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10 Natural Ways to Have Beautiful and Youthful Skin

Anna Jones

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Growing up I was the youngest of 3 children and my only sister was 12 years older than me. Of course, this meant everything she was doing in her teens had a huge impact on me as a child. So, when she used skincare products and makeup like all girls her age did, I pretty much thought,’ this is for me too! Thus, by around 11 or 12 years old I had begun using cleansers, astringents (toners were called that back then), and moisturizers. Did I need to? Of course, not but the best thing about all this was I began life-long habits that certainly impacted how I cared for my skin for the rest of my life. But as I grew older I realized natural and homemade skincare products are much safer and have many optimal effects on the skin as compared to market local ones. It may sound odd to some readers but this is purely what I believe.

Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA — your daily habits, in fact, have a big impact on what you see in the mirror. But depending on which product reviews you read or doctors you consult, there is a dizzying number of opinions on everything from how to moisturize to how to protect yourself from UV rays. Ultimately, caring for your skin is simply personal. Here’s what you should keep in mind to sort through all the noise.

Some of the following 10 secrets might surprise you:

1. Drink Plenty of Water

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The appearance of glowing and plump skin starts with the simple vow to keep your skin hydrated. By simply incorporating 8-10 glasses of water into your daily routine, you will create a good habit that will leave your skin refreshed and healthy. So skip the Coke and load up on H2O. Your future self will thank you.

2. Eat Lycopene Containing food.

Cooked tomatoes? What?

Yes, you read that right. Cooked tomatoes are one of the best foods you can eat to maintain youthful skin. Tomatoes are chock full of a powerful antioxidant called Lycopene, which helps protect the skin from sun damage. Lycopene is best absorbed by the body when cooked or processed, hence the cooked tomatoes. In this case, opt for some roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, or organic ketchup instead of raw tomatoes.

If you don’t like tomatoes, no problem! Red peppers and beets also contain Lycopene.

3.Include Red Meat in the diet

Red meat gets a lot of flak because it’s fatty, bad for the heart, and loaded with hormones. All that may be true, but if you want youthful skin, you better start stocking up on steak.

When taken in moderation, red meat is actually great for the skin because it’s 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, to be specific) your body needs to produce collagen. Zinc is also just what the doctor–er, dermatologist–ordered because it produces a lot of collagen and has anti-inflammatory properties.

If you don’t eat red meat, all hope is not lost. There are plenty of other collagen-boosting foods you can load up on, such as berries, soy, citrus fruits, nuts, and eggs.

4. Oh I’m addicted to Green Tea with lemon

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Everyone along with their mother knows that green tea is full of antioxidants, but what not everyone knows is that 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. And if you add half squeezed lemon in it you’ll get an additional benefit of vitamin C as well.

5. You can go with normal tea as well

If green tea’s not your cup o’ tea (sorry, couldn’t resist), then consider grabbing a cup of white tea. It doesn’t offer the same benefits as green tea, but it is beneficial. The anti-aging properties in white tea help protect collagen and other structural proteins of the skin. It prevents the enzyme activity that breaks down collagen and causes wrinkles.

6. Grab some Vitamin A food

If you want smooth, beautiful, youthful skin, you need a healthy dose of Vitamin A every day. 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. Always choose Organic and herbal products

Many skincare products are laden with harsh chemicals that will actually speed up your skin’s aging process. You’re better off using natural skin care products because they contain properties derived from plants. However, you should always check the ingredients to ensure that your skin will benefit from the product you’re about to buy.

8. Avoid Toxic Cleaning Products

What do cleaning products have to do with wrinkles? A lot, actually. Your skin absorbs toxic chemicals (which happens a lot when you spray cleaning products on surfaces), and that speeds up your skin’s aging process.

9. Wash Your Face with Honey

Did you know that Cleopatra took milk and honey baths to keep her skin fresh and wrinkle-free? She was onto something because honey is fantastic for your skin. It’s full of antioxidants, it opens up your pores, and it moisturizes your skin. So ditch the face wash (which is probably loaded with harsh chemicals anyway) and start washing your face with honey and milk!

10. Slather Turmeric All Over Your Face

People in India have been doing this for a thousand years. They’re doing something right, because the anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric soften the skin, clear acne, reduce swelling, and diminish wrinkles.

So, how exactly can you slather turmeric all over your face? By making a turmeric face mask, of course! Here’s how you can do this:

Mix together:

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoons rice flour (for oily skin) OR finely ground oats (for dry or mature skin)

3 tablespoons plain yogurt (or milk, cream, or sour cream)

Or you can make your own herbal turmeric mask with any of the suitable products that suit your skin.

Spread 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.

Summary

Don’t smoke. Sleep well. Exercise often. Stay out of the sun. Load up on antioxidants. Eat organic foods and follow some good herbal skincare products. And above all FORGIVE EVERYONE AND STAY POSITIVE!

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