Herbs That Tighten the Skin

By Maria Z. Price

Loose skin is a common sign of aging. It can also be a problem for people who have lost a considerable amount of weight or spent too much time in the sun. There are surgical options to tighten skin, but they are expensive and come with risks. Instead, try these all natural herbs for tighter, younger looking skin.

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Loose skin can be treated with natural products.

Green Tea

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Green tea is high in antioxidants.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants called polyphenols. These antioxidants protect the skin against cell-damaging free radicals. The antioxidants combine with cells that have been damaged by the sun to protect against sun spots, lines, and even skin cancer. Try to drink at least 1 cup of green tea per day. There are no known dangers associated with drinking too much green tea. The more you drink--the more benefits you reap.

Grapeseed Extract

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An extract derived from grape seeds can increase collagen production.

Collagen is produced naturally in the body, and keeps skin firm and tight. As we age, collagen production decreases causing the skin to become loose. Grapeseed extract naturally increases the production of collagen making it one of the best ways to fight age damage. As a bonus, it also contains silicon, which keeps skin healthy and smooth.

Almond Oil

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Almond oil can protect against crow's feet.

Almond oil is an increasingly popular item in the skin aisle. The oil acts as a moisturizer to protect skin against age lines. While it can be used anywhere on the skin, manufacturers recommended using it on delicate areas specifically around the eyes to protect against the formation of crow's feet.

Astringent Herbs

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Horsetail is an astringent herb.

Astringent herbs are a group of herbs known for their skin tightening properties. Some of the herbs in this group are witch hazel, horsetail, plantain and shepard's purse. However, astringent herbs are often sold as a blend that can be applied directly to the face. In addition to their skin tightening properties, astringent herbs can also be used to treat acne and eczema.

Squalane

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Squalane is derived from olives.

The experts at Botanical Skin Works describe squalane as a natural facelift. Squalane is a lipid derived from olives. It is naturally present in the skin throughout adolescence and early adulthood. However, squalane production rapidly decreases around the age of 25. Squalane protects against dark age spots and sun damage.