Winter weather, as pleasant as it may be, can wreak havoc on our skin. Low humidity causes water loss from skin-cells and low temperatures drastically reduce our skin’s oil production. Many of us may find ourselves whipping out our winter moisturizing staple: ‘petroleum jelly’. But did you know that there are some low-cost and healthy alternatives to petroleum jelly that can help keep your skin hydrated, soft and smooth this winter?
Here are some natural alternatives to petroleum jelly to keep your skin moisturized. Why not try out these this winter!
1. Shea Butter
Shea butter is an all-natural cream derived from the seeds of the African shea tree. It is a multipurpose cream, rich in nutrients and vitamins, prepared by cold press methods without adding preservatives or chemicals. Shea butter contains natural moisturizers that are identical to those produced by the sebaceous glands of the skin. It also has numerous other advantages, including skin healing, anti-free radical effects, and itch and sunburn relief.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains saturated fats which make the skin smooth and help retain moisture by preventing moisture loss through skin pores. The vitamin E and proteins in coconut oil encourage healthy skin growth and repair, preventing the skin from cracking.
3. Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil, when applied directly to the skin, acts as a deeply penetrating and cleansing moisturizer that does not clog pores. It contains vitamin E, vitamin A, polyphenol, and phytosterols which give it the added benefits of reversing sun and environmental skin damage and keep skin young, glowing and healthy.
Colloidal oatmeal—finely ground oats suspended in water—can bind to the skin, acting as a barrier against irritants. Oatmeal contains long chain sugar molecules (polysaccharides) and hydrocolloids that retain moisture. The fats present in oatmeal also contribute to its moisturizing abilities. Like olive oil and shea butter, oatmeal also possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Aloe Vera
For centuries, this plant has been popular for its miraculous skin healing and moisturizing capabilities. Aloe vera is known to soothe and hydrate skin and to boost skin regeneration. It is especially effective in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
For those of you who wish to avoid the extra hassle of using organic materials, there are plenty of ready-made petroleum jelly alternative moisturizers available in the market as well.
This winter, bear in mind that external moisturizers are only a part of the picture when it comes to maintaining healthy skin. True skin-care varies from person to person and involves a holistic approach encompassing healthy, eating sleeping and exercise habits.
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