Exfoliating is important because in the process of removing dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and other pollutants that rest on your skin’s surface, it increases the rate of cell turnover. This means that it helps to reveal the healthier cells underneath, making skin look brighter, more rejuvenated, and much more youthful.
Exfoliators are one of the easiest products to make at home if you’re looking for more natural anti-aging skin care solutions.There are plenty of recipes online, but here’s one that isn’t just easy, but it can instantly revive the look of dull, aged skin. All you need is:
• 1 large, organic crushed tomato
• A half teaspoon of raw honey
• 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
Why This Natural Anti-Aging Skin Care Recipe Actually Works
The star ingredient in this natural anti-aging skin care recipe is tomato, which contains a natural plant compound called lycopene. Lycopene works as an antioxidant and aids in protecting the plant from harmful UV light, making it a valuable ingredient for natural anti-aging skin care recipes as well, especially because it has smaller molecules that are more easily absorbed into the skin when it’s applied topically. One study found that topical application of lycopene protected cells from UVB radiation and encouraged cell repair and renewal. Lycopene also serves as a natural anti-aging wrinkles treatment because it may be able to inhibit the enzymes that would otherwise destroy collagen fibers under the skin’s surface. Collagen is essential for keeping wrinkles at bay, since this essential protein is what makes skin look firm and toned.
This recipe is also effective as a natural anti-aging wrinkles treatment because of the honey in it. Honey is a humectant that acts as a natural moisturizer by attracting and locking in moisture.The more hydrated skin is, the less likely it is to develop lines and wrinkles. Honey also contains antioxidants, enzymes, and various other nutrients that can help to cleanse, nourish, and hydrate your skin. Furthermore, honey has antibacterial properties, which is why in addition to natural anti-aging skin care, it’s often used to naturally treat wounds and burns as well.
Sugar isn’t the best for your diet, but it definitely has advantages when used for natural anti-aging skin care purposes. The brown sugar in this recipe makes for the perfect exfoliating ingredient because it’s not as coarse as salt or refined white sugar, but it’s still gritty enough to work as a gentle scrub.
How to Do It
Combine the crushed tomato, brown sugar, and honey in a bowl and mix well. Use your fingertips to gently massage the exfoliator on your face and let it sit on your skin for five minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water, pat your skin dry, and apply your moisturizer.
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