Fighting Signs of Aging All-Naturally
It’s often been said that with age comes wisdom. And, while this may be true, there’s also a less desirable byproduct of aging—wrinkles—which serve as inevitable reminders of our advancing years.
For many of us, however, the use of harsh chemicals with questionable origins and results, all in the name of vanity, isn’t so appealing. The good news is, some of the best age-defying creams contain healthy and natural ingredients. On top of this, there are plenty of natural remedies you do yourself at home, which require only a few simple ingredients and deliver incredible results. Here are a few of our best picks for natural anti-aging remedies.
Green Tea for Anti-Aging
It’s no secret that women from the Eastern world age amazingly well. What’s their secret? Besides genetics, perhaps, is their use of green tea powder, brewed into white tea, which they apply directly to their face as a mask. The high EGCG content in the tea mixture acts as an antioxidant to increase cell turnover and decrease wrinkles. So, next time you’re reaching for a bag of tea, consider putting it on your face instead of in a mug!
Noni Juice Reduces Cellular Damage
The newest natural beauty product, which many women swear by, is noni juice. While noni juice has been used by Polynesians for over 2,000 years, it has only in recent years really caught on as a beauty trend. What makes noni juice so remarkable is its high antioxidant content, as it contains beta carotene, iridoids, and vitamins C and E, which are known to prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Noni juice can be applied topically as a moisturizer, to soften the look of fine lines and crow's feet. As an added benefit, the juice also has remarkable health benefits when consumed, particularly as an anti-cancer agent from those exposed to excessive tobacco smoke. Noni juice has been proven to reduce cancer-causing cells by up to 45% in one month. However, it’s important to note, while noni juice may help slow the growth of cancerous tumors, it is in no way a substitute for quitting smoking.
Grape Seed Extract to Protect Skin’s Elasticity
Another product hailed for its anti-aging properties is grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is thought to boost antioxidant levels in your blood and protect collagen and elastin in your skin. If you do decide to opt for grape seed as a means of boosting your body’s antioxidants, consider purchasing it in supplement form, as you’d have to consume over a pound of grapes to match the health benefits found in one 50 mg supplement.
Black Cumin Seeds for Stronger Hair and Nails
Besides wrinkles, another unfortunate sign of aging is brittle hair and weak, breakable nails. Black cumin seeds, which are native to South Asia, contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and Niacin, and are thought to strengthen weak, brittle hair and nails. Black cumin seeds may also help clear up certain skin conditions including psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
Ginger for Increased Collagen
Women in India know the secret to supple, smooth skin comes from gingerol, an antioxidant found in ginger that helps prevent our body’s natural collagen breakdown as we age. You can purchase ginger root at most grocery stores, and shred it into tea. Sweeten the tea with honey and you’re also adding a powerful anti-inflammatory that, paired with the ginger, will make your skin look amazing!
Lemon Juice Sugar Scrub for Exfoliation
If you’re skeptical about consuming supplements and prefer a more topical approach to anti-aging, you can simply mix together lemon juice and sugar to make an exfoliating scrub for your body. The sugar acts as an exfoliant while the lemon juice contains alpha hydroxy acid, an ingredient found in many anti-aging products that aid in sloughing away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, younger-looking layer of skin.
Coconut Oil to Clear Pores
Another powerful tool in your anti-aging arsenal should be coconut oil. Coconut oil has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason! Not only does it act as a natural sunscreen, but it also deeply moisturizes dry skin and reduces under eye wrinkles. But what makes coconut oil truly remarkable is its antibacterial properties, which can help clear acne and unclog pores. Look for fresh-pressed virgin coconut oil as the health benefits to this type are superior to those found in refined, processed versions.