Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter Skin Care Alternatives: TLC for Your Skin

Your skin requires extra tender loving care during winter.  Instead of using department store bought skin care products most likely made with harsh chemicals and preservatives, do your skin a huge favor by opting for skin care products that are available in nature.  Here are three natural alternatives to your skin care routine that you can easily switch to:

Instead of Baby Oil, Use:  Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil is high in vitamin E.  Your skin absorbs it immediately and thus it won't leave an oily residue.  It  is known to soften your skin and helps soothe dryness and itchiness. In contrast, baby oil, which is mineral oil, is not absorbed by your skin, instead it sits as a thin film over your skin, clogging your pores and preventing your skin from eliminating toxins.  

Instead of Commercial Face Moisturizers, Use:  100% Pure Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter   
Cocoa butter, also used in manufacturing of chocolates, is deeply moisturizing and similar to apricot kernel oil, it is quickly absorbed by your skin.  Cocoa butter is also full of antioxidants, which will protect your skin from the effects of damaging free radicals.  Additionally, cocoa butter is known to relax you and relieve stress because of its divine chocolate aroma.

Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Karite tree which only grows in the tropics of Africa.  The Karite tree cannot be cultivated - it only grows in the wild.  Shea butter contains fatty acids that help maintain your skin's moisture and elasticity.  Additionally, Shea butter acts as a natural sun screen and even helps soothe conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema.

**You can get pure and natural skin care products at your local health food store.  However, please make it a habit to read the labels.