Aloe vera contains all sorts of goodies, making it a go-to plant around your house for keeping yourself well. One of its best traits is that is contains malic acid that helps redice wrinkles by improving how elastic your skin's elasticity.
To make it simply cut an aloe vera leaf from the plant (with scissors rather than tearing as this can damage the plant) and squeeze out its gel. Apply this to your skin and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Alternatively, mix one teaspoon of the gel with the contents of a vitamin E capsule and apply to areas where wrinkles are beginning to appear. Leave it on for half an hour and wash off with lukewarm water.
Lemon scrub for your hands
Your hands, if not looked after, can be a real give-away of your age. To keep them youthful, make this exfoliating scrub to slough away dull, dead skin along with age spots.
The ingredients you need are: 150g/5 1/2 oz cooked rice, 1 tablespoon agave nectar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Mix together the ingredients and blend well before applying to dry hands. Move the scrub around your hands in circular movements being genrtle but applying pressure for a couple of minutes. If you have any calluses, rub this on your palms too to soften
Cucumber and curd
Cucumber helps to get rid of any puffiness and dark circles around the eyes and has a soothing effect that keeps skin healthy. Curd contains lactic acid too which exfoliates the dead cells and keeps your skin rejeuvenated and fresh.
Prepare a face mask by mixing 125g or about 8 tbsp of curd with two teaspoons of grated cucumber and apply this to the skin. After 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.
Use this about twice a week for a few months to keep your skin healthy and young.
Avocado and honey moisturiser
A moisturiser is an anti-aging must-have as it helps your skin lock in moisture. It also acts as a temporary filler for wrinkles, making your complexion look smooth.
To make this, you'll need 3 tablespoons of fresh cream, 1/4 avocado and 1 tablespoon honey.
Place all three ingredients in a blender and puree into a smooth cream. Then apply it to your skin and leave on for at least an hour. Rinse off with warm water.
Almond sugar face scrub
This is another great recipe for giving your skin a really good exfoliate to make it lighter, brighter and healthier.
What you need is: 3 tablespoons of fresh cream, 128 g/4.5 oz cup of white sugar, 64g/2.3 oz brown sugar, 56g/ 2 oz ground almonds and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Start by mixing all ingredients well. Then apply to a dry face in circular movements. Wash your face off with warm water, then cold water and pat your face dry. Place the mixture in a jar and store in your refrigerator for future use.
Anti-ageing egg treatment for your hair
Your hair needs protein to thriveJ and eggs do just the job at making your hair strong and shiny again. Egg yolks are rich in fat and protein, while the egg white will help get rid of unwanted oils on your scalp.
This recipe is nice and easy. Simply beat an egg (use two if you have long hair) and apply it all over wet, shampooed hair. Then rinse it off with cold water after 15 minutes.
One of the most important things to look out for when caring for your skin is dirt clogging up your pores. Rose water works wonders at sprucing up your skin and really tightening it, making it more firm and less puffy.
Mix 2 teaspoons of rose water with 3-4 drops of glycerine and half a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to your face using cotton wool every night just before you go to bed.
Or else make a face mask by mixing a teaspoon of rose water into a mixture of 1 teaspoon each of curd and honey. Add this mixture into a mashed ripe banana and apply the pack to your face. After 20 mins, wash it off.
Papaya is not only a yummy, healthy addiiton to any fruit salad, it is also brilliant at looking after your skin thanks to the antioxidants and vitamin A it contains. The enzymes in the papaya also digest your dead skin cells to make your skin nice and firm.
Cut a few pieces of completely ripe papaya fruit and mash it into a smooth paste. Apply this on your face and after 15 minutes, wash away with warm water.
Olive oil works wonderfully on wrinkles as it's packed with antioxidants, like vitