We can’t stop our bodies from getting older, but we can reverse some of the visible signs of aging. This DIY anti-aging skin care guide helps you create your own natural skin care regimen, tailored to your skin type and needs. And it will leave you with a gorgeous, glowing, more youthful appearance.
The Beginner’s Guide to DIY Anti-Aging Skin Care
Both of my children just had milestone birthdays–one turned double-digits, and the other crossed over into the land of teenagers.
It seems like just the other day, I was chasing them around Chuck E. Cheese’s with 10 other toddler children screaming with delight.
Aging is inevitable. It’s going to happen whether you want it to or not. We can’t control that.
But what we can often control is how quickly it shows on our bodies.
One of the best uses of our time is to learn how to care for our bodies in a way that slows down the aging process. We need to show our bodies so much love–through what we eat, how we care for it, and what we put on it–that it responds with a youthful glow.
So learning about DIY anti-aging skin care is your roadmap to getting flawless, gorgeous skin.
That was my intent 10 years ago when I began researching and experimenting with natural remedies, specifically those designed to reverse the visible signs of aging.
I was tired of investing hundreds of dollars on products that were loaded with chemicals, leaking their toxins into my bloodstream bit by bit.
And I found some of THE best recipes and regimens to address:
- adult acne
- dry, dull skin
- oily skin
- skin discoloration
- acne scars and dark marks
- uneven skin tone
- large pores
- sagging cheeks
- double chin
I’m sharing what has worked for me and what has worked for hundreds of other women who follow a natural skin care routine.
What is DIY Skin Care?
A brief scroll on Pinterest or Instagram will give you plenty of images of people smearing yogurt, oatmeal or charcoal on their faces. Are they just bored or is there a good reason for wearing food?
Natural, homemade beauty and Do It Yourself (DIY) skin care is a rising trend. Some brands are built on the premise of only using all-natural ingredients (like Bask and Bloom Essentials).
As more and more big commercial brands are being exposed for using harmful ingredients like parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and such, wise consumers are turning to all-natural alternatives.
No longer are they relying on the hope that brands will be transparent when it comes to ingredients–instead they are taking their skin care needs into their own hands.
While DIY skin care refers to using homemade skin care products, there is a place for commercial natural skin care products in your daily routine. You just have to read the labels first and avoid these 12 ingredients.
How to Get Started with Making Anti Aging Skin Care at Home
Making your own skin care at home is as simple as gathering anti-aging recipes and the necessary ingredients. However, as with any new product, you need to do your research and test the ingredients on your skin first. Doing a patch test will help ensure you don’t have any allergies to a DIY recipe.
Ready to give it a try? Start with these simple recipes:
- Star Anise Tightening Toner – Star Anise has been called a miracle spice because of its abilities to minimize the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also been known to tighten and tone the skin, leaving it firm and smooth.
- Star Anise Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer – This facial moisturizer combines the skin-tightening properties of star anise with the anti-aging properties of shea butter. Add to this the nourishing and age-defying ingredients of coconut, myrrh, rose, and lavender oils and you have a skin cocktail that restores a youthful appearance.
- DIY Lush Oatfix Mask – For those who fight against dry, irritated, sensitive skin, this DIY Lush Oatfix face mask can soften and exfoliate your skin leaving you with visibly soft and dewy skin.
- DIY Lush Cupcake Mask – This is one of my favorite masks. I found that it left my skin clean, dewy, and glowing.
Tips for Success in Making Homemade Skin Care
If you want to make natural skin care products that actually work for your skin, you have to take the time to research first. Discover which natural ingredients–clays, oils, foods–are typically used for skin care and how they are used. Take note of which ingredients would be helpful for your particular skin type and needs.
Next, experiment with different recipes suited for your skin based on your research. As far as possible, try to use organic ingredients for your recipes. You want to limit your exposure to any pesticides that may be found on some foods.
Be mindful of pathogens, bacteria, and allergens. If all of the ingredients are fresh, DIY skin care is fine. Just remember that fresh foods have a limited shelf life, so be sure to use proper refrigeration and use the product within that time period.
After mixing your products, test it on a small section of your skin to make sure you don’t have allergic reactions to the ingredients.
Common Questions About Anti Aging Skin Care
Do homemade skin care products really work?
Most often, those who argue the loudest against DIY products are either those who’ve never tried them or those selling their own commercial skin care products. Honestly, the best way to determine if DIY skin care products work is to try them on yourself. However, don’t rush to make your judgment–homemade skin care takes more time to show its results.
If you’re using natural remedies to even out your skin tone, don’t expect immediate results. It takes time for the new skin cells to make their way to your skin’s surface. So any treatment to improve your skin’s appearance will need at least six weeks to two months before you can expect to see any real improvement.
