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Natural Ways to look good as you age

Natural Ways to look good as you ageSheila McGinnis (pictured) is a great believer that natural products and remedies can help solve many health problems. Here she provides a checklist on how to hold back the ravages of time on your body – naturally.

Let’s face it, we’re not getting any younger! Some of us grow old with much grace and some of us are fighting it tooth and nail! The cosmetic industry makes billions of dollars on just anti-aging products! But you do not have to spend your well-earned money to look your best. Here are some super simple ways to feel and look younger; not just on the outside, but the inside as well.

Drink half your body weight in ounces of water.
If you weigh 160 pounds, you would need to drink at least 80 ounces of water every day. This hydrates your body, removes toxins, carries nutrients and oxygen into the cells, and helps in the lubrication of your joints.

Stop eating so much sugar, processed foods, and drinking too much alcohol or caffeine!!!!
Start looking in your cabinet or refrigerator for natural ways to look younger!

As a child, I remember my mom would only buy beer for two reasons. Beer Bread and to rinse our hair in. Well, believe it or not, the hops found in beer nourishes and strengthens hair. When your hair is dry and dull, it ages you. You could also use apple-cider vinegar as a hair rinse and as a facial toner. Egg white face masks (great for under eyes) – allow to dry and rinse in cold water. Honey and Avocado, and much more!

Collagen is a favorite of mine!
As you age, you start to deplete collagen in your body. It’s found in our bones, muscles, skin, digestive system, tendons, and it’s what gives our skin its elasticity and strength. It also makes up over 90% of our bone mass and connective tissue, and a high percentage of our skin, hair, and nails. It improves our joint health, bones, and even our teeth. The natural glycine in it helps promote a healthier immune system (as well as a good probiotic).

Vitamin C
Take 1000 mg a day, not only for immunity, but also for your skin.

Rose hip seed oil with vitamin E
Topically, I love using rose hip seed oil with vitamin E. It naturally has vitamin A (think of retinol creams). It is a great moisturizer because of its nourishing fatty acids, it actually helps to brighten your dull skin, it evens out your skin tone (even better than lemon juice), and it’s a great treatment for rosacea. I love to add a bit of Frankincense essential oil or rose essential oil to my rose hip for a truly luxurious night routine. For all over the body, use avocado oil or olive oil.

Chamomile.
We’ve known for centuries its benefits in relaxing us, but this miracle plant has proven to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. It is anti-fungal, antibacterial, and an antiseptic. There’s a compound in this wonderful plant that stops the deterioration of skin cells. I actually like to steep it like a tea and let it cool, soak a cloth in it and lay it on my face and relax for a bit. You could of course drink the tea as well. Speaking of tea, drink green tea every day due to a compound called catechin, which protects cells from the damage of free radicals and protects our skin from UV damaging rays.

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