It’s when we are in our twenties that our skin starts to slowly, but gradually age.
It’s not noticeable at first, but believe me it’s happening.
This is why you should take note and start looking after your skin from an early age; to prevent aging and wrinkles as much as you possibly can.
However no matter what age you’re at now, it’s time to start looking after yourself to get that glowing skin back like it was in your youth and to hold back, or reduce, those wrinkles and sagging skin.
To help you, I’ve outlined fifteen natural skin care tips which you can start putting into practice today that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Tip #1: Understanding How & Why We Age
In a nutshell, we age because of both internal and external factors.
Some we can control and some unfortunately we can’t.
Internal Causes of Aging
The aging of our skin naturally occurs with the passage of time.
Even though we have no control over this, we can slow this internal aging process down, mainly with eliminating an unhealthy lifestyle and replacing it with a healthy lifestyle – see below.
External Causes of Aging
- Tanning Beds
- Traffic pollution
So obviously try to cut down or eliminate the first four. Unfortunately if you don’t live in a remote field, then there’s not much you can do about the traffic pollution situation.
Tip #2: Seriously Cut Down on Sugar
You’re probably already aware that sugar is the main culprit when it comes to weight gain and storing fat.
But did you know that sugar in also your number #1 enemy when it comes to aging your skin?
A diet high in sugar hastens the deterioration of elastin and collagen, which are both key skin proteins. The sugar attacks these two fibres making them less elastic and more brittle so they break, resulting in loose, sagging skin with fine lines and wrinkles.
Tip #3: Don’t Follow a Low Fat Diet
Because manufacturers have taken out all of the fat (which gives the foods their taste), they replace the flavors with chemicals and sugar instead.
Here’s an example:
This is the nutritional value of one fat free Mullerlight ‘Smooth Toffee’ flavor yoghurt:
of which are sugars 7.1
Yoghurt, Water, Fructose, Modified Maize Starch, Flavourings, Gelatine, Caramel Syrup, Salt, Stabiliser: Pectins; Sweetners: Aspartame, Acesulfame K. Contains Milk. Contains a source of phenylalanine. << Look at all those chemical ingredients!
So if you need to lose weight, don’t follow a low fat diet.
I used to always follow a low-fat diet but when I realized this low-fat high-sugar combination, I immediately stopped buying low-fat food.
Instead I’ll buy full-fat ‘real mayonnaise’ and just have a little bit of it instead. Or I will count calories.
Tip #4: Cut Down on Salt
Too much salt (sodium) in your diet is harmful in many ways, high blood pressure for example.
But did you know that it also dries out your skin?
This because it draws fluid out of your cells to help neutralize the salt and then it draws it out of the body; through your pores.
This results in much drier skin which leads to wrinkles and a dry, dull complexion.
Tip #5: Drink Plenty of Water
You’re probably already aware of this, but you must drink lots of fresh, cold water daily.
It really does wonders for your skin.
Drinking water is about getting water into your skin cells and keeping it there. After all, hydrated skin is the one of the key secrets to younger looking skin. You’ll know that your skin cells are dehydrated because your skin will feel dry, flaky or tight so you need to hydrate your skin cells not only from the outside (by putting on some moisturizer), but by also drinking plenty of water regularly throughout the day.
Tip #6: Eat Plenty of Raw Food
All the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and collagen are in uncooked food.
When I say uncooked food, think:
- Crunchy, coloful salads
- Lovely sweet fruit salads
- Tasty and filling smoothies
Related Reading: A Raw Food Diet For Detox and Anti Aging
Tip #7: Eat Good Fats
These are known as EFAs (essential fatty acids) and are your new skin care and anti aging buddy!
They are considered ‘essential’ because they cannot be manufactured by the body and must be supplied by foods containing these fatty acids.
What EFAs do for you:
- Helps replenish the lipid layers in your skin, which are healthy fats within cell walls
- This in-turn, gives you much more soft, supple and glowing skin
- Fights inflammation to help soothe rashes such as eczema and psoriasis
- Helps calm acne breakouts
Essential Fatty Acids:
- Omega 3 – cold-water fish, olive oil, flaxseed oil
- Omega 6 – nuts & seeds, plant oils, soybean
- Evening Primrose Oil, Fish Oil Capsules
Tip #8: A Balanced Diet
I know you keep hearing this all the time, but it really is true.
