I'll be 30 next week and my skin looks like crap. The texture is bad and I have way more fine lines than I am ok with. I have never had great skin and I think that genetics play a part (my mom's skin is not aging well). I eat well, do my best to drink plenty of water, try to remember my fish oil and vitamins. I wash with honey and moisturize with coconut oil and this seems to be the best thing right now for daily care. I do the occasional clay mask. I'm pregnant so I especially need to be careful (though i really try to avoid chemicals anyhow).
Are there really any safe yet effective anti-aging options that aren't a chemical concoction?
Becky- Wife to DH, Mama to "Nani" (July '08) "Coco" (July '10) and Decker the Wrecker (May'13)
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I am a great lover of coconut oil. Use it on my hair, face and body, for scars and moisturizing. I would love a good fce cream though, for the 40 plus woman. Yup...that's me :)
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I am creeping up towards 40-ish and I have pretty great skin. Or at least I think so...haha
Here's my routine:
CLEANSING (at least once daily)
Bronner's Baby Mild Soap
Occasionally OCM, castor oil only as olive doesn't seem strong enough to me
all-natural witch hazel, alcohol-free or else my face turns red and burns for hours
MOISTURIZING (after every cleansing)
jojoba or argan oil or combo of both applied to wet skin
sugar, maybe with a few drops of oil mixed in or sometimes just plain sugar
MASKS (maybe once a month)
TREATMENTS (as needed)
fresh mashed strawberries and/or pineapple for all over
spot treatments are lavender oil or if it's a really deep one (I only break out now and then during AF) I will rub on some Earthpaste
Castor oil applied with a q-tip just along the lines (I just discovered this recently after googling "natural wrinkle treatment". It made a huge difference after one night, which shouldn't surprise me bc one night of castor oil packs on my heel spurs stops the pain for months.)
I wear only AlimaPure makeup and don't always wash it off before bed. It never makes me break out to leave it on and usually I wake up way less oily than if I had no powder on at all.
If I had a money tree in my backyard, I would splurge on Purity Cosmetics brand. Their stuff is the bomb!
I only know what works for me and it's a product line that is totally natural. This one doesn't tell fibs. It's Karen's Botanicals and if you want I can tell you where to get it. Not sure if that's permitted since I just joined the group.
Pranayama/deep breathing, 10-12 hours sleep, and a low-stress lifestyle will help also.
I hope this helps you!
Last edited by pumabearclan; 07-22-2014 at 05:40 AM.
I'm in my late 40's, but people are always surprised when they find that out. I do not look my age.
In my opinion, the way to beautiful skin is what you put in your mouth.
1. Water. Drink only water (or green tea or herbal tea), but drink mostly water. No caffeine drinks, no soda, no artificial crap, etc. If you cut ALL the other crap out and get a water bottle, this is pretty easy.
2. Healthy oils (as already stated). This moisturizes your skin from the inside out. On days that my diet won't include a lot of oil, I have a tablespoon of olive oil. If you are on a low fat diet because you think it will keep you skinny, your face will age badly.
3. Vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. I highly recommend having a green smoothie or a fresh pressed green juice everyday. This is one of the best things you can do for your body, and it will thank you by giving you glowing skin. I learned this from a woman in her 60s who is a knock out. I asked her the secret to aging well, and she said to drink fresh green drinks. She starts every day with a blender full of spinach.
If you do all of the above and your skin still doesn't look good, then I suspect that something in your diet doesn't agree with you. I'm gluten intolerant, which shows up in a variety of ways, but one of the minor ones is that it makes my face look haggard. Dairy is can be a problem for some people. Some people are eating foods they think are "healthy" but their bodies perceive them as toxic, and are using the skin to attempt to detox.
As far as products go, there are several brands I like. Right now I use Devita, which I get at our health food store. No product can make up for a less than stellar diet, though.
The two products I like best are a vit C cream that I use at night that helps with exfoliation. Several companies make similar products. These really help with aging. I also like a day time tinted moisturizer with sun screen.
If I had to choose between the time to make a green smoothie (or green juice) everyday and the time to use skin care products, I would choose the green smoothie. It shows up on my face faster.
I also agree that pranayama and quality sleep are helpful!
but everything has pros and cons
I agree about diet, though. Make sure you are getting plenty of good fats - coconut, flax, olive oil, cod liver oil, and butter. I think most people on this site know by now that fats don't make you fat but eating low fat will wreck your health (and face).
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Mother to 6
14, 12, 10, 7, 5, 2
Pray, Hope and Don't Worry
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