As women age, the skin tends to lose its elasticity, making them look older. Some choose to turn to the makeup counter or the doctor's office looking for expensive creams and Botox injections. Spending a bundle of money won't help your wallet or your skin. There are a number of natural, inexpensive ways to plump up your skin in the comfort of your own home. There are no drastic lifestyle changes or routine interruptions, just simple, basic ways to take care of your skin with ease and get it back to looking fresh and new again.
Exfoliating removes dead, rough skin from the face and body by using scrubs, masks and peels. When the dead skin is removed, the skin is left looking firmer, clearer and more plump. Make your own exfoliating scrub at home with a few strawberries and a teaspoon or two of honey. Mash up the strawberries, add in the honey and mix them together. Apply the mix all over the face, leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. The strawberry seeds combined with the honey will give your skin the vitamin C it needs, as well as alpha-hydroxy acids to exfoliate and smooth.
Keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized plays a very important part in keeping the skin's surface plump and firm. After washing your face in both the morning and at night, a cream should always be applied thoroughly. For a more green and natural option, make your own skin cream at home for use on both the body and the face. Mix together one-half pound of organic spinach and green kale with one teaspoon of water. Microwave the ingredients in a glass container for two minutes, uncovered. Recover when it is done heating and let it sit for three minutes. Empty the mix into a blender and add one-fourth cup of extra virgin olive oil and heavy cream. Mix until the ingredients blend and become smooth. Apply to the face or body with your hands and let it sit up to 10 minutes. Rinse it off in the shower or sink. This can be used twice a week to keep skin hydrated, smooth and firm. Water also gives both the body and skin much needed hydration. Drinking eight glasses a day is recommended to keep your skin healthy and moisturized.
Fat isn't always bad, in fact it can be actually quite good for both your body and skin. Many foods contain essential fatty acids that can help keep your skin looking young and fresh. Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 foods rebuild skin's oil barrier, which is important for keeping your skin plump and hydrated. Incorporate foods such as seafood, nuts, poultry, grains, eggs, soy and some cooking oils into your diet to see a positive result in the mirror.
Exercise is important to keep bodies firm, but it can also do the same for the face. There are a multitude of facial exercises you can practice to keep your skin firm, plump and tight. Use your fingers to tap and expand skin on the forehead, under the eyes, the jaw, chin and cheeks. You can even firm up your nose and lips with a few exercises. The repetitions of these exercises strengthen and firm up the skin when done in eight-minute increments twice a day. Don't overwork the skin or do more than necessary or it could have opposite results.
Tracy Moore holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in graphic design. She has extensive experience using graphics software in her professional and personal life. She also writes a column for a local newspaper on the latest technology developments.