Walk into a department store and you will see thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of products “claiming” the cure for age spots, brighter skin, crows feet, wrinkle reduction, skin tightening, etc. It would be easy to walk out of there with eight new products you need to maintain your youthful appearance, spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on “beauty products.” The sad truth is that they make a killing on us each year (men included!) But there is an easier way. A way to save mega bucks, avoid the TOXIC chemicals that most products contain (READ about them HERE), use natural and God made products that actually heal AND that you likely already have in your house! How? In two parts.
Natural Anti-Aging Secrets
There are two main secrets to building and creating and maintaining beautiful glowing skin that is blemish free, that will help minimize wrinkles and age spots that will help you to age gracefully, because we will all be wrinkly eventually (that is the goal right… a nice long healthy life?). We will do this first internally and second externally.
First and foremost, your skin CRAVES vitamins, healthy fats, and water… lots of water! Without those things, any other product becomes useless. Your skin will lack vibrance and moisture. Health comes from inside out and that begins with what we put IN our bodies.
Second, Gelatin. Yes, I’m talking about the stuff jello is made from! Gelatin is collagen. It is derived from animals (learn more about Gelatin and why it is so good for us HERE), which is not only anti-inflammatory (great for muscles, joints, and tendons), but also anti-aging! As we age, we lose more and more collagen, which is why we naturally gain more wrinkles and our skin begins to sag.
I came across THIS STUDY that was put on by John Hopkins School of Medicine. Hello Beautiful describes it perfectly, “They used three separate groups of hairless mice. The first group was not exposed to the ultraviolet light. The second group was exposed to the light repeatedly each day with the intensity increased over time. The third group received the same amount of exposure to the ultraviolet light as the second group. However, the third group was also given a portion of gelatin to eat each day. What they found was that the mice exposed to the light without the gelatin had a 53% average decrease in the collagen content of their skin, compared to the mice that received no ultraviolet light exposure at all. Astonishingly, the mice that were exposed to the light, but also fed gelatin had no collagen decrease at all. They actually had an average collagen INCREASE of 17%.” How amazing is that?
When gelatin is ingested, it goes into our bloodstream and from there to our connective tissues, including our skin. It stimulates additional collagen production, which results in a reduction of lines, wrinkles, and firmer skin.
How to Take Gelatin as an Anti-Aging and Anti-Inflammatory Supplement
Not all gelatin is created equal. You want to make sure you are getting it from a good source. I use Great Lakes Gelatin, which is Kosher and one of the highest quality gelatin out there. It is about $15 for a container, verses hundreds of dollars for injections of collagen. How to take gelatin…
- add 1 Tbs to your yogurt or cottage cheese
- add 1 Tbs to your coffee or tea. Add gelatin to your cup with a just enough water to dissolve the gelatin and stir, then add coffee or tea.
- Add 1 Tbs to your green smoothies or juices.
One Tablespoon a day keeps the wrinkles away… and joint aches and pains!
I have fought with my skin my whole life. I have tried numerous products to help with acne, when low and behold I have PCOS (major hormonal issues and breakouts), and super sensitive skin. I breakout every time my skin touches an unnatural or harsh product. I have oily skin (which is more like combination skin now), so never would I imagine I would try this technique, oil cleansing.
Oil cleansing means cleaning oil with oil. How ironic right? Oil literally breaks down other oils to release impurities, bacteria, make-up, clogged pours, which then leaves beautifully transformed skin. This is why I love using coconut oil to cleanse. Coconut oil has anti-bacterial (perfect for acne and teens with hormonal acne too!), anti-aging properties, that can lighten age spots with its antioxidants, reduce puffiness and dark circles, and is ultra-moisturizing and works great as a wrinkle reducer!
Never buy face wash again! Just make sure the coconut oil you use is cold-pressed organic and unrefined to ensure all of its amazing properties are maintained! I keep a jar in my bathroom and a tub down stairs for cooking. This one (HERE) is my favorite, or I also love Trader Joes brand.
How to Cleanse With Coconut Oil
Washing your face both morning AND night is crucial for healthy skin. On dry skin, massage coconut oil all over your face, neck and chest for about a minute. Include your eye area, it works as a great makeup remover too! Run a clean wash cloth under HOT water, drape over face for about 30 seconds, until your pores open and wipe to remove oil and impurities. You still may have a slight bit of coconut oil remaining, but it absorbs right into you skin quickly, giving you mega hydration. I will follow up with a light moisturizer if needed.
Traditionally, Oil cleansing is done with castor oil, which is anti-inflammatory, cleansing and healing, and olive or sunflower seed oil. This way is also very effective and you can make your own potion depending on your skin type.
- Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
- Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
- Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Both methods work great! It is also important to exfoliate once or twice a week and you can easily do so by adding 1 tsp to baking soda to your oil and scrub.
Natural anti-aging for dollars instead of hundreds, will you try? Let us know!
Keep it clean, keep it natural! From my natural health blog to you!