Our skin is a protective layer between us and the outside world. Unfortunately, it stands up to a lot over the course of a lifetime. From the strong rays of the sun to well-intended chemicals, the skin is constantly fighting to protect itself. As we grow older, our skin loses some of its natural ability to stay healthy, meaning that it can dry out, crack and begin to wrinkle.
Chemicals can help for the short term, but for anyone who truly wants to stay healthy, avoiding them is likely the best option. While there are many ways to fight the signs of aging, the following non-chemical methods are healthy, easy and effective.
Quality Skincare Routine
The first place to start is with a quality skincare routine. Most of the time this should involve a quality biological moisturiser, a weekly exfoliate and a quality soap. Biological moisturisers include coconut oil, Aloe Vera and any natural facial masks such as mud packs, chocolate, yogurt and even oatmeal.
Try applying naturals like coconut oil or Aloe Vera to the hands and face once per day immediately after showering. Mudpacks and masks should be applied no more than once a week to strip loose skin and dirt from the face. Finally, an exfoliating scrub such as a natural salt scrub can work wonders for loosening dirt and dead skin so that your skin looks healthy. It is very important to avoid harsh soaps because they can strip your skin of essential nutrients, leaving it dried out and far from healthy.
Antioxidants are known for their restorative properties and you can benefit them just by including them in your meals. You can try anything from berries to tablets such as Acai or just ‘antioxidant’ tablets and still benefit. Antioxidants can also be added to your daily moisturiser in the form of liquids and extracts.
Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and a variety of enzymes are all antioxidants and all of them can help to improve your skin health. Antioxidants help to improve collagen in the skin and firmness so that the skin can repair itself over time.
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that can be found in many beauty salons. While not as affordable as the other options on this list, it is a great way to see very fast results. Microdermabrasion uses a machine to quickly exfoliate and strip dead skin cells, often taking away two or more layers of skin in one operation.
The result is skin that can look five or ten years younger after one operation. While this is a great choice for anyone who wants instant results, they are not permanent and can quickly fade without the right skin care. Microdermabrasion can also damage skin cells if stripped too far and also exposed new skin to sunlight and other damaging factors before it has the chance to fully protect itself. As a result, anyone going in for this procedure should remember to use skin care products, sunblock and to stay indoors as much as possible shortly afterwards.
Skin Rejuvenation Laser
The skin rejuvenation laser is a relatively new technology and is often called skin resurfacing. The procedure can be undertaken in a beauty salon, or you can choose to purchase an at-home laser to use whenever you like. For most women, the latter choice is the most affordable over time.
The skin rejuvenation laser can actually repair the skin to remove rather than cover up age spots, fine lines and wrinkles and improve the collagen levels in the skin. While 100% of users see results, the treatment does take 6 weeks to show results and should be used for two months at a time for three month periods. For best results, you should also keep using the laser.
There are many ways to fight the signs of aging including a good skincare routine, antioxidants, microdermabrasion and even a skin rejuvenation laser. Each of these methods is healthy, effective and completely chemical free.
Hazel Barnes is a writer who has a keen interest in innovations regarding beauty and staying young. She recommends trying a skin rejuvenation laser if you are looking for chemical free age reduction.