Aging starts to happen right from the day we’re born. Luckily the “negative” effects of aging start to show later in life. That doesn’t mean that treatment should start when the first wrinkle shows up. Ideally, natural anti-aging skin care strategies should be implemented from as early on as your twenties.
That’s because what we do in our twenties only begins to show later on in our forties and fifties. The great news is, if you’ve looked after your skin well in your early years, you’re blessed with lovely skin – with or without those perfect skin genes.
While lotions and creams and the various anti-aging skin regimes do work for the short-term, many of those solutions do damage over long periods of use. These can also become quite expensive and as you age you get to a point where you want to put less on your skin, not more.
So we went digging for natural anti-aging skin care solutions that provide plenty of options, aren’t that expensive and will do wonders for your skin both short-term and long-term.
1. Lemon and Sugar Scrub
This lovely scrub is great for exfoliating to remove dead skin cells. While the sugar goes to work removing the dead skin cells, the lemon complements it by loosening the cells thanks to the presence of natural occurring alpha hydroxy acid.
How the lemon and sugar scrub exfoliate helps aging skin
What’s great about this scrub is its great for younger skin too, so you can use this scrub weekly to renew your skin. More Youthful skin quickly sheds its dead skin cells, while aging skin has a harder time letting go of the top layer of skin that is no longer of use to the body. Exfoliating removes these cells, instantly brightening the complexion while at the same time allowing your moisturizer to penetrate deeper into the skin.
As a side note, the sugar can be a bit rough – be sure to scrub skin gently with this exfoliant.
2. Herbal Teas
Teas’ have long been revered for their anti-oxidant properties. Particular kinds of tea such as white tea, green tea and rooibos tea (only grown in South Africa) have powerful free radical fighting antioxidant components. These components not only helps with the prevention of wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer, but these antioxidants are also vital for some health reasons as they help fight the damage free radicals do to cells.
How herbal teas can be an anti-aging remedy
The easiest way to gain the benefits of herbal teas are to drink them. This way not only your skin benefits but your entire body. However, if you have areas you want to target, you could make a paste out of green tea powder and white tea. This paste should be applied to the skin for a wonderful at-home spa treatment. It will leave your skin looking younger and with visibly fewer wrinkles.
Another way to make use of herbal tea is a lovely honey and ginger mixture. Ginger is well-known for its use in fighting off the flu thanks to its potent mixture of antioxidants. When it comes to skincare, the gingerol (a powerful anti-oxidant) in ginger helps to prevent collagen breakdown.
Natural honey is excellent for reducing inflammation, an unfortunate by-product of aging. It also contains amino acids and vitamins which can help in combating aging.
As a side note, Honey is also an anti-bacterial agent. Thus, it’s useful for minor cuts and burns on the skin.
How to use Honey in your anti-aging skin care regime
Honey is lovely and so versatile, possibly the best way to use Honey is to supplement it in your diet. Replace sugar with honey, or simply take a spoon or two in the mornings.
If you’re not too selective about the textures you use on your skin, you could use honey directly on your skin by making a lemon and honey scrub which will have anti-inflammatory as well as exfoliating benefits.
4. Shea Butter Moisturizer
The benefits of Shea butter have been documented as far back as Ancient Egypt where it was said that Cleopatra received clay Jars filled with Shea butter. Shea works not only to moisturize but to cover and protect too. It has minimal UV protection (SPF 6), so it’s advised to continue to wear sunscreen when leaving your home.
How to make use of Shea Butter to reduce the effects of aging on the skin
Cover your skin twice a day with Shea to keep your skin well-moisturized. Shea butter is especially effective when used directly after a shower. You want to lock as much moisture in as possible and the best time to do this is right after a shower.
If you’ve just exfoliated using the lemon and sugar scrub mentioned earlier, pat your skin dry and gently rub your Shea butter into the skin. Shea melts at body temperature so making use of it is not intensive. It’s also perfect for sensitive skin.
Eating well does mean living well. While we can’t stop aging entirely, simply by eating a handful of fruit every day, we can significantly improve the quality of life by doing so. And, as far as I’m concerned, improving the quality of life includes fewer wrinkles and age spots.
A Blueberry, strawberry, kiwi, pomegranate seed, walnut, and orange juice salad is apparently the best option for fighting off wrinkles according to Andrew Ordon, MD, a plastic surgeon who, *in his new book, offered some natural recipes for great skin.
We’ve already got everything we need to look beautiful, feel great and continue to do so well into our older years. There are a vast array of natural remedies that will certainly do the trick and keep your skin looking healthy, and at its best through the years to come.
* Better in 7: The Ultimate 7 Day Guide to a Brand New You! – Andrew Orton, MD
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