, and free from blemish.
How Moisturizers Work
Moisturizers are used to rehydrate the skin when it’s dry and keep it from becoming dry again. To better understand how, it is important first to understand how our skin works. Between the cells in the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer) are spaces that are filled with lipids (also called fats). These lipids form a barrier (known as a lipid barrier) which prevents water loss from the deeper layers of the skin. Within the cells, a mixture of water soluble amino acids and salts also help the cells to retain moisture. These water soluble components can get washed out especially when exposed to strong soaps or detergents. Once that happens, the skin becomes dry because it now can’t hold as much water as before. Moisturizers are utilized to help repair that damaged lipid barrier and to rehydrate the skin.
Moisturizers are able to aid the skin because it contains humectants and emollients. Humectants are substances that attract water from the deeper layers of the skin and aid in containing it within the epidermis. Emollients, on the other hand, provide a barrier from water loss and smoothen out flaky skin cells, the latter of which improves the skin’s appearance.
When to Moisturize
Dermatologists recommend moisturizing directly after a bath or a shower. This is because hot water and harsh soap can eliminate some of the natural oils in your skin. Another reason is because the moisturizer will be able to trap the remaining water still on your body which you can utilize to rehydrate your skin. To do this, make sure that you don’t rub your skin dry as this will irritate it. Instead, pat it until it’s mostly dry before applying the moisturizer.
Exfoliating and shaving are two more activities that can strip away your skin’s natural oils. Thus, it is also important to apply a moisturizer after performing these tasks.
We all have heard that Cleopatra used to bathe in milk and honey. So did Elizabeth I of England and Elizabeth of Bavaria (Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary). Bathing your skin in milk is said to have made these women beautiful, particularly Cleopatra. So how does it do that? Similar to milk, buttermilk has a lot of lactic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are members of the exfoliant family which can encourage the shedding of dead skin cells on your epidermis and aid in increasing the turnover rate of cells and renewal of cells. But unlike other alpha hydroxyl acids, lactic acid is gentle on the skin and less likely to cause irritation.
The anti-aging effect of lactic acid is not limited to this. It also has humectant properties which aid in increasing the amount of water and lipids contained in the epidermis. This ensures that the skin stays moist and soft even after exfoliation. Lactic acid in buttermilk also aids in lightening skin color. It is able to do this because it inhibits the enzyme responsible for initiating the production of melanin – tyrosinase.
In addition to lactic acid, buttermilk also has several great nutrients such as calcium, Vitamins B2 and B12, phosphorus, protein, and potassium. Applying it on your skin can help your body absorb all of these.
How to Use It
There are several ways to use buttermilk to beautify your skin. One is to add a cup of dried buttermilk to a hot bath and soak in it for at least 15 minutes. You can also create a facial masque by mixing two tablespoons of buttermilk with some oatmeal powder. Apply the paste on your face and let it lie for 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. Use this facial masque once a week. To use it as a deep-cleansing agent, mix two teaspoons of buttermilk with a couple of drops of rose water and almond oil. Apply this mixture to your face and neck and let it lie for 30 minutes before washing it all off.
Honey is a natural ingredient for everything and the face is no exception. It has antibacterial properties and is very moisturizing. The best to use is local raw honey as this is the most natural and has the biggest degree of vitamins.
Due to its anti-bacterial properties, it is also an effective acne treatment, being very useful to unclog the pores and to cleanse well the skin. It is great for the skin fighting the wrinkles, the irritation, and blemishes and it leaves a glowing skin.
How to Use It
There are various ways for honey usage. It can be used as a whole body moisturizer or a face moisturizer.
As a whole body moisturizer, you have to mix it into the bathwater and soak into a warm bath. You can also mix it with coconut oil and use as a moisturizing cleanser.
For the face, you can mix two tablespoons of honey with eight tablespoons of water and form a paste. Apply it to the skin and leave it until it dries, usually 20 minutes. Then rinse well with warm water.
The coconut oil just like the honey is better used if it is organic. It has antiseptic properties and it improves skin hydration significantly. It can be used as a lotion and hydrate the skin, this is because it is full of collagen supporting lauric acid and gets easily absorbed into the skin leaving it moisturized.
How to Use It
It also can be used for the whole body or just for your face. Apply the oil where you want to massage it on and massage until it gets fully absorbed. Usually, this happens quite quickly and it will not stain the clothes either.
If you want it to have a bigger effect you can also leave it overnight and rinse it off in the morning when you take a shower. Your skin will feel fresh and hydrated.
You can also use it to wash your face every morning with coconut oil. All the dead cells will go away while leaving the skin moisturized.
Aloe is a great natural plant as it helps one with various skin and health conditions. It contains many nutrients that help the skin stay hydrated without making it greasy.
It comes with a lot of natural nutrients that are great for the skin – like vitamin E and vitamin A.
How to Use It
From aloe vera, you actually use the inside gel that is located in the stem of the leaf. You have to extract it and apply it as soon as possible on your face. Leave it dry for 12 to 15 minutes and then wash the face with warm water.
If you do not use the entire gel, you can store it in the fridge and repeat this process every 2 to 3 days.
We all know and like and eat cucumber. It is mainly water and this does send us to the idea that it keeps the skin stay hydrated, but does not send us to the idea that it actually hydrates it. however, it works as a great soothing and hydrating agent.
It also contains silica, potassium, vitamin C and folic acid. After using a cucumber mask your skin will feel refreshed.
How to Use it
You have to peel the cucumber and cut it in half along the length. Remove the seeds as good as you can and blend the remaining cucumber so that it will become a puree. Take a spoon of heated paraffin wax and heat it in the microwave ti melt it, for a few seconds. Take 2 spoons of almond oil and mix them all up.
After a good mixture from the above, massage it into the skin and it will hydrate. You can use this every night if you store it in a cool and dry place, in a very well closed container.