Self Care September Day Twenty Two: Moisturize. Health in your own skin.
Epidermis (outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone)
Dermis, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
Hypodermis (deeper subcutaneous tissue made of fat and connective tissue)
Important functions of the skin include body temperature regulation, retention of essential body fluids, barrier to toxic and environmental substances, protection from harmful effects of the sun and radiation, sweat secretions.
Moisturize. Health in your own skin.
Get hydrated, glowing skin with these two simple ingredients:
Olive oil. Used for centuries, olive oil’s antioxidants and natural acids help strengthen skin to create a natural barrier against the harmful effects of the sun. Simply add a few tablespoons and a few drops of essential oil in your bath for amazing, refreshing, and moisturizing time. I LOVE lavender essential oil for that extra relaxation.
Coconut oil. I love coconut oil. So incredibly versatile and full of natural collagen supporting lauric acid, it is a great go to when you need an effective moisturizer that won’t leave you feeling greasy. It is also antibacterial and antimicrobial. To use for the most benefit, find raw, unrefined, virgin organic coconut oil. It melts at room temperature so you can just apply with your hands to liquify and rub into skin.
Try making your own moisturizer with this great lotion base:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 3 tsp vitamin E oil
- 10 drops of your favorite topical grade essential oil (MY personal favorites are lavender and tee tree oil for their amazing health promoting properties.)
Simply mix together in a small, reusable jar. ENJOY.