Let's face it, it's hot, very hot in many areas of the country and we all know it's getting hotter and hotter throughout the world. Sometimes, you just don't feel like lathering your face with a thick and heavy cream moisturizer. Not only is it uncomfortable, it's also not the greatest as it can prevent your skin from naturally excreting toxins and waste, and can clog your pores causing common acne issues.
We fall in the same boat, as we tackle keeping cool in the summer heat, we're also trying to find ways to condition and moisturize our skin the best we can without cakey thick moisturizer. Here's our list of top 5 alternative ways to moisturize for summer!
1. Almond Oil
Almond oil is extracted from of course, an almond, made by pressing raw almonds without the use of any chemicals or high temperatures to assure no beneficial properties are damaged. It's light and doesn't cake your skin up, and it provides conditioning that penetrates multiple layers of skin. Almond oil also contains antioxidants that help improve overall complexion and skin tone and can assist in healing scar tissue. This is our top choice for a light yet very hydrating natural moisturizer, we recommend using this in a spray bottle or directly using a dropper bottle, using about 5-10 drops for the face depending on your preference.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a common oil that is commonly used for cooking, but also great for using on your skin. It's made by pressing fresh or dried coconut "meat". This oil is inexpensive and accessible, it can help in preventing premature aging/skin sagging and can be used whether you have dry skin or oily skin, it's the perfect oil for all skin types and a great overall ingredient to have on hand for your skin, or for stir frying vegetables? 😊 We recommend using a small amount, about a few drops on your fingertips and apply it directly on your face. A little goes a long way!
Rose water is a special ingredient that has been used for decades and made more common in our skincare community today. It's made by steeping fresh rose petals in water. Different than rose oil, which is extracted through steam distillation which is also great for your skin.
We found rose water is lighter for your skin, great in a bottle kept in your fridge to provide your skin with cool hydration. It also balances your skin pH and soothes any skin irritation you may have.
We recommend using rose water in a spritz bottle, keep it in the fridge to provide your skin with the ultimate hydrating and refreshing spray every time your skin needs a quick pick me up.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a natural short stemmed shrub that's in the succulent family, it's a long thick green leaf that contains a gel like substance once you cut it open. This plant is known as the wonder plant because there are so many uses for it such as using it for food, supplements, herbal remedies and more.
Aloe Vera can be purchased in many common stores or the best way we've found to access this is to buy the whole aloe plant and grow it yourself. It really doesn't need much to keep it alive since it's in the succulent family and we encourage you to grab yourself one from your local nursery!
Aloe Vera is made of 95% water, it hydrates your skin without any greasy feel. It has amazing benefits such as anti-aging, it can help fight acne and blemishes and helps relieve skin irritation.
We suggest using this as a natural facial along with some cucumber! Simply blend cucumber and Aloe Vera gel together to create a paste, and apply to your face and neck. Leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off and your skin will be hydrated throughout the day.
5. Argan Oil
Argan oil is considered liquid gold, it's made by pressing fresh kernels from the argan tree and are commonly found in Morocco. It is full of fatty acids, mainly oleic and linoleic acids that help maintain moisture of your skin. Argan oil is also full of vitamin E that prevents dryness that can happen to your skin throughout the day.
Argan oil has anti-microbial and antioxidant properties that can help skin conditions such as psoriasis and improve overall skin complexion.
We recommend using argan oil using a dropper bottle, apply a few drops to your finger tips and apply directly onto your face for the best results.
We hope you try some of these products out as alternative ways to moisturize during these hot summer months and let us know in the comments if you've tried any of these, which are your favorites and how have they worked out for you!
Stay cool and have an amazing summer,
Eden Body Care Family