Winter can be harsh on your skin. That’s why you should moisturise your skin throughout the cold winter months. Butters, cold creams and body lotions can help, but are these products enough? Creams can moisturise the skin, but the effect is only temporary. On top of that, these products contain harsh chemicals that can harm the skin in the long run.
Fortunately, there are natural skincare ingredients out there that can keep your skin soft and supple throughout the winter. Some of these ingredients can even be found in your kitchen cupboard. So, here’s a rundown of the twelve must-have natural skincare ingredients for the winter season.
Aloe Vera can treat skin problems such as eczema, rashes, acne and skin dryness. To use it, you can either scoop out the plant gel or split it in half before rubbing it on your skin and rinsing off after fifteen to twenty minutes.
Honey’s anti-inflammatory properties can help treat different skin problems and nourish your skin, too. You can massage it on the skin two to three times daily and rinse it off with warm water afterwards. Combine two tablespoons of honey and three tablespoons of yoghurt, then apply the mixture to your skin for the best results. Rinse it off after ten minutes.
Oatmeal contains saponins that absorb oil quickly. These natural cleansers lock in moisture and keep the skin soft throughout winter. So, mix equal parts yoghurt and oatmeal, then apply the paste to your skin. You can use the paste as hand cream or moisturiser.
Argan oil can penetrate the skin faster than heavy oils like olive and coconut because it has smaller molecules. Thus, it can deliver its healing, anti-ageing and healing effects more quickly.
Jojoba oil has similar properties to sebum, a layer of wax ester that locks in moisture and kills nasty viruses and bacteria. Due to its unique properties, jojoba oil penetrates deep into the skin and delivers vital nutrients to repair it. Moreover, it contains Vitamins E, D and A that can help heal the skin. Jojoba oil also has antifungal, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Bananas have fatty acids that moisturise and tighten the skin. So, mash one or two bananas and add an egg white or honey to the mixture. Apply it to your skin, then rinse it off after ten to fifteen minutes.
Avocado contains omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E that help soothe and repair the skin. It’s lighter in scent and texture than coconut oil, so it’s ideal for people who dislike heavy oils. Avocado oil is also rich in monounsaturated fats and absorbs faster than coconut oil.
Mayonnaise contains milk and egg, which are great for dry skin and hair. Since your skin will need extra nourishment during winter, you can apply mayonnaise to your skin and then rinse it off with warm water after fifteen to twenty minutes. Mayonnaise is particularly helpful for those with dry skin.
Fresh cream contains essential oils that nourish the skin. You can either make a DIY pack or apply it to your skin directly. If you want to make a pack, all you need to do is combine fresh cream, whole wheat or chickpea flour and honey, then apply the mixture to the skin. This mixture will help remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
Green tea has antioxidants that help nourish the skin. By applying it as a lotion, your skin will absorb the soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Try to use a serum or moisturiser that contains green tea extract on your skin in the morning and at night for toning and soothing benefits.
Shea butter helps create a protective barrier around your skin that locks in moisture and protects it from various elements. Since it’s an emollient, shea butter can help soothe and soften the skin, relieving the uncomfortable feeling of dry, itchy and leathery winter skin.
Safflower oil is rich in antioxidants, protecting the skin from ultraviolet (UV) damage, brightening hyperpigmentation and fixing the skin barrier. It also contains acacetin that can help prevent collagen degradation and reduce wrinkle formation. Additionally, the natural substances in sunflower can help you avoid skin photoaging.
Those with dry skin should apply it twice a day, once in the morning and again at night. Using safflower oil in the morning can also give your skin some UV protection. If you apply it in the evening, it will hydrate your skin.
Following a proper skincare routine, eating a balanced diet, applying sunscreen and using natural ingredients will help nourish and renew the skin. For beautifully nourished skin, make sure that the skincare products you’re using right now contain the ingredients listed above.
If you’re unsure about what’s missing from your skincare regime but want to give your skin a boost, talk to one of our specialists at Vinci Aesthetics. We can help you decide what products you need to achieve the best results for your skin. Contact us today and book your free, no-obligation skin consultation!