If you eat a balanced, healthy diet, it will accomplish these five things:
I’m not saying don’t have a glass of wine or burger and chips, just keep them very minimal.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the 80/20 rule?
Well, eat healthy 80% of the time and keep the 20% for weekends or special occasions.
Tip #9: Supplements
If you eat a healthy, balanced diet then you probably won’t even need any supplements.
However, in order to give your skin that extra glow, you can try these vitamins:
- Vitamins A & C
- Omega 3 Fish Oil
For a more details list and explanation, reading this article:
Related Reading: 7 Powerful Anti Aging Supplements That Are Proven To Work
Tip #10: Exercising for Blood Flow
Exercise goes a long way to slow, even reverse the aging process. When you really think about it, aging is largely a result of gradual muscle loss – both in our body and our face, and certain exercises can fix all this.
Also when you exercise, it improves your blood circulation as your blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients to your inner cells which improves skin complexion.
Related Reading: 17 Home Fitness Workouts That Will Whip You Into Shape Fast
Tip #11: Exercise Your Face
Consider looking totally ridiculous and do some facial exercises!
When you do facial exercises you’ll be:
- Toning up the muscles in your face which will reduce any sagging or wrinkles which you have
- This in-turn, will tighten your facial skin and improve the skin’s elasticity
- Make the face look fuller and firmer
Related Reading: How To Do Face Lift Exercises To Tighten Your Skin
Cleaning your skin with an exfoliator eliminates the dirt that clogs pores and gently removes dead skin cells that can make your skin appear lifeless and dull.
Natural exfoliators make excellent skin cleansers because they contain unprocessed ingredients that will not dry out or damage your skin like certain synthetic cleansers can do.
Examples of natural exfoliators are:
- Oatmeal paste and warm water
- Sea salt mixed with honey
- Baking soda and water
- Sugar and olive oil
However if you’re like me and have sensitive skin, then the above four will be too harsh for you.
The good news is that there are exfoliation scrubs for sensitive skin.
Tip #13: The Importance of Dry Skin Brushing
You might also like to try dry skin brushing. This doesn’t have to be done on a daily basis, but 2-4 times weekly will give you great results.
You can also carry out dry skin brushing on your face – if you want a healthy glow, then dry skin brushing can achieve this for you.
Exfoliation/skin brushing is the most important part of a beauty regimen as you can speed up the process of skin rejuvenation when you remove dead skin cells and it also energizes your face and improves circulation.
Dry skin brushing also acts as a self-massage which stimulates your nervous system leaving you amazingly invigorated.
Tip #14: A Good Moisturizer
An anti aging moisturizers’ job is to hydrate your skin. You need to moisturize your face, neck and chest at least twice a day.
Obviously take note to buy creams specifically for your skin type – dry, oily, sensitive, or combination.
Related Reading: 9 Powerful Anti Aging Cream Ingredients To Look Out For
Tip #15: Face Masks
Have a pamper day once a week and put a face mask on while you enjoy a glass of wine!
If you have time, why not make your own homemade face mask?
Here’s an article by the Marie Claire Magazine on Homemade Face Mask Recipes for Every Skin Type.
So there you have it, fifteen natural skin care tips that won’t break your bank.
I know there’s a lot more to skin care and related skin care products, but I just wanted to lay out the most important ones for you today. And some of them are overlooked as a skin care action steps, such as eating the right foods and drinking lots of water.
Remember, you slow down the aging process starting from the inside first!
Claire holds an advanced Diploma in Anti Aging Therapy and is the founder of At Home Beauty.
Claire has a ground knowledge of anatomy & physiology, nutrition and dietary & exercise effects on the human body. Claire uses this blog to share her knowledge and personal experiences to help others with skin care, anti-aging, weight loss, exercise and vitamins & minerals.
You can learn more about Claire here.