We all want clear and youthful looking skin, but it can be hard to achieve that look due to our lifestyle, diet, and genetics.
Fortunately there are some natural anti-aging skin care home remedies that we can do ourselves to help reverse the signs of aging so we can keep the complexion we have always wanted. Below are a list of DIY home remedies and anti-aging skin care tips.
Lemon juice has been used to reduce dark spots as it contains citric acid which may help lighten skin. Citric acid can be harsh on the skin for some people especially when exposed to the sun or UV rays which is a condition called phytophotodermatitis. If you use lemon juice properly in the right conditions it can be beneficial in helping to reduce dark age spots.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant contained in lemons that heals the skin because it contains ascorbic acid which helps renew and regenerate skin cells, evens skin tone, and protects the skin from free radicals. Free radicals speed up aging and damage the skin. Some examples of free radicals are smoking, excess alcohol consumption, and pollution.
Rose water is a mild, natural astringent which helps to shrink pores, balance pH and reduce inflammation. It is also one of the best skin care remedies for acne, dermatitis, and eczema.
Other natural astringents such as Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea are also great for balancing pH and reducing inflammation in the skin, but may be a bit more harsh on the skin and are recommended to dilute with water before applying.
It is easy to make rose water at home as all you do is boil some rose petals in filtered water and when they become lighter in color strain them and then allow the water to cool before you apply it on your skin.
Rose water also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties so it helps to regenerate new skin cells, kill bacteria, and keep wrinkles at bay.
Cucumbers have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and also have an antioxidant effect. They help with anti-aging as they contain a mineral called silica that our body uses to form collagen which is what helps our skin tight and elastic so that it does not form wrinkles.
It is a good idea to include cucumbers into your diet by adding them to salads or smoothies, but we can also make a cucumber mask which we can apply directly to our skin. You can be creative when making a cucumber mask by adding honey, oats, lemon, or aloe vera which all help with toning the skin, reducing pimples and decreasing inflammation.
By now it is no surprise that coconut is one of the healthiest foods in the world for our overall health. There are so many ways to use coconut for healing our skin and keeping it looking young, but the most common way to experience all of the wonders of coconut is with coconut oil.
We can apply coconut oil directly to burns, acne, and scars or simply use it as moisturizer. It contains anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties as well as promotes collagen production for reducing wrinkles.
Coconut oil contains Vitamin E and Lauric Acid which are both used in many anti-aging products as they protect the skin from free radicals and help skin elasticity.
Another way that coconut oil helps protect against early signs of aging is that it can be used as a natural sun screen. It contains a small amount of SPF, but can still help protect your skin from damage from the sun which includes age spots and wrinkles.
Aloe vera is an amazing plant for all types of health issues including those related to skin. Aloe contains minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and vitamins which all play a role in the slowing of aging skin, healing of skin and reduction of breakouts.
Aloe can be ingested and can also be applied directly to the skin which is why it is incorporated into many of the best anti-aging skin care products.
One important benefit of Aloe Vera is that it helps strengthen the immune system. We have all been sick in our lives and if you have ever noticed that during that time our skin may become dull, dry, and even starts to break out with pimples. This is because our immune system is suppressed which wreaks havoc on our skin.
As we get older our immune system starts to decline which is why it is important to do whatever possible to keep a strong immune system so that we do not start to see early signs of aging. Using aloe vera daily in a cream, gel, or ingestible form will help our complexion as well as keep those fine lines and wrinkles from appearing too soon.
Other benefits of Aloe include:
- Aids in digestion
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
- Hair growth
- Acne and skin burns
- Supplement to increase your vitamin and mineral intake
Olive oil is another great oil that we can use for aging skin. It is extremely versatile in that we can reap it’s benefits by cooking with it, drizzling it on salad, or applying it directly to our skin. It is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids including Vitamin E, A, and Omega-3s.
Vitamins and essential fats play a role in the development of new skin cells while protecting the skin from bacteria, free radicals, and other harmful substances that can make the skin age more quickly or develop inflammation.
If you are looking for organic anti-aging skin care then the home remedies mentioned above are for you. Sometimes using home remedies over store bought products produce more of a pronounced effect on our skin and not to mention may be less inexpensive as well!
Even though using these remedies for our age spots and other skin issues will help, we can not rely on them as a permanent solution. Sometimes we need to take a proactive approach for our skin so we can stop these issues before they begin to intensify.