Ecuador is one of the biggest exporters of roses and coconuts so it’s no surprise that I learned about the magic of rose water and the power of coconut oil as natural moisturizers for oily and dry skin while I was there.
For oily skin, rose/glycerin lotion is a great moisturizer because it soothes irritated skin and is great for acne. The rose water will help dry the acne while the glycerin will help lock in moisture without clogging pores. You can find rose water almost everywhere in Ecuador, however you have to make sure you don’t use anything with fragrance. You can also make your own lotion by boiling ½ cup of rose petals, draining and mixing it with ¼ glycerin.
For dry skin, try coconut oil. It’s been an ancient practice in many parts of the world including Asia and South America. It is full of vitamins, antioxidants and the list goes on. It’s just amazing for the skin.
Look for extra virgin coconut oil that has not been bleached, refined or deodorized and always go for organic.
Use it by applying a dime sized amount on to your fingers and apply like a regular moisturizer. A little goes a long way. Let it soak into the skin before applying makeup and you’re ready to go. A spoonful is enough for your whole body so keep that in mind when applying.
By Stephanie Flor