Does the idea of aging send ice down your spine? If yes, then you are not alone. Women around the world face this phobia at some point of time, often when they hit their thirties. However, aging is inevitable. It is something you cannot bypass. The only thing you can do is slow down the process. Aging is not about just getting wrinkles on your skin. When it comes to facial skin, aging encapsulates a wide range of skin problems, which includes acne, dark spots, dryness, uneven skin tone, dullness and sagging skin.
We bring you the best natural ways to delay the aging process. Read ahead, to know how the simple ingredients in your kitchen can have a positive impact on the way your skin looks.
Whisk up an Egg White
The egg white has several skin benefits, including boosting the collagen synthesis. Egg white helps tighten skin, fight wrinkles and remove dark spots. Lightly whisk an egg white in a bowl and apply it onto the skin around your eyes and lips to reduce bagginess of skin and fine lines. You may apply it onto the entire face as well, to lighten the dark spots. I know the idea of putting on egg whites on your face stinks. But believe me, it works like a spell. If your skin is dry, add a teaspoonful of olive oil to the egg white while you whisk it. Olive oil would provide moisture to the skin, making it supple.
How About a Coconut Oil Massage?
Coconut oil is an excellent antioxidant and gets absorbed into the skin in no time. It fights free radicals and helps rejuvenate the skin, making it look youthful and fresh. Take a teaspoonful of pure coconut oil and apply it onto your face with your fingertips. Now, gently massage your face in upward circular motion for 5 minutes. Let it stay for 20 minutes to get absorbed deep into the skin. Coconut oil mimics sebum, the natural oil that our skin secretes. It works like a natural moisturizer and combats dullness and dryness of the skin.
The Jojoba Oil Frenzy
Many of you might have witnessed the latest hype about the jojoba oil. Well let me tell you that the puff about jojoba oil is not unjustified. It is indeed a superfood for the skin. You would be amazed to know that jojoba oil is in fact a wax. It is an excellent ingredient to fight against acne, treat sun burn and iron out the fine lines. It is loaded with vitamin B and vitamin E and minerals such as zinc and copper. You can gently massage your facial skin with jojoba oil without the fear of making it appear greasy. I am sure, jojoba oil with certainly take some years off your face.
Omega-3 for the Skin
The idiom “You are what you eat” fits aptly when it comes to your skin. Unlike saturated fats, omega-3 is the good fatty acids, advantageous for our body. The polyunsaturated fatty acids are known to bring glow on our skin from the inside. Foods such as salmon, tuna and sardines are bursting with the goodness of omega-3 fatty acids. Including these fish in your diet will bring a noticeable change in your skin, holding up the aging process.
Ever Hear of Isoflavones?
Isoflavones are a type of high-quality protein found in foods such as soy. This protein is a powerful antioxidant and is known to curb the growth of free-radicals that cause damage to the skin. Including soy in your diet in the form of soy flour, soy meat, tofu and soy milk can provide your skin with the essential isoflavones. Isn’t it amazing how your food clears up the wrinkles on the skin from the inside?
Sleep to Your Health!
It is very important that you get enough sleep in order to maintain a healthy looking skin. Sleep deprivation does a quicker damage to your skin than any other aging factor. Get at least six to eight hours of a good night sleep. Sleeping during the day would do little to help prevent dark circles around the eyes. Sleeping also helps reduce bagginess under the eyes and brings radiance and freshness to your face.
Gulp it down!
Many people find the taste of green tea revolting. But it is like a bitter medicine that only does good to your entire body. Green tea detoxifies the blood which reflects onto your skin, making it look clearer and even. So just hold your nose and drink down the cupful of goodness.
The Lemony Wholesomeness
Dark spots can make you look older than you actually are. Lemon is a great way to lighten dark spots and make your skin tone look more even. The little yellow fruit is a brilliant bleaching agent in your kitchen. Combine some lemon juice with cucumber juice and apply it on your face. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash off. Use this mixture at least twice a week to see how youthful our skin begins to appear as the dark spots wane away!
Take a Chill Pill
Don’t take life too seriously; nobody gets out of it alive. But live it to the fullest while you still have a chance. Worrying and stressing yourself has a huge negative impact on your body and it all shows on your face. I mean literally, stress affects the health of our skin. When we fidget and worry, we tend to frown more and laugh less often. Believe it or not, this causes wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. The skin turns dull and lifeless. Why not engage yourself in breathing exercises and meditation to calm your troubled mind? Or just play with your kids? Or watch your favourite sitcom and laugh out loud?
Prevention is Better than Cure
Avoiding the factors that accelerate the aging process is one of the best methods to prevent premature damage to your skin. The damaging UV rays of the Sun are the major culprit when it comes to premature ageing. Wearing a sunscreen with adequate SPF, say SPF 25, before stepping out in the sun is the least you can do to keep your skin happy. Use polarized shades to protect your eyes and the skin around them. Put on a hat or take an umbrella if needed. Don’t let the Sun steal your skin of its charm.
Carrots, beet roots and apples make an amazing combo, not only delicious but also a nourishing one. Take a couple of carrots and beet roots and apples, and run them through the juicer. What you’ll get is a glassful of magic potion. One of my personal favourites, this is indeed a superdrink that has abundant vitamins and minerals. Drink a glassful everyday to get an incredibly lustrous skin within a few weeks.
Quit the Smoke
Smoking is bad not only for your lungs, but also your skin. It causes the skin around your lips to pucker up and wrinkle. It also makes your skin tone uneven by giving you dark spots. You might not see the results now. But after a couple of years, you might regret for the way your face looks. So stop smoking, if not for your lungs, do it for at least your skin.
Getting obsessed with the concept of aging is the worst thing you could ever do to yourself. Some women are ready to go under the knife; getting chemical peels, facelifts and laser treatments. Cosmetic treatments may not suit everyone. What if the process goes wrong? What if your body reacts adversely to all your attempts of reviving your skin’s appeal by the means of the cosmetic procedures? Aging is a natural process. It is a part of everyone’s life. Then why not age gracefully? Home remedies and natural ways to restore and maintain the beauty of skin are in fact the best ways to contain the damage.