If you’ve been shopping for anti-wrinkle cream or other anti-aging products recently, you know that you can spend a fortune without even knowing whether the product is going to yield results or not.
Looking at the packing often doesn’t help; many of the ingredient lists read like a pharmaceutical order. To avoid this confusion and expense, you can make a number of anti-aging products right in your own kitchen.
Anti-aging products to make at home
In addition to being less expensive, homemade anti-aging products are free from potentially harmful ingredients. Such products can also be put in mason jars or other decorative glassware to give to your friends “of a certain age” for the holidays.
1. Make-at-home wrinkle cream.
To make this cream, you’ll need dried calendula flowers (available at natural food stores), calendula oil, bees’ wax, sweet almond oil and lemon essential oil. The calendula has a soothing effect and the lemon purifies and tones the skin.
To begin, make a tea with the calendula flowers by placing them in boiling water in a teapot and allowing them to steep. After it is cool, strain this mixture and store it in the refrigerator. Next, melt the bees’ wax in a small saucepan, add the sweet almond and calendula oils.
Then, add the calendula tea mixture in a light trickle while whisking the bees’ wax. (This process is similar to how you’d make mayonnaise.) Allow the mixture to cool and add the lemon essential oil.
Store the cream in glass jars in the refrigerator. Because this cream is made without preservatives, it’s best to use it within two weeks.
2. Anti-aging hydrating cream.
One of the best, natural ways to insure that your skin gets enough moisture is to use honey. Smooth it all over your cleansed face and let it sit for around 10 minutes.
Then rinse the honey off with warm water. Honey not only moisturizes your skin, but it also draws out any impurities.
3. Walnut skin repair cream.
To make this cream, you need two whole walnuts, plain yogurt and almond oil. Crush the meat of the nuts and add it to about two tablespoons of the yogurt. The walnuts act as an exfoliate.
Next, add about one teaspoon of the almond oil. The yogurt moisturizes your skin and the almond oil soothes it. Store in small glass jars in the refrigerator for up to one month.
4. Tea for bags under your eyes.
The old folk wisdom of putting teabags on your eyes to reduce swelling is based in fact. Tea moisturizes the area and also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. For best results, brew a white tea at medium heat. When the tea is warm (not hot), soak a washcloth in the tea and place it over your eyes.
Looking youthful doesn’t have to be a hassle, in fact it can be fun. All you need is a few ingredients, an afternoon with your girlfriends and a whisk.
Aside from concocting our own anti-aging creams, it would also work to our benefit to start eating anti-aging foods since we are what we eat (some foods make us age faster, some slow down the process). Here are the top 20 anti-aging foods.