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The stereotype that all black skin is oily skin has thankfully been put to rest, and everyone knows that skin color has nothing to do with skin type. So, if you have skin as dry as the Sahara Desert and don’t know what to do about it, you’re not alone. But don’t fret for too long. There are some ingredients in common facial moisturizers that can help restore your skin's natural balance and provide the moisture you need.
Burdock root isn't a made-up thing – it really exists, and it's being used more and more in over-the-counter moisturizers and day creams targeted at those with dry skin. Burdock root adds moisture to your skin without clogging your pores or making your skin feel oily or sticky, as long as you steer clear of products that contain too many chemicals. Look for burdock root extract as a main ingredient in your moisturizer. If it’s listed as the last ingredient, it’s purely window dressing and it won’t do you any good.
Rose Hip Essential Oil
Rose hip essential oil is a medium-weight plant-based oil that adds moisture to your skin and has a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect. This oil is especially good if you’ve got those red, blotchy patches that make you look like you’ve been drinking. You want rose hip essential oil or rose hip extract in your moisturizer, and again, stay away from chemicals that can reduce the oil's benefits. If you feel like trying your hand at making your own moisturizer, mix one part rose hip essential oil with 10 parts avocado oil. It really is that simple.
Sea Algae Extract
If rubbing sea algae on your face sounds gross, you need to get over the mental block and think about the smooth, hydrated skin you could have instead. Sea algae is high in antioxidants and vitamin A, C and E, all of which help hydrate your skin and get rid of free radicals that think your healthy skin is a tasty snack. Look for products with sea algae extract as one of the main ingredients.
Calendula flowers aren’t just pretty – they’re good for your skin. Calendula extract and calendula essential oil made from concentrated calendula flower petals give your skin an even, vibrant tone while working to reduce inflammation and provide essential moisture. You can make your own calendula moisturizer with one part calendula essential oil and 10 parts avocado or jojoba oil.