A post by health writer Tara Heath:
Aging is a natural part of life, but nobody wants to look older than they have to. That’s why the cosmetic surgery industry is booming and the companies making expensive skincare products are thriving.
However, you don’t have to go under the knife or pay an arm and a leg to keep your skin from showing all of the signs of aging. There are a variety of natural methods for keeping your skin looking young and healthy, and almost all can be done right in your own home. They may not all apply to you, but chances are a few will become part of your normal skincare routine if you give them a try.
Egg White Mask
Homemade face masks are nothing new, and egg whites have been a part of them for a long time. However, egg whites are so popular in homemade facial masks because they really do work to reduce bags under the eyes and to make the skin look firmer.
To make your own egg white mask, simply separate the yolk from the white. Stir the white and chill if desired before gently rubbing it on the face. Allow the mixture to stay on your skin for about 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Almond Oil Moisturizer
Almond oil can be a little heavy for individuals with particularly oily skin, but if you have dry skin or normal skin, almond oil can be used topically to help get rid of crow’s feet and mask wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and nose. Almond oil works because it is incredibly hydrating and nourishing, making your skin look fuller and healthier – at least for a short period of time.
To use almond oil topically, simply apply a small amount all over your face. Ideally, you’ll want to do this before bed so the oil has time to absorb into your skin, which does take some time.
Cover your pillow with a towel to keep the oil from staining.
You know potatoes are good for eating, but if you’re like most people, you’ve never heard about using potatoes for their anti-aging benefits before. Surprisingly, potatoes are an ideal topical treatment for helping rid your face of blemishes and areas of discoloration. Potatoes also make crow’s feet and under eye wrinkles less apparent.
To use potatoes topically, wash and peel a large white potato and cut it into slices about 1/2-inch thick. Gently rub the cut potatoes over the blemishes or discolored area until the potato warms.
You can also use potato slices over the eyes to remove puffiness and dark circles like you would use cucumber slices.
Vitamin C in fruits and vegetables keeps you healthy and helps fight off illness, but it can also be used topically to boost collagen production and repair minor sun damage. Vitamin C also reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
To use vitamin C topically, the simplest method is to crush vitamin C tablets in a small bowl with about one tablespoon of purified water to make a thick paste. The paste should then be applied to the skin and left on for about 15 minutes before washing it off.
Aging might be natural, but wanting your skin to look as healthy as possible is natural, as well. While many store-bought products work well, they often have unnecessary and potentially harmful or irritating ingredients in them.
If you want to make your skin look young and healthy but want to keep it natural, try using these simple home remedies. They work surprisingly well.
Tara Heath is a freelance writer and health expert in Southern California. She spends time writing about natural ways to stay healthy, and enjoys using these methods for her own skin.