Best Natural Skincare Tips for Aging Skin

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As a person ages, their skin can become more fragile due to a number of reasons. 1  One significant factor is the natural decline in collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are proteins responsible for maintaining the skin’s firmness, elasticity, and strength. As their production slows with age, the skin loses its ability to bounce back and may become more prone to wrinkles, sagging and thinning. 2

Over time, there is also a reduction in the production of natural skin oils, leading to dryness, itchiness and a weakened skin barrier, making the skin more susceptible to damage from external factors like UV rays and harsh weather. 3 

 

Natural Skincare Ingredients for Aging Skin

There are a number of natural ingredients you can use to nourish your skin and reduce signs of aging. Here are three simple treatments that use natural, gentle ingredients. Bonus–you probably have everything you need in your pantry right now.

Oatmeal Bath

An oatmeal bath may provide several benefits for aging skin. Oatmeal contains beta-glucans, compounds that have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for relieving itchiness, irritation, and dryness often associated with aging skin 4. Oatmeal also contains antioxidants that can combat free radical damage. 5 

Next time you take a bath, try adding about half a cup to one cup of finely ground oatmeal to the water, then soak for at least 20 minutes. This can be a relaxing and luxurious activity that leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated and rejuvenated.

Peanut Butter Face Mask

Peanut butter is high in vitamins B and E, which help reduce hyperpigmentation and other signs of aging. 6 Peanut oil may improve the skin barrier and provide some protection against UV rays. 7 To make a simple peanut butter face mask, combine one tablespoon of smooth peanut butter with two tablespoons of honey. Mix together until you get a thick paste consistency, then gently apply the paste to clean skin, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse it off.

*Note: Do not attempt this if there is any history of nut allergy. 

Coffee Scrub

A coffee scrub offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Its coarse texture provides effective exfoliation, removing dead skin cells and revealing smoother, younger-looking skin. The caffeine in coffee stimulates blood flow, temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite and promoting a healthier complexion.8 Regular use of a coffee scrub may contribute to overall healthier, more youthful skin.

To make a coffee scrub, combine ½ cup ground coffee with ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup coconut oil. Mix well. In the shower, gently massage the coffee scrub mixture into your skin, leave on for a few minutes, and then rinse off. If you have sensitive skin, be sure to test your coffee scrub on a small patch of skin before applying it more liberally.

For more help with taking care of your skin as you age, speak to a naturopathic doctor for individualized advice on dietary and lifestyle habits.

Massage

Massage offers numerous benefits for aging skin, helping to address common concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of elasticity. By stimulating circulation and promoting blood flow to the skin’s surface, massage can improve oxygen and nutrient delivery, resulting in a more youthful and radiant complexion. Additionally, massage helps to relax facial muscles, reducing tension and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines. Regular massage can also promote lymphatic drainage, helping to reduce puffiness and fluid retention, while increasing collagen production for firmer, more resilient skin. Overall, incorporating massage into your skincare routine can rejuvenate aging skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed and revitalized

Dry Skin Brushing

Dry skin brushing is a simple yet effective technique that offers numerous benefits for aging skin. By gently exfoliating the skin’s surface, dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells, promoting cell turnover and revealing smoother, softer skin underneath. This exfoliation also helps to unclog pores and prevent the buildup of impurities, resulting in a clearer and more radiant complexion. Additionally, dry brushing stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which can help reduce puffiness, swelling, and inflammation in the skin. Improved circulation also means better delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells, supporting overall skin health and vitality. Regular dry brushing can leave the skin looking brighter, firmer, and more youthful, making it a valuable addition to any anti-aging skincare routine.

Pro Tip: Start in circular motions at the extremities and work your way towards your heart for best results.

 

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