Stroll down the anti-aging aisle at any drugstore and you’ll quickly see how easy it is to spend a small fortune on lotions and potions aimed at minimizing wrinkles and sagging.
But before you empty your wallet, open your refrigerator—you probably already have many of the ingredients you need to whip up your own anti-aging masks, scrubs, and creams at home.
Unlike commercial skin-care products, which are fortified with vitamins that lose potency over time, fresh foods provide active vitamins that your skin can make use of right away. And it’s easy, too.
Whip up your own homemade anti-aging face creams, and you will be on way to softening your fine lines and moisturizing skin, revealing a fresher and younger you!
Best Homemade Wrinkle Mask
You will need:
- 2 teaspoons of organic extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking soda
- Mix the ingredients in a small bowl, until it forms a paste and gently apply to your skin in a circular motion.
- Leave on your face for no more than 5 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water, massaging your skin in a circular motion once again.
- Pat face dry with a clean towel. The coconut oil will hydrate your skin, so you don’t need to follow up with a moisturizer.
- Use not more than twice a week.
Not only are coconut oil and baking soda readily available, they are also highly effective in treating problematic skin. Unlike all the fillers and toxic ingredients in normal store-bought cosmetics, these two ingredients are not only safe for your skin but safe to be eaten as well, which is exactly what you need when finding products to treat the body’s largest organ from both the outside and inside.
Sodium bicarbonate, or “baking soda”, is often used as a leavening for baking and cooking, a polishing agent, a deep cleaning and deodorizing agent for household use, as well as a cosmetic (such as teeth and deodorant). However, baking soda is also highly effective in treating acne. Being amphoteric, it can be used to correct the skin’s pH balance, which can aid in healing breakouts as often times an imbalance in pH can cause skin breakouts. However, skin health is an overall indicator of what’s going on in your body, both in and out, and therefore in order for complete healing to happen, you must also be mindful of what you put into your body.
Meanwhile, coconut oil’s antibacterial, healing and moisturizing properties condition, nourish, and soothe the skin’s blemishes. Being a much gentler product than baking soda, mixing the two together balances out baking soda’s harshness, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin. Any kind of natural coconut oil can be used here, although wet-milled traditional virgin coconut oils are higher in antioxidants.
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