Like the saying goes, the only constant thing in the world is change. The same goes for our face and skin. As we grow older, the skin loses its elasticity but it may not be too late. Keep reading to learn 12 great skin tightening remedies that you can do at home. You may not have even realized it, but you probably have several items in your kitchen that are not just good to eat, but good skin care remedies, too.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a popular herbal remedy for sunburn and speeding up a wound’s healing process. It is a type of succulent plant that is widely known for its medicinal benefits –from relieving heart burn to slowing down the spread of cancer. It grows in tropical climates. Nowadays, aloe vera is more commonly used for skin care because of its malic acid content that improves the skin’s elasticity and prevent premature sagging. It not only moisturizes the skin but it also aids in skin regeneration and decreasing pore size.
Aloe vera can stand on its own when used on the skin, but you may also use either honey or mayonnaise, or both. A simple application on the loose skin and rinsing it off after is a simple routine but doing this once a week has been said to improve the skin’s elasticity.
2. Egg Whites
Eggs are not only delicious, affordable, and nutritious, but the egg white is widely popular for rebuilding damaged skin cells and strengthens the skin’s elasticity because it is mostly made up of a protein called albumin. Mixing egg white with 2 tablespoons of honey and leaving it on the face for about 20 minutes then rinsing with water has been said to make skin tighter if done once a week.
Did you know that can you reap benefits from milk in other ways than by drinking it? Because of its lactic acid content, milk is known to slough off dead skin cells, repair damaged cells, and rejuvenate the skin in general. Mixing half a cup of milk with about 1 tablespoon of honey and lathering the concoction onto the face is also suggested to provide much needed nourishment to the skin. Using raw milk or adding a few drops of vitamin E are optional.
Cucumbers have been around as a popular skin care aid for ages and it’s doesn’t take a genius to understand why. It has a cooling property that feels nice and refreshing to the skin and it tastes delectable too! The cucumber can be an effective skin toner, and because of its minerals like manganese and potassium, it aids in getting rid of dark eye circles, wrinkles, fine lines, and gives the skin a nice glow.
Here are some ways on how to apply cucumber on the face before washing off with clean water:
- Juice and apply to the face as it is
- Juice until you have about 3 tablespoons, mix with egg white, add a few drops of Vitamin E, and lather on the face
- Mash and mix with yogurt and lather on the face
Blueberries contain vitamins, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and lots of minerals that help prevent loose skin and also serves as a skin toner. Mix half a cup of blueberries with honey and lather on the face. Leave it on the face for half an hour and rinse off with clean water. After just two applications, the skin should be noticeably smoother.
Bananas are rich in potassium which helps eliminate wrinkles, and Vitamin A reduces the appearance of dark spots and scars. This yummy yellow fruit also has Vitamin E that helps us recover from damage caused by free radicals and prevent visible signs of early aging. Mashing a ripe banana and mixing it with a couple of tablespoons of honey should be applied to the face and rinsed off after 20 minutes with tepid water. Doing this routine twice a week is enough to get desirable resuts.
Peaches contain alpha-hydroxy acids that are great at exfoliating, tightening, and hydrating the skin. It also lessens the visibility of spots caused by aging. Boil 1 to 2 peaches to make it soft for mashing or grinding. Add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of yogurt, then mix well before apply to your face and neck. Rinse off after 20 minutes.
A cup of coffee is a great way to feel awake and energized in the morning. But did you know that the main ingredient of coffee called caffeine has significant effects to the skin? Caffeine has antioxidants that delay the start of aging, and it reduces fat deposits thus making the skin clean and tight. You can use coffee grounds on its own when rubbing it on the face to exfoliate, or add in some brown sugar to make the mixture coarser and exfoliate better. Adding in melted coconut oil that has cooled down to room temperature is optional. Let the face dry completely before rinsing off with water. Scrub with this coffee mixture twice a week for great results.
Avocado is one of the most common items found in the kitchen and for a good reason. It may be used in savory or sweet dishes because of its distinct flavour. But did you know that this fleshy fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E? Mixing avocado with egg white, cucumber, and about a couple of tablespoons of milk will give you a paste that will aid in reducing dark spots, strengthen the skin’s elasticity, and improve the supply of collagen in your skin.
Papaya is known for its properties that lightens the shade and complexion of the skin and remove blemishes. It is rich in papain and alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliates dead skin cells that aid in regeneration. It also improves collagen production and skin elasticity. Mix papaya with honey and flour, apply to the face, and rinse after 20 minutes with warm water.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar
Just like the other items on this list, apple cider has alpha hydroxyl acids that remove dead skin cells to make way for healthy ones, but what separates this from the others is it’s neutralizing effect. It neutralizes the effects of high sulphur content in the body. All you need to do is mix ¼ cup apple cider with half a cup of water and then leave on the face to dry. Lather some moisturizer on the face afterwards. Doing this routine regularly will not just keep your skin tight but will also keep out acne.
12. Olive Oil
Olive oil is one of the healthiest types of oils to cook with and the type of oil that can improve the texture and tone of your skin. It has Vitamin E, vital antioxidants, and polyphenols that slow down the aging process. Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with 4 tablespoons of oil to benefit from cleaning the pores and fighting acne.
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