What is the best natural moisturizer for dry skin ?

Our skin is one of our most important organs. Being the largest organ of our body it makes up almost a sixth of our body weight. When we are young we don’t give our skin much thought or even any though at all. I remember my mother always telling myself and my brother to put on sunscreen ( especially in the summer time ). We would always roll our eyes, huff and puff and have a million reasons why we don’t need to put it on. My favorite excuse was ” it’s going to interfere with my tan mom “. Never the less, we did’not apply sunscreen as often as we should have those days. And hardly bothered with applying moisturizer.

Now that I am older ( and wiser ) and I suppose having children of my own, I sound just like my mother when it comes to sunscreen and moisturizer. I have become more aware of my skin in a whole ( not just my face ), slowly seeing the signs of years of sun damage and foolishness. I take much better care of my skin now ( not just when I’m in the sun ) feeding it from the inside as well as insuring I apply a good natural moisturizer. As I have become a little older and speaking to many others my age and older, one thing is very clear. Most peoples’ skin are more prone to become dryer rather than oily. So, what is the best natural moisturizer for dry skin ?


Understanding our Skin

Let quickly look at understanding our skin a little and why it becomes so dry. I’ll break this down, without going into much detail.
Our skin is made up of many layers. The top layer or the outermost layer is called the Epidermis (this we can see and touch ). The epidermis is made up of 5 sub-layers. These sup-layers undergo series of changes ( keratinisation ) as they mature and plays a vital role in protecting us form toxins, bacteria and loss of fluids. dry-skin

One particular sup-layer of the epidermis is the Horny layer ( or startum corneum ). This layer is the most outer layer of the epidermis. This layer contains the dead skin cells, our sweat glands and sebaceous ( oil ) glands. The cells in the Horny layer bind together by epidermal lipids ( fat ). When these lipids are missing your skin will become dry, tight, rough and could even crack. This can be due to harsh chemicals, drinking too little water, eating incorrectly, medications and sunbathing.

The epidermis in a whole is estimated to be around 0.1mm think, even slightly thinner around the eyes ( 0.05mm ) and thicker around our feet ( 1 – 5mm ). So with such an extremely thin layer of skin that has to play such an important role to keep us healthy, it is no surprise that our skin can dry out in no time.

The two Natural moisturizing options I mention below, you may want to give a try. I must say I can’t live without them.


Coconut Oil

When looking at the option of buying coconut oil the type and quality makes the difference. To skip trough all the “fancy” words they like to put on labels, there are really only two things you need to look out for when it comes to coconut oil. Refined or Unrefined ( Virgin ).

Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut meat, steam-refined and could contain chemicals, additives or hexane. If it is refined and organically certified it should contain NO chemicals, additives or hexane. It is normally yellow in color but if it is white it had gone trough a bleaching process. Making it not so great to use in my opinion.

Unrefined or Virgin coconut oil is made from fresh coconut meat, scooped out of the shell by hand, cold pressed, then leaving just the oil and the pure coconut flavor and smell. It is naturally white in color, as you would expect. Always make sure it is certified organic and verified Non-GMO. This would be the best one to use, for both body and in food.

Use it from top to toe. It is safe even for sensitive skin, fast absorbing, water-soluble ( so if it gets on your clothes or bedding it washes out ), multi-healing, super moisturizing and anti-aging. Coconut oil is safe to use on babies and children. You can really use as much coconut oil as you feel you need.

For cracked hands or heels, apply coconut oil to the area and wrap loosely with clingfilm and leave overnight. You can also add a teaspoon of coconut oil to a bowl of warm water and soak your feet or hands while relaxing.


Shea Butter

Another super food for our skin is Shea butter. Fat that is extracted from the nut of the Shea tree, give us this luxurious, white oil. Native to West Africa it has been used in moisturizers, lotions, pastes, lip balm and even food. Often mixed with coconut butter, it does have a very different distinctive taste and smell.

Shea butter has anti inflammatory, antimicrobial, emollient and humectant properties. Shea butter has also been used in sun-blocking lotions as some of its components have the capability to absorb ultraviolet radiation.

Like coconut oil, Shea butter goes trough a similar process when it comes to refining or being unrefined ( Virgin ). Always look for Organically Certified Virgin Shea butter.

Safe to use in pregnancy ( for stretch marks ), babies, and children. Shea butter has so many multi uses and can very easily be combined with essential oils. Melting the butter down, adding some of your favorite essential oils and pouring into a jar or container. It sets quite fast, and makes for one of my favorite body moisturizers.

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No Excuses

There might be many more different products on the market or even remedies you can mix up in you kitchen to combat a dry skin. The problem I have sometimes is TIME. I just don’t have the time to always mix up a mask or wrap that I need to lay in for 30min to 1 hour ( or even longer ). I want two main things when it comes to a body moisturizer. 1. 100% Organic certified Virgin and 2. Little time needed with no fuss. Either one or a combination of Coconut oil and Shea butter is my ticket to luxurious soft healthy skin.

With the exceptional benefits ” packed ” inside these moisturizers you will never have a dry, tight uncomfortable skin again. No more excuses that you don’t have the time to look after your skin anymore.

Please comment on my post below, I would love to hear your experiences with Coconut oil or Shea Butter.

Until next time

Felicity

20 thoughts on “What is the best natural moisturizer for dry skin ?”

  1. I admit that I too have been harsh to my skin over the years. I was looking for benefits of coconut over Shea butter and you have helped me see that Shea butter seems to have many helpful properties.
    Do you prefer one over the other?

    Thank you for the info.

    1. Hello Greg. I personally use Coconut oil more often than Shea Butter. Only because where I live Certified Organic Coconut oil is more readily available. I do however enjoy mixing the two 50/50. This way I get the benefits of both and have had great success. I am happy my post has helped you. All the best. Felicity

  2. Let me just say, coconut oil is amazing.

    My wife uses it for so many things. And it tastes great!

    We use it in place of butter on popcorn and toast, we use it in baking, we use it for frying.

    It’s a great healthy alternative.

    And now, I know you can use it as a moisturizer.

    Terrific!

    Thanks for the great article.

    1. Hello Terry. I agree with you, the taste is absolutely amazing. You will find it just as amazing for you and your family. Thank you for the great comment. Keep well. Felicity

  3. I really love coconut oil! I use it for a moisturizer and sunscreen all the time. I find that I tan way faster when I use coconut oil and it smells so good too. I haven’t used shea butter yet, although my husband uses it for his homemade beard products and it works really well.

    1. Hi Carla. The versatility of both Coconut oil and Shea butter are amazing. I quite enjoy mixing them together 50/50 and use as a body moisturizer. Thank you for the comment. Keep well. Felicity

  4. This is amazing. At least I know that I am doing the right thing. I have been using coconut oil and sheabutter for a while now.
    I like the way, you explained the importance of the skin and how your products are natural.

    Thank you

    1. Hello Ibi. I`m glad to hear you are all ready on the right track. You wont regret it ! Thank you for your comment. Keep well. Felicity

  5. I have heard about Shea butter and its benefits from my sister. It has been proven to have extensive anti-inflammatory properties. Redness and swelling on your face may be calmed by applying shea butter products. That said I have a quick question: I have heard that Shea butter has also been reported to have anti-aging properties ? How true is this, do you have any inputs on the same ?

    1. Hello Satz. First of all thank you for your comment. As for your question, Shea butter has large amounts of Vit E, Antioxidants ( fights free radicals and environmental pollutants that causes aging ) and anti-inflammatory. So just by looking at the combination of the three, it most definitely possesses the right compounds to assist with the anti-aging of our skin. One last thing, even if you want to warm up the Shea butter to mix with essential oils or turn into lip-balms ( for example ), Shea butter also carries great heat stability. So you wouldn`t “looses” or “damage” the compounds/potency if you had to heat the butter up. Hope this helps. All the best. Felicity

  6. I love coconut oil, I have used it for many years on my skin and in my opinion it is ten times better than any store brought lotion. I used to did not care about my skin as a kid also, I always thought the sunlight would heal any damage the my skin occured, not knowing otherwise. Great information provided!

  7. Very informative post! I really like the sheabutter oil, it has a very nice smell. I like the tone you show us why it is important for us to moisturize the skin. Thank you!

  8. Great article,

    It can be really difficult to settle on a moisturiser, and then the added complexity of skin types makes it even more difficult. Good to see that there’s some household names on the list, I do love coconut and shea butter.

    1. Hi Sharon. The great thing about coconut oil and shea butter is that it can really work on any skin type. Only if you have very oily skin to start of with, you will use much less. All the best.

  9. The rise in global warming and its effects on the texture of the atmosphere and on the sun badly impacts one’s skin and can lead to a lot of skin irritation and dry skin. Coconut oil and shea butter really come in hand to help fight dry skin. I have been using coconut lotion for a few years now after suffering from dry skin and I can say my skin condition has improved a lot and it’s so smooth. Nice article.

  10. Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer. I know people who use coconut oil everywhere — for moisture on their skin, to condition their hair, and of course to cook their food with. My skin tends to be too oily to personally use coconut oil for this, but I’ve seen others in my household use the coconut oil to help heal their dry skin issues. I haven’t tried shea butter on it’s own, but it sounds like it’s worth looking into!

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