You don’t need harsh chemicals or expensive anti-aging creams to get a more youthful complexion. These simple DIY treatments can be whipped up using ingredients you can find at the local grocery store.
Retinol from Rice
Give your skin a dose of vitamin A, vitamin E and calcium with this rice scrub inspired by the Japanese. Blend 1/4 cup brown rice flour with two to three tablespoons of unsweetened rice milk. Massage the mixture into your skin in a circular motion, and rinse with warm water.
Bright Berries and Walnuts
Blackberries pack an antioxidant punch to fight skin damage that causes signs of aging. Combine 1/2 cup of fresh berries with 1/2 cup of walnuts in a blender to make a scrub that aids in collagen production to reduce wrinkles. Use the resulting mixture the same way you would a commercial exfoliant.
Agave for Age Spots
Say goodbye to age spots on your hands with a simple scrub made from:
• 1/2 cup cooked rice
• 1 tablespoon agave nectar
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix well, massage into your hands for one to two minutes and rinse clean. These three ingredients work together to remove dead cells and lighten your skin.
You’ve heard how good green tea is to drink, but did you know that it can also improve cell turnover when applied to your skin? Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG, which is also found in white tea. Get the biggest benefit by mixing the two together in a rejuvenating mask:
• Boil 1 cup of filtered water.
• Steep 1 white tea bag for 5 minutes.
• Mix in 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder to form a paste.
• Apply as a mask, and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
• Gently remove with a warm, damp washcloth.
Coffee Lip Scrub
If coffee is more your style, you can turn your morning pick-me-up into a youth-boosting lip scrub by combining 1/4 teaspoon of fresh coffee grounds with 1/4 teaspoon of coarse kosher salt. Mix this with 1/2 teaspoon of your favourite moisturiser and massage the scrub around your lips and mouth for five minutes. Wipe clean with a warm, damp washcloth, and enjoy pinker, younger-looking lips.
Eat the Rainbow
The same antioxidants that are found in many of these home anti aging treatments can be added to your daily diet to help combat skin damage from the inside. Flavanoids, flavanols, carotenoids and other antioxidant compounds appear abundantly in foods such as berries; dark leafy greens; and red, orange and yellow vegetables.
These home treatments and lifestyle habits can do just as much for your skin as a face lifting cream. Experiment to find your favourites, and make them part of your regular skin care regimen to reduce wrinkles, promote firmness and brighten tone. You’ll bring out more of the natural beauty you’re already carrying inside so that you look younger and feel more vibrant every day.