Finally, the winter season is here with us. As the temperature drops, the battle for healthy skin begins. The biting cold takes away a thin layer of natural oil causing skin conditions such as rashes, redness, psoriasis, eczema, as well as a variety of hair problems.
Whilst there are many moisturizers that promise hydration, most of them contain synthetic ingredients that do more harm than good. If you’re looking for a natural remedy to moisturize your skin, the secret is right in your kitchen. Here are the most effective kitchen ingredients that give soft and supple skin during winter.
- Milk Cream (Malai)
If you’re looking for a boost of moisture on your skin, Malai is all you need. It’s creamy in texture, making it a potent ingredient in most skin care recipes. Needless to say, it’s loaded with healthy fats and emollients that hydrate dry skin to the core.
To prepare a face pack, add 1-2 tbsp. of gram flour to cream milk. Next, apply it on your face and the neck region and then wash it off after 20-30 minutes. Alternatively, soak a washcloth in Malai and lay it on your face. Milk cream also helps in the removal of dead skin cells which speeds up skin rejuvenation.
- Coconut oil
Coconut oil offers an array of health benefits for the skin. It contains fatty acids that help to restore your body’s natural moisture. Unlike most synthetic products, the oil penetrates easily into the skin leaving you feeling greasy and slimy. More interestingly, it contains antioxidants that help to protect your skin from cracking during winter. If you want to keep the moisture locked in your lips, you should substitute your lip balm with coconut oil.
The benefits of ghee go beyond the preparation of cuisines. It’s one of the healthiest forms of fatty acids making it the perfect antidote for dry winters. To pamper the delicate skin of your face, mix equal parts of ghee with water and massage on the problem area. Ghee is also loaded with fatty acids that encourage deep hydration making the dry skin supple. For best results, massage your entire body with ghee 5-10 minutes before a bath.
- Olive oil
Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, and linoleic acid which prevent water from evaporating from your skin. This oil comes in handy during the winter season when the elements leave our skin feeling flaky and dry. It’s typically heavier than Jojoba oil so you should mix it with a carrier oil. To prepare a moisturizing face pack, you should combine olive oil with honey or milk. If your feet are dry, massage the oil on the problem area and then cover with socks before bed. You’ll never go wrong with this natural oil.
Honey works wonders on patches of dry skin. You can use it to soften chapped lips, elbows, and knees. It has unmatched antibacterial properties which help to treat acne by opening clogged pores. For optimal results, rub some honey on your face and skin 2-3 times a week. Alternatively, you can make honey skin lotion by mixing one spoonful of honey with one tsp. of olive oil. The remedial value of honey is worth trying during this winter season.