As the seasons change from summer to fall, with cool, dry weather soon to follow, a noticeable change in skin moisture is inevitable. It may start with that itchy feeling around the calves, or maybe a few extra reaches per day for the lip balm to soothe the dryness. Around this time of year busy schedules get even busier with moms getting kids off to school, picking them up from practice, running baths and washing dishes. Subtle changes may go unnoticed until a full-blown case of dry, chapped skin shows up.
Fortunately there are some simple and natural ways for busy moms to nourish their skin without spending money on commercial creams and lotions (which might even contain toxic chemicals). Whether you suffer from dryness or oily skin, nature’s own fruits and oils in their pure form can save both time and money, and may even solve a skin problem you’ve battled for years.
Here are a few easy-to-make natural remedies for busy moms. And since they’re natural, don’t hesitate to try them on the kids, too.
Dry Skin Remedy: Coconut Oil Rub
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer for all skin types, especially dry and aging skin. The fat in the oil helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles without any irritation. To make the coconut oil rub, heat the oil solids until they turn to liquid and place in a container that can be easily accessed while your skin is wet from the shower. Scoop up some of the oil (which can harden in cooler weather) and melt it in into your palm, then spread over dry areas. Despite the oily appearance, it will soak into thirsty skin and won’t leave stains on clothing.
Coconut oil can also help with psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions. It can often be found as an ingredient in expensive skin care products, and is even more effective (and cost-effective) when scooped out of the jar and smoothed onto the skin directly.
Acne/Breakout Remedy: Olive Oil and Castor Oil Wash
Many moms find themselves with adult skin breakouts that remind us of our teen years. The old principle of drying the skin to clear up acne or blemishes led to excessive dryness and more stubborn blemishes. Luckily, natural remedies made from oil help to cleanse as well as moisturize.
The basic concept of this skin-cleansing method is that the oil used to wash the skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and clogged the pores. Apply it preferably with steam, which will open the pores first and then allow the oil to be easily removed.
A few simple steps:
- Make a mixture of 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 olive oil.
- Pour about a quarter-sized amount of the oil blend into your hand and massage into dry skin. Use smooth circular strokes for a gentle facial massage. Massage for at least a minute or until the oil has saturated the skin.
- Place a washcloth under very hot tap water until it is completely soaked, quickly wring it out and place over your face. The steam from the hot cloth will remove the oils and any impurities in the skin. Leave the washcloth on for about a minute, or until it cools. There will still be a thin layer of the oil on the skin, which is beneficial.
Healthy, Radiant Skin: Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe plant is very easy to grow in a pot at home. Not only does this succulent plant looks great, it also purifies the air and the gel from its leaves offers numerous health and nutritional benefits. Among these benefits is also skin health, healing and protection.
Simply cut a whole aloe leaf and keep it in your fridge (either in a plastic bag or a glass jar, since its yellowish latex will stain). Then slice a small piece off the leaf (about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch) every morning, cut it in the middle and simply rub the gel smoothly over your face, neck, even chest and arms. Depending on the climate you live in, it might provide a sufficient skin hydration; it will definitely provide morning cool refreshment to your skin, help reduce any puffiness around the eyes and make your skin radiant instantly. You can repeat this several times a day.
Cracked Feet: Banana Paste
Take one or two overripe bananas and blend them in a blender until they make a creamy paste. Apply this smooth banana paste to your clean feet. Allow it to sit for about fifteen minutes and then wash your feet, alternating with warm, then cold, water, to get smooth, silky feet. To prevent and treat dry and cracked heels, follow this simple home remedy on a daily basis. And be sure to keep your feet clean and well-moisturized during the cooler months to prevent fissures and cracking.
Taking a few extra moments to care for your skin during this seasonal transition time will keep you well-prepared and feeling pampered in the cooler months.