I know it's Spring but here in North Carolina, it still feels like Winter. Sigh. Cold weather always brings out the worst in my skin. I suffer dry, itchy and scratchy skin. I get alligator skin on my legs and my hands are so dry, I need to put lotion on several times a day.
Sometimes, I have to get creative to take care of my dry skin. I think back to when I was a little girl and my mom and grandmother used to use home remedies for problems such as dry skin. I remember when our skin was itchy, my grandmother used to make us take baths in oatmeal to help the itchiness. It worked!
My mom loved using cocoa butter for dry skin. She would buy in these big blocks and leave it in the bathroom cabinet. When her skin was dry, she would go and rub the block and it would release its oils and her hands were soft and silky. I always thought that was the strangest thing ever but it worked.
Did you know you could heat oil and put in fresh rosemary leaves for earaches? Well, that's how they cured our earaches. To refresh their skin, they would put water in a bottle, add rose petals and take a cotton ball and wipe their face. Cucumbers were always used to take down the swelling around their eyes. For them, natural ingredients were the best thing. To this day I use those little tricks that I learned from my mom and grandmother.
Now, I can have natural ingredients without all the work because AVEENO® uses natural ingredients to create their products. Here is a wonderful video narrated by AVEENO® Brand Ambassador, Jennifer Aniston (love her). The video called “The Beauty of Nature,” celebrates the abundance of ingredients found in nature with the vast potential to help enhance our natural beauty. “The Beauty of Nature” highlights the compelling farm to formulation journey of the AVEENO® Brand’s first ACTIVE NATURALS® ingredient, oat.
I love this video. It really shows how nature's ingredients are one of the best kept beauty secrets. Oat for example is comprised of 5 vital elements that are found in healthy skin: proteins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, vitamins and lipids. My mami and abuelita knew this because they learned it from their mamis and abuelas. I am glad they passed it down.
Now, AVEENO® Hispanic Influencer Kika Rocha, joins forces with AVEENO to convey and educate the Latino community, in Spanish, about the significance of oats and the abundance of ingredients that could be used to enhance our natural beauty. I think that is wonderful because I know so many of my Latina friends have a lot of tips passed down to them from their mothers and grandmothers.
So check out the video and see what you think. I have always relied on some form of natural ingredients for my skin and know I will continue doing so. Do you have any beauty tips involving natural ingredients?