When it comes to moisturising, I have many friends who prefer to take the more natural route. They refuse to give into commercial products and like to test the waters by using ingredients lying around in their kitchen. In fact, I know many of them who swear by using only these natural ingredients. If you think about it, using ingredients that are natural moisturisers and humectants can be very useful. What’s interesting is that these ingredients are not expensive, they’re very common and can be bought from any grocery store. Whether you use these for taste, cooking or on your skin, these ingredients are the ultimate superheroes. Here are 7 natural moisturisers you can find in your kitchen.
Just FYI ladies, raw honey is known for its antibacterial properties. It treats acne like a pro and unclogs pores as and when required. Since it’s packed with antioxidants, it prevents wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes from appearing on the skin.
How To: To moisturise your skin, simply mix two tablespoons of honey with half a litre of water. Stir well and apply the mix to your skin. Leave it on for 15 mins and wash it off with lukewarm water after.
If you want a clear and youthful complexion, you must give buttermilk a shot! It’s rich in lactic acid and does a fantastic job at removing dead skin cells and healing damaged skin.
How To: To make the most out of this ingredient, dip a cloth into a bowl of chilled buttermilk. Lay the cloth on your face and don’t remove it for 15-20 minutes. All your skin to absorb all those nutrients. Wipe your face with a damp cloth once you’ve done this.
If you ever run out of sunscreen, head to your kitchen and apply some olive oil on your skin. Loaded with natural acids and antibacterial properties, olive oil will protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun by strengthening the skin’s natural barrier.
How To: You can apply olive oil directly, or you can add a few drops of lavender oil to help your skin feel fresh and rejuvenated.
I love eating avocados because they’re so delicious and nutritious. The healthy fats and vitamins in them help to retain the moisture in your skin and give it a healthy glow.
How To: Simply slice an avocado in half and rub one portion of it on your skin. Allow the natural pulp to rest and dry on your skin for about 20-30 minutes. You can wash your face once time’s up.
Cucumbers contain lots of water in them. You know what that means, right? It keeps your skin hydrated and moisturised for long hours. Eating a cucumber everyday day will ensure that your skin glows and feels smooth after a week or two. If you aren’t a fan of munching on cucumber slices, no worries!
How To: Just make a puree of it by mixing cucumber pulp and dollops of honey. That’s about it - you got a natural and hydrating moisturiser right there!
One reason why we love aloe gel is that it moisturises the skin without making it feel too greasy or sticky. The nutrients and vitamins in it help to heal skin and soothe it from burns and rashes.
How To: Start by cutting one aloe leaf and slice it into tiny pieces. Scoop out the gel using a spoon and apply it to your skin. Don’t wash the gel off from your skin until 30 minutes are done.
If you thought that coconut oil was only meant for your hair, you thought wrong. Lauric acid, antibacterial properties, antimicrobial properties - you name it, coconut oil has it.
How To: Simply pour some oil into your palms and massage your hands, feet and legs. Don’t forget to rub and moisturise well.