How to Moisturize Naturally for Your Skin Type
Whether your skin feels as dry as the sahara desert or greasier than a Philly cheesesteak wrapper, you need to moisturize your face on a regular basis. But how you moisturize - and more importantly, what you moisturize with - will vary based on your specific skin type. So if you've been having trouble finding the ideal moisture routine for your skin, then this article is for you.
Moisturizing With Natural Oils for Dry Skin
People with chronically dry skin experience the greatest struggle trying to find the right moisturizer. It may seem difficult, but we promise you it isn't impossible. And since most alleged "moisturizing" creams sometimes contain harsh, drying chemicals, it may be better for you to try one of the following natural remedies:
- Grapeseed Oil - this is a popular pick, especially for people with dry, flaky skin. For starters, it's choc-a-block full of antioxidants which protect your skin from free radical damage. It also comes with the added benefit of evening out your skin tone. Be sure to use it sparingly, though, because a few drops will go a long way towards moisturizing your skin and regulating sebum production in your pores.
- Argan Oil - by far, this is one of our staff favorites. It contains some of the highest amounts of essential fatty acids when compared to other natural oils. These fatty acids both moisturize skin and help it rebuild its collagen matrix. Argan oil is so powerful, you can even use it on your hair and nails, too!
- Olive Oil - of all the natural moisturizing oils for dry skin, this is probably the easiest and most affordable to come by. If you have exceptionally dry skin, then olive oil is the perfect match for you. Other than your face, you can apply it to dry hands, chapped feet, and even a tablespoon in your bathwater for a head-to-toe moisturizing effect.
Moisturizing for oily skin
Moisturizing oily skin is tricky; you're trying to balance the need to keep the skin hydrated while also keeping it clear of excess oil, dead skin cells, and acne breakouts (which can happen at any age, by the way). Here are some of our favorite strategies:
- Milk, Olive Oil, and Lime Juice - this combination creates a 3-in-1 moisturizer that softens, moisturizes, and aids exfoliation all in one application.
- Rose Water + Aloe Vera - together, these two keep your skin looking clean and fresh while also moisturizing in a way that prevents acne breakouts
Moisturizing for combination skin
Most people unfortunately suffer from a mix of combination skin. So what's a girl to do when some parts of her face are dry and flaky while other areas, especially in the dreaded "T-Zone", are greasier than a slip-n-slide?
The answer is simpler than you think: for combination skin, just combine all the tips we've discussed so far! First, apply the more powerful moisturizers, like argan oil, directly to the parched areas that need more moisture. Then apply the alternative moisturizers we discussed in the oily skin section to the parts of your face that produce a little too much sebum. You may even want to treat them first with an alcohol-free toner to make the skin more receptive.
Moisturizing for Sensitive Skin
As if the challenges of dry, combination, and oily skin weren't enough, difficulties get compounded when you're dealing with sensitive skin on top of everything. Even the most gentle products can cause redness, rashes, pain, and blemishes. So if you're having trouble moisturizing your dry skin, try this:
- Aloe Vera is an excellent moisturizer for all skin types, but it's especially helpful for sensitive skin. It infuses the dermis with moisture without leaving skin feeling greasy, locks the moisture in, heals past damage. It als protects your skin from future aging and blemishes.
- Avoiding citrus, even in a homemade moisturizer, is a must for people with sensitive skin. The acid may react badly, triggering a flare-up of redness, itching, dryness, or discomfort.
- Try to keep anything and everything that might strip away your skin's natural moisture away from your face. This includes hot water and steam, harsh exfoliators, drying soaps, and direct sunlight exposure.
Whether you have dry, oily, combination, or sensitive skin, we hope you've found these simple remedies helpful. But if you aren't the homeopathic type, or if you don't have the time to search for natural ingredients, there are other options. One of our favorite moisturizers - which is as close to Mother Nature as you can get - is Complexion MD. Why not give it a try?