We get it. It’s fall and with the changing of the season comes dry, cracking skin. It’s not fun for anyone, especially when you want to keep your hands and face silky smooth. But, we also know you’re busy and it’s hard to keep stocked up on the latest and greatest skincare lotions. Plus, what happens when your skin starts cracking while the bank account is low? Dry skin waits for no woman! You must have a solution on hand that will get your skin back in the game without resorting to taking out another credit card. Let’s explore some great on-trend and all natural solutions for putting some moisture back into your thirsty skin.
It’s true. Bees must be on to something because honey is one of nature’s greatest powerhouses of pure goodness. Not only is honey tasty and packed full of antioxidants, but it is also sterile and can help heal and moisturize your skin. To use, simply heat about three tablespoons of pure (local) honey over a double boiler for about four minutes or until it is warm to the touch and flows easily.
Using a spoon or light spatula, scrape a small amount of the honey from the pot and apply it to the dry areas of your skin. Keep rubbing until you have a thin, even layer across the affected area. Your skin will be sticky, so pick up a magazine or browse Instagram for ten minutes while the honey does its trick. Then you can either wash it off with a warm towel or shower it off.
Honey has the added benefit of leaving behind a sweet, naturally desirable scent on your skin and is much cheaper by the pound than just about every commercial cosmetic on the market. It’s usually around $4 to $8 dollars per pound as opposed to the average GoldBond dry skin lotion that sells for an average of $16 to $20 dollars per pound.
While olive oil has been shown to have many health benefits if eaten or used for cooking, it is not very good for your skin and can have a drying effect. However, sunflower oil is great for your skin! If you are between paychecks and need a little something to help tide you over that will take care of your dry skin before payday, then sunflower oil is your best bet! It’s readily available and you may already have some in your kitchen this very moment.
It can also double as a handy conditioner for your hair as well! Simply pour out a teaspoon worth into your palm and spread it over the dry area. Repeat as necessary up to three times per day. This should leave your dry skin feeling soft and smelling a little reminiscent of toasty sunflower seeds, which is always a good thing! Sunflower oil can be bought for about $3 dollars per pound which makes it even cheaper than honey, just less tasty to snack on.
Aloe Vera Leaves (Gel)
This is a fun and crafty remedy you can make at home for very little $$ and will serve you in lots of great ways! If you don’t have one already, make sure to buy an aloe plant or two. They are beautiful to look at and easy to keep alive, even if you don’t have a green thumb. To make gel simply use a kitchen knife to remove three to four large leaves. Make sure they have lots of squishy gel in the middle. Wash and dry the leaves. On a cutting board, lay a leaf flat and run the knife through the middle of the leaf close to the outside of the skin on both sides. Drop the gelatinous center into a blender or food processor.
Blend for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. It will be frothy, so don’t worry. Once you have a pretty blended gel that resembles the consistency of gelato, then you can transfer it to an airtight plastic food container. This can be kept in the fridge and used for around two weeks or frozen and used for up to a year.
Aloe is great for moisturizing skin and treating sunburns and allergic reactions of all types. Make sure to have some on hand for fall this year!