As people get older, they want to look younger. This trend has led to plenty of treatment fads - from Botox injections and stem-cell moisturising lotions, to the strange placenta and snail facial creams.
As we age our levels of collagen, an essential protein that maintains our skin’s elasticity and firmness, decreases. What’s more, our existing collagen is easily damaged due to bad skin habits and exposure to toxins etc. This results in sagging skin and wrinkles.
What most people do not know is that nature provides a plethora of remedies that help to keep the skin looking young. There are many ways to preserve and boost collagen levels without putting chemicals on your skin. Here are 5 ways you can keep your skin looking young – naturally.
- Increase Your Vitamin C Intake
Research shows that women who take foods with high levels of vitamin C in their 40s, are less likely to develop wrinkles. Vitamin C is a crucial ingredient in collagen formation and repair. Vitamin C present in lemon juice is a popular anti-aging remedy. Apart from being a strong antioxidant, it works wonders on freckles and age spots.
To try this, squeeze out the juice from a lemon and apply on your skin. Try this every day for 15-20 minutes until you start seeing results. Some people like to mix the lemon juice with a teaspoon of milk cream or egg white. Other foods that are rich in Vitamin C include sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, oranges and capsicum.
- Apply Cucumbers and Yoghurt
Besides its soothing action, cucumber helps reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Yoghurt on the other hand, contains lactic acid that has an exfoliant property. Exfoliation is the process of removing the top layer of dead skin thus speeding up natural skin and collagen renewal. Since the dead cells have been eliminated, a smoother, more radiant layer of skin is formed.
To try it at home, prepare the mixture by adding 2-3 teaspoons of grated cucumber to half-cup of yoghurt. Apply and leave it for twenty minutes then rinse with warm water. Try this twice a week for healthier looking, softer skin.
Apply Coconut Milk
Coconuts are full of vitamins and minerals. Coconut milk can help moisturise your skin while keeping it soft, smooth and young. For a natural home remedy, grate a coconut and squeeze out the milk. Apply the coconut milk onto your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Wait and then rinse off with warm water.
- Avoid Using Refined Sugar
Consumption of refined sugar causes glycation; sugar molecules fasten themselves to proteins. New harmful proteins (advanced glycation end-products) are formed as a result. These harden collagen proteins while harming most other body cells. Consequently, the skin loses its elasticity and begins to wrinkle and crease.
A high intake of refined sugar naturally compromises the entire structure of the skin. It quickens the aging process by reducing the integrity of the skin. Try using honey or natural sweeteners like stevia instead of refined sugar for healthier and more youthful skin.
- Rose Water for Skin Tightening
Rose water is a natural cleanser used for removing dirt clogging pores. It is also an astringent substance which means it increases the skin’s firmness and softness. This natural toner reduces inflammation, bacteria on the skin and keeps it the cells hydrated. Soak a cotton pad in rose water and apply to your face. Any redness on the face should disappears almost instantly.
Rose water is also incredibly efficient at whisking away makeup. It is gentle compared to other makeup removers as it never irritates your skin let alone burns your eyes.
While such natural remedies may prove useful, it is important to strengthen the skin from within by always giving the right nutrition. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and healthy oils are valuable sources of minerals and vitamins that keep the skin young and healthy. Don’t forget to stay away from coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and all junk foods!