What are your thoughts on ageing?

Some mornings I look despondently in the mirror adamant that the wrinkle fairy came sprinkling her “aging dust” over me during the night!

Do you have those mornings? Maybe after a late night, one too many drinks or from exhaustion (after juggling kids, work and chores all week)?

Now that Im in my forties, I know wrinkles and lines are inevitable, and we have all heard the term “aging gracefully”, but If I am totally honest, at times I mourn my fresh, youthful line-free complexion. When I was in my late twenties I could skip moisturising, exfoliating and even exercising with what seemed no repercussions at all, but now well it’s a very different story. ?

Despite having to deal with the realities of getting older, even if I had the option I would certainly not go back in time to say my twenties. Having lived my 40 odd years I feel more confident and happy in my own skin. I now have wisdom & intuition that guides me daily. I understand what’s really important to me and am better aware of my strengths and weaknesses.

So I guess, I will take a few wrinkles or lines or two, (especially the laughter lines!) in exchange for being my happier, more empowered and confident self. ? That doesn’t mean however, that I will strop striving to be the best version of me in all that I do, including my personal care. I will continue to make staying fit and healthy a priority, and wear clothes that make me feel good . I want to celebrate “me” at any age.

I am not one to look for remedies by going under the knife, having evasive lasers or chemical peels. For me nature wins “hands-down” when looking for remedies and relief.

Some of my favourite DIY natural preventions & remedies for fine lines & wrinkles are

Don’t accelerate ageing

We should limit exposure to environmental factors that can accelerate ageing including excessive exposure to UV light, stressful lifestyle or lack of sleep, the drying effects of the wind, sugar laden diet and cigarette smoke. Some sunlight is good for vitamin D production, but too much exposure to harmful UV radiation can lead to sun damaged skin. Remember your wide brimmed hat & sunglasses before you go outdoors & cover up before you burn.

Load up on Superfoods

Your skin is a combination of proteins, water, and fats, and it needs a healthy food supply for replenishment. Choose food with skin-plumping and hydrating fats and vitamin E, such as whole seed & nuts. Foods with a very concentrated combination of antioxidants and collagen-protecting vitamin C such as blueberries, elderberries and dark chocolate as they can slow signs of ageing and help deter UV damage.

Turn down the Heat

Over-washing & hot water strips natural oils resulting in the skin having to produce even more oils, so you will be potentially fighting a losing battle. Try to have tepid showers and limit them to once or twice daily.

Scrub regularly but gently

Exfoliate twice a week using gentle circular motions with your washcloth or favourite scrub to reveal new skin that shows fewer fine lines, and generally has a younger appearance.

Our rawnaturally beauty Waratah & Wattle Seed body scrub is a delicious blend of organic sucrose, olive fruit, coconut, avocado & jojoba oils, combined with wild harvested waratah and raw wattle seed. It exfoliates your skin leaving it glowing, healthy and renewed.

Go citrus

Alpha-hydroxy acids, including citric, tartaric, lactic, malic, and gycolic acids, are all outstanding exfoliates that can be found in many common foods, such as oranges, lemons, grapes, yogurt, apples, pears, and even sugar. When applied, alpha-hydroxy acids help to dissolve the bonds between old and new skin cells, causing the old dead skin to flake away.

Try this DIY Lemon juice recipe -Slice a lemon and massage the juice into fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. The acidity of lemon helps skin look brighter while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Breathe in deeply for the added aromatherapy bonus of fresh citrus to revive your senses.

Our rawbeauty elderflower & lemon myrtle body wash contains both lemon myrtle & lemon pure essential oils. Their natural antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties tighten pores and soothe sensitive skin.

Hydration plus with Natural Healthy Oils

Dry skin is far more prone to damage than healthy, moisturised skin. Choose your favourite natural healthy oil, body lotion or butter and gently massage a few drops on your face & body before bedtime and wipe off excess with a soft towel. You’ll wake to skin that’s soft and healthy looking.

Some healthy oil options include coconut, avocado or olive oil.

rawbeauty naturally product options include- Lilly Pilly Body Butter This beautiful rich blend of certified organic Lilly Pilly & Kakadu Plum extracts & coconut & olive fruit oils, enlivens even the driest of skins. Kakadu Plum Body Lotion A crafted blend of certified organic Kakadu Plum extract, sunflower seed oil and natural lemon myrtle leaf oil, which brighten and replenish your skin to restore a dewy radiance.

Get Your Vitamin C Fix

Our bodies need Vitamin C to synthesize collagen. Without collagen, skin loses elasticity which leads to wrinkles and sagging. Foods high in Vitamin C include strawberries, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, kale, broccoli, and citrus such as oranges & lemons.

When applied to the skin directly, Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals that contribute to damage and premature aging. rawbeauty naturally products contain Kakadu plums, lilly pilly berries, strawberries, & elderflower extracts which all contain high levels of Vitamin C.

Do you have any favourite DIY natural remedies? Please share them with us?