Are you tired of using a moisturizer that contains numerous ingredients, some of which you can’t even pronounce? Do you want to end your quest to find a minimal ingredient moisturizer that actually works?

There are many natural skin moisturizers, some of which you can probably find in your own kitchen cupboards. And not only do they moisturize, they offer many additional benefits for your skin as well.

Aloe

An image of an aloe plant in a white planter

Known as a healing plant, aloe vera is a natural product used in many cosmetics and skin care products, and it provides exceptional benefits.

According to a review done on the aloe vera plant, it contains 75 nutrients, comprised of various vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.1 These components work together to provide anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiaging, analgesic (pain relief), and antibacterial properties. Aloe vera is also abundant in antioxidants.

When applied to the skin, aloe vera can reduce the appearance of scars, soothe irritated or inflamed skin, tighten pores, help improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and help improve wound healing.

In addition to these benefits, aloe also acts as a non-greasy moisturizer that softens skin without clogging your pores. What more could a person want in a natural moisturizer?

Shea Butter

Rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin A, shea butter acts as a highly hydrating and healing moisturizer that is readily absorbed into deeper layers of the skin.

Some of the great benefits of shea butter include its healing, anti-aging, hydrating, and anti-fungal properties, along with its high antioxidant content. Shea butter has also been shown to contain a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds.2

Because of these wonderful properties, shea butter can reduce scarring and wrinkles, help treat acne, promote tissue cell regeneration, soothe and hydrate dry skin, and boost collagen production to help improve skin elasticity.

When purchasing shea butter, opt for raw & unrefined, as processed & refined shea butter loses most of its beneficial properties.

On a personal note, I tend to have very dry lips in the winter, and I have tried numerous lip-balms. I found that shea butter was the only thing that consistently moisturized and softened my lips; I simply soften some 100% pure shea butter between my fingers and apply. There are also a number of lip-balms available that contain pure shea butter.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

An image of a sea buckthorn plant with berries

Sea buckthorn oil contains numerous nutrients and phytonutrients. These include vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, essential fatty acids, polyphenols, and some minerals.

This marvelous oil contains omega 3, 6, 9, and 7 fatty acids, which all play a part in the regeneration, repair, and maintenance of healthy skin. These fatty acids also help keep the skin soft and hydrated.

Because of its extraordinary nutrient profile, sea buckthorn oil offers many beneficial characteristics for the skin. It boasts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiaging, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Multiple research studies indicate that sea buckthorn oil has healing properties, with one study suggesting that it possesses significant wound healing activity.3 According to an article on Mercola.com, sea buckthorn oil promotes skin hydration, elasticity, and skin regeneration, and even helps treat and prevent acne.4

Olive Oil

The next time you grab a bottle of olive oil to make a salad dressing or add to baked goods, you might want to consider putting some on your face too. This household staple can be used as a natural moisturizer and offers many benefits for your skin.

And in addition to being a natural moisturizer, olive oil is packed with antioxidants, and has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits. With these benefits in mind, olive oil can be used to alleviate inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne, can reduce the appearance of dark spots and acne scars, and has an anti-aging effect on the skin.

I find that a good way to incorporate this healthy oil into you daily skin care regimen is by making a facial/body scrub from olive oil and Himalayan salt. Click here to read our blog on the benefits of a Himalayan salt and olive oil salt scrub and how to make one yourself!

Coconut Oil

An image of a glass jar containing coconut oil

In late 2017 an article was published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences that reviewed the available data on biological influences of topical skin applications of some plant oils, one of which was coconut oil.5 Through the review of current evidence (it was 2017 at the time), when applied topically coconut oil was shown to have a positive effect on skin barrier repair, wound healing, and skin aging, in addition to antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects.Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties.

In addition to the above benefits, coconut oil provides hydration for the skin, acting as a moisturizer. As evidenced in clinical studies, virgin coconut oil moisturizes and soothes the skin, thus improving the symptoms of skin disorders.7 Some skin disorders and ailments coconut oil can be useful for include eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash, acne, dry skin, and sunburn. It may also help reduce stretch marks.

However, coconut oil can potentially clog pores. If you suffer from a breakout while using it, try a different moisturizer and see if your skin improves.

Argan Oil

Argan oil contains vitamin E, vitamin A, omega-6 (linoleic) and omega-9 (oleic) fatty acids. All of these nutrients can nourish and protect skin health. This oil boasts antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory properties. It offers protection against damaging UV rays and may reduce and prevent stretch marks.

Argan oil can also have an anti-aging effect on skin. The findings of a study that looked at the effects of argan oil on postmenopausal skin suggests that daily consumption and/or topical application of argan oil has an anti-aging effect by improving skin elasticity.8

Additionally, argan oil is completely non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores! In fact, it may help regulate sebum production and improve appearance of oily skin.9 This makes it a good option for those with acne prone skin.

Cocoa Butter

An image of chunks of cocoa butter

Rich in healthy fats, cocoa butter can act as an excellent moisturizer. Another bonus is that cocoa butter smells like chocolate!

Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants and possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It can improve skin tone and elasticity, may increase blood flow to the skin, and has anti-aging effects.10 Additionally, some studies provide evidence that oral treatment and topical application of cocoa polyphenols offer effective protection from damage caused by sunlight (photoprotection).11

However, be aware that like coconut oil, cocoa butter can clog your pores. Though you may not choose to use it as a facial moisturizer, it can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine as a nourishing and hydrating body butter.

Choose a Natural Moisturizer

Next time your skin needs hydrating, why not give one of these wonderful natural moisturizers a try? Chances are you already have at least one of them lurking in a cupboard somewhere in your home.

When purchasing these natural moisturizers, make sure that they contain no additional ingredients, and are in the purest form possible for the best benefits.

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484832
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19425187
  4. https://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/sea-buckthorn-oil.aspx
  5. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijms
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/
  7. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2225411017300871
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4321565/
  9. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.319.1443&rep=rep1&type=pdf
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18822039
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4145303/#B48-nutrients-06-03202
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