We all get wrinkles at some point in our lives, as it’s just an inevitable part of aging that we all must go through, but there are ways to delay the onset of wrinkles by using some natural remedies at home.
As with anything having to do with health, we must not only treat the outside of our bodies, but the inside as well, which means that a good diet, rich with vitamins and minerals, is the best way to help slow the aging process.
I’ve been serious about skin care since my early 20’s, and I’ve pretty much tried all the new creams, lotions, potions, and serums out on the market. The problem was that those department store skin treatments were not only expensive, but loaded with all sorts of chemicals that were supposed to combat aging, but what if it was actually doing more harm than good?
Now, I’m sure that some of those scientific ingredients in a lot of expensive creams may actually benefit the skin in some ways, but I also realized that the majority of products were based off of natural ingredients that you could easily use at home for a fraction of the cost.
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a small jar of night wrinkle cream, when you can easily grab some coconut oil and treat your skin while you sleep? The best way to fight aging is to nourish your skin and body with natural ingredients, so let’s talk a little bit more about how to fight aging the natural, and more cost effective way!
Nourish Your Body From The Inside
Diet plays such an important role in our overall health, and our skin benefits the most from a healthy diet. Most people may think that the way to fight aging and wrinkles is to slather on some drugstore cream and call it a day, but a huge key factor is missed with this mindset.
In order to have healthy, glowing, youthful looking skin, you need to nourish your body with the right foods, vitamins, and minerals, otherwise you’ll be wasting your time with expensive topical skin care treatments. Treating your body from the inside out is the only true way to combat the aging process, and get beautifully flawless skin.
There are 2 key areas that you need to address when treating your skin from the inside out:
If you’re already living a more healthy and natural life, then you’re probably eating pretty healthy as it is, but if you’re new to the natural lifestyle, then diet is going to be your first step in getting on the bandwagon.
For healthy looking skin, nails, hair, and anti-aging, here are the foods you’re going to want to include and avoid:
Foods To Eat
- Whole organic fruits and vegetables, especially dark-colored greens and brightly colored fruits
- Organic grass-fed beef, chicken, turkey, and wild-caught fish
- Organic eggs, or better yet, locally farmed eggs
- Healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and grass-fed butter or ghee
- Sprouted nuts and seeds like almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, and chia seed
- Cultured dairy like kefir, yogurt, sour cream
- Fermented foods like sauerkraut or kombucha
- Raw organic honey
Foods To Avoid
- Processed food, instant food, canned food, or anything that comes in a box
- Dairy products like milk, cheese, or cream
- Pre-cut/sliced fruits and vegetables (these are usually treated with chemicals to make them stay fresh for longer, and are also easily contaminated with the E.Coli bacteria)
- Refined sugar, or sugar substitutes like aspartame, sucralose, malitol, etc.
- Grains and gluten like whole wheat, barley, oats, bread, cereal, etc.
- Canola oil, safflower, vegetable oil, soybean oil
2. Vitamins & Minerals
Now that you have a good idea of what your diet should consist of, you’re going to want to add in some additional vitamins to help give your body the boost is needs to combat against the aging process.
Here are some of the essential vitamins that you should be taking every day for healthy skin:
- Natural Vitamin C (read about the difference in vitmain C here)
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D3
- Spirulina and Chlorella (learn more about these powerful superfoods here)
- Trace Minerals
Treat Your Skin Topically
Now that you’ve got your diet, vitamins, and minerals under control, the next step is to treat your skin with topical ingredients. I have personally used all the natural ingredients in this list, and can definitely say that they have helped my skin look so much better throughout the years, even more so than using all those expensive department store products in my 20’s.
Here are some of the top natural products that you can use to help fight the aging process:
1. Healthy Oils
It may seem odd to put oil on your face as a skin treatment, but it’s probably one of the best things you can do for your skin, even for acne prone or oily skin. One of my favorite skin treatments is the oil cleansing method, which is wonderful to removing makeup, and also for leaving your skin soft and supple.
Coconut oil is great for using as a natural moisturizer, and can be applied at night before bedtime. It absorbs into the skin very nicely, and will leave your skin feeling super soft. I have heard of some people actually getting dryer skin with coconut oil, so it may not be for everyone, but you can alternatively use jojoba, almond, or olive oil instead.
2. Topical Vitamin C
Vitamin C is not only amazing for boosting your health when taken internally, but it does wonders for your skin when applied externally. I used to buy these little capsules full of a vitamin C serum to help with my post-acne scarring, and they did an awesome job of fading my red spots.
If you’re already taking vitamin C internally, you can add a little bit of it to your favorite moisturizer and use it as either a face mask, or just leave it on overnight. Here are some ways I use vitamin C:
3. Banana Face Mask
Bananas are a natural source of vitamins A, B, & E, as well as potassium, which happens to be a great skin hydrator. Vitamin A will help fade away any dark spots or acne scars, while vitamins B & E will help protect against free-radical damage and boost the skin’s UV protection.
To make a banana mask, take a ripe banana and mash it up in a bowl with a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of plain yogurt until you have a thick paste. Apply it to your face and leave on for 20-25 mins, then rinse off with warm water.
4. Egg White Mask
This mask is great for anyone with oily skin, as the egg whites have antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help clean out the pores. The egg whites will help tighten pores, and clean out any excess sebum that is responsible for oily skin.
To make an egg white mask, mix together 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon of raw organic honey in a small bowl and apply immediately to the skin. Leave on for 15-20 mins, or until the egg whites have dried. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
5. Lemon Juice & Honey Mask
For a quick pick-me-up face mask in the morning, mix together a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of raw honey, then apply it to your face and leave on for 10 minutes. The lemon juice will naturally brighten and tighten the skin, and the honey will preserve the moisture in your skin.
Have you tried natural skin treatments at home? What are some of your favorites?