We can’t avoid getting older, but if we eat well, exercise, relax, be social, take antioxidants and get more sleep, we can make aging a little more graceful. When it comes to skin care, anti-aging advice is even simpler: cleanse, moisturize and protect. As we age, we don’t necessarily want to look younger, but we do want to look our best.
Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips
Think gentle every time you rub, pull or scrub, you loosen tiny fibers under the skin’s surface. If you’re too rough, you could prematurely age your skin.
Moisture is important to our skin health and well-being as we age. Stay healthy by drinking water and moisturize topically by using rich creams, lotions and natural oils. For glowing skin, eat a balanced diet. Vitamins A, B, C and E help with the new growth of skin and preserve the elasticity of skin.
Sun protection is the third key to better-looking skin. It is the single most important age-defying step in skin care. Even if you have been inconsistent in the past, use a sunscreen now. Your skin may even repair some damage if it is well-protected. Sunscreens help prevent more damage while giving your skin a chance to rebuild itself. Used on a daily basis, it is the single fastest way to change the appearance of your skin now and in the future.
• Use gentle products. No matter our skin type, as we age it is important to treat skin gently. Look for products with few ingredients: When it comes to cleansers, less is more.
• Don’t use harsh scrubs. Harsh scrubs can cause tiny scratches on the skin that can become inflamed and gather bacteria, leading to breakouts. Discard harsh scrubs for finely ground beans or oatmeal.
• Keep water temperature moderate. Hot water dries the skin and hair, so keep the temperature low and avoid overly hot baths and showers.
• Pat skin dry. It also is a good idea to leave skin a bit damp, helping it absorb as much moisture as possible, especially after bathing.
• Use daily sun protection. Protecting skin from sun damage is critical for people of all ages.
• Hydrate at night. Bedtime is the most important time to cleanse your skin and remove all the dirt and grime from a full day. It also is the perfect time to use rich creams and lotions that are too heavy for day wear.
5 DIY Fresh Face Treatments
This moisturizing mask plumps up dry skin with egg yolks, which are an excellent source of skin-softening lecithin. If you have extremely dry skin, use weekly.
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1 to 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
1. Mix all ingredients and stir until smooth.
2. To use: Spread on damp skin. Let sit 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water; pat dry.
Blueberries are a superfood, but they also help our complexions when used topically. This mask is full of antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals that break down skin cells.
• 10 to 12 blueberries, fresh or frozen
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 tablespoon whole milk or cream
1. Mash or blend berries with honey and milk.
2. To use: Using a pastry brush or your fingers, spread mixture over clean skin and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Refrigerate any leftover mask.
Gentle Oatmeal Cleanser
This gentle oatmeal cleanser is a good alternative to harsh soap. The cleanser’s soothing properties make it especially good for sensitive or mature skin.
• 1 cup whole milk or soymilk
• 1⁄2 cup whole oats
• 1 tablespoon honey
1. Blend all ingredients on high until smooth and creamy.
2. Pour into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator.
3. To use: Place a small amount in the palm of your hand, then gently massage into your skin. Rinse well with warm water and pat your skin dry.
Don’t forget an important part of the complexion: your neck. This is packed with skin-conditioning oils. For soft, smooth skin, massage a small amount into your face and neck nightly.
1. Mix all ingredients in a small pan and heat gently on the stovetop until the mixture warms and just begins to melt.
2. Remove from heat and stir until completely melted and mixed. Pour into a clean jar with a lid.
3. To use: Massage a small amount into your neck and face at night before going to bed.
Rosewater and witch hazel are excellent choices for sensitive skin. They are gentle and not as drying as alcohol-based toners and astringents.
1. Mix all ingredients and pour into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid.
2. To use: Apply to your skin using a clean cotton pad after cleansing.