Natural oils are the ideal solution for winter skin problems. Not only do they provide moisture, but in their natural state or if formulated and packaged with care, natural oils often contain anti-aging nutrients that can repair damaged skin and help prevent further damage. Some of these include:
- Coconut oil is probably the best known natural skin care oil. Extracted from coconut meat, what is less known about coconut oil is that in addition to being a moisturising oil, it contains vitamin E and a molecule called squalene whose chemical structure closely resembles the skin’s sebum (a natural wax that is responsible for making the skin waterproof). The primary reason for dry winter skin is a lack of sebum. Because of its similarity to sebum, squalene is easily absorbed by the skin, making it an ideal moisturiser.
- Shea butter is a thick, creamy oil that comes from the shea tree of West Africa. Because it forms a barrier between the elements and the skin and seals in moisture, it can be an ideal choice for skiers and others who enjoy an active outdoor life in the winter. Natural therapists also often recommend shea butter for its ability to help heal scar tissue produced by stretch marks and hyper-pigmentation.
- Argan oil has been a beauty secret of women in Morocca for centuries. Extracted from the nuts found on the Argan tree, which grows naturally only in Morocco, studies have shown that the scientific secret behind this beauty secret is the abundance of nutrients and antioxidants contained in Argan oil. If you don’t like a heavy natural moisturiser, you’ll love the light consistency of Argan oil.
- Jojoba is an undistinguished looking shrub that grows wild in the Sonoran desert regions of Mexico and the southwestern United States. While undistinguished looking, Jojoba has some very distinguishing properties; one of them being that instead of producing a plant oil, it produces a wax ester that is nearly identical to skin sebum. Used for centuries by Native Americans to help heal wounds and sores, Jojoba oil also contains antibacterial properties and high levels of antioxidants.
Natural Facial Treatment for Winter Skin
You needn’t look any further than your kitchen for a natural facial treatment for winter skin. One facial mask that is extremely popular is made from a mixture of oats, a banana and almond oil. First mash up a banana. Then stir in 2 tablespoons of uncooked oats and 2 drops of almond oil. Apply liberally to the face and sit back and relax for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Alternatively, you can simply mash a banana or avocado and apply it to the face. Both bananas and avocados contain natural oils and antioxidants that make excellent treatments for winter skin