It’s that time of year again when the air is cool and dry – you know what that means? Dry skin. This year we’ve got a dry skin season of the worst kind. Even the best and toughest lotions have trouble combatting your dry skin so turning to an alternative is essential. It turns out, there’s all sorts of stuff out there that works in place of lotion, and sometimes, it’s precisely what the body needs to restore hydration to your skin. Keep reading for a roundup of how to stay smooth with the best lotion alternatives.
Stay Smooth: Lotion Alternatives
Like shea butter, coconut oil is rich in natural fatty acids, which means that it will not only moisturize your skin but also heal it. If you have scars, wrinkles, or cellulite, using coconut oil as a natural moisturizer will help minimize and fade them. It also blocks 20% of ultraviolet radiation, making it a natural, low-SPF sunscreen.
Olive oil isn’t just for cooking food. You can also use it to hydrate your body. Not only is olive oil hydrating, but it’s also chock full of moisturizing vitamin E, which forms a barrier on the skin that protects it from free radicals. The vitamin E in olive oil also promotes collagen production to keep skin looking young and can help to reduce the appearance of scars. Olive oil can be kind of greasy, so you may want to apply it before your shower. If you don’t want to apply too thick of a coat, pour some olive oil into a spray bottle and spritz it onto your skin.
This is another great alternative! Almond oil contains vitamins A, D, and E that keep your skin nourished. Applying a few drops under your eyes can help reduce puffiness. Almond Oil penetrates multiple layers of your skin, so it gives you deeper moisture than coconut oil which might be a better alternative for people with dry skin.
(via Eastside Body and Skin)
Aloe vera applied directly on the heels overnight will do wonders! You can also use a foot mask with ½ cup of oatmeal, ¼ cup Aloe vera gel and ½ cup of your favorite body lotion and apply to your feet for super smooth feet. Add a few drops of tea tree oil for a fresh scent.
(via You Beauty)
Pretty awesome, don’t you agree? Most of these natural moisturizers you can find around your house. Which one will you try?