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Skin Moisturizer - Top 5 Natural Moisturizers To Stock In Your Pantry

Updated on June 6, 2011

Skin moisturizer is indispensable to all of us – dry and oily-skinned people alike. Although our skin releases essential moisture that can keep it hydrated, most of the inherent moisture in the dermis gets lost during the day. When you are exposed to the sun or you are using chemical products that are extremely drying to the dermis, the inner layers of your skin can be stripped away with essential moisture and lipids. This leaves you with extremely dry skin.

Dry skin is actually the predecessor of numerous skin aging problems. When your skin is dry, it becomes quite prone to damages. The lack of moisture in the dermis can leave collagen and elastin defenseless against daily skin wear and tear.

You don’t have to look far to find a skin moisturizer. This product is everywhere in the drugstore, the grocery store and any skin and beauty outlet. But did you know that natural skin moisturizers can also be found in your pantry?

You can create a natural moisturizer that does not only work in plumping up the skin but also in freshening it up, rejuvenating it and harnessing the integumentary system’s ability to produce collagen and elastin. Best of all, their effects can last for a long time.

Creating your skin moisturizer from natural ingredients will also keep you safe from the bad effects of parabens, phthalates and other harmful chemicals that might be incorporated in store-bought products.

emu oil
emu oil

1. Emu Oil

The problem with many moisturizing agents is that they only work in moisturizing the surface layer of the skin. Their molecules are so big that they fail in penetrating the deeper layers of the skin. While you are slapping on moisturizers on your dermis, you are probably not doing enough in keeping the inner layers of the skin hydrated. As a result, damages can occur in the deeper layers.

Emu oil can solve that. This is the oil taken from the flightless bird Emu. It actually works in penetrating deeper into the skin. What is also great about this is that when it is mixed with other hydrating ingredients, it helps those other ingredients to penetrate deeper.

Wakame Seaweed
Wakame Seaweed

2. Phytessence Wakame

Have you heard of this Japanese sea herb? If you have tried eating in a Japanese restaurant, you might have come across this herb. It is actually a type of seaweed with the ability to preserve hyaluronic acid in the body.

Hyaluronic acid is the acid that is responsible in moisturizing collagen and elastin. It plays a major role in preventing the rapid deterioration of collagen fibers. Hyaluronic acid is more abundant in the skin of children. This is why kids have dewy, supple and strong skin. As we get older and when we are exposed to external aging factors, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our dermis dwindles.

This is why we need to preserve it. You can apply this sea weed on your skin just like what Japanese women are doing or you can include it in your meals.

3. Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the best hydrating agents. But what makes it even better is its natural lactic acid content. Lactic acid is a form of alpha hydroxy acid that works in removing dead skin cells without damaging the surface of the skin. It unclogs the pores and gradually gets rid of the damaged layers of the dermis to reveal younger, whiter and healthier skin.

4. Honey

A bottle of honey can solve a lot of maladies including sore throat and skin rashes. It also works in preventing wound from festering because of its natural antibacterial properties. But honey is also a good source of moisturizing agents. It helps trigger the innate ability of the skin to produce moisture.

5. Cucumber

Cucumber is a natural skin moisturizer. It is replete in moisturizing agents that can replenish lost moisture in your dermis. You would want to blend it well and apply it gently on your skin.

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      Kate Swanson 

      7 years ago from Sydney

      Emu oil? Really? Considering I'm in Australia, I have to seek that one out.


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