Aging is a natural process which no matter how much we try to avoid will haunt us. All of us strive to look younger than our age. Although it is not possible to stop the natural cycle of aging, we can, however, delay its efferent effect on our skin. With proper skincare, it is possible to look younger and capture a youthful glow. In this article, we will look at natural anti aging skin care and how it will help you look younger.
Cause of Wrinkles
When the supportive connective structure of the skin like collagen, elastin, deep fat deposits and oils become weak due to natural aging or damage, wrinkles form. Besides natural aging, environmental factors also play a role in causing wrinkles. While you can’t do much about natural aging, you can prevent premature aging by reducing exposure to environmental causes of wrinkles. Let’s go over some of these environmental causes
Damage from Sun:
UV rays from the sun cause deep cell damage and are the largest contributor to premature aging. Even when you’re indoors, UV rays can penetrate glass and cause dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. To prevent sun damage, use a sunscreen to shield yourself from sunlight. Do it both indoors and outdoors. Make sure to use an organic and all-natural mineral sunscreen as some sunscreens contain parabens which increase UV-induced skin damage.
A single cigarette contains over 4000 dangerous chemicals that have compounding negative effect on your skin and health. So smokers tend to age faster than non-smokers.
Amino acids from proteins, omega fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and other necessary nutrients are required by our skin to repair and replace itself. It is important to have a healthy and balanced diet consisting of greens, vitamin C that boosts collagen, healthy fats and proper hydration to combat the signs of aging.
Anxiety and stress hamper your skin’s ability to productively repair and maintain itself and thus stops your skin from glowing. Adrenaline and cortisol are stress hormones that divert the body’s resources to flight or fight mechanisms. Plus, a constant state of stress wears you down and hampers your ability to maintain homeostasis among your internal systems. To prevent stress from entering your life, get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Try meditation or exercise regularly.
As mentioned previously, our natural oil production decreases as we age which creates dry skin that when exposed to constant muscle stretching will result in wrinkles. So, the best way to prevent wrinkles is to replace the lost oils. Many products are available in the market that claims to be anti-aging. However, we believe it’s best to opt for natural skincare.
WHY GO FOR NATURAL INGREDIENTS?
Many of our skincare products contain Parabens, phthalates, bisphenol A, nitrosamines, cyclosiloxanes, and glycol ethers. These carcinogenic products cause skin irritation, trigger allergic reactions and may even cause issues having children. Synthetics are widely used by companies in their products as they are cheap and there are no regulatory laws against using them. Here are 6 dangerous chemicals hidden in popular skincare products
Parabens are found in almost 60% of all cosmetic products. It is a cheap preservative that prevents bacteria, mold, fungus, and even parasites from growing. Studies have found that parabens can be absorbed through the skin. They can accumulate in our bloodstream and stay there for a long time. They can disrupt our natural hormonal balance as parabens mimic estrogen in the body. Although it hasn’t been proved yet, paraben exposure can lead to breast cancer.
Found in nail polish, detergents, toys, shampoos, creams, and moisturizers, Phthalates are a group of chemicals responsible for making products more liquid and less dry. According to research conducted by the Harvard School of public health, Phthalates cause defects in both the male and female reproductive systems, cause asthma, ADHD, diabetes and breast cancer.
3. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS):
It can be found in almost 90% of all skincare products. It’s found in any product that creates a thick foam like shampoos, soaps, and body washes. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate itself is not the problem, rather the dangerous contaminants that are created during the manufacturing process. The contaminants mainly include ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Both of these chemicals are human carcinogens. Ethylene oxide damages the nervous system and is a development toxicant that may interfere with human development. 1,4-dioxane does not degrade easily and remains in the body or environment for a long time.
Also known as Microban, any product that has anti-bacterial properties includes Triclosan. It’s mainly used as a preservative. The problem with Triclosan is that it kills both bad and good bacteria. A UN report found that Triclosan can lead to the growth of superbugs resistant to antibiotic treatment. It disrupts your natural hormonal balance and weakens your immune system. It can also accumulate in your fat cells over time and can be detected in breast milk, blood, and urine.
