How To Stop Aging Naturally?

Medically reviewed by Dr. Nicholas Jones, MD, FACS
by Sucharita Mishra

Even though aging is inevitable, it doesn’t make it any less worrisome when you start seeing the signs on your face. From a small wrinkle to a few fine lines, it can start in many different ways. But, the good news is there are a few ways by which you can delay all these signs from making an appearance on your face. Curious to know how? Keep on reading!

What Causes Aging? Can It Be Reversed?

Aging is a natural process that occurs due to a number of reasons. Scientists believe that various factors – like oxidative stress, glycation, mutations, etc. – result in the aging of your skin (1). So, it is evident that aging is a natural process that cannot be reversed. However, with a few natural remedies, you may slow down the signs of aging from appearing on your face.

Check out the natural anti-aging remedies listed below to keep looking younger for longer.

Natural Anti Aging Remedies

1. Honey

Honey is a natural moisturizer that is filled with antioxidants. These antioxidants help in repairing the damage caused to your skin by free radicals and help rejuvenate it (2). Providing intense moisturization to your skin may also slow down the formation of lines and wrinkles.

What You Need

1-2 tablespoons organic honey

What To Do
  1. Apply honey generously on the face and neck.
  2. Massage it in for a minute or two.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it off with water.
How Often

Every day or every alternate day.

2. Egg Pack

Egg white is a powerhouse of anti-aging agents like omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, and zinc. It is known to tighten the skin and making it firm and smooth. It also scavenges free radicals to prevent skin damage and the signs of aging. However, further research is required to find out how efficient it is at doing so (3).

What You Need
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon milk cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
What To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Apply the mixture all over your face.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.
How Often

Once every three days.

3. Carrot And Potato Pack

Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A, which helps in boosting collagen production in the skin. Collagen makes the skin tight and prevents wrinkles, thus giving a youthful glow to your face (4). Anecdotal evidence suggests that potato is a great anti-aging ingredient that helps in fading wrinkles and evening out the skin tone.

What You Need
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 small potato
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • Water
What To Do
  1. Boil the carrot and potato, and chop them into small pieces. Mash them to form a smooth paste.
  2. To this paste, add a pinch of turmeric and baking soda. Mix well with some water to obtain a smooth paste.
  3. Apply the mask all over your face and keep it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with warm water.
How Often

Twice a week.

4. Yogurt Pack

The lactic acid present in yogurt is known for its anti-aging properties that may help keep your skin hydrated and fresh (5).

What You Need
  • 2 teaspoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • A pinch of turmeric
What To Do
  1. Mix the yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and turmeric together.
  2. Apply this paste all over your face.
  3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.
How Often

2-3 times a week.

5. Coconut Milk Pack

Coconut milk has antioxidant properties (6). Thus, it that may help in keeping wrinkles away from your face.

What You Need
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • A cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the cotton ball in coconut milk and apply it all over your face.
  2. After 20 minutes, rinse it off with cool water.
How Often

2-3 times a week.

6. Banana Pack

Banana is filled with vitamins A, B, and E and is a rich source of zinc, potassium, and iron. Banana face packs moisturize your skin and keep wrinkles at bay (7).

What You Need
  • 1 small ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon coconut milk
What To Do
  1. Chop and mash the banana. Add the coconut milk and rose water to it, and mix well.
  2. Lastly, add the honey and mix until you get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply this pack to your face and keep it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with cool water.
How Often

1-2 times a week.

7. Potato Juice Pack

Anecdotal evidence suggests that potatoes may help in regenerating collagen in your skin, which may help in preventing loss of skin elasticity.

What You Need
  • 1 small potato
  • A cotton ball
What To Do
  1. Grate the potato and squeeze the juice out of it into a bowl.
  2. Soak a cotton ball in the potato juice and apply it all over your face.
  3. Leave the juice on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
How Often

Twice a week.

8. Papaya Pack

Papaya is rich in antioxidants and also contains a special enzyme called papain (8). These antioxidants and papain may help in exfoliating dead skin cells and keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

What You Need
  • Few pieces of ripe papaya
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the papaya pieces to get a smooth paste. If required, add some water.
  2. Apply the paste all over your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.
How Often

Twice a week.

9. Avocado Mask

Avocado is considered to be a superfood that contains carotenoids and vitamin E. These components help in protecting the skin from free radical damage (9).

What You Need
  • 1 avocado
What To Do
  1. Remove the pit and mash the avocado into a paste.
  2. Use this paste as a face mask for about 10-12 minutes before rinsing it off.

Alternatively, You can also massage your skin with slices of chilled avocado.

How Often

Once a week.

10. Almond And Rosewood Oils

Almond oil emollient properties that keep your skin supple and improve your complexion (10). Meanwhile, anecdotal evidence suggests that using rosewood oil on your face may help in preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet.

What You Need
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 2-3 drops rosewood oil
What To Do
  1. Make a blend by mixing the oils together.
  2. Massage your skin with the oil blend in circular and upward motions for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Leave the oil blend on your skin overnight or wash it off after an hour.
How Often

Every night.

11. Mashed Strawberries Pack

Strawberries are filled with antioxidants that may be useful in keeping the various signs of aging at bay (11).

What You Need
  • 3-4 strawberries
What To Do
  1. Mash the strawberries until no lumps remain.
  2. Apply this paste directly to your face and let it sit for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.
How Often

Once or twice a week.

