Young people want to look older, and old people want to look younger. It’s one of life’s fateful ironies, and there’s a million different anti-aging products on the market that play into your deepest insecurities. Consumerism aside, you’ve got only one outer layer of skin to show to the world, so you’d better take care of it. As you browse the health & beauty aisle at the drugstore, you’ll notice a laundry list of unpronounceable chemicals on the ingredient list. But oddly enough, some of the best things for your skin are things you already include in your diet.
It’s common knowledge that what you put in your belly affects your outward appearance. Foods rich in antioxidants, like blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries, have shown to save cells from premature aging. Skip the Botox session and make a smoothie! Foods rich in magnesium have shown to benefit energy levels, the nervous system, the heart, and control blood sugar. Toss out that 5-Hour Energy shot and include some brown rice, wheat germ, or almonds in your dinner! Cold-water fish, lemon, olive oil, and 8-10 glasses of water a day can work wonders as well. I know what you’re thinking. Watching your diet is great and all, but what if you’ve already got wrinkles, under-eye circles, and sagging skin?
Not only is Vitamin C essential to the foods you eat, but it is also one of the best skin care products you can find. Vitamin C is commonly found in natural skin tightening treatments for its health benefits. Lots of anti-aging products contain natural honey because it helps to retain moisture and keep your skin well-hydrated. After preparing eggs for breakfast, why not put a couple on your face? A face mask prepared with egg whites can help restore elasticity to your skin and make under-eye wrinkles less noticeable. After putting avocado on your sandwich for lunch, save a couple slices for your face to rejuvenate tired-looking skin. After slicing up potatoes for dinner, set a few aside to rub on skin blemishes and dark pigments or place on your eyes to get rid of crow’s feet.
Oils that are found in nature are particularly useful when combating the aging process. Both almond oil and coconut oil can help reduce fine lines, brighten dull areas, and tighten sagging skin. Try creating your own natural oil cocktail with olive oil to retain moisture, carrot seed oil to boost elasticity, frankincense oil to restore skin tone, and/or lavender oil to reduce redness. If you never did well in chemistry class, you can find pre-mixed concoctions like this that take the guesswork out of all-natural skin care. For example, you can reap the benefits of omega-3 shark liver oil, virgin olive oil, coconut oil, natural vitamin E, and vanilla oil all in one little Smooth Skin topical treatment bottle that we make!
There might not be a Fountain of Youth, but the all the ingredients for a youthful appearance are already growing on the earth. If you wouldn’t dare taste your skin products, then you might want to rethink putting them on your face.