The older I get, the more I’m on the lookout for any kind of product that will help me age well. We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are superior to processed foods, so instead of buying anti-aging skin creams like these from Nu Skin for $150.00—why not take advantage of what nature has given us? Many fruits and vegetables can have the same effect that these expensive creams do—so join me in trying these six anti-aging home remedies!
1. Lemon and honey moisturizer
Lemon contains loads of Vitamin C (which enhances skin lightening). So you can say good-bye to age spots. Honey is also a natural moisturizer.
- Combine one teaspoon of each to make a great moisturizer.
2. Potato Juice Cleanser
Vitamin A is a major component of a sweet potato. Vitamin A regenerates collagen formation, prevents loss of skin elasticity and is classified as a retinoid in skin care products. An example of a retinoid cream is RoC multi-correxion night treatment which retails for about $22.50. RoC cream is my favorite skin care product, but the price makes it out of my budget unless I can find it on clearance. Needless to say, I prefer a cheaper skin tightening product located right in my pantry!
- Grate a small sweet potato and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Take a cotton ball, soak the juice up, and apply to your face. Let sit approximately 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
3. Papaya face mask
Papaya contains lots of antioxidants and a particular enzyme named papain which kills dead cells and improves skin impurities. Papaya also improves skin elasticity and encourages new skin cell growth. Papaya also lightens the skin by minimizing age spots. One use for papaya is for its skin recovery attributes after a burn occurs.
- Chop up a few small pieces of papaya (make sure it’s ripe). Add a few drops of warm water, enough to make a paste. Apply it to your face, let it sit 10 minutes and rinse.
4. Banana facial mask
Banana is full of Vitamins A, B, C and E, plus zinc, potassium and iron. Vitamin A gets rid of dark blemishes, Vitamin B delays aging and lightens skin, and Vitamin E diminishes wrinkles. This makes bananas a great base for making facial masks.
- Choose a small, ripe banana. Mash into a paste, and add one teaspoon of yogurt, one teaspoon of honey, and one teaspoon of water. Apply to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
5. Avocado wrinkle face mask
I eat guacamole but haven’t really experimented with avocado until I found this mask recipe. Avocado has more potassium than a banana and contains vitamins such as A, B, D and E. It also contains healthy fats that make it the perfect moisturizer. Add those qualities to reducing fine lines and wrinkles—and I’m sold!
- Remove the pit from a ripe avocado, then scoop out the inside and mash it with a fork. Put the avocado directly on your face for 10 minutes. Gently remove with a cool, damp cloth.
6. Add ginger to your diet or bath
I never tried ginger until adding this to my morning skin care. Ginger is high in antioxidants which is an excellent wrinkle reducer. Ginger works to inhibit the breakdown of elastin, a major cause of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Combine a pinch of ginger with a teaspoon of honey and eat this mixture every morning to help with wrinkles. You can also add two tablespoons of ginger powder to your bath water and soak for 15-20 minutes to help with extra dry skin.