If you’re worried about the parabens and synthetic colors that may be lurking in your moisturizer, you’ll be happy to know that there are alternatives that may be even better for your skin.
Our bodies know exactly what they need, and in most cases, they produce it. That’s why our bodies produce a natural oil to help keep the skin hydrated. But with changing weather and an increasingly toxic environment, our natural oils aren’t always enough to do the trick. But have no fear because there are plenty of natural oil alternatives that work just as well.
The following oils are great choices to add to your body care routine.
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and ultra-moisturizing. It’s a great treatment for atopic dermatitis and as a general moisturizer. Some women swear by coconut oil for moisturizing and cleaning the face while others find that it clogs their pores. If you’re using coconut oil for the face, keep an eye on how your face reacts. Coconut oil is a very hydrating moisturizer for the body and lips. It can also be great to help you remove eye makeup too.
Almond oil is a great source of nutrients that will give your skin a healthy glow. It’s packed with moisturizing vitamin E and is a great source of magnesium, phosphorus, copper and omega-3 fatty acids. This ancient oil has been used for centuries to soothe skin and treat minor cuts and wounds. Almond oil can also improve the skin’s texture and tone by helping the skin retain moisture. Use almond oil on its own or use with holistic treatments to boost its power.
Tea Tree Oil
Unlike the others on this list, tea tree oil is a concentrated essential oil. This means that it is extremely potent and should not be applied directly to the skin. However, it provides potent healing qualities when combined with other oils in a nourishing oil blend. Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic properties that may help combat oily and combination skin. At the same time, its healing mechanisms can help treat eczema and dry skin.
If you think of guacamole when you hear the word avocado, you need to get to know this fruit a bit better. Avocado oil is an amazing beauty (and food) product that works wonders on the skin. It’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E. Vitamin E is extremely moisturizing on its own, but in avocado oil, it’s combined with potassium, lecithin and other moisturizing nutrients for optimal effect. This oil is also loaded with antioxidants, so it’s great for treating inflamed skin or acne scarring.
When it comes to getting that healthy glow that everyone is after, natural is always best. Mother nature provides everything we need to nourish our bodies and achieve optimal health. That’s probably why we’re starting to see warnings about the common ingredients found in commercially-made beauty products. Whenever possible, go natural.