If the thought of Botox, cosmetic surgery or other dangerous methods don’t appeal to you, there are other ways to keep a youthful appearance. You shouldn’t have to resort to the Cheshire cat look from going under the knife or costly procedures to retain your youth when nature has provided you with ways to stay youthful and attractive.
You won’t see a difference overnight, so don’t expect miracles a week before your class reunion. However, you will see impressive results over time. One of the key factors to staying at your youthful best is the condition of your skin.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it needs the same loving care as all your organs. You’ll get the best results by caring for your skin from the inside, but when you combine that with external skin care the results can be amazing.
Caring for your skin from the inside not only helps the rest of your body remain healthy, but it also is far safer than any procedures at a plastic surgeons office. You never have to worry about the qualifications of your physician either. By following the ten natural beauty treatments, you’ll keep your skin attractive and not only look better but also feel better, longer.
Coffee Isn’t a Pick-Me-Up for the skin
Whether it’s coffee, cola or tea, too much caffeine is horrible for the skin. The caffeine in beverages not only acts as a diuretic, depleting your body of water, but also blocks the absorption of many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients necessary for healthy skin. It’s directly associated with the accumulation of cellulite. If you must have a quick hit of energy, try dark chocolate. A 2-ounce bar of dark chocolate has half the caffeine of a cup of coffee but will give your body a boost when you need it.
A Stressful Life Shows on Your Face
Not only does stress show in your expression, but high stress in your life will show up on the health of your skin, as well as your overall health. It can cause many, many problems that affect your youthful appearance, from weight gain to hair loss.
Cortisol, one of the hormones created by your body when you’re under stress, is associated with abdominal fat, too. Stress also causes premature aging. If you can, exercise. It’s one of the best ways of burning off the hormones created by stress. Otherwise, take deep breaths and try to stay calm in a stressful situation. Managing your time can help, just as smiling more frequently can.
Keep It Moving
Rev it up and exercise to help eliminate toxins, stress hormones and get your blood moving to the surface of the body, your skin. Exercise helps you sweat, which eliminates toxins from the body. It sends blood surging to all parts of the body to improve your complexion and overall health. Not only does it reduce stress, it can help clear up acne.
It puts a bounce in your step and increases your energy levels that result in a more youthful appearance. Try yoga, dancing or any activity that gets you moving and that you enjoy.
Get Your Vitamins Naturally
You’ve probably heard it all your life and that’s because it’s true, fruits and vegetables are necessary for a healthy diet. Not only do veggies and fruit provide fiber that helps you eliminate toxins, they also are rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as phytonutrients. Some are particularly good for the skin, such as apples, beets, spinach and strawberries, just to name a few.
If Your Skin Looks Dry, Think Water!
No matter how much you splash your face with water, it won’t help plump the skin. You need to make sure you keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Drinking plenty of water each day does more than just make you look healthier, it keeps you healthier.
It flushes toxins out of the body that can diminish the radiance of your complexion, lowers the risk of infection, improves blood flow and circulation, carries nutrients to the skin cells and even helps you burn fat!
Wear Your Veggies for a While
That’s not a suggestion to create an outfit from your garden, but to use them for face masks. The primary vegetable for your skin is the cucumber. Cut off a few circles to place over your eyes to reduce puffiness and circles. Wipe your skin with the cucumber as an astringent.
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
A nice tan looks good and everyone needs the vitamin D created by the sun, but too much can leave you looking old with skin like leather. The sun aids in breaking down collagen, so make sure you put on sunscreen when you’re outside.
>Make Your Own Facial Mask
Even though you may be nourishing your skin from the inside, it can’t hurt to feed it a bit on the outside. You can create your own face masks at home that are far more nourishing than those found in the store and you know all the ingredients are natural. You’ll save money, as well.
Get Rid of the Dead Cells
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!!! If your skin is dull and tired looking or you end up with adult acne, the problem may come from a build-up of dead cells. Men have been exfoliating for years, every time they shave. By removing the dead cells, the healthy smooth ones remove, making pores look smaller and skin look younger.
Try a sugar scrub or look for one containing Alpha Hydroxy acid. Want more from your scrub than just removal of dead cells? Add honey. It’s a humectant that draws in moisture from the skin. You’ll find all types of ingredients for scrubs right on your kitchen shelf, such as oatmeal, avocados, egg white and even milk.
Keep Skin Hydrated from the Outside, Too
If you’re drinking plenty of water, you’re moisturizing from the inside, but you should also moisturize externally as well. When choosing a moisturizer, make sure it’s perfect for your skin type. Moisturizer helps provide a moisture barrier, so always moisturize right after you wash your skin.
When you follow these steps, you’ll be able to take years off the appearance of your skin. Healthy, beautiful skin comes from taking care of it from both the inside and the outside.