- Wrinkles are inevitable, but you could prevent their early appearance.
- We’ve heard all of these before — get enough sleep, exercise often, eat a balanced diet and avoid the sun.
- All those pieces of advice are correct but there are many more natural ways you can do to have clear, smooth, and youthful skin.
There are many more things you can do to ensure that your skin stays clear, smooth, and youthful when wrinkles and age spots are already showing.
These 10 natural ways might surprise you:
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Drink at least two liters of water a day. Water evaporates from the skin, so you need to constantly replenish with water. If you don’t, your skin will end up dry and saggy. Water keeps your skin plump, elastic, and smooth.
2. Eat Cooked Tomatoes
Cooked tomatoes are one of the best foods that help maintain youthful skin. Tomatoes are loaded with powerful antioxidant called Lycopene, which helps protect the skin from sun damage. Lycopene is best absorbed by the body when cooked or processed. Choose roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, or organic ketchup instead of raw tomatoes.
If you’re not a fan of tomatoes, red peppers and beets also contain Lycopene.
3. Eat Red Meat
Some people say red meat is bad for you because it’s fatty, bad for the heart, and loaded with hormones. All that may be true, but it doesn’t take the fact that they’re good for the skin when taken in moderation.
Red meat is loaded with protein and zinc. It’s also been found to treat acne better than antibiotics. The protein found in meat contains high concentrations of the amino acids — Proline and Glycine — which your body needs to produce collagen. Zinc helps produce collagen and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Other collagen-boosting foods you can load up on are berries, soy, citrus fruits, nuts, and eggs.
4. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is full of antioxidants. Drinking a cup of green tea twice a day for six months can actually reverse the sun damage on your skin.
Green tea has high concentrations of Catechin, an antioxidant that’s well-known for its anti-aging effect. It protects your skin against UV radiation, thus helping to prevent the growth of moles and age spots. Catechin also has some anti-inflammatory powers that help delay the onset of wrinkles.
5. White Tea Works, Too
White tea doesn’t offer the same health benefits as green tea, but it has anti-aging properties that help protect collagen and other structural proteins of the skin. It prevents the enzyme activity that breaks down collagen and causes wrinkles.
6. Snack on Carrots
A healthy dose of Vitamin A every day is also necessary. Look no further than orange veggies, like carrots and sweet potatoes, because they’re rich in Vitamin A, and will help restore and regenerate damaged collagen.
7. Choose Natural Skin Care Products
Many skin care products have harsh chemicals that can speed up your skin’s aging process. Opt for natural skin care products because they contain properties derived from plants. Always check the ingredients before buying skin care products
8. Avoid Toxic Cleaning Products
The skin absorbs toxic chemicals that can speeds up your skin’s aging process. Be careful in using cleaning products and make sure they don’t get to your skin.
9. Wash Your Face with Honey
Honey is good for your skin because it’s full of antioxidants, it opens up your pores, and it moisturizes your skin. Start washing your face with honey to see the difference.
10. Slather Turmeric All Over Your Face
Ever wondered why people in India have good skin? They use turmeric on their face, too. The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric soften the skin, clear acne, reduce swelling, and diminish wrinkles.
Here’s how to make turmeric face mask:
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 2 teaspoons rice flour (for oily skin) OR finely ground oats (for dry or mature skin). Add 3 tablespoons plain yogurt (or milk, cream, or sour cream).
Slather the mixture on your clean face, and then let it dry. After 15-20 minutes, rinse it off. Try doing this once a week, and if it goes well, increase the frequency to every day or every other day.