Not Our Grandmother’s Natural Beauty Secrets

Innovations have taken us a long way on our anti-aging quest. Pillows are engineered so we can avoid getting sleep wrinkles, skin care creams help to diminish the look of fine lines, and dermal fillers soften facial creases and wrinkles. In addition to these advances,we’re seeing a re-introduction of natural ingredients into our beauty regimens. Some are modern versions of our mother’s or grandmother’s beauty secrets, while others are new products. We pulled together a few tips on natural skin and hair care that you may find useful.

DIY Beauty Recipes

To help you cleanse, moisturize and exfoliate your skin the natural way,  we found 12 do-it-yourself beauty recipes at From all-purpose olive oil moisturizer and  skin firming clay masks to lavendar bath and honey lip scrub, these natural homemade treatments are often less expensive than store-bought products, plus you always know what’s in them!  For natural hair care try these egg, avocado or vinegar recipes.

Natural Anti-Aging Secrets from Around The World

In China, it’s common to mix green tea powder into brewed white tea to create a face mask to help fight wrinkles and load your skin with plumping antioxidants.  In Mexico, they mix together sugar and lemon juice to create a hand scrub that acts as an exfoliant and peel. Shredded ginger and honey in hot water are used in India for its antioxidant gingerol, which combats the free radicals that may have a damaging effect on skin tissue. Learn more about these international beauty secrets plus the benefits of grape seed extracts and the moisturizing effects of noni juice.

Inner Beauty

For softer, more luminous skin, drink a glass of green juice made from spinach, celery, parsley, lemon, pears and cucumber, every day for a week.  Also, munch on almonds that are packed with skin-plumping fats and vitamin E. Check out these and other helpful tips at 5 Tricks to Erase Wrinkles Naturally as well as at Mayo Clinic, which suggests  other skin friendly foods: carrots, apricots, tomatoes, blueberries, beans, peas, lentils and salmon. On the flip side, there are many foods to avoid that promote skin aging, including those high in processed or refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. Sugar and its associated highly processed foods increases the tendency of your skin to wrinkle as they form compounds that prevent collagen from working correctly. 

It’s Worth Noting…

“Although many natural skin care products make anti-aging promises, experts say these products are probably better at preventing aging than improving existing signs of aging.” Read the entire article at WebMD: Beyond First Blush: An Up-Close Look at Natural Skin Care Products. For help in understanding the labels on natural or organic personal care products, Decoding Labels of Your Favorite Beauty Products at Babble and Your Guide to Reading the Labels at You Beauty offer some guidance.