Anti-Aging Facial Serum
Do you ever get overwhelmed with all of the anti-aging beauty products out there? These products cost anywhere from $50 - $300 and still contain nasty chemicals that do nothing but hinder your health. There are natural ingredients that help fight the signs of aging and can be used in simple yet effective homemade beauty care products. Below is a list of anti-aging ingredients to have in your at home beauty routine.
contains Vitamin E and B, as well as minerals like chromium, copper, and zinc, which helps to nourish and protect the skin. Regular use helps to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
can has been used to help sooth psoriasis and eczema. It is also used in many beauty products because it has also been known to help reduce the signs of aging. It contains antioxidants, that when applied topically, help counteract environmental free radicals that damage skin
carrot seed oil
has a natural SPF and is full of antioxidants. When applied topically, it protects the skin from harmful UV rays and other environmental stressors. It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun if you want to combat signs of aging and decrease the risk of skin cancer. It contains Vitamin E, A and C that all work together to protect and restore skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also promotes the growth of new healthy and happy skin cells
ylang ylang essential oil
is an oil I absolutely love. It has a sweet floral scent that is subtle and beautiful when combined with a carrier oil and vanilla essential oil. I use this combo all the time as a perfume roll on. It is known to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to its high levels of antioxidants. It also helps regulate the bodies sebum production. It is a great oil to incorporate in skincare for both oily and dry skin types. Use this oil before bed and be prepared, because it is a natural aphrodisiac
clary sage essential oil
is rich in antioxidants and helps protect the skin from environmental factors. It also helps reverse wrinkles and skin discolouration, tightens pores and makes the skin feel firmer and tighter over time
CoQ10 can help fight the signs of aging. Our body’s ability to produce COQ10 diminishes as we age, resulting in a decreased ability to produce collagen and elastin. It can be taken internally or applied topically in facial serums or creams. When applied topically it acts as a strong antioxidant, which protects the skin from free radicals. Good dietary sources include sesame seeds, pistachios, chicken, beef, fatty fish, lentils, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, oranges and strawberries.
Some of these ingredients may seem expensive to buy but in the grand scheme of things it is cheap! Everything here will end up costing you less than 1 organic, store-bought, anti-aging serum and you can make numerous products with them (sunscreen, salves, rollers, body sprays, etc.).
20 ml sweet almond oil
20 ml jojoba oil
1/2 tsp liquid coenzyme Q10 or roughly the contents of 5-6 capsules (split open and squeezed out, be careful, this can get a little messy!)
10 drops carrot seed oil
5 drops clary sage
5 drops ylang ylang
combine all ingredients
transfer contents to a 50 - 60ml dropper bottle. If there is room in the bottle, top with additional sweet almond or jojoba oil
before use, gently shake first to ensure contents are mixed. Place a few drops in your hands and gently apply to a clean face
This facial serum is liquid gold! Enjoy
Feeling inspired? Click here for a simple exfoliating scrub recipe!
If you would like more dietary and lifestyle anti-aging info read the tips provided below.
Do you want to know other ways to help combat the signs of aging? Listed below are a few things you can incorporate into your routine
Insuring you follow a balanced diet focused on foods low on the glycemic index that are geared towards reducing inflammation in the body is extremely important. Chronic, low-grade inflammation is a a known contributor to premature aging. Make sure you focus your diet on whole, unprocessed, foods.
Essential Fatty Acids
Vegetable oils are used in many processed foods and are known to cause in an imbalance of the omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acid ratio. This imbalance causes an immune response and increased inflammation in the body. This inflammation can lead to premature aging. Ensure you are getting your omega 3 fatty acids from wild caught fish, chia seeds, hemp hearts, flax seeds and other dietary sources. Avoid vegetable oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean) and focus your omega 6’s from healthy food sources, not oils/processed foods.
Collagen in the body naturally decreases with age. It is an important component because it makes your skin firm. The loss of collagen and elastin causes your skin to wrinkle and sag. Boost your bodies collagen production by drinking bone broth on a regular basis and supplementing with collagen powder. I use Organika enhanced collagen in chia puddings, coffee, freezer fudge, and other tasty treats. You can also include foods that boost collagen production like wild caught fish, Vitamin C rich foods, dark leafy green vegetables, beans orange and red veggies, and healthy fats (avocado, hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seeds).
Many people are chronically dehydrated. Are you getting your 2 litres of pure water daily? Do you follow the 1 for 1 rule (for every alcoholic or caffeinated drink you have, you replace the same amount with water)? Do you take into account increasing your water intake with your activity levels?
Maximizing your water intake helps to counteract stress by circulating nutrients, it increases digestive power, lubricates your joints, and hydrates your skin. Work towards forming some new hydration habits. Start your day by drinking 2 cups of warm water. This is like a shower for your insides, it gets your digestive system ready for the day.
One way to increase your metabolic rate is through exercise. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn. It is shown that a decrease in muscle mass may be responsible for the age-related decreases in metabolism. Stay active! Focus on getting 10,000 steps everyday, incorporate weight training into your routine. Body weight or resistance training is also extremely important in maintaining your bone density.
Protecting Your Skin
Wear a hat and use natural ingredients that protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Did you know carrot seed oil has a SPF of 35 – 40? You can mix carrot seed oil with other carrier oils (coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil) that also have a natural SPF to protect your skin without the use of nasty chemicals. Unfortunately, most sunscreens use toxic chemicals that not only impact your health but affect the health of aquatic organisms.
Limit Toxic Exposure
Being exposed to environmental toxins like cigarette smoke, herb & pesticides, and air pollution can cause premature aging as well as a variety of other health risks. If you smoke, quit (I know, easier said than done) and counteract this exposure by ensuring you have a variety of antioxidant rich foods in your diet.
Reduce Stress Levels
Elevated stress levels have been linked to premature aging. Being in a constant state of stress depletes the bodies ability to produce cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for our bodies ability to cope with stress. When our adrenals are not functioning optimally, you may experience fatigue, insomnia, wrinkles, under-eye bags, dark circles, and weight gain. Cortisol has also been known to break down the collagen in your skin, alack of collagen = loose saggy skin. Ensure you are reducing your stress levels naturally by exercising regularly, getting out in nature, laughing often, maintaining a proper sleep schedule, and spending time with the people you love.
Disclaimer: the information provided in this post is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the FDA or CFIA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.