Home Remedies to Combat Aging Skin
As we age, the environment can wreak havoc with our skin. The signs of aging skin include uneven pigmentation (age spots), discoloration, blotchiness, sagging, wrinkling, and scarring. Before resorting to painful and expensive procedures such as cosmetic surgery or skin treatments such as microdermabrasion, try some of these home remedies for a more youthful appearance.
For age spots, apply lemon juice a couple of times a day to reduce their appearance. Another option that may help include buttermilk or yogurt mixed with honey. Leave on the skin for 30 minutes and then rinse off. The lactic acid in milk can also help to improve skin texture and even out skin tone by removing dead skin cells gently. Apply milk each night after washing the face.
Marks and pigments on the skin from teenage acne can worsen with aging. Try rubbing raw potato on those areas or mix equal quantities of glycerine, lime juice, and rose water and apply to the skin before going to sleep.
Wrinkles are delicate creases caused by thin, sagging skin. They appear when the collagen and elastin present in the connective tissue of the skin is weakened. Though wrinkles are a part of the natural aging process, premature wrinkling is usually due to an environmental factor that causes loss of moisture or damage to the tissue, such as overexposure to the sun, smoking, pollution, and stress. Loss of vitamin E in the skin can also cause the skin quality to deteriorate.
To minimize the appearance of wrinkles, try cutting a grape in half and rubbing on the fine lines of the face. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water and let the skin air-dry. Grapes contain alpha-hydroxy acid which can help peel off dead skin cells. You can also try cutting the core off of a pineapple and using this to rub on the first signs of wrinkles.
Homemade facial masks can be made using a variety of fruits and vegetables. Grind 2 tablespoons of papaya in a food processor and mix in 1 tablespoon of dry oatmeal. Apply and let sit for about 10 minutes. Mashed carrots and blended cucumber also make good facial masks.
Moisturize the skin with an oil such as flax seed oil, olive oil, or odorless castor oil. Other good moisturizing remedies include raw coconut milk, mashed avocado, Around the eyes, try using good quality bee’s honey or egg white.
Overall good nutrition is important to hold off premature aging both inside and out. Drink at least eight eight-ounce glass of water a day to keep the skin hydrated. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Those particularly good for the skin include beets, carrots, cucumber, red and green bell peppers, ginger, and parsnip.