Barely a day goes by without the latest celebrity story appearing on the pages of the daily newspapers questioning the unexpectedly youthful appearance of the world’s rich and famous. With the rising popularity of cosmetic surgery, increasing numbers of women and men are resorting to Botox injections and facelifts. However, for those who can’t afford to go ‘under the knife’, or for whom such procedures represent an unacceptable and unnecessary counterattack against the aging process, natural methods of maintaining healthy-looking skin are the only real alternative.
The good news is that keeping your skin healthy and youthful needn’t mean resorting to expensive or invasive procedures, and the solutions to the problem of dry, saggy or aging skin could be closer to home than you realise.
Enjoy a healthy diet
Eating sensibly brings many powerful benefits in terms of improving our health, but a diet that is rich in antioxidants will help to increase elastin and collagen, which are vital to prevent the thinning of the skin – a visible sign of unhealthy skin and ageing. Antioxidants can be found in fruit and vegetables, especially those with orange, yellow, purple or red skins such as raisins, peppers, red grapes and prunes. Red meat, nuts and grains are also recommended to provide the vitamins and minerals that are essential for plump, healthy skin, while taking daily supplements, such as those offered by Anti-aging Nutrition, will help to maintain optimum levels of essential vitamins and minerals as well as contributing to healthier-looking skin.
If oily skin is an ongoing problem, foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids will help to address this issue. Seafood, eggs and soy are great dietary options that can help to lower oil levels in your skin as well as hydrating it, helping it to retain its youthful shape.
Mix a natural exfoliator
Over time, dead cells can accumulate on the outer layer of our skin, blocking the pores and inhibiting the growth of new, healthy skin. A simple solution is to exfoliate on a regular basis, which will remove the dead skin cells and help to unblock the pores, stimulating a healthier, younger appearance and reducing visible lines.
A soft sponge and pumice stone are useful and inexpensive tools for the removal of dead skin cells, but purchasing a special exfoliating scrub is not necessary. Instead, an entirely natural concoction can be mixed at home, consisting of mashed strawberries (high in vitamin C) and honey that will help to quickly restore the natural vibrancy and colour of your skin.
Drink to stay hydrated
Becoming dehydrated will have a rapid effect on the appearance of your skin, causing it to lose its elasticity. Without adequate water, your skin will become shapeless and saggy, accentuating the lines that appear with age. Drinking plentiful amounts of water throughout the day will help to restore normal levels of hydration and gives your skin a plumper, shapelier appearance.
Mix your own natural cleanser
Cosmetics stores stock a broad range of skin cleansers, but you can easily create a more natural product that will have powerful benefits in terms of improving the health and appearance of your skin. The aim with any cleanser is to remove dirt and bacteria to open up the pores in your skin, so that your skin is less oily and less liable to develop acne.
One option is to slice a lemon in half, sprinkle a fine layer of sugar over one exposed end and rub it gently over your skin before retiring to bed each day. The sugar, which behaves like an exfoliator, helps to unblock the skin pores, enabling the lemon juice to penetrate. This approach can remove acne and make your skin look more vibrant.
Alternatively, mix a spoonful of sea salt with warm water and apply the solution to a soft facecloth, before wiping this gently over your skin. Sea salt acts like an antiseptic, removing bacteria and dirt and opening up skin pores so that your skin can breathe more easily.
Treat inflamed skin or rashes
Inflamed or irritated skin can be unsightly, causing you to lack confidence in your own appearance. Luckily, a single aspirin crushed and blended with a small amount of toner can make an effective paste that, when applied to the skin, will help to reduce inflammation.
Honey is also a good option for treating skin blemishes, if left to absorb for 10 to 15 minutes, before being washed off.
Antiaging Nutrition also stock BEC5 Curaderm Cream, containing ingredients which have been found to be effective against a wide vairety of skin blemishes and sun spots. Find out more about the healing properties of BEC5 Curaderm Cream here.
Dress to impress!
For a totally different approach to improving the appearance of your skin, consider dressing in a way that emphasises the qualities of your appearance. By increasing the amount of natural daylight that falls on your face, for example, you can reduce shadows and create a healthy glow that others are sure to notice. This can be achieved by wearing a white blouse, shirt or T-shirt, so that daylight is reflected in much the same way that a professional photographer uses reflective materials against a model’s face.
You could also experiment with other coloured clothes, particularly yellows, oranges and reds, which will cast a slight hue over your skin, making it more radiant.
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By following these simple, natural steps, you can enjoy skin that is youthful, plump and radiant, without the cost of expensive lotions and creams, or even invasive cosmetic surgery.