Looking youthful is more than skin deep – it’s an inside job. It starts with every ingredient you put onto your skin, every nutrient you feed your body and the series of lifestyle choices you make on a daily basis.
Using natural ingredients is essential if you want your body to look and feel its best in the long term. I’m fascinated by the field of natural health and anti-aging and for this reason, I’m always looking out for the best ingredients.
From my extensive research I’ve found that the ancient ingredients are the best as they are the most natural and pure. Devoid of artificial enhancers and chemicals, many of these tips provide natural nutrients and antioxidants that can enhance the body’s system so it works at its optimum.
When the body is healthy, and inflammation is kept to a minimum, this is when the body’s cells can naturally begin healing themselves. Use these tips as your go-to guide for good cellular health and to prevent premature aging…
1. Add Sesame Seed Oil
Sesame Seeds are full of anti-inflammatory properties and an excellent source of Vitamin E that can fight the damaging effects of free radicals, a leading cause of premature aging.
Used as a moisturiser, sesame seed oil is excellent for softening dry skin and problem areas such as the knees and elbows. Sesame seed oil also contains an antioxidant known as sesamol that is effective at preventing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Using sesame seed oil extract can also help to repair damaged skin cells, improving blood circulation. For this reason, it’s excellent when used as a massage therapy oil.
Sesame seed oil also has a detoxifying effect in the body. By removing dangerous toxins from the outer layer of the skin, it can potentially prevent their build-up and protect and reduce antibacterial infections that may otherwise occur on wounded skin.
2. Use Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been shown to significantly reverse signs of skin aging. A study from 2009 published in the Annals of Dermatology found that even ¼ teaspoon of aloe vera gel can be highly effective.
Drinking aloe juice has been shown to increase production of skin collagen, the basic structural component of skin.
Aloe is a natural source of collagen and the more of it that the skin produces, the less wrinkling and sagging of skin. At the DNA level, aloe vera can also fight the prevention of collagen breakdown.
3. Take Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil is a powerful source of Omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and antioxidants. Fatty acids can benefit the health of your skin in many ways.
The fatty acids can keep skin hydrated and prevent dryness, therefore reducing any dullness along with fine lines and wrinkles.
Flaxseed’s fatty acids can tighten, tone and firm your skin, giving it a firm and more youthful appearance.
Adding a tablespoon of flaxseed oil into your diet or anti-aging facial routine is an excellent way to keep your skin looking healthy and feeling young.
4. Use A Rice Milk Mask
Made with all natural ingredients like rice, milk and honey this simple face mask can rejuvenate skin leaving it soft, smooth and radiant. 2-3 tablespoons of raw rice is required. This should be cooked until softened. Strain and place the rice in a separate bowl.
Rinse the rice and add a tablespoon of warm milk. Stir until the mixture is well combined and then add a tablespoon of honey. Stir once more.
Apply a generous amount of the mask to the face. Ensure the face is clean before applying. Leave the mask on the face for around an hour. Rinse with rice water. Ensure you keep the rice water in the fridge for no more than 4 days.
5. Noni Juice
Noni juice is a rich source of antioxidants and therapeutic benefits for skin health. Along with speeding up the healing of wounds, noni is known to prevent disease-causing cell damage.
As a strong anti-inflammatory food combining amino acids, this can help to boost the immune system and is excellent for cellular repair.
Many celebrities drink noni juice or use it in their skincare routine as it’s renowned for its anti-aging benefits that may also help with reducing redness, roughness and chapping.
Noni can also act as an emollient and keep your skin feeling smooth and wrinkle-free.
6. Grape Seed Extract
Grape seeds are a rich source of Vitamins C and E along with antioxidants known as flavonoids that can improve skin texture and reduce the signs of aging.
Research shows that grape seed extract may be useful when going out into the sun and being exposed to UV rays. This is because grape seed compounds can produce a sunscreen effect – reducing redness and damage to cells.
The Vitamin C in grape seeds may also help to reverse or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A small trial at the St. Helena Institute for Plastic Surgery showed there was an 88 per cent improvement in skin texture after subjects used a product containing grape seed extract for six weeks.
7. Ginger and Honey Drink
Honey is a natural antibacterial agent and can reduce inflammation in the skin. While ginger is rich in 40 antioxidants, one known as gingerol can help to protect against the breakdown of collagen.
The antioxidants in ginger can prevent free radical damage and this protects against aging, even improving skin tone and elasticity.
Add fresh ginger to a homemade face mask and leave on for up to 30 minutes before rinsing clean to reveal a radiant complexion.
8. Use Olive Oil
Olive Oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids along with polyphenols – powerful antioxidants that can slow down and prevent age-related diseases.
