Dry skin doesn’t discriminate. It affects people of all ages and in all climates and seasons—not just winter. Having dry, flaky skin can be really frustrating. It’s uncomfortable, unsightly, and sometimes even painful. Thankfully, there are a number of natural ingredients that will help you conquer dry skin and gain a smooth, glowing complexion. Here are the best natural ingredients to use for hydrated, happy skin.
Derived from the seeds of a Southwestern shrub, jojoba oil has a waxy texture that almost exactly mimics the sebum (oil) that your skin creates on its own. This makes it a highly effective natural moisturizer. It works by forming a layer on top of your skin that holds water in place, keeping your skin from drying out. On top of that, it contains antioxidants and other nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin D, fatty acids, copper, and zinc that will plump up your skin and keep it healthy.
You might be surprised to learn that everyone’s favorite cooking oil is also an ancient beauty tool—even Cleopatra was a fan! Olive oil works by locking moisture into the skin, preventing your skin from drying out. It’s also high in an ingredient called squalene, which has been shown to be very hydrating. The cherry on top? Olive oil is antibacterial, high in antioxidants, and loaded with vitamins A, D, E, and K which help fight signs of aging.
Shea butter is a skin moisturizing staple—and for good reason. Shea butter is fat that’s been extracted from shea tree nuts. It has a creamy consistency that easily spreads onto the skin like butter (hence the name). With a high concentration of fatty acids (mostly stearic acid and oleic acid), shea butter rapidly soaks into the skin, instantly creating a smooth, soft barrier that seals in moisture.
Not only is sesame oil a great addition to Asian-inspired dishes, it’s also an ideal skin moisturizer. Brimming with fatty acids like oleic acid, stearic acid, and linoleic acid, sesame oil is absorbed into the skin almost instantly, leaving behind picture-perfect, glowing skin. Many claim that it works wonders for creating supple skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Rub some coconut oil into your skin and you’ll immediately feel its hydrating, smoothing effect. Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids which help reduce dryness and allow your skin to retain moisture. This oil absorbs easily, providing an instant dose of hydration for dry, flaky skin.
There’s no need to buy mass-produced, big-name moisturizers. The five natural ingredients discussed in this article work just as well, if not better—and they don’t contain any toxic ingredients. You can use these ingredients on their own or, even better, use a product that contains a few of these ingredients together.
Green Ferns’ handmade, organic lotions contain all five of these hydrating ingredients, while our organic scrubs and organic massage oils each contain at least three of these all-star moisturizers. Our all-natural, handmade products are sure to help you say bye to the dry!