Our skin is our largest organ, and nourishing it with something that’s actually natural, is one of the best ways to take care of it. There are a host of reasons for ditching commercial body lotion, no matter how expensive or upper crust these might be. But once we ban them from our bathroom cabinet, what do we bring in to moisturize our skin?
Here are 5 kinds of oils and natural butters that I use to keep my skin soft and supple. Umm yes, I did say oil and no, these don’t leave you all sticky and shiny, if that’s what you’re wondering.
Olive Oil: We relish cooking our soups and stir-fries with this oil, exalting its wellness virtues. The good news is that olive oil can double up as your body oil too. Apart from softening your skin, this oil can bump up collagen production. However, it’s best to use olive oil during the cooler months.
When to use it: Include this in your winter Abhyanga practice.
Coconut oil: Those of us in India have grown-up massaging coconut oil into our hair. But what was interesting for me was that, this could even be used as an alternative to body lotion. Easy on the pocket, coconut oil is chock-full of vitamins and antioxidants that work wonders on stretch marks, cellulite, scars and hey, even diaper rash. And the fun thing is that it can even be used as a natural SPF sunscreen and blocks out 20% of the ultraviolet radiation.
When to use it: Massage all over before you step into the shower or right after. As per Ayurveda, coconut oil has cooling properties and ideal for the summer months.
Almond Oil: Almond oil can be used in your homemade body butter recipes, and is even great on its own as a body and face oil. Packed with vitamins A, D and E, it’s a good skin moisturizing alternative for those of you with dry skin or in the dry months.
When to use it: Great for self-massage before or after a shower, or right before bed when your skin is feeling cracked or stretchy, almond oil is perfect for the dry or cold months of the year.
Shea Butter: Extracted from the nut of the shea tree, this is a natural butter oozing with fatty acids packed with vitamins A, E, F and K + antioxidants that promote cell regeneration and helps heal wounds. I like to use she butter in my homemade body butter recipe.
When to use it: Use after a shower and before you go to bed all through the year.
Cocoa Butter: If you have especially dry feet, knees and elbows, dab some cocoa butter to let those cracks heal. This delicious butter that’s derived from cocoa beans and smells like chocolate is very nourishing and soothing for those with dry or sensitive skin.
When to use it: Use it in dry and cold months. Apply topically to dry areas or use the butter with other butters and oils to make your own body butter.
So, which natural moisturizer will you use today?