A study published in 2012 of 1,264 women and 1,655 men between the ages of 45 to 60 analysed their monounsaturated fatty acids from dietary sources over a two and a half year follow-up period. The severity of facial skin photoaging was graded over this period by investigators using a 6 grade scale, as illustrated by photographs.
The team found there were significantly lower risk of severe photoaging for both sexes, especially amongst those who had higher intakes of monounsaturated fatty acids, such as olive oil.
The photoaging protection wasn’t associated with the intake of monounsaturated fatty acids from animal sources (meats, processed meat, or dairy sources). This means that adding olive oil to your diet is a powerful means of protecting your skin from the signs of premature aging.
9. Take Fenugreek Seed Oil
Fenugreek seed oil is an excellent anti-aging nutrient that can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Having been used since Ancient times, Fenugreek seed oil contains antioxidant properties that protects cells from the effects of free radical damage. It also has circulant properties that can help boost circulation, promoting good skin health.
As an essential oil, fenugreek should not be applied directly, undiluted on the skin or ingested. Fenugreek oil needs to be added to a base oil such as jojoba or coconut oil, where it is excellent when used in massage or aromatherapy.
Using fenugreek seed oil in your skincare routine as part of a face mask or cleanser is one of the best ways to eliminate the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
10. Eat Avocados
Avocados are one of the most unique anti-aging foods that can protect against the effects of free radicals. Avocados have the amazing ability to enter deeply inside cell structures, affecting the mitochondria and activating its energy production, enabling it to function properly.
Mitochondria are the central components of cells that produce the majority of cells energy from nutrients. The downside is they can produce unstable chemicals that inflict damage to both the mitochondria and its other cellular components. This damage has a direct effect on aging. Avocados could have an a beneficial impact in this regard.
Scientists found that avocado oil can reduce age spots, rejuvenate the skin thanks to its rich nutrients including Vitamin A, B1 and B2, D and E. Avocado oil can also boost collagen production and all of this makes skin look healthier, radiant and more youthful.
11. Eat Pineapple
Rich in Vitamin C, pineapple can help to boost your immunity and as a natural antioxidant it can smooth existing wrinkles, preventing future lines from showing up on the skin.
Along with its excellent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, pineapple can benefit skin health in many ways making it appear fresh and rejuvenated.
For a soft complexion, prepare pineapple slices and rub them onto your face and neck, allowing the juice to dry for 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply your usual toner and moisturiser.
12. Eat More Almonds
An excellent source of the powerful antioxidant Vitamin E, almonds are an amazing food to include more in your diet or skincare routine.
Eating more almonds may help to slow down the aging process by excreting Advanced Glycation Products (AGE) and preventing it from being stored within the body.
Beautiful skin starts from within and good cellular health is the result of slowing down the aging process and being less likely to develop lifestyle associated diseases.
Keeping wrinkles, spots and blemishes at bay starts with getting enough Vitamin E and other antioxidants into your cells to oppose the anti-aging process.
13. Use a Papaya Face Mask
Papaya is full of antioxidants that can hydrate and soften skin, leaving it looking at its best. Papaya contains alpha hydroxy acids that can naturally exfoliate the skin making it look youthful.
An enzyme known as papain in papaya can also gently remove dead skin cells, giving you a fresh and clean complexion.
When papaya pulp is mixed with lemon juice – rich in Vitamin C and various antioxidants, it can leave your complexion feeling soft and smooth, while reducing any excess oil.
A papaya face mask is also super hydrating for your skin and this will improve its tone, reduce wrinkles and minimise age spots, blemishes, acne, or skin discoloration.
14. Rose Water
Rose water has many fantastic properties that can benefit skin health. One of the most powerful is that as it’s an antioxidant, it can help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate tissues. Its anti-aging power is that it can help to keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, rose water can also reduce red and irritated skin, helping to improve a range of skin problems. An effective cleansing agent, rose water will leave your skin’s pores deeply cleansed. It can also tighten capillaries and reduce any redness or blotchiness.
A simple way to use rose water is to spritz onto the face following your morning routine or as a cleanser after washing. Add a few drops of rose water to glycerine and 1tbsp rose water before applying to your face.
15. Lemon Juice
High in Vitamin C, lemon juice can reduce the production of free radicals – one of the major causes of aging skin and free radical damage.
Vitamin C’s main function is to support the production of collagen in the body, leaving skin feeling smooth, firm and wrinkle free. When the body is deprived of Vitamin C, its known to cause excessive wrinkles.
Lemons are also a great source of antioxidants that can fight free radicals that otherwise contribute to the aging process.
