Although we’re sorry to say goodbye to summer, we’re really anticipating the fall: long walks in the colorful leaves, clutching hot mugs of apple cider and sweet coffee as we gossip, and curling up in thick sweaters.
But if the skin beneath the sweaters is dry and irritated, what’s the point of all those long romantic walks? It’s almost fall, and you’ve got better things to do than worry about dry skin.
Thankfully, we’ve got you covered from head to toe. Last time, we looked at the five simplest facial moisturizers you can use, and now it’s time to move on to the body.
The recipe is simple and quick: when you hop out of the shower, slather one of these oils all over your skin. Don’t forget those dry elbows and knees! Massage in the oil until it’s absorbed, then get dressed. If you’re worried about oil getting on your clothes, perform this routine every night before bed. You’ll wake up feeling soft all over, and ready for whatever the changing season may bring you.
You can use any type of oil on your skin, but these two are the cheapest and easiest to buy in bulk. Save the little, pricier oils for your delicate facial skin, and slather on these two with reckless abandon:
Olive oil is on our list because it’s so cheap and easily available. Save the expensive stuff for drizzling over roasted garlic and brussel sprouts (mmm, fall…); buy a big bottle of whatever’s on sale. It’s all-natural (obviously), hypoallergenic, full of skin-friendly vitamins A and E, and was used by the ancient Greeks as a moisturizer.
History surely does repeat itself. If the olive oil-y smell bothers you, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil(s) straight to the bottle. Just remember to keep the bottle in the bathroom so that you don’t accidentally pour lavender-scented olive oil on your salad.
Coconut oil comes in a jar and is solid white until heated (it then melts into a clear liquid), and smells like a tropical beach. One jar will set you back about $5-10, and it’ll last you for months. It’s surprisingly non-greasy when absorbed.
More importantly, however, is it’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal; some people even report that their body acne cleared up when they began using coconut oil. Scoop a bit into your hand and rub all over your body – it will begin to melt and absorb with the heat from your skin.
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