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Does your skin have the winter blues? Imagine it, if you can, as painful as it might be to dredge up such skin nightmares: tightness, flaking, itchiness and rough patches. Ugh. Not something anyone wants to deal with. But once you start ignoring your skin, your skin will take it out on you by making you wish you had a paper bag to put over your head. Win over your skin again by applying one of three miracle moisturizers that will make your face softer than a baby's butt: shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Pamper yourself ... your skin deserves it.
Got super dry, itchy skin? Shea butter might be your answer. Choose a shea-based cream or lotion containing 10 percent or more of actual shea butter. It's also wise to avoid lotions or creams containing dyes or perfumes, since these can actually irritate some skin types. Smooth the shea butter all over your face every day, focusing on those nasty rough patches. Be generous and glob it on! If your lotion absorbs into your skin in less than five seconds, you need more, baby.
If your skin is oily or you have combination dry and oily skin, you probably never imagined slathering your skin with more oil. Guess what? Whether you have oily, combination or dry skin, coconut oil will keep your face luxuriously smooth and moisturized while actually preventing -- yes, preventing -- pimples and improving your complexion. Squeeze a small amount of coconut oil into the palm of your hands and rub your hands together to distribute the oil. Then simply smooth over your face and let it sink in for about 15 minutes. You're on the road to smoother, softer skin!
Now for the jojoba oil. First thing's first; let's make sure you're pronouncing it right. Say it aloud, ladies: ho-HO-ba. Okay, now that that's out of the way, time to get moisturizing. Did you know that jojoba is actually not an oil, but a wax ester? Might not seem important, but wax ester is actually very close to the oils found in human skin. It's pretty much like revitalizing skin with its own natural form of moisture! Plump up your skin by squeezing some facial moisturizer into the palm of your hand and add three to six drops of pure jojoba oil. Rub the lotion between your palms and apply it to your face.
If you're prone to pimples, it might be a good idea to avoid shea butter. Most shea butter lotions and creams are not non-comedogenic, which means it will clog your pores.
More than 10 drops of jojoba oil will leave a sheen on your face, which is cool for right before bedtime but not so cool during the daytime. Keep it at six drops or less, and the jojoba will actually help keep shine down by balancing the production of oils in your skin.