Everyone wants to be looking young forever, right?
Unfortunately, you can't simply stop the aging process – people get old. There are a lot of ways to offset the physical effects of getting older, though.
By preventing or slowing down skin aging, one can maintain their youthful glow for many years!
Aging skin causes a lot of visible changes. Liver spots might appear in areas over-exposed to the sun.
The pigment can disappear or fade, leaving pale patches upon the flesh. The skin's weakening strength makes it less elastic and can cause it to droop or sag.
Skin aging is a perfectly normal process that everyone will go through. However, most people experience aging skin much sooner than necessary, due to improper diet and health conditions that arise in everyday life.(1)(2)
There are lots of medications and over-the-counter products manufactured to slow the process of aging skin. These products can have negative side-effects, though.
Cheap or improperly made products can cause dryness, itching, allergic reactions, and flaking skin.
Extended use of highly medicated products can lead to dermatitis and even cancer.
Before seeking out medication, it's a good idea to try some home remedies. There are a lot of tried and true home methods for preserving the skin, keeping it flexible and fresh.
Turmeric's most well-known component is curcumin, which provides a large amount of the herb's antioxidant benefits.
Turmeric is used in many formulas of anti-aging creams because of its high curcumin content.
Curcumin can purify blood, eliminate bacteria, and keep skin looking fresh & healthy – it's even used as an ingredient in some sunscreens.
My favorite recipe for a homemade turmeric face mask is quite simple and cheap.
All you need is:
3 tablespoons of milk or yogurt
These dairy products have a moisturizing effect, which helps stabilize your skin when mixed with the rest of the ingredients.
Yogurt also has additional benefits for fighting acne, which can be useful if pimples are a part of your aging skin.
2 tablespoons of flour
If your skin is prone to being extra dry, you can use oat flour instead – it will sap less moisture than white flour.
1 tablespoon of turmeric
This is the most important part – turmeric's antioxidant and antibacterial properties make it a pro at reducing the effects of aging skin. It helps it stay flexible and strong, and prevents the pigment from fading.
Half a tablespoon of honey
Honey – medical grade, not the standard food grade you'll find at the grocery store – is also an effective antibacterial.
Combining honey with these other ingredients makes it nigh impossible for any bacteria to survive on skin.
All you have to do is mix the ingredients together evenly to create a paste.
Apply the paste to your face and, voila – you're wearing a turmeric face mask.
Make sure it's spread evenly and lightly, to prevent any chance of staining. Let it sit for half an hour before washing it off. If you've applied it too thickly and there are some turmeric stains, you can simply wash your face again.
Cucumber is a favorite remedy for a lot of skin problems, particularly that of aging skin.
It helps your body evenly distribute pigment, evening out complexion. It acts as a powerful cooling agent leaving skin feeling refreshed, and cucumber can have a bleaching effect on scars and tans or burns, returning the skin to normal.
Cucumber face masks are a personal favorite because they're so delightfully simple to make.
All you need is a cucumber and two or three tablespoons of yogurt.
Puree the cucumber, mix the yogurt in (two spoons for a smaller cucumber, three for a larger one) and apply to the face for fifteen minutes.
The yogurt will exert antibacterial effects and help the skin become more elastic, and the cucumber will work wonders at balancing complexion and removing blemishes.
Cinnamon face masks are a bit more hard-core than the other options – mostly because they can feel like they're burning the skin. I don't mind the sensation, but some do.
Cinnamon's a strong antioxidant, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial - anti-everything. It also has a pleasant smell, and can be used as a perfume for scented skin lotions.
A simple and effective cinnamon face mask can be made with just a couple ingredients.
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon, for its antioxidant and antimicrobial effects.
A teaspoon of honey, to help spread the mixture and for further antibacterial benefits
Two teaspoons of lemon juice – its astringency will clear the skin of blemishes and dirt, and the liquid is necessary to dilute the paste.
Mix all together and apply to the face for just a few minutes.
Leaving it on for too long can lead to dry skin from the astringency of the lemon juice. Rinse off in the shower after no more than five minutes and enjoy your fresh-smelling, youthful face.
Pumpkin is a popular ingredient in a lot of skin care products. Pumpkin seeds, however, are a much less-known skin care agent.
Pumpkin oil is extracted from the seeds, and is loaded with vitamin A, zinc and protein, which smooth and stabilize skin.(7)
You'll want a few things for making your pumpkin seed face mask.
Pumpkin seeds! Four ounces is plenty – since this is a raw food mask, it has to be used quickly. Any more than this might make too much product for you to use in time.
Two tablespoons of honey. This will help turn the blended seeds into more of a paste, and also adds its own benefits of being an anti-fungal and antimicrobial.(8)
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon. This adds further anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties.(9)
Oranges contain a bunch of nutrients that are very helpful for maintaining skin.
Vitamin C. Orange peels contain over 130 mg of vitamin C per hundred grams. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps destroy free radicals that can damage skin. Vitamin C is also responsible for the 'glow' that orange peels provide for the skin.
Calcium. Many people are surprised to hear that orange peels contain up to 15% of your daily intake of calcium per hundred grams. Calcium helps maintain healthy-looking hair and skin. It renews damaged skin cells and prevents structural damage of skin cell DNA.
Using orange peels for the benefit of your skin can be quite simple. Save your orange peels and follow one of the following two methods.
1. Scrape the white, fibrous bits off the underside of the peel.
Throw the peels into a blender and blend into a paste.
You can easily apply this to your face. Let it sit for sometime. When you rinse it off, your face will not only be glowing, but it will smell good.
2. Again, scrape the white, fibrous underside off the orange peels.
Then, bake them! You can sun-bake them, as in traditional recipes – simply put them on a baking pan and let them sit in the sun for a few days.
Or, you can throw them in the oven at a low temperature for a few hours.
Take your baked peels and blend them into a powder. You can then mix this powder with honey and cream to make a moisturizing, skin-brightening face mask.
A lot of these nutrients, particularly vitamin C, target the skin and allow it to grow healthier and restructure itself after damages. The oil in avocado allows it to penetrate the skin, reaching the deepest layers and allowing for long-lasting protection from aging.
An avocado mask can be as simple as rubbing a soft avocado on your face. There are a couple other preparations that can be made at home though:
1. Avocado-honey face mask
Take a full avocado, mush it up, and mix a teaspoon of honey into the avocado. Once you've made a uniform paste, just apply it to your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes.
The avocado will help the antibacterial and antibacterial effects of the honey reach deeper layers of skin.
2. Avocado & yogurt face mask
Take half an avocado and mush it until there are no lumps let. Then mix in two tablespoons of organic yogurt.
This mask works great for preventing acne and removing blemishes from the skin. Apply for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing off.
A huge number of adults are deficient in zinc.
Zinc is incredibly useful in maintaining young looking skin.
Zinc is a critical component for cell reproduction and maintenance. A deficiency in zinc can lead to acne, which can cause scarring and unsightly blemishes.(11)
The foods with the highest zinc content are steak, yogurt, and lamb. For vegetarians, the foods highest in zinc are chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, and cashews.
Vitamin D is produced by the skin after it absorbs sunlight. This means that the skin's healthiness will proportionately reflect how much vitamin D you have.
While you can get vitamin D from the sun, you can also supplement vitamin D. It's much healthier to get it from the sun, though – as long as you don't get sunburned.(5)
Having proper amounts of vitamin D ensures that you can digest and process the other vitamins and minerals necessary for having healthy skin.
It's Easy to Keep Your Skin Looking Young!
These tips and tricks should make it simple to keep your skin looking fresh and young.
Leave a comment below if you've tried any of these methods or have anything to add!