You can provoke a lot of damage by bombarding skin cells with harsh chemicals. The counterproductive effects may not appear for many years, but eventually, they will show up in the form of toxic build up in other organs, accelerated aging, and skin disease.
Don’t worry, there are natural alternatives for combating wrinkles and they are inexpensive, effective, and beneficial for your body!
SAY “NO” TO SOAP
In the morning use warm water only and after work, post-gym workout, or before bed use a moisturizing cleanser and pass on the soap. One reason you should stop using soap is that it strips your skin of natural oils. Another reason is that soap is extremely alkaline and it messes with your skin’s pH balance and acid mantle.
It is untrue that you should wash your face several times a day in order to maintain a beautiful and young skin. Tap water contains chemicals which will strip your face of protective oils. You might even cause infection if your skin feels greasy and you overwash your face. Moreover, you will only cause the opposite of what you want to happen and your skin will produce even more oils!
Use gentle circular motions with your washcloth, don’t scrub too hard because the skin on your face is sensitive. One of the most effective exfoliates are citric, lactic, tartaric, malic, and glycolic acids. They can be found in many common foods like lemons, grapes, oranges, apples, yogurt, and pears. Alpha-hydroxy acids help to dissolve the bonds between old and new skin cells.
HYDRATE WITH HEALTHY OILS
It is very important to choose the right moisturizer, especially if you have a dry skin. For example, use something natural and lightweight that doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy. Rosehip seed oil is high in natural vitamin A and argan oil is high in vitamin E, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. Also, you should try coconut oil which is good for sensitive skin and offers antibacterial and antifungal properties and avocado oils which is a rich emollient.
HAVE SOME HIGH-QUALITY PROTEIN
Protein is what keeps your body going and is also very important for your skin. There is something wrong with your diet if your skin is dull, heals slowly, and retains wrinkles. Amino acids L-lyseline and L-proline are very important in the creation of collagen in your body and protein contains these two elements. So, make sure you are eating a diet higher in protein (eggs, chicken, bone broth, tuna, etc.)
GET YOUR VITAMIN C
Consume more foods high in L-ascorbic acid because our body needs vitamin C in order to synthesize collagen. 75mg of vitamin C is the daily recommended intake for women and 90mg for men. Eat strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, broccoli, and oranges.
Make your own natural vitamin C serum:
- 1 tsp vitamin C powder
- 1 tsp distilled or filtered water
- 1 tsp glycerin, optional
- 1/8 tsp vitamin E, optional
- 1 small dark glass bottle
In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients. Add an extra teaspoon of water if you decide not to use vitamin E or glycerin. Then, transfer the mixture to your dark glass bottle and use once a day before moisturizing.