Most of us have seen the quote “pours coconut oil over entire life”. Well, there’s a lot of truth in that quote because coconut oil has countless benefits sure to fix most of your skin, hair and diet issues. Coconut oil is highly moisturising, so not only is this beneficial during Winter when skin is more prone to dryness, but if you naturally have dry skin, try using coconut oil. Not only will you deeply moisturise your skin but coconut oil also helps you remove dead skin cells leaving you with a radiant natural glow. As a bonus, the oil quickly absorbs into your skin so you won’t be left feeling greasy or oily.
Most of us don’t particularly have fond memories of castor oil from our childhoods, and if you have no clue what this means, count yourself lucky. In our teenage/ adult life you’ll be happy to know castor oil has other great benefits besides clearing your bowls… If you are prone to winter acne that often leaves you with scarring, you can trust castor oil to fix that up. If you want to prevent stretch-marks that could pop up from indulging in comfort food this winter, or get rid of existing one, give castor oil a try. The oil also helps with moisturising the skin, therefore no Winter skin dryness.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is traditionally used to help with acne, bacterial infections, fungal infections, head lice, chicken pox, cold sores, among many other ailments. However, tea tree oil isn’t just here to ease us from these aliments but it can also be used for dry cuticles, especially if you tend to neglect your nails and cuticles during winter hiding them under gloves and boots. Apply some tea tree oil on feet, hands, nails and cuticles before your gear up in your gloves, thick socks and boots. You can also use tea tree oil to relief itchiness from insect bites, so if you have a mosquito problem – you’re sorted.
If you have oily skin you probably don’t trust any of the above mentioned oils; you’ve probably had to deal with a shiny face or skin at some point – and it’s worse in winter. We understand but not all hope is lost. Give Jojoba oil a try and feel the transformation. You’re probably thinking it’s a bad idea because you already have oily skin and don’t need more oil. However, jojoba oil, unlike most oils actually helps reduce the oiliness of your face and skin overall. If you have oily skin you’re probably more prone to acne, jojoba oil also helps reduce acne so you kill two birds with one stone, well, oil.
One of the major perks of almond oil is that it’s hypoallergenic, so if you have little ones it’s safe to use the oil on their skin as well. Almond oil is great for protecting your skin from oxidative stress and UV radiation damage – which is great for winter because even though you might not see the sun, the UV rays still hit your skin. On top of relieving your skin from sunburn, you can also use it to remove dark marks on your skin or dark circles under your eyes. Not only is the oil super handy for winter, it has benefits worth exploring for any/ every season.
Rich in vitamin A, E and F – Shea Butter also offers UV protection, it is SPF ~6. Shea Butter also provides skin with essential fatty acids and the necessary nutrients for collagen production. This makes Shea Butter great for nourishing your skin, preventing dryness, and protecting your skin’s natural oils… you can look forward to that natural radiant glow. Shea Butter has also been known with helping smoothen and strengthen your skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Here’s to smooth, moisturised and youthful looking skin!
Cocoa Butter is an excellent source of antioxidants that help combat free radicals and help protect your skin from the inevitable signs of aging and environmental stressors. Cocoa Butter is also a rich way of moisturising and nourishing your skin – at this point, having dry or ashy looking skin this winter and seasons to follow is simply unacceptable. If you have sensitive skin and are usually sceptical about what to put on your skin, Cocoa Butter is a great option to try out. It also helps with eczema and will leave your skin feeling and looking soft and supple.
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
If you have extremely dry skin you know nothing is going to work for you better than Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. This jelly is made of natural waxes and mineral oils combined together and designed to lock in moisture while repairing and relieving your skin of dryness. You can use this jelly for your lips, face, body, and feet. As mentioned before, Vaseline works best for people with extremely dry skin – if you have normal, combination or oily skin – it’s best to avoid this product on your face especially otherwise you will look oily and/or greasy.
Exfoliate, Mask, Cleanse
Being Winter not all of us will want to go through the three steps of exfoliating, masking and cleansing our faces or skin – priority is usually just to keep warm at all times. But if you can at least go through the three steps at least three times every week, then you can be rest assured your skin will remain healthy and protected. Exfoliating is great for removing dead skin cells, dirt and/ or residual makeup. Applying a mask helps restore the elasticity of your skin and retains its natural suppleness. Cleansing replenishes your natural skin oils and will remove any residual dirt and excess oils.
Of course water had to be on the list. It’s obvious but yet the thought of drinking water especially in Winter is as far fetched as trying to sell ice to an eskimo. However, water is like a secret miracle worker that just roams in and around your body helping you look and feel great without you really knowing it. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin or anything else in-between; water is essential for everyone! From helping retain suppleness of the skin to helping you flash out any undesirables from your system – water will have you sorted. To make the experience of drinking water less painful this winter, try having tall glass of warm to hot water with a dash of lemon juice in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before bed. Forget coconut oil – *pours water over entire life!*
By Cleopatra Shava
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