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REALLY natural, safe anti-aging skincare?

CoBabyMaker's Avatar CoBabyMaker (TS)
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01-17-2013 | Posts: 1,132
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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? 

debraferrie's Avatar debraferrie
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01-23-2013 | Posts: 8
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Have you looked into NYR Organic? 20 year old organic line from the U.K. Highly rated and extremely safe as far as I know

BK Mommy's Avatar BK Mommy
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02-22-2013 | Posts: 144
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CoBabyMaker, unfortunately, I don't have an answer for this, but I'm glad you posted because I'm looking for the same thing.  Hope some people reply!

Hockeygrrl's Avatar Hockeygrrl
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09-20-2013 | Posts: 17
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Also wondering the same thing. I have been using the oil cleansing method with coconut oil/castor oil for a few years now.  I'm starting to notice fine lines.

mum5's Avatar mum5
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10-14-2013 | Posts: 1,878
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Subbing for info!

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 :)

blessedwithboys's Avatar blessedwithboys
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10-14-2013 | Posts: 3,603
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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


TONING (rarely)

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)

raw honey

Redmond clay/water


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


WRINKLES (nightly)

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!

whitelotusjan's Avatar whitelotusjan
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11-07-2013 | Posts: 2
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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.

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07-19-2014 | Posts: 40
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Go for organic and natural you can also ask some skin specialist if you are hesitant of trying some products. Coconut oil is a natural skin moisturizer it will leave your skin hydrated. It has also Vitamin E which is good for the skin and it prevents skin aging. I also suggest you to use a product that has no alcohol or harmful substances.
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07-21-2014 | Posts: 617
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I would check your diet first, especially be sure that you are getting enough fat in your diet.

Pranayama/deep breathing, 10-12 hours sleep, and a low-stress lifestyle will help also.

I hope this helps you!
mum5's Avatar mum5
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10-24-2014 | Posts: 1,878
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Hi! Have you heard of olive squalene? I just found out about it via a farmers market. I have been using it since July, cost about $13 a bottle and it lasted a couple of months. I'm on my second bottle now. I get complements on my skin all the time ! I am a 42 year old mum of 3 too!! I love it. Used it on my hair yesterday too with awesome results !
Linda on the move's Avatar Linda on the move
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10-27-2014 | Posts: 10,787
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I'm surprised I never noticed this thread before.

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!
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10-29-2014 | Posts: 40
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Some of my beauty and skin care products are natural and organic because it does not contain harmful substance that is harsh for the skin. I also make my own beauty recipe at home it is less expensive than buying a finish product in some organic and natural shops.
Ethelpea's Avatar Ethelpea
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11-07-2014 | Posts: 288
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Magnesium oil - just a few drops (it can burn) rubbed onto my face has made a noticeable difference on eye and mouth wrinkles. Dilute it if you have to. The nice thing about mag oil is that it does absorb into your system. I usually use it before bedtime as I don't like to mess with stuff in the morning. There are plenty of sites to read about it. I also use it in homemade deodorants.

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).
Ethelpea's Avatar Ethelpea
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11-07-2014 | Posts: 288
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I want to add one thing...kefir. Great for the inside but my acne prone daughter uses kefir masks and her skin has made a dramatic improvement. She applies it to her face before she goes to sleep, lets it soak in and then, in the morning, washes her face. Her skin has become very clear and smooth and it keeps her hormonal outbreaks under control. She came up with that one herself, smart girl.
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#15 of 15
12-19-2014 | Posts: 40
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I am using Essenzza Health natural Japanese silk facial treatment mask and I really love it. It works amazing on my skin and doesn't cause my breakout or skin irritation. I used this mask at least twice a month and it leaves my skin smooth, soft, hydrated and glowing.
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