I’m fond of telling my friends and family that I’ve earned every one of the gray hairs on my head and every last wrinkle on my face. But if you, like me, are starting to see a few too many crow’s feet staring back at you in the mirror I’ve got some great news.
You can begin to erase the fine lines and reverse those wrinkles starting today with a few simple natural solutions that will have them accusing you of having surgery or spending thousands on spa treatments and super high-end skin lines.
Rosehips—the small fruits of the rosebush plant that are left behind once the flower has bloomed and lost its petals—could be the key to erasing those fine lines around your eyes and mouth that make your look older than you feel. A rosehip supplement can help plump up your skin restoring elasticity and leaving it younger looking.
The fatty acids in rosehips help your skin hold on to moisture. And the fruit’s antioxidants fight inflammation as well as the breakdown of the elastin and collagen in your skin that keep it smooth and wrinkle-free.
When researchers tested a 450 mg rosehip supplement on a group of women ranging in age from 35 to 65, after 8 weeks the women had significant improvements in crow’s feet, skin moisture and elasticity according to the study published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging.1
Rosehip is available as a powder (try mixing it into your smoothies) or in capsules.
2. Coconut oil:
The same organic cold-pressed coconut oil you use for cooking can be used to restore moisture to your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and making you look years younger.
And the best part about this natural moisturizer? You don’t have to do a thing to prepare it.
Scoop a little coconut oil directly out of the jar, gently smooth it onto your face and neck at night, and wash your face with warm water in the morning. In fact, coconut oil makes a great whole body moisturizer. It will leave your skin super-hydrated and looking wrinkle-free.
In one randomized, double-blind study of folks with rough, dry, scaly and itchy skin (a common skin condition called xerosis) who began using coconut oil had significantly improved skin hydration.2 Another study, published in the International Journal of Dermatology, revealed that coconut oil can fight the skin dryness that ages your face by decreasing moisture loss. In the study, 117 folks with atopic dermatitis—an inflammatory condition that causes skin to lose moisture—used coconut oil twice a day for just 8 weeks, and saw an average 20 point improvement in their skin’s ability to retain moisture.3
And when researchers used coconut oil on a group of preterm newborn babies to protect them against a common problem in preemies… losing water through the skin (trans-epidermal water loss or TEWL)… the coconut oil passed the test with flying colors. The babies treated with the oil had significantly less signs of TEWL, and they had better overall skin quality.4
Confession time. I’ve never met an avocado that I didn’t love. This delicious creamy fruit is a staple in my kitchen, and it turns out that’s a good thing because although avocados might be ugly they can do an incredible job making you beautiful.
Avocados are rich in wrinkle-erasing monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, as well as naturally high in free-radical fighting antioxidants. And this hard-working fruit does double-duty supporting healthy, youthful-looking skin both from the inside AND the outside.
And don’t worry, the right kinds of fats are good for your overall health, including skin health. In fact, diets rich in saturated fats such as those found avocados can help make your skin firmer and smoother. For example, in one Japanese study, women who ate more fat had better skin elasticity. And the ladies who indulged in saturated fats had fewer wrinkles.5
And a US study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed women who ate more of a healthy fat had less signs of skin aging such as saggy, wrinkled or dry skin.6 And animal studies have found that avocado extracts can actually encourage the production of new collagen in the skin.7,8
Add avocados to eggs and salads, toss them on top of sandwiches, or try them plain with just a dash of Himalayan or sea salt (my favorite way to eat them). Or make a simple, anti-aging, moisturizing mask.
|Avocado Wrinkle-Erasing Mask|
|This simple mask leaves your face feeling super soft and glowing with good health.
Do they work? Well I overheard my brother whispering to my sister-in-law the other day, “I think my sister is aging in reverse.” It was the best compliment I’ve ever gotten, so I plan on keeping these three natural solutions in my bag of tricks.
And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, get plenty of beauty sleep and don’t smoke!