Best Moisturizers for Baby Boomer Women’s Dry Skin

By on January 1, 2014
woman in winter holding sweater to face

By Kathi Casey, ERYT, CPI –

Winter’s wind and the dry heat inside our homes can dry us out both inside and out. Boomer women, or anyone over the age of 40, begin to lose moisture from skin due to the aging process. Thankfully, there are many natural solutions for moisturizing without the harsh chemicals found in many commercial products. The trick is to find them!

For facial skin, a soothing facial massage may be just what the doctor ordered. Gently massaging your face with the Ayurvedic abhyanga oil (an herb infused oil) tones your skin and is said to release stagnant energy; you can pick this oil up in health food stores. Or, if you prefer lighter oil for your face, you can use my personal favorite, unrefined coconut oil. Coconut oil can be found in most supermarkets, and certainly all whole food stores have unrefined coconut oil.

Simply pour two tablespoons of room temperature oil into a small bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and begin by rubbing it onto the bridge of your nose. Using both hands in a circular motion, gently massage the oil outward across your face, from cheekbones to ears and upward from temples to hairline. Then massage from the mouth area to your ears, taking time to massage your earlobe as well. Next, massage your eyebrows and gently pat your closed eyelids. Lastly, rub the skin under your chin in a downward motion from your jaw to the base of your neck. When you’re through, you’ll feel centered, refreshed, and your skin will be much happier!  Coconut oil absorbs into your skin quickly and is the only moisturizer that I use!

I also use coconut oil for cooking, spreading on toast in place of butter, and in dressings and marinades, and I keep a separate small glass jar of oil just for my skin. It hardens when cold, but liquefies easily when you run some hot water over the glass jar. The jar also fits easily in my purse so I can reapply during the day as needed.

Another problem we face during the winter months is dry, chapped lips. Even with humidifiers running, here in the northeast, temperatures call for a constantly running furnace and many of us have wood or pellet stoves as well, which makes the air very dry. Chapped lips run in my family, all of my siblings have chapped lips too. We stay away from petroleum products and harsh chemicals these days and that goes for lip balms as well. Our livers are probably full of petroleum from all the years we used Chap Stick (a petroleum product) before we knew better. Recently, I’ve discovered an all natural lipstick from Burt’s Bees that I love! I have included much more information about this, coconut oil, and other natural products in my new eBook, Beautiful, Sexy Skin For Women Over 40 – What The Cosmetic Companies Don’t Want You To Know About Skin Care!

I make my own inexpensive all natural exfoliant for lips using a mixture of honey and sugar. I know, it sounds a bit sticky, but if you happen to eat any, it tastes pretty good! Sugar is a natural exfoliant that works well to remove dead skin cells and honey is often the main ingredient in lip balms for its anti-fungal properties. It makes sense to use it as your exfoliant and I’ve had fabulous results. You need less than a half teaspoon of honey to cover your lips. Just add enough sugar to make it the consistency of a store bought exfoliant. Gently rub it on, and relax for at least five minutes. Then rinse your lips with warm water until all the honey has melted away. Try it and let me know how you like it!

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Best Moisturizers for Baby Boomer Women’s Dry Skin