Your skin is the outer package the world sees and your biggest organ. You may be doing everything you can to have a healthy heart, super lungs, and even a great liver, but fail when it comes to taking care of your exterior.
If your outer packaging isn’t as tight as it used to be, it may be for a variety of reasons. You’ll never stop the aging process, one of the biggest contributors to sagging, bagging skin, but you can slow it down and improve the skin’s elasticity and tone.
Whether you’ve lost weight and have skin problems caused by bad habits, such as smoking or drinking alcohol or simply growing older, it’s never too late to start babying your skin to help it look firm and tighten naturally.
Many of the skin savers are inexpensive and easily available. All you have to do is make an effort to use them.
① Consider Frothy Egg Whites to Help Tighten Skin
If you’ve ever allowed egg white to dry on your skin, you can easily understand that it tightens the skin. Egg whites act as an astringent that also has a wide variety of proteins that help not only your skin tone but also the elasticity of the skin.
There are no harsh side effects, and egg white masks contribute to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as perk up dull skin and help treat acne.
How To Do:
- Just whip the whites a bit with a whisk until they’re frothy and apply it on the face and neck with a brush, a rag or your fingers.
- Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes then rinse off with cool water. Never use hot water to rinse, since it can cook the egg whites, leaving a mess.
- Cool water also helps keep the pores closed. If you want to do a total body treatment, use more whites and do one side first, allowing it to dry and then rinse off, then do the other side, or you’ll be standing for twenty minutes.
- For a change of pace, add a tablespoon of yogurt to the whites. It’s both soothing and softening. Do this twice a week for glowing healthier skin.
② Lemons: They Whiten and Tighten Your Skin and Leave You Smelling Delicious
Not only is lemon juice a great exfoliant that helps reduce the appearance of scars, has natural antibacterial properties to help heal acne, lightens and brightens skin tone, moisturizes, tones and fights wrinkles, it also smells delightful and fresh. Lemon contains vitamin C that is imperative to the production of collagen, the material that gives elasticity to skin.
How To Do:
- You can dab some on your face with a cotton ball, directly from the lemon or the bottle—fresh always seems best but it’s not always possible.
- Allow it to remain for five to ten minutes then wash your face and follow up with moisturizer.
- You may need to do this several times a day at first to get the best results.
- If your face is sensitive, you may need to dilute the juice with a bit of water at first.
Another way to use lemon juice is as a splash.
- Dilute some with water, creating a mixture of 4/5 water and 1/5 lemon juice and either spray it on your face with a spray bottle—making certain to keep your eyes protected, or patting it on your face. Allow it to air dry.
- It won’t take long when you do this daily to see fantastic results.
③ Honey, a Sweet Fix for Hydrating Skin
Bees know their business when it comes to creating healthy food for the body, both inside and outside it. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws water to it and retains it.
That’s why it’s so helpful in hydrating the skin. It also is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial, has a bundle of antioxidants and many anti-aging properties.
You can mix it with other natural ingredients for a face mask or use it alone for the skin and even wash with it.
How To Do:
- Two masks that are super for giving skin new life use honey.
- The first combines it with lemon juice and olive oil, just a few drops of the latter two to three teaspoons of honey.
- You just apply it, allow it to dry and wash in warm water.
- Making this part of your daily routine will leave you with soft, supple skin.
- The second requires you to mix equal parts of honey with sour cream.
- If you get this in your mouth, don’t worry, it’s yummy! Add approximately a half teaspoon of turmeric to a teaspoon and a half of each sour cream and honey and mix thoroughly.
- Turmeric is now becoming one of the more popular healthy herbs.
- I use it on everything, since it has very little taste and can help you stay strong in a multitude of ways, including healthy skin.
- Apply the mixture to your face and any part of your body that needs extra help, such as the hands or arms.
- Let it dry for 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water followed by cold water to tighten the pores.
- As with all beauty treatments, the key is doing this consistently on a daily basis.
④ Revive Your Skin and Brighten Tired Eyes with Cucumbers
You may already be using a slice of cucumbers on your eyes to reduce puffiness and refresh them, but it also has a fabulous effect on the other skin on your body.
Cucumber juice tightens sagging skin and acts like one of the best skin toners around, not only stimulating circulation but also tightening the skin in the process.
How To Do:
You can create a great mask with ground cucumbers and other natural ingredients or simply grind them and use the juice. I do this and use a coffee ground basket I bought for straining the yogurt. I just sit it in a large glass and let the juice flow out of it.
While it’s straining, I put it in the refrigerator. It takes about an hour, and you’re ready to apply this to your face. Just allow it to dry and wash it off with cool water. One cucumber makes enough for several days.
You can combine ground cucumber with yogurt or egg white and vitamin E oil and use the mixture as a mask. The process is the same for both.
Apply it to the skin, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water. You don’t need to use the mask daily as you do the cucumber juice, once a week is enough.
⑤ The Healing Powers of Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has become so popular; it’s even now used as a hand lotion. It not only tightens the skin and improves the texture; it also contains malic acid that’s great for the skin’s elasticity.
How To Do:
If you have an aloe vera plant, tear off a leaf and open it, spreading the gel over your skin or buy some gel at the store.
Allow it to soak in for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with tepid water. You can combine the gel with mayonnaise and honey for a real skin treat.
Use it on your whole body where your skin needs help or just your face and neck. As with all masks, allow it to work for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water followed by splashing with cold water.
It’s best to use this once a week for good results.
⑥ Rose Water by Any Other Name Still Tightens the Skin
Rose water used to be a beauty standby until about the fifties and there’s a good reason for it. It’s relatively inexpensive, a good natural toner and astringent that tightens loose skin and makes you look younger.
There are tons of benefits from using rosewater, including hydrating the skin, fighting dermatitis and strengthening skin cells.
How To Do:
Simply apply rosewater at bedtime and let it work on your face and neck—or other skin that needs help—while you sleep.
You’ll see the difference in your skin after just a few weeks of adding this ritual to your routine. You’ll have smaller, less noticeable pores and fewer signs of aging.
You can also combine rosewater with lemon juice, witch hazel, and almond oil to create a mask that also rejuvenates the skin.
⑦ An Olive Oil Massage Helps All the Skin on Your Body
It doesn’t matter what type of oil you use, a good massage stimulates the blood flow to the skin, sending life-giving oxygen and nutrients to the area.
Olive oil, however, has vitamin E and A, both of which provide anti-oxidants and other anti-aging nutrients. If you’re massaging your face, use a light touch to avoid stretching the skin. Also, use upward circular motions and just the tips of your fingers on your face.
How To Do:
You don’t have to be nearly as careful on the rest of the body. A ten-minute massage daily will keep your skin looking marvelous.
You can warm the oil first and leave it on your face, particularly if you use it right before bedtime. Alternative oils are extra virgin coconut, almond, grape seed, and avocado.