Makeup, harsh creams, exposure to sunlight — there are a ton of elements that can wreak serious havoc on skin. One of the primary signs that your skin is in need of some major nourishment is excess dryness, a problem which can be avoided when you moisturize regularly. Additionally, moisturizing your skin can help it look more youthful, can promote cell regeneration and blood circulation, and can reduce acne.


While there are several excellent products for your skin that you can buy over-the-counter, some of the best moisturizers are actually ones you will find in your kitchen as opposed to your local drug or beauty store.


Read on to see some of the best foods that you can apply topically to your skin to moisturize and promote overall skin health.


Bananas are incredible moisturizers for your skin, thanks primarily to their vitamin A content. Vitamin A not only plays a role in restoring moisture in your skin but also helps to repair damage that has been caused as a result of dryness. Simply mash up a ripe banana (this is one of the few times you’ll actually want it to start turning brown before using it), and apply it to your face. Leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing it off, and you’re sure to feel a difference in your skin.


Yogurt is packed with lactic acid, which is at the root of its emollient properties. In addition to moisturizing and smoothing your skin, yogurt can also brighten up your face and keep your skin looking fresh by exfoliating it. Start off by washing your face and then follow up by applying the yogurt to your skin. The yogurt will work its own magic while simultaneously locking in the moisture your skin got from pre-washing it. Let the yogurt mask sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off.


The moisturizing properties of oats may come as a surprise, seeing as how oats themselves are a dry food. Interestingly enough, however, oats can work wonders for skin in need of hydration, particularly because they are full of healthy fats which can add some moisture to wanting skin. Oats also reduce the appearance of redness and can help rid your skin of dead cells, which are preventing it from looking and feeling healthy. Just grind the oats up so that they are in the form of a fine powder, then mix them with some water to create an excellent moisturizing scrub.


Honey is one of nature’s strongest organic moisturizers. It has an incredible ability to draw moisture into the skin and lock it in, and it’s full of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that help it clean and nourish your skin all at once. Simply massage some honey (preferably raw organic) onto your face, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing off. You’ll find your skin feeling softer in no time!


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