Anti-aging elixirs may be sitting in your pantry

February 13, 2013

Anti-aging elixirs may be sitting in your pantry
Anti-aging elixirs may be sitting in your pantry

You may slather on the sunscreen or swear by your moisturizers, but did you know that there are certain food products that can also enhance your skin? No, we're not talking about the antioxidant nature of blueberries and pomegranates - according to the Express Tribune, some of the foods sitting in your pantry can be rubbed onto the skin to promote a more youthful appearance.

Healthy oils
The news source lists a number of different food products that are good for the skin, including a few oils. For example, try applying coconut oil to problem areas on the face just before a hot bath. This may help clear up both wrinkles and stretch marks.

Flax seed oil, a common ingredient for vegan chefs, is beneficial for your skin. This one you actually do ingest - one tablespoon can help boost your omega-3 fatty acids, which in turn can tighten skin and stop more wrinkles from forming.

Juice it up
If you enjoy drinking a daily glass of juice, then you may want to set aside some of your favorite beverages for skin care. Apple juice, for example, can help heal cracked skin and take care of wrinkles. Have a few cucumbers lying around? You can extract their juice and rub it on the wrinkles under the eyes - this is similar to putting sliced cucumbers on your eyes while at the spa.

Applying lemon juice to your face three times a day may help slow down wrinkling, the media outlet reports. This can also make your skin appear brighter, but be sure to put on moisturizer afterward, as lemon juice dries out the skin.

Juices aren't the only liquids that are good for your skin. Water, the true elixir of life, can also help battle signs of aging on the face. Drink several glasses of water every day to keep your body (and your skin) hydrated.

Your medical options
While adding these food-related routines to your skincare regimen may help prevent wrinkles, they won't do much to reverse those that have already appeared. For individuals who are stressed about the current state of their facial wrinkling, plastic surgery is an option. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, facelift procedures can help turn back the hands of time, and results are long-lasting. 


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