Contributed by our friend Tiffany with Beauty Essential
If you are entering the stage where you are starting to notice wrinkles, you may be feeling like your dream to age beautifully is slipping away. The chemical-laden beauty products on the market today, promising to reduce wrinkles and slow aging, don’t help either.
What can you do to find a product that is affordable, natural, and truly helps you age beautifully? Turn to DIY products that you can trust and that will benefit your body, skin, and most importantly, wrinkles. At the end of the day, it’s our job to make sure our skin is nourished and that we are doing what we can to improve our overall health, especially during the changing seasons!
Taking care of your skin and wrinkles can happen from the comfort of your own kitchen! Reap the results of wrinkle defying ingredients that will nourish your skin, heal it, and slow the process of aging. Check out these easy, fun, and inexpensive DIYs below!
Coconut Whipped Body Butter
Let’s start off with the Coconut Whipped Body Butter from Annmarie. The main ingredient, coconut oil, helps to reduce wrinkling through its many antioxidants, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Our skin is exposed to a variety of substances, germs, and oils throughout the day which is why the use of coconut oil is of extreme importance to help combat this exposure. Dr. Axe has studied the fatty acids in coconut oil and has shown that Caprylic and Lauric acids help to minimize inflammation and moisturizes both internally and externally.
Coconut oil will help smooth your skin while hydrating it and has been clinically proven and shown to reduce wrinkling. Take advantage of these anti-wrinkling benefits with the DIY below!
1 Cup Extra Virgin Oil
1 Cup Cocoa Butter
½ Cup Shea Butter
½ Cup Kukui Nut Oil
¼ Cup Jojoba Oil
¼ Cup Macadamia Nut Oil (Or Substitute with Avocado Oil)
20 Drops of Essential Oil of Your Choice
Start off by melting the cocoa butter and shea butter together.
Add the coconut oil, kukui nut oil, jojoba oil, and macadamia nut oil while the oils are together
When the whip until the solution is at the desired butter-like consistency.
Add the essential oil of your choice and allow to cool before use. Place in a jar.
Olive Oil Cleanser and Moisturizer
The next DIY project you can try is the Olive Oil Cleanser and Moisturizer. Wrinkling is not only a result of aging, but it is also due to the loss of elasticity, moisture in the skin, and lack of nourishment. Olive Oil can help combat these negative points of wrinkling.
Olive Oil contains polyphenols, which fight against free-radicals, and contains Vitamins A and E to moisturize the skin. In addition, olive oil regenerates skin cells and helps to cleanse the skin. The Oleic Acids in Olive Oil contain anti-aging properties, and mono-saturated fats, as well as B & D vitamins, to help prevent the formation of new wrinkles.
The squalene contained in olive oil exfoliates the skin while encouraging the regeneration of new skin cells. Olive Oil is a must-have when it comes to treating your skin, preventing wrinkles, and glowing from the inside out.
½ cup Cold Pressed Olive Oil
1 TBSP of Castor Oil
10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or oil of your choice)
Mix all ingredients. Pour into a pump bottle and use.
Cucumber Aloe Cold Cream
The last DIY you need for your facial care is Cucumber Aloe Cold Cream. Cucumbers are fantastic for reducing inflammation, skin irritations, and hydrating your skin. According to dermatologist Amy Weschler, the Vitamin C and Caffeic Acids in cucumbers allow for the reduction of puffy eyes, dry skin, and aging.
Apart from the cucumber being a natural product, Aloe Vera is another incredible ingredient used in this DIY that will leave you smelling fresh and your skin feeling rejuvenated. Aloe Vera is an anti-aging, wrinkle-reducing gel that soothes, moisturizes, and renews.
As we age, our skin is more susceptible to damage, sunburn, and it becomes rougher. Aloe Vera helps to reverse these effects through increasing collagen fibers to help your skin stay tight. It repairs any skin damage from over the years and is a non-toxic way to treat your skin.
A study done in 2009, published in the Annuals of Dermatology, researched a group of women in their mid-forties who took a ¼ teaspoon of aloe vera orally for 90 days. The results were impressive. The test group showed remarkable skin improvement after just those 90 days. Facial wrinkles and skin elasticity had improved overall, and collagen production was increased.
The increase of collagen fibers means that your skin will be less likely to sag and produce wrinkles. Aloe Vera not only works to topically improve your skin but improves your body from the inside out.
Both cucumber and aloe vera work together to punch back those wrinkles and keep your skin young.
½ cup Aloe Vera Gel
½ cup Organic Coconut Oil
½ cup Olive Oil
Juice or blend the cucumber.
Melt the coconut oil and olive oil together and then cool.
Pour the cooled coconut oil, olive oil, and cucumber into a mixing bowl and add Aloe Vera Gel slowly as you mix.
Stir or blend until you have a smooth lotion. Pour into your lotion bottle and store in the fridge until ready to use.
Looking and feeling beautiful is a priority for every woman at every stage of her life and these simple, wrinkle-reducing DIYs will help you glow at every moment. Aging can be graceful, and your skin will thank you for treating it with healthy ingredients. Not only will your skin and wrinkles improve but the rest of your body will perk up. You have more say in how you age than you might think.
Wrinkles are simply a sign that your skin needs some extra TLC. Skip the chemically-laden, expensive, and toxic moisturizers and head straight to your own kitchen to whip up these quick, inexpensive, healthy alternatives. Your skin and wrinkles will thank you.
Tiffany Brenning is a beautician and a freelance beauty writer. She started as a make-up artist in college (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, California) and soon begun to see that there are diverse ways of making a living in the beauty/fashion industry. That is why she started the project Beauty Essential, a site for the beauty aficionados. You will find there numerous tips & tricks to help you look pretty in an as-natural-as-possible way.