Monday, July 27, 2015

Day 2119 - Natural remedies for sagging skin

Do your jowls hang low? 

(Do they wiggle to and fro?)

Screenshot from the movie Turner and Hooch
Now that's a great set of jowls ...
Recently I've noticed just how saggy I'm becoming.

I remember a line in the movie "Notting Hill" where one of the guys says something like "I used to be handsome but now I'm kind of squidgy around the edges". Or words to that effect.

Well, I hear that!

I am getting very squidgy around the edges.

I am fine while ever I'm standing at full attention with my smile in place and my face held back slightly to pull everything together. But lean forward and everything flops.

This recent style photo proves my point.  My face is starting to fall towards the ground.

The picture of the left ... jowls!
Gravity can be so unkind.
So in my quest to "age positively" I'm off in search of some natural remedies for sagging skin!

First of all let's talk facts.

I've read that the elastin and collagen in our skin loses elasticity and we lose some of the self-moisturising components we used to have which makes our skin appear loose and saggy baggy as we age.

Add to this that our face muscles are weakening as we age, plus us Aussies spend way too much time under the harmful sun rays and we end up with the whole "squidgy around the edges" thing going on.

So here are some great natural remedies that might help:

Cucumber:

Cucumber is a fantastic natural toner.  It has a refreshing and rejuvenating effect on skin. You can slice it up and rub it on your face, or for a more thorough approach squeeze it through a strainer or wiz it up to extract its juice.  Apply the juice to your face until it dries then rinse it off.

Egg white:

Apparently egg whites are a natural astringent (which is fancy word for something that contracts skin cells).  The hydro lipids in egg whites help lift the skin.  Wiz up a couple of egg whites and apply to the skin, rinse off after 20 minutes.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera is renowned for tightening and firming loose skin.  The malic acid in aloe vera improves skin elasticity. It's also a natural moisturiser.  Grab some aloe vera gel from your local supermarket or grab the leaves off an aloe vera plant and wipe the gel on your face.  Leave it for 20 minutes then rinse off.

Lemon:

Vitamin C is great for producing collagen which helps restore elasticity to the skin.  It also has astringent properties and can even help with wrinkles!  Just cut open a lemon and rub it on the skin and rinse.  Follow up with some moisturiser.

Honey:

Warning, this one gets sticky! It's got natural hydrating properties plus it's an antioxidant.  Mix it with some lemon and olive oil and apply to skin.  Rinse off with warm water.


Most of these little home remedies can be done a couple of times a day.  You can add them to other things like yogurt for a fuller face mask.

I am thinking I might give some of them a try.  I've got my eye on the aloe vera plant right now.  I'll try that one first!

How are your jowls?








1 comment :

  1. Oh, I fear for the future of my neck!! I think I am headed into turkey town on the express train. Better whip up an egg-white omelette for my neck and smother it in cucumber and honey too. Thanks for the tips. Bron

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