It's amazing to think that your skin can benefit from the ingredient in your kitchen and yet, we still spend hundreds of dollars on creams that don't deliver. Mostly it is lies that are being spread by cosmetic companies and that is very upsetting. By slapping a picture of a famous person on the top of the bottle and saying you should buy this because Jane Fonda uses it is crazy. It is really manipulative, but that is how the world works and it is important that you don't get sucked into that crazy world. Open your eyes to other options and see the bigger picture before going for one product. There is so much more out there.

Recently people have been turning to natural mosisturizers, which you can actually make from your own kitchen. There is nothing hippyish about this. In fact I have done this myself and felt an instant change. Like anything else, you won't see your wrinkles disappear overnight. Once you have been hit by the sun for years and years you really just have to face the consequences, but you will find that recipes like these will really soften your skin.

Natural moisturizer recipes are so simple that you will find them really simple and that is the beauty of them. There are no chemicals in them so you won't suffer from any allergies. Although, I do recommend that you do a patch test of each ingredient to be on the safe side. Some people are allergic to dairy products so it's always better to be safe than sorry. It's not much of an inconvenience because usually there are only three or four ingredients in the recipes so it is easy enough to find out.

Use ingredients like honey, yogurt, avocado, lemon juice and olive oil to give you a real lift. Find a couple of recipes that suit your particular skin type. You can also drop a cup of honey in your bath water if you are looking for an overall renewal. Make sure the pores are open so that when you put your "magic potion" on everything will be absorbed. The best way for this is to have a shower beforehand. Also remember that the moisturizer should stay on for at least 10 minutes.

Here are three great recipes to get you started, but there are tons more out there:

2 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup warm milk, 1 cup lime juice

  • Leave this is the fridge for a few days and then you can use it.

Something for dry skin, which works like a charm

  • Mix different oils together. Try 40ml of avocado oil with 30 ml of raspberry seed oil as well well as 2bsp of rose hip . Shake this well in a bottle. You can use this on your face, but you can also use this all over your body. The secret is to get into a routine and use it on a regular basis. You will feel the earthy texture and this is great after a bath. You have to have something like oils to protect you from the elements, especially if you are outside for a large part of the day.

A great replacement for soap which will provide you with an overall moisturizer

Aqueous cream with 10% olive oil. You can make a lot of this and it will last you. This is an affordable way to keep your skin feeling soft and supple.