The relentless heat of an Australian summer is notorious for drying out our skin and prematurely aging it. While there are many moisturisers on the market that claim to keep our skin hydrated, most of these contain toxic ingredients and are also quite expensive. In many cases natural home remedies work just as well, or even better, albeit without breaking our budget.
From your personal experience, what are the best cheap and natural ways to keep skin moisturised during summer?
I'm pretty fussy about what I put on my skin, and usually only use organic products. The cheapest products I've found are organic oils such as olive oil and coconut oil, which last for ages. Probably not ideal if you have oily skin, but mine tends to be a bit dry so I find these perfect. Rose hip oil and jojoba oils are also very good, although they're slightly more expensive. I also make up my own spritzer in a spray bottle from rose water and filtered water. It's very cooling on a very hot day!
I have been trying to use coffee scrub mixed with either olive oil and raw sugar/honey or extra virgin coconut oil with some essential oils to keep my skin soft and hydrated. Not to forget lots and lots of water and fruits. It does work !
Aloe vera gel and coconut oil. Not mixed together but the gel first then the oil. Though be careful not to go in the sun with oil on your skin or you will frizzle and fry....
You can also add a couple of drops of lavender oil to your bath water and that will help too.
Plenty of water to drink helps moisturise from the inside!
I always use a moisturiser that has no chemicals.
They are generally more expensive but worth it to me.
Your question was what is the cheapest -the answer to this is sorbelene which my skin specialist actually recommended as being a good all round moisturiser. I find it a bit thick and hard to spread, and prefer a local brand I buy or love Jurlique products.
I don't think cheapness is the only consideration when it comes to looking after ourselves. considering that 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the body, it is important not to use any products with harmful chemicals.
Also I think it is important to choose products that do not do animal testing, and whatever product we choose, needs to be ethically sourced.
The cheapest is to keep the damp towel wrapped around after a swim. The 2nd cheapest is olive oil cooking spray.
The best relief for sunburn is a clean cloth soaked in vinegar, dropped on, not rubbed in..