Choosing to eat plenty of Vitamin C rich foods like oranges, red peppers, broccoli and strawberries can all contribute towards your daily intake.
For best skin health you may also want to consider taking a liposomal Vitamin C supplement for faster absorption into the body.
16. Take Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha contains strong antioxidants that can keep your skin looking smooth and wrinkle free.
With various biochemicals and alkaloids that serve as antioxidants, this can help with rapid cell regeneration, rejuvenation and delaying the signs of aging.
Ashwagandha root powder can bind free radicals that are produced as byproducts of metabolism within the body. This protects the body against rapid oxidative damage that can occur due to exposure to harmful UV radiation.
Ashwagandha can be taken as a powder, liquid or as tablets.
17. Eat Strawberries
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants and contain a high amount of Vitamin C that can boost skin elasticity and promote the production of collagen to keep wrinkles at bay.
Strawberries have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body due to the high levels of Vitamin C.
This may help to support good joint health and reverse inflammation in many health conditions related to aging.
Strawberries are also high in folic acid that can support cell regeneration and the production of new cells in the body.
Dietary fiber in strawberries can help to eliminate harmful toxins from the body and this can encourage good bowel health that also has a beneficial impact on skin health.
18. Add Selenium
Selenium is an essential trace mineral that has various anti-aging properties. Selenium plays a vital role in increasing the effectiveness of Vitamin E that can prevent tissue damage caused by free radicals.
You may need more selenium as you age because production slows down as you get older. Selenium is essential in producing selenoproteins, classed as antioxidant enzymes.
As you get older, free radical production can cause irreversible damage to cells and their DNA, therefore increasing the risk for cancer and heart disease. Selenium’s protective benefits means it can reduce your chances of developing these diseases and keep your cells healthy.
Good sources of selenium include brazil nuts, mushrooms, salmon, whole grains and garlic.
19. Take Turmeric
Turmeric has various anti-aging benefits for skin. It is one of the highest antioxidants on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) that measures the amount and activity of antioxidants in food.
Turmeric’s powerful anti-aging effects are due to its curcuminoids, a polyphenol that can protect skin elasticity and fight against free radical damage.
For all of the above reasons, it’s no surprise that turmeric has been used in cooking and skincare routines by Indian and Asian women for thousands of years. This is because turmeric’s properties are highly effective at keeping skin looking youthful from the inside out.
Creating your own anti-aging face mask with a teaspoon of turmeric, organic honey and natural yogurt can help to renew and refresh the appearance of your skin, helping you to maintain a youthful complexion.
20. Take Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is an ancient herb that has many powerful anti-aging benefits and is revered for promoting longevity. Rich in triternene saponins, this is a compound that can keep your skin tight and firm.
As a great source of phytonutrients called flavonoids, these act as antioxidants that fight off free radical damage.
Gotu kola can boost collagen and skin tissue formation and this is crucial for maintaining skin elasticity and keeping a youthful glow.
One of the main benefits of gotu kola is its ability to improve blood circulation and speed up the skin healing process. This can encourage faster healing of blemishes and pimple scars and is also highly effective in treating varicose veins, broken capillaries and stubborn cellulite.
Due to its powerful health and skin care properties, gotu kola is used as a main ingredient in eye serums and creams.
Gotu kola can be taken as a tea or in a food supplement. When the herb is applied topically as a toner, it’s excellent for tightening and toning skin. Therefore it can improve the condition of fine lines, wrinkles and aging skin.
21. Maintain Your Youthful Appearance With Face Yoga Exercises
Just like you train your body in the gym, following a series of facial exercises can work out your facial muscles, training them to stay tight and toned. This gives you a ‘natural facelift’ without the need for any fillers or surgeries.
“As the facial muscles become stronger through exercise they are lifted and firmed and the skin attached to the muscles is also lifted and tautened, therefore reducing lines and wrinkles.
As the muscles are much smaller than those in the body, it takes a lot less time for them to increase in strength and tone,” says Danielle Collins, the Face Yoga Expert.
Specific ‘face yoga’ exercises can lift and tighten sagging cheeks, raise the brows, prevent dark eye circles, frown lines and even give you a natural neck lift. Based on ancient acupressure techniques, face yoga is a good way to slow down the anti-aging process and bring back the power into your own hands.
Take The First Step To A More Youthful Looking You
This list may seem exhaustive but there are many more natural methods you may wish to use along the way. You don’t have to do them all at once.
At first, you may want to simply start with one of these natural tips to determine how much of a difference it makes to your anti-aging routine overall.
It’s really about finding what works for you and making the time to incorporate your favourite tip into your life on a daily basis.