What are the best ingredients for anti aging?
There are so many natural ingredients you can use when creating your DIY anti-aging skin care routine. Some of my favorites include:
- aloe vera gel – modern medical studies have suggested that aloe vera has the capacity to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also return a measure of elasticity to the face.
- apple cider vinegar – studies have found that beta carotene and anti-aging vitamins found naturally in apple cider vinegar reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots.
- African black soap – antioxidants in African black soap have been known to protect the skin from free radical damage which is a cause of premature aging, wrinkles and facial lines.
- lavender essential oil – a 2013 study found that lavender essential oil may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines when applied to the skin.
- frankincense essential oil – the benefits of frankincense essential oil include the ability to strengthen the skin and improve its tone and elasticity.
- helichrysum oil – helichrysum oil is known for soothing the skin, and reducing the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles.
- rosemary essential oil – this odor-fighting oil also fights against free radical damage and tightens your skin to combat signs of aging.
- tea tree essential oil – chock full of antioxidants, tea tree essential oil helps fight wrinkles and aging skin.
- Star Anise – because of its abilities to minimize the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, star anise also tightens and tones the skin, leaving it firm and smooth.
- shea butter – this anti-aging butter contains vitamins A, D, and E, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, keeping the skin looking tight and firm.
What are natural remedies for aging skin?
Need to lighten age spots? Try lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, onion juice, yogurt or aloe vera. Are wrinkles more of your problem? Give egg whites, essential oils, star anise, minerals, and olive oil a try.
Fighting sagging skin, droopy eyelids or a double chin? Start incorporating facial exercises into your daily routine.
What helps aging skin naturally?
You can slow the effects of premature aging by making different environmental and lifestyle choices. By taking preventive actions you can reduce premature skin aging. Try these:
- using sunscreen,
- eating a healthy, plant-based diet,
- drinking adequate water,
- adopting an anti-aging skin care routine,
- regular exercise,
- reducing stress, and
- laughing more.
What food is good for younger looking skin?
Adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet is the best thing to do for a healthier body which reflects on your skin. According to Dr. John McDougall, an advocate of a whole foods, plant-based diet, a “high-fat diet increases the amounts of fats in and on the skin,” which causes acne in susceptible people.
So how do you get clear skin with diet? Try one of these resources to get you started:
The McDougall Program – This was the first resource I found that explained the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. When I first followed this plan, I lost 12 pounds in two weeks. My skin was so clear and youthful-looking, I kept getting asked what I was using for my face.
I continue to follow this eating plan and I consider it my secret weapon for great skin and great health.
Forks Over Knives -This book offers a 4-week plan to transition to a delicious whole-foods, plant-based diet. I used this book to help in meal planning while transitioning, and the recipes are really delicious–even my children loved most of them.
What home remedy can I use to look younger?
I believe that youthful skin is a reflection of a healthy body. It’s a combination of what you eat and what products you use. So start by following a healthy eating plan (see above) and then try adding one of these natural remedies:
- Japanese Beauty Secrets: 7 Unexpected Ways to Look 10 Years Younger
- Natural Skin Care Made Simple – Recipes for Youthful Skin
- 7 Face Yoga Poses That’ll Make You Look Like You’ve Had a Mini Facelift
- Stop Hiding: Facial Exercises for a Natural Face Lift
- Anti-Aging Drink that Turns Back the Clock
- Stay Younger-Looking Longer with this Anti-Aging Kale Salad Recipe
- The Tofu Chicken Salad That’ll Take Years Off Your Face
What is the best natural anti aging skin care routine?
Which natural anti-aging skin care routine you use will be unique to you. It’s based on using ingredients that respond well to your skin type and needs. It may take trying a few different combinations of products to find what works best, so here are a few resources to get you started:
- Simple Korean Skin Care Routine – All Natural and DIY
- Natural Skin Care Made Simple – Recipes for Youthful Skin
- B-Beauty: Natural Black Skin Care
- Benefits of Star Anise for Skin
- DIY Eye Cream for Dark Circles and Wrinkles
- Simple DIY Skin Care Recipes for Busy Moms
- Best All Natural Face Mask to Use When You’re Pushing Forty (or Beyond)
- How To Get Spotless Skin in 7 Days—All Items from Your Kitchen
- 6 Foods to Eat (and Wear) for Bright, Clear Skin – Recipes Included
The Last Thing You Need to Know about DIY Anti Aging Skin Care
Though aging is inevitable, there are ways we can lessen its affect on our bodies and our skin. By eating foods that heal our bodies and reflect on our skin (the clear skin diet) and using natural products that transform our skin from the outside, we can slow down the visible results of aging.