To help maintain a youthful appearance, it's common to turn to over-the-counter chemical anti-aging skin products, peels, laser treatments and surgical procedures. But what if Mother Nature has been our most effective (and least expensive) source of anti-aging treatments all along? It's time to learn about the power of homemade skin care.
Sure, Mother Nature may not possess the magic wand to make wrinkles vanish completely (she is an advocate of the natural aging process, after all!) but there are homemade skin care treatments available to us that may already be in our cupboards.
Here are 6 natural alternatives to anti-aging skin treatments that also help maintain health and wellness.
1. Matcha Green Tea
There's a good reason why matcha green tea has become all the rage in recent years.
Matcha originates from Japan and is well known as a superfood and nutritionally enhanced version of traditional green tea. This is because matcha contains several amino acids and a special antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg).
Antioxidants are needed to maintain a youthful appearance by disarming the free radicals that contribute to skin damage. In particular, EGCg has been proven effective in slowing the aging process with its antioxidant enzyme activity .
There are several ways to incorporate matcha green tea into your diet and lifestyle to get the health benefits of EGCg.
Matcha green tea makes an excellent skin-enhancing (and nutrient dense) replacement for morning coffee. Because it comes in powdered form, it also blends well in green smoothies and homemade face masks.When choosing matcha green tea, be sure to choose pure matcha powder that has not been mixed with fillers and other ingredients such as sugar, which counteract the anti-aging and health benefits.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant vitamin that is known to increase collagen production. Collagen is a protein in the body that keeps skin looking youthful and free of wrinkles while combating sun damage.
Applying an all-natural vitamin C moisturizer to your skin can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Regularly consuming vitamin C rich foods in your diet will also help supercharge your results. Sun Chlorella, citrus, berries, peppers,
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4. Olive Oil
Mediterranean women look youthful for a reason - and that reason might be olive oil!
Olive oil is high in vitamin E and vitamin A, two powerful antioxidant vitamins that nourish the skin and help improve skin elasticity. Vitamin E and A work internally to disarm the toxic-free radicals that speed up the aging process.
Ensuring that your skin is properly moisturized is one of the keys to dramatically improving the appearance of skin. Olive oil can be used as a moisturizer and consumed in your diet through homemade salad dressings, pasta
5. Nuts and Seeds
Just like olive oil, nuts and seeds are rich in the nutrients such as vitamin E and healthy fats that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Almond oil can be applied topically and used as an ingredient in homemade facials. It's also a good idea to regularly incorporate nuts and seeds in your diet on a regular basis to ensure you're consuming enough of these essential skin nutrients.
Almond butter, sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter, macadamia nuts, brazil
6. Egg Whites
The protein in egg whites has been shown to help to tighten the skin, which may reduce the overall appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Egg white facials are very simple and inexpensive to make. Simply separate two egg whites from the yolks and whisk until frothy. To maximize the benefits of an egg white facial, you may want to add other anti-aging ingredients, such as powdered matcha green tea.
In addition to these 6 natural homemade skin care treatments, managing stress levels, eating a nutrient dense diet, avoiding overexposure to sunlight and taking proper care of dry skin are all keys to slowing the aging process.
About Brandi Wagner, RHN
Brandi Wagner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, B.C. Experiencing her own health challenges at a young age led her to become passionate about educating on the healing properties of food, and how to achieve hormone balance, clear skin and sustainable weight loss naturally. In her spare
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