12. Pineapple Pack

Pineapple contains a large amount of vitamin C and other antioxidants. It is widely used to treat acne, wrinkles, and other signs of aging (12).

What You Need
  • A slice of ripe pineapple
What To Do
  1. Gently rub the pineapple slice on your skin for about five minutes.
  2. Leave the pineapple juice on your face for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.
How Often

2-3 times a week.

13. Blended Essential Oils

Sandalwood oil contains omega-7 and omega-9 fatty acids that smoothen out wrinkles and treat dryness (13). Anecdotal evidence suggests that jasmine essential oil hydrates aging and mature skin.

What You Need
  • 5 drops sandalwood oil
  • 5 drops rose geranium oil
  • 5 drops jasmine oil
  • 5 drops neroli oil (optional)
  • 5 drops frankincense oil (optional)
What To Do
  1. Mix all the essential oils in a clean bottle.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops of this oil blend to your skin and massage it in.
How Often

Every night before going to bed.

14. Homemade Under-Eye Serum

This oil blend contains potent essential oils that may treat dryness and wrinkles around the eyes. Regular usage may also reduce puffiness and dark circles. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove the same.

What You Need
  • 8 drops hazelnut oil
  • 4 drops sandalwood oil
  • 6 drops chamomile oil
  • 5 drops carrot seed oil
What To Do
  1. Mix all the essential oils together and store them in a clean and dry bottle.
  2. Apply a drop or two of this under the eyes in circular motions.
How Often

Every night before going to bed.

Note: Do not rub the oil in vigorously as the skin around the eyes is extremely soft and sensitive.

15. Flower Mask

Marigolds have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties (14). Thus, using its petals to make a face mask may help in protecting your skin from damage and infections and delaying the signs of aging.

What You Need
  • 4 drops of olive oil
  • A handful of marigold flower petals
  • Water
What To Do
  1. Make a paste by blending all the ingredients together. Add as much water as required to get a smooth consistency.
  2. Apply the mask to your face and keep it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with cold water.
  4. Apply a toner and moisturize your skin as usual.
How Often

Once a week.

16. Castor Oil

Anecdotal evidence suggests that castor oil helps in soothing the skin and keeping it hydrated while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

What You Need
  • Few drops of castor oil
What To Do
  1. Rub the oil between your fingers and massage it into your skin, from your neck to forehead.
  2. Leave it on for an hour before washing it off.
How Often

Every alternate day. It is best to leave the oil on overnight.

17. Lemon Juice

Lemon is a good source of vitamin C, which is known for its great anti-aging effect (15).

What You Will Need
  • Fresh lemon juice
What To Do
  1. Take a few drops of pure lemon juice and apply it to the areas with dark patches, blemishes, and age spots.
  2. Rinse it off after 10-15 minutes.
How Often

Once a day.

Note: Lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive. Therefore, apply sunscreen after using lemon juice on your skin if you are planning on stepping out in the sun.

18. Amla Powder

As amla is rich in antioxidants, it is widely used in hair care and skin care products. It boosts collagen production and prevents your skin from sagging (16).

What You Need
  • 2 teaspoons amla powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt
  • Hot water
What To Do
  1. Add honey and yogurt to the amla powder and mix well. Add hot water, if required, to adjust the consistency of the face pack.
  2. Apply a thin layer of this paste on your face and neck.
  3. Let it dry for about 15 minutes before washing it off.
How Often

Once or twice a week.

Caution: If any of the ingredients used in the above remedies cause an adverse reaction, discontinue using it.

Let us now look at some of the commercially available chemical treatments for aging skin.

Chemical Treatments

There are plenty of chemical treatments available in the market that can help you look younger. Read on to understand how these chemical treatments work.

  1. Laser anti-aging treatments help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin tone, spider veins, and even sagging skin. They lift and tighten the skin while eliminating blemishes (17).
  2. Botox injections are usually targeted on specific areas to smoothen out wrinkles and fine lines (18).

These treatments are considered non-surgical as your skin is not cut during the treatment. However, keep in mind that non-surgical does not mean pain-free, as these treatments are said to cause considerable pain, discomfort, and downtime. Also, they are quite expensive and associated with certain side effects.

Tips To Prevent Aging

There are some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to slow down the signs of aging. These include:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Avoid overexposure to the sun.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Have at least 8-10 glasses of water and fresh fruit juices every day.
  • Include more pulses and leafy vegetables in your diet.
  • Do brisk walking in the morning and some freehand exercises or yoga daily.

So, there you have it. These are all the natural methods you can try to delay the signs of aging. What’s great is that these natural remedies do not require a lot of money to incorporate into your regular skin care routine. So, go ahead and try any one or all of these natural remedies today! 

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Can you reverse aging with exercise?

Exercise helps in increasing the blood flow in our body. It also helps in eliminating waste and keeps the skin cells healthy. Although exercising does not reverse aging, it may help in delaying the process of aging.

Is reverse aging possible with diet?

Following a healthy diet offers many benefits, ranging from reduced risk of heart disease to delaying the signs of aging.

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Sucharita Mishra

Sucharita Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has worked on determining various heavy metals present in green tea for her Master’s dissertation at CSIR- CFTRI, Mysuru. After completing her degree, Sucharita decided to pursue her passion for writing. She is addicted to all things black and aspires to become a bat one day.
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