By: Natasha Archary
The beauty industry, it seems, was designed to play on a woman’s insecurities. Fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, saggy skin, not so supple lips…make it stop. Unless you’ve discovered the fountain of youth or have chosen to just embrace your age with both arms, chances are you’re sucked into this mind warp too.
Brainwashing you with a range of anti-aging products and age-defying beauty treatments that will shave years of your face. Micro seems to be the trendy new intervention. Seemingly non-invasive procedures that are less extreme than plastic surgery. Needling, dermabrasions, blading – micro everything – it’s enough to make your head spin.
Take it back
There was a time when women primped and pruned in the sanctity of their homes. From Egyptian Goddesses to the Japanese Geishas, women have, for centuries, been creating and testing natural beauty options.
Before the first lipstick was invented, rose petals were boiled to extract the delicate hue, which was used to stain lips. No harmful chemicals or environmentally toxic ingredients were used and perhaps this is the secret we’re all searching for.
Ayurvedic herbs and remedies for skin ailments are sworn by. And with more women turning to the all-natural, healthy route with their diet, could there be merit to nature reversing aging too?
Legend has it
According to spiritual healers and sages, nature gives us all that our body requires. Finding sustenance in nature can be good for body, mind and skin. Every woman has had beauty tips passed down from the matriarchs of their families.
You know what they say, if it’s not broken…
Age defying beauty tips to reverse the clock
But if you’re looking to switch things up a bit and if a trip to your beauty salon leaves you anxious then try one of these age-defying home treatments. They’re all natural and, honestly, you may have these items in your cupboards already.
Anti-aging Vitamin C serum
Pure Vitamin C tablet (2)
Vitamin E oil (2 Tablespoons)
Aloe vera gel (1 Tablespoon)
Rose water (5 Tablespoons)
Combine together and transfer to a bottle to store in the fridge. You can also add this to your daily moisturiser or face cream. Vitamin C is found to improve elasticity and skin flexibility, unveiling smoother, wrinkle-free, glowing skin.
Green tea and lemon toner
Your daily beauty regime does require a toner, whether or not you use makeup everyday. If you’re looking for a more gentle toner, try this. All you’ll need is a half cup of cool freshly-brewed green tea, simply let the green tea steep in hot water and then allow to cool completely. Squeeze in 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Soak a cotton ball in the liquid and gently cleanse your skin with the solution. You could also spritz onto your skin to revive dull and dehydrated skin.
The mellow yellow spice has incredible healing properties, which is why it forms the base of every curry. Tumeric milk can help heal your skin and body from the inside out. But if you want to boost that advantage, try this mask once a week for a month to see a difference.
4 Tablespoons of tumeric
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of honey
Mix the ingredients together and apply to your face and neck. Allow the mask to dry before washing off with water. Use the green tea and lemon toner to clean up any yellow residue. This mask will give your skin a more even-toned complexion, fading pigmentation and reduces blackheads and breakouts.
Rose water and glycerin moisturiser
This is an extremely cost effective but sensational moisturiser. Mix equal quantities of rose water and glycerin. Rose water can be found in the baking section of your favourite supermarket or an Indian spice shop. Glycerin can be found at any pharmacy.
Massage into your skin atleast twice a day. You’ll see a difference after a month. Skin will look and feel smoother, fuller and moisturised.
As with any beauty treatment or products, natural or not, it’s advised to test a little of each home remedy on a small section of your face or neck. In order to eliminate the possibility of allergies or reactions. This applies even if you do not have super sensitive skin.
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