Aging is a natural process that is bound to occur as time passes on and you gather the weight of the years. But who wants their age to show on the skin! If you’re starting to notice the signs, it’s time to start investing in skin care. And what’s better than beating this natural process with an all-natural skin care regimen!
Why go natural?
A natural anti aging regimen will not only help you age gracefully but it will make sure you can do this long-term without facing the side effects of synthetic products. With growing trust in natural ingredients, there are a number of trusted brands promising all-natural anti aging skin care kits. You could also whip up your own home remedies with common kitchen ingredients!
It is important to understand what makes an effective anti aging skin care regimen- the ingredients and the processes. This will help you make more informed and confident decisions towards caring for and protecting your skin to keep it young and beautiful.
What does an all-natural anti aging skincare kit consist of?
The best anti aging kit is one that consists of the following:
- A non-drying cleanser
- A mild and gentle exfoliator
- A toner/serum
- A moisturizer with sunscreen
- An eye cream
What are the steps of the natural anti aging skincare regimen?
Your skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated. You can either choose natural ingredients from your kitchen directly or opt for a natural anti aging set. Always go for a trusted brand even if it means going hard on your pocket because you want to treat your skin right, no matter what!
Read on to understand each step, what natural ingredients to look for and how to make them work effectively.
Step 1: Cleansing
Spend a couple of minutes every morning and evening to cleanse the skin off makeup, excess oil and dirt. This will ensure your pores remain unclogged which is crucial to keep acne at bay.
How to choose a natural anti aging cleanser
- Avoid anything harsh that strips the skin of its natural oils and leaves it dry.
- Your cleanser should include natural oils to ensure skin hydration and nourishment.
- Cleansers rich in antioxidants are best as they neutralize the free radicals that cause aging.
- Your cleanser could be a cleansing milk, a mild soap or a plant-based oil like coconut oil or olive oil.
Apply the cleanser on the skin and massage gently to remove the dirt and oil. Avoid using harsh washcloths and scrubs. Simply use your fingers and be gentle with your skin. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.
DIY all-natural home-made cleanser
If you’d rather make your own skincare products, here’s a simple cleanser recipe.
Take a tablespoon of almond flour, 2 tablespoons of rice flour and add 2 teaspoons of buttermilk to it. Mix some rosewater to make a smooth paste which will serve as your cleanser.
Step 2: Exfoliating
Exfoliating is important for mature skin in order to stimulate the renewal of new skin cells and to ensure deep penetration of moisture and nutrients. At the same time, it’s crucial to avoid harsh exfoliants as they can cause skin irritation and dryness.
Use exfoliants with natural grains like finely ground coffee, salt, cinnamon, oatmeal, cranberry seeds, etc. Treat a natural scrub like a gentle massage with the fingers, gently in circular motions for a couple of minutes.
DIY natural exfoliator
Mix 2tbsp of baking soda in 2 tsp of honey and 1 tbsp of aloe vera gel. Add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. This mix serves as a facial scrub that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is effective for large pores that are common to mature skin.
Step 3: Toning
Natural toners or serums are rich in moisture and active ingredients that sink deep into the skin and fight wrinkles, inflammation and dryness. They tighten the pores to make the skin even-toned, smooth and elastic.
Look for toners that have natural essences, plant-based oils, polyphenols and omega fatty acids. Use a cotton pad with your toner and gently pat your face with it.
DIY natural toner
Make a mix of ½oz rosehip oil, ½oz jojoba oil, ¼oz grapeseed oil, 7-8 drops geranium, 5 drops vitamin E and 6 drops helichrysum. Use 4-5 drops of this mix at a time as your toner.
Step 4: Moisturize and protect from the sun
Most signs of skin aging like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and dry skin are caused due to sun damage. Repeated exposure to UV radiation dehydrates the skin, causes irregularities in melanin production and damages tissue rejuvenation.
Use a moisturizer with a sunscreen of minimum SPF-15. Gently massage it on the skin in upward, circular motions, never downward.
Look for products and ingredients that contain omega 3 fatty acid, lanolin, mineral oils, glycerin, zinc oxide and hyaluronic acid.
DIY natural moisturizer with sunscreen
Take ¼ cup of coconut oil, 1 cup shea butter, ¼ cup aloe vera gel and 25 drops walnut oil in a pan and mix them at medium heat so they melt into each other. Cool the mix and add 2tbsp of zinc oxide powder. This mix will serve as your sunscreen while also moisturizing your skin thoroughly.
Step 5: Apply eye-cream
Eye bags and wrinkles around the eye are the first noticeable signs of aging. This is because the skin around the eyes is very delicate and most sensitive to damage by oxidation. This is why eyes need special treatment when compared to the rest of the face and body.
Effective eye creams work by stimulating elastin and collagen- proteins that are responsible for skin-tightness and rejuvenation. They contain powerful antioxidants that prevent damage from oxidation of free radicals.
Look for eye creams that contain natural elements like vitamin C, E and K, retinol, hyaluronic acid and peptides. Simply dab your eye cream under and on the sides of your eyes before going to bed at night and leave it on all night.
DIY anti-aging eye cream
Take ½ cup of organic coconut oil and heat it in a pan till it melts. Break 8 capsules of vitamin E in it. Add 6-8 drops of Frankincense oil and stir. Refrigerate the mix till it solidifies and use it as your eye cream. You can also use it to remove your eye-make up.