Start with Skin Care Options
Amazing advances in science and technology now give us more control over our physical appearance than ever before. From cosmetic surgical procedures to minimally-invasive techniques such as microneedling, we now have tools to help us turn back the clock. Anti-aging has become big business because active Americans want to look as good as we feel.
You may be wondering if there are natural skin care options you could use at home to combat signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and generally dull-looking skin. Here are some everyday products you can try. All you need is a blender or food processor to make your own creams, scrubs, and masks.
7 Natural Skin Care Options For Anti-Aging:
- Retinol is the #1 wrinkle-fighter. It is a derivative of vitamin A used in many over-the-counter and medical grade anti-wrinkle products. You can’t use pure vitamin A, as it tends to turn the skin an orangey shade. (Think beta-carotene, as in carrots.) So, to smooth wrinkles at home, you might try sunflower or pomegranate oil. Both contain powerful antioxidants and stimulate natural collagen production.
- Sugar makes an excellent exfoliant. Gently scrubbing removes dead cells that contribute to dullness, leaving you with smoother, more radiant skin. Mix sugar with lemon juice for a scrub to help your hands look younger.
- Soy, licorice root, peony extract, and daisy extract have been shown to lessen dark spots associated with aging, by restricting production of melanin.
- Mix brown rice flower with unsweetened organic rice milk, for a vitamin E cleanser.
- Combine yogurt, cucumber, aloe, and lemon juice to make a hydrating cream. Leave it on for a half hour, then rinse.
- Nuts such as almonds and walnuts and dark-colored fruits such as blueberries and blackberries are rich in many vitamins plus antioxidants. You can mix blueberries, almonds, whole oats, honey, and milk to make a brightening mask. Or combine blackberries and walnuts to make a gentle cleanser.
- Avocado makes a good moisturizing mask, especially mixed with yogurt. Or combine the oils of avocado, coconut, and almond to make a moisturizing oil for your entire body.
Natural skin care products have been used for hundreds of years. They can be fun to try. They may not be quite as effective as their more concentrated or synthesized cousins used by plastic surgeons and medspas. But natural products can help keep visible signs of aging at bay while nourishing your skin. They are also inexpensive and easy to find.
But Natural Skin Care Cannot Do Everything
At-home anti-aging efforts can only go so far. Reducing the appearance of scars, deep wrinkles and folds, or significantly reversing the effects of aging requires professional assistance. In the hands of a skilled medical professional, the latest technology such as the SkinPen® microneedling device can give your appearance a more noticeable boost, much faster.
Aren’t you glad you live in today’s world, where there are so many options available to you?