5. Propylene Glycol:
Besides being used in antifreeze, brake fluid, and paints, Propylene Glycol is also used in various skincare products as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. It enables harmful chemicals to seep even further into the skin and bloodstream than they could on their own. It also causes irritation and skin inflammation. Propylene glycol can make the skin dry by drawing moisture from the deep layers of our skin and towards the top layers.
Linked to major health risks, petrochemical products contain many toxic chemicals responsible for damaging nerves and cancer. These harmful chemicals are contained by 22% of all beautify products. Petrochemical products can also penetrate the skin and cause further health problems. It can also increase the rate of tumor growth.
Nature has provided everything for us so that we can have beautiful young glowing skin. Using natural ingredients is eco-friendly and won’t cause our skin any damage. The skin is the largest organ in the human body. It protects us from bacteria, viruses, and diseases. So It’s important we keep our skin nice and healthy. Natural oils can easily seep in through the skin and enter right into the lipid layer. There it traps water and moisture.
Natural oils cause no damage to our immune system and are very safe to absorb. Moreover, natural oils contain nutrients and proteins that encourage cell regeneration. You don’t even have to worry about clogging your pores. So, why spend tonnes of money on potentially dangerous skincare products when you can make them yourself at home using nothing but natural ingredients? Let’s look at some serums you can make at home packed full of natural oils that will keep you looking young.
Rosehip & Carrot Seed Facial Serum
Rosehip seed oil contains a form of Vitamin A known as Retinol. Retinol is a great antioxidant that repairs damaged tissues and reduces scars and wrinkles. It’s also rich in omega fatty acids and contains antioxidants like lycopene and beta-carotene. Carrot seed oil is full of vitamins and nutrients. It detoxifies skin and rejuvenates cells. It also contains carotenoids which can increase the body’s immune system to respond better to UV rays and provide protection from the sun. Here’s a recipe that combines both of these oils to create a serum amazing for mature, dry or damaged skin. The recipe also contains Helichrysum (increases skin regeneration and hyperpigmentation) and pomegranate seed oil (great antioxidant and treats skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.)
The ingredients you’ll need to create this serum are:
1. 1 Tbsp organic rosehip seed oil
2. 1/2 Tbsp of organic jojoba oil
3. 1/2 Tbsp of organic pomegranate seed oil
4. 5 to 10 drops of Vitamin E oil.
5. 10 drops of organic lavender essential oil
6. 3 drops of organic helichrysum essential oil
7. 2 drops of organic carrot seed essential oil
8. 1 Oz glass bottle with dropper
To make the serum:
1. In a 1 oz, clean glass bottle pour rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil and pomegranate seed oil using a funnel.
2. After that, add vitamin E oil, lavender essential oil, helichrysum essential oil, and carrot seed essential oil.
3. Evenly mix the ingredients by gently shaking.
4. Use this serum daily as a moisturizer. The serum will heal and rejuvenate your skin.
*Recipe is taken fro Minimalist Beauty
Homemade anti-wrinkle eye cream:
The ingredients you’ll need are
1. 3 tsp jojoba oil
2. 3 tsp apricot kernel oil
3. 3 tsp rosehip seed oil
4. 5 drops of carrot seed essential oil
5. 1 and a 1/2 tsp beeswax pastilles
6. 5 tsp of rose-water (this is optional)
To make the cream:
1. In a double boiler, place beeswax, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and apricot oil.
2. Gently apply heat to melt the wax
3. To remove heat, stir it well
4. Slowly stir in the remaining ingredients
5. Keep the mixture in the fridge until it sets.
Use this cream under your eyes every morning and evening. The benefits of this cream are many. We already mentioned the benefits of rosehip and carrot seed oils. The apricot kernel oil in this recipe is rich in gamma linoleum acid that keeps the moisture levels in the skin balanced. It also packed full of vitamins A & E which are skin rejuvenating. The cream is easily absorbed by the skin and isn’t greasy.
