Use natural moisturizers regularly. My favorite natural moisturizers for young-looking skin include tea tree oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil, vitamin E oil, and olive oil. I also like to make facial masks with these ingredients, as well as those from fresh fruits and vegetables. To make a deep skin moisturizer, mash one avocado and a banana half together. Stir in 1 teaspoon each of olive oil, almond oil, and vitamin E oil. Smooth over the face. Leave the mask on for thirty minutes and rinse away. This can also be used on other external areas of the body as well.
Keep your pores clean. Clogged pores can make a face look dull and lifeless, which can make a person look older. Cleaning the pores regularly helps avoid this effect. I have a few methods that I like to use. For the first one, all you need is a lemon and a dry cloth. Slice the lemon in half. Cleanse you face with just warm water. Then, take one of the halves and rub the opened side around the face and neck in circular motions. You may also need to use the other half if you face if the lemon gets too oily. Now, take the cloth and wipe any excess from your face. Another method is to mix half apple cider vinegar and half pure (strained) lemon juice. Dip cotton balls in the mixture and rub it all over your face in circular motions. Let it air dry. Do this once per day. If you've been sweating or participating in a dirty or strenuous activity, you'll want to do it again.
Eat the right foods. Diet can actually play a major role in the way a person's skin looks. Examine the foods you eat to find out which are good and which are not. Cut back on the foods that worsen skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. Add foods that enhance your overall health. Food rich in essential vitamins and minerals are excellent for the skin. Nuts, avocados, bananas, strawberries, eggs, and milk are just some of the many foods that I've used to help keep my skin looking healthy and young.
Adapt a smarter beauty regimen. Only use products that work for your skin, not against it. Think about the ingredients. If something is poisonous, why would you want it on your skin? Just because you aren't going to eat it, doesn't mean it's any better to put it on your skin. If you want naturally young-looking skin, use natural ingredients. One note about natural ingredients is that not all natural ingredients are safe either. Always do the research before applying something to your skin. Some things may be poisonous, cause allergies, or have other adverse effects. Once you discover what works for you, stick to it. Maintenance is key to keeping your skin looking young.
*Always consult an appropriately-licensed health professional when it comes to the care of your skin. Information herein is based on the author's own personal experiences and is not meant to substitute the care and advice of a licensed expert.
**Originally published by Lyn Lomasi on Yahoo! Contributor Network