As we age, our skin stops producing collagen and starts to wrinkle. Long exposure to the sun, our various facial expressions, and dust and pollution equally contribute to the aging process. Wrinkles usually start showing around our eyes (as laugh lines) and also on our foreheads.
While we all believe in aging gracefully, there is nothing wrong in delaying the signs and looking younger. At this day and age, with so many cosmetic options in the market, why should we shy away from what is possible – looking and feeling young and loving ourselves a little more? However, are these cosmetics damaging our skin further? Are they causing irritations and allergies? Can we instead look at natural remedies that can benefit our skin, make it glow, and make us look younger?
Well, here are a few easy homemade remedies that will definitely help brighten your skin!
1. Carrot And Egg White Mask
Just two carrots and an egg white can do wonders for the lines on your forehead!
Rich in beta-carotene, iodine, potassium and vitamins, carrots combined with egg whites (rich in amino acids) make a refreshing and effective face mask. The mask cleans out toxins and dirt accumulated in the pores, lightens and rejuvenates your skin, and makes you feel fresh and beautiful.
Here’s how you create the mask: Juice two carrots and mix well with one egg white to get a smooth paste. Apply this to the lines on your forehead (or to your whole face if you like) and let it be for 20 minutes or so, after which you can rinse it off with cold water. You can do this 3 times a week. You will soon see the lines on your forehead soften.
2. Vaseline, Honey, And Olive Oil Cream
Instead of buying expensive creams to treat those deepening lines on your forehead, here is a simple and organic process to make a cream at home that is safe for any skin type and will help regenerate damaged skin cells.
Simple and readily available ingredients are all you need to make this cream. Vaseline (petroleum jelly – a great moisturizer), honey (an amazing antioxidant), olive oil (a great skin hydrant), mixed together carefully gives you a marvelous cream (1), (2).
This is how you do it: Take 2 tablespoons of Vaseline and melt it in a double boiler. Once melted, mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to it. Once done, you can pour the solution into a smaller container and leave it aside until it solidifies.
As soon as it solidifies the cream is ready for use. Before going to bed, apply the cream to your forehead and leave it overnight. You will wake up feeling refreshed!
3. Cocoa Powder And Olive Oil Face Mask
Cosmetics contain an alarming amount of chemicals that more often damage our skin further instead of repairing it. So, when there are recipes to quickly make them at home, why go for cosmetics?
Cocoa powder, another powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from harmful free radicals and prevents premature aging, mixed with olive oil forms a mask that will help revive the lost luster of your skin (3).
Stir 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of olive oil until you get a smooth face mask. Rub the mask on your forehead and leave it on for 20 minutes. Once dry, wash it off with cold water. Do this twice a week for maximum effect.
4. Green Apple, Grapes, And Aloe Vera Mask
Another simple homemade mask that helps repair damaged cells and reduces worry lines on your forehead.
This mask is packed with the goodness of vitamin C and antioxidants from green apples and grapes, and is enhanced with aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. Vitamin C helps in forming collagen, which has the property of reversing skin aging.
To make this mask, put half a green apple, 5 grapes, and 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour out the mix into a smaller vessel and the mask is ready to use. Gently rub the mask on your face and leave it on for about 40 minutes and then rinse it off. Make it an alternate day habit to reduce your worry lines.
5. Castor Oil, Rose Water, And Milk
Constant exposure to the sun is another reason why our skin ages faster than our biological age.
Milk, with its healing properties, helps get rid of sunburns, hydrates and heals dry skin, and reduces pigmentation. Castor oil contains fatty acids that restore your skin moisture (4). Rose water has mild astringent properties that constrict pores, thereby reducing acne. These three mixed together gives you a lotion that will revitalize your skin!
In a bowl, take 2 tablespoons of castor oil, 2 tablespoons of rose water, and 3 tablespoons of milk. Mix well until they blend together and your lotion is ready. Then take a piece of cotton and dip into the lotion. Gently rub the dipped cotton on your forehead and face. Let it be for about 15 minutes, and then wash off with cold water. Make this a part of your nightly routine for best results.
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