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Premature aging can be prevented and repaired; however, repair does not occur overnight. Premature aging occurs due to free radical damage from environmental factors that can be difficult to avoid. Free radicals, such as ultraviolet radiation from the sun and pollution from the environment, are unpaired molecules that damage the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and loss of elasticity. Store-bought products and dermatologist treatments are effective, but they can be incredibly expensive and are often harsh on the skin. Natural treatments are also effective, and they do not promote the side effects or irritants due to chemicals.
Cleanse the face with milk and honey twice a day. Combine ¼ cup of milk and 1½ tbsp. of honey. Mix well and store in the refrigerator after every use.
Apply a small amount of the milk and honey cleanser to the skin, massaging thoroughly, and rinse with lukewarm water. Milk contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that removes dead skin cells and keeps the skin fresh. Honey attracts and holds in moisture while nourishing aging skin with vital nutrients.
Scrub the face once a day with brown or white sugar. Sugar contains glycolic acid, another natural alpha hydroxy acid used by dermatologists to repair aging skin. This exfoliating scrub will maintain smooth skin and reveal younger-looking skin over time without side effects.
Fade age spots with a spot treatment made of fresh lemon juice and aloe vera gel. Lemon contains citric acid to smooth roughness from age spots and has bleaching capabilities to lighten dark spots. Aloe reduces inflammation and softens rough age spots.
Separate the white of one egg and apply it to the skin as a weekly facial mask treatment. Egg whites are a natural way to tighten and lift sagging skin that has lost elasticity. Let it dry on the face and neck for 25 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
Puncture one vitamin E capsule and combine the oil with 1/2 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil for an intensive moisturizing night treatment. Smooth the mixture over the face before bed, and wash your face as usual in the morning. Vitamin E repairs prematurely aging skin, while extra virgin olive oil makes skin more permeable to fully absorb the vitamin E oil.
- Always wear SPF 30 on the face, neck and hands when going outdoors. These areas are considered the most delicate skin and more prone to premature aging than other areas of the body.
- Antioxidants fight free radical damage. Eat an abundance of foods high in antioxidants such as berries, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and nuts.
- Take care not to get any of the natural treatments in the eyes as irritation may occur. Discard the milk cleanser after one week.
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