Anti-aging skin care is multi-billion industry and the abundance of creams, scrubs and masks makes it easy to forget that there is a host of natural solutions to that age-old problem. They are not just much cheaper than creams and similar, they are also healthier and have more than just the one anti-aging benefit. Here are ten such products you may want to try.
There is a reason why honey has been called liquid gold. It has a calming effect on the skin and, what’s more important, it has the ability to lock the moisture in. Moisture is, of course, what makes the skin look young and supple, so you can’t go wrong with a simple honey mask. In case you have any skin irritations, honey will take care of them too.
Another one of great, all natural skin care products is camomile. This herb is one of nature’s best antibiotics and it also has a rejuvenating effect on your skin. You can drink it as tea or you can apply it directly to your skin for faster results.
First boil some distilled water, remove it from the heat and let it cool down to about 85°; then add camomile to it, cover it up and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Then carefully strain the camomile infusion, and let it cool before using. Just rub it on with a cotton pad and let it dry, or, if you have bags under your eyes, dampen two cotton pads generously and put them over your eyes for ten minutes.
Eggs are one of the greatest all natural skin care products that nature has provided. The yolk is literally packed with vitamin A and E, which repair skin cells and keep them healthy. The white is full of collagen, that same substance that’s responsible for your skin’s elasticity. First, apply the yolk and then the lightly beaten white. Keep each mask for about 5 minutes to half an hour before rinsing. Egg facial mask will nourish your skin and improve its elasticity.
4. Rice water
This is something ancient Asian beauties did regularly to keep their faces and bodies looking young. Just boil some rice using more water than usual (and no condiments), then rinse your face generously with it. Leave the liquid to dry on your face, then rinse it off. It will add a nice smoothness to your skin. Don’t forget to eat the rice too, it’s good for you.
Next one of great, all natural skin care products is chocolate. Yes, that’s right. Plain dark chocolate is very rich in iron and magnesium, both elements are essential for our cells’ health. A healthy cell is a young-looking cell, and that goes double for skin cells, so treat yourself to a chocolate mask. Think about how you’ll get all the benefits minus the bad stuff, such as saturated fats.
6. Sesame seed oil
All plant-based oils are good for the skin, but sesame seed oil has a special place among them. It’s very high in minerals that boost the production of collagen and take care of skin irritations. You can use it as makeup remover, shaving lotion or nighttime rejuvenating serum. Simply rub it in, remove excess oil with a tissue, and don’t worry if you have oily skin, it might actually help reduce the oiliness.
7. Any plant-derived oils
There is a theory that the oily substance our skin releases, the sebum, is best cleaned with another, plant-derived oil. There is truth in that – natural oils can dissolve the sebum that accumulates on the surface of the skin. This helps the skin “breathe” and locks in the moisture.
Another one of good and all natural skin care products is basil. This common herb that you probably won’t associate with skin care can be an invaluable part of your beauty arsenal. Basil is literally packed with vitamins A and C, and these are your skin’s best friends. Vitamin A, as we said, keeps the skin cells healthy, and vitamin C is the ultimate antioxidant, neutralizing the equally ultimate aging agents: free radicals.
While on the subject of vitamin A and its unparalleled and incomparable skin health benefits, we shouldn’t forget another major source of it: carrots. If you like to nibble on a fresh carrot any chance you get, then that’s very good for you. If not, grate it, add a little honey and apply as mask.
10. Any fruit you have handy
That’s right – rubbing half an apricot into your face, or a couple of squashed berries, or literally whatever fruit you have, will invariably do your skin good. All fruit are rich in antioxidants, and rubbing them into your face directly is actually the great-grandmother of today’s masks. You can puree the fruit if you want and make it into a mask.
If you decide to start getting your skin care products from the farmers’ market, go ahead. Be cautious, however, if your skin is super sensitive, and first try the natural products, herb or fruit on a small area of skin, to make sure you are not allergic.
What are your favorite all natural skin care products?