*Recipe is taken from A RealFood Lover.
Eczema preventing cream
Eczema causes dry scaly patches on the skin which are objectively worse than wrinkles. It can cause intense irritation and makes your skin red and itchy.
To make this cream you’ll need:
1. 1/2 cup shea butter
2. 20 drops geranium essential oil
3. 30 drops cedarwood essential oil
4. 20 drops lavender essential oil
Shea butter is an already popular moisturizer that is well known for healing the skin. It’s rich in vitamin A and is very similar to the natural moisturizer produced by our skin. Geranium essential oil helps to stabilize and balance the skin. Cedarwood essential oil encourages recovery in skin conditions and Lavender essential oil promotes regeneration and circulation in the skin.
Simply mix all the ingredients and you’ll have an amazing soothing skin cream.
*Recipe is taken from The Elliott Homestead
Homemade Whipped Body Butter
It’s a nourishing and hydrating body butter. It contains coconut oil, an amazing condiment that seeps deep into your skin and promotes healing, hydration, and protection from free radical damage. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and can screen up to 20 percent of UV rays! The oil is gentle and safe for babies and people with sensitive skin. The vegetable glycerin in this body butter has great anti-aging properties as it helps to retain moisture and draws oxygen into the lower layers of the skin. It creates hydrogen bonds by pulling water from the air. The hydrogen bonds provide your skin with moisture throughout the day. The body butter is whipped so that it has a lighter consistency. This makes it easier to apply to the skin. Plus because of whipping, you’ll need to apply less of it every time, thus increasing the lifecycle of your product.
The ingredients required to make this are:
1. 1 c. Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
2. 1 c. Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
3. 1 tbsp. Jojoba Oil (optional)
4. 2 tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
To make the body butter:
1. Blend all the ingredients until a smooth mixture is obtained.
2. Place the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate until it solidifies.
3. By using a stand or hand mixture with a whisk attached, whisk the mixture until it takes on the consistency similar to whipped cream
4. Pour the mixture in a jar or tub with a lid on and store it in a cool dry place. The mixture will become a liquid again if it gets too warm.
*Recipe has been taken from onegreenplanet.
Olive Oil Cleanser and Moisturizer
The ingredients you’ll need are:
1. cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
2. cold-pressed castor oil
3. small soft washcloth
1. Gently lather your face with some oil.
2. gently massage the oil for a minute so that it can penetrate your pores.
3. Drench wash clothe with warm water and place it over your face. The steam will enter your pores. Leave the wash to clothe on until it cools
4. Wipe the oils of your face with the wash clothe.
5. You can repeat the process if you want. If you don’t want to then pat your face dry with a clean and soft towel.
6. If you have dry skin, lather a few drops of olive oil on your skin.
7. You can also add additional oils like lavender or tea tree for added benefits
8. Make sure to store your oil in a cool and dry place.
If you have sensitive skin then it might be best to not use this method daily as it may lead to dryness. Try skipping a day or adding olive oil onto your skin. Furthermore, olive can also be used to moisturize the face besides the body. Olive oil and castor oil help balance the natural production of oil on your face since they do not strip your face of anything. Olive oil is also great for strengthening nails, softening skin, moisturizing hair and is a great alternative to shaving cream. It also works well as a makeup remover. If you’re getting castor oil, make sure it’s cold-pressed. Cold-pressed oil retains its nutrients. For the olive oil, make sure it’s extra virgin. Remember, the better the quality of the oil, the better your skin will be.
*Recipe from onegreenplanet.
Try these natural homemade recipes and you’re sure to have youthful glowing skin. Ditch Commercial skincare products as soon as you can. They cause more harm than good. Besides, why use harmful expensive products filled with dangerous chemicals when you can use natural products that are eco-friendly, cheaper and great for your skin!