Retinol is a chemical derivative of Vitamin A that assists the body in developing and maintaining the health of skin, mucous membranes and hair. Retinol is present in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, raw spinach, apricots, cantaloupes, papayas, fat free milk, raw tomatoes, bell peppers, oranges, eggs and broccoli. Use vegetables that are raw and fresh to achieve the best results for the retinol anti-aging natural home remedies.
When preparing retinol rich foods for consumption, boil, broil or steam them instead of frying them in order to avoid adding saturated fat from vegetable oil or cooking spray. You can also use retinol rich foods to create a homemade facial mask, according to Skin Care Recipes and Remedies. Retinol molecules penetrate the epidermis and help regenerate deeper layers of skin by stimulating the generation of elastin and collagen to give the skin a smoother appearance, according to Archives of Dermatology. A do-it-yourself facial mask containing a retinol rich food such as carrots can be an easy and convenient natural home remedy to smooth out wrinkles on the face and neck.
Carrots and Honey
Boil three large carrots until they are soft enough to mash with a ricer. Remove the carrots from the boiling water, cover them with 4 1/2 tablespoons of honey, then mash the carrots and honey into a paste. Apply the carrot and honey paste to your skin and leave it in place for at least 10 minutes. Clean the carrot and honey paste from your skin using cool water and a towel.
Carrots and Cream Cheese
Boil a carrot until it is soft enough to mash with a ricer. Mash the carrot into a paste and mix two tablespoons of the carrot paste with one tablespoon of cream cheese. Apply the carrot and cream cheese paste to your face and neck and leave it in place for at least 15 minutes. Clean the carrot and cream cheese paste from your skin using cool water and a towel.
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Chris Passas is a freelance writer from Nags Head, N.C. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He has written online instructional articles since September 2009.