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Using Natural Moisturizers

Moisturizers are necessary in every beauty routine. However, not every moisturizer is for every skin type and sensitive skin can become irritated by some chemicals that are present in moisturizers. That’s why it’s a good idea to look in to natural alternatives for moisturizers including shea butter, olive oil and castor oil and more.

shea nuts

Shea Butter
Shea butter is an all-natural vitamin A cream that serves as a superb moisturizer with healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A can improve skin conditions such as skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns and frostbite while offering unparalleled moisturizing properties. This is due to the fact that the moisturizers in shea butter contains the same moisturizers produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It is inexpensive yet effective at reducing flaking, redness and peeling.

olive oil

Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil helps hold in your skin’s natural moisture and prevents it from drying out. It is recommended to apply it to your skin before going to bed at night. Because its chemical composition is similar to that of human skin, your skin will absorb it easily. It contains vitamins A and E which help repair sun and environmental damage and it is good for almost any skin type. Its polyphonic compounds reverse free radicals which can cause premature aging.

castor oil

Castor Oil
The fatty oils in castor oil can penetrate through skin layers to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This will soften and repair skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works especially well on crow’s feet and dark circles around the eyes. It is recommended that you put it on your face after washing it before going to bed. It will soak into skin as you sleep.

aloe vera

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is another great natural moisturizer. Effective for men of women, when used topically, aloe vera can slow the signs of aging. This is due to the fact that it increases collagen, therefore increasing the skin’s elasticity. Nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamins E and C will keep skin plump. It cleanses and softens skin without leaving it greasy or clogging pores.

avocados

Avocado Oil
Avocado oil has some amazing benefits for your skin when used as a natural moisturizer. It is one of the most penetrative of all natural plant oils, so it is believed to penetrate through the epidermis into the dermis layer of the skin. Once there, it helps increase collagen production in the layers of the dermis. A good extra virgin olive oil is especially useful for flaking, dehydrated, sun damaged faces.

coconut

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is full of saturated fats that help the skin stay moisturized. The fats also aid in preventing moisture loss through the skin’s pores. It increases hydration and reduces water loss in seriously dry skin and leaves skin feeling nourished and smooth. It can also be used to moisturize hair and scalp or will leave your skin looking hydrated after shaving your legs.

So, have you used any of these natural moisturizers for you skin, and, if so, how have they worked for you? What natural moisturizers do you use that don’t appear on this list? We’d love to hear from in the comments section.

The Science Behind Moisturizers – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman applying moisturizer on her face.

Moisturizers come in various types, shapes, sizes and compounds. There are millions of women who wake up across the globe every morning, wash their face, and put moisturizer on to hydrate, protect, and infuse their skin with botanicals and ingredients that will allow their faces to look youthful, beautiful, and fresh. There’s more behind these products than meets the eye, and of course Vine Vera wanted to be the ones to uncover the science behind moisturizers and what makes them work, and bring that information to you today in this article.

What is Transepidermal Water Loss?
Transepidermal water loss, otherwise known as TEWL, is the process of moisture being lost from the skin due to dry climates, artificial heaters in the home or office, or the use of products which can often times dry out the skin. This process happens when water moves from the dermis, or middle layer of skin, to the skin’s surface, the epidermis, and then evaporates, leaving behind dry, dull skin that is begging for attention through means of lotions, creams and of course, moisturizers.

The Three Types of Moisturizers
There are three types of moisturizer products in which you will typically buy in a store, catalog, or online. They are:

  1. Humectants
  2. Occlusives
  3. Emollients

You’re probably sitting there thinking, “Whoa. That sounds scientific.” And in fact, it is. To give you a breakdown of the three and explain in terms you can understand, lets take a look at each individual moisturizer type, and what they do.

Humectants
Humectants work exceptionally well for dry skin, because they retain moisture within the epidermis and alleviate the flakiness of dry, itchy skin. They have also been known to help stimulate ceramide production within the body, which in turn give a waxy, protective coating to the skin, giving the skin a more youthful, moist appearance. These products are not usually recommended for those with oily skin.

Occlusives
This is known as the ‘Old School’ moisturizer. They work by forming a protective barrier over the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, that water is not able to get through. Water on the skin can actually dry the skin out, and these types of moisturizers also prevent water from escaping the skin as well. You might know an occlusive in the form of petroleum jelly, more commonly known by the brand name, Vaseline. These types of occlusives can cut TEWL by up to 98% and therefore, are very effective. They can tend to have a thick, greasy feel, however; and therefore, aren’t practical to cover yourself in – which is why they are generally used for target specific areas, and mainly used at night time nowadays. These products are generally geared towards those with severe dry skin, or to those with aging skin.

Emollients
Emollients are meant to penetrate the skins layers, creating softer, smoother skin which feels better hydrated and more supple. They are able to be absorbed by the skin, filling in the gaps and areas where proteins have broken down within the skin’s cells, providing long lasting moisture and a more flexible feel. Emollients work well for most skin types – even oily and greasy skin. You can find many different types and lotions labeled under the emollient category on your favorite drug store’s shelves for purchase. Most body lotions contain emollients.

Choose Your Moisturizer Wisely
Vine Vera hopes this scientific breakdown has helped to give you a better understanding of what each of these types of moisturizers can do for you, and what skin types should use them. Who knew moisturizers could be so scientific? Make sure you choose the appropriate lotion or moisturizer for your particular skin care needs to obtain maximum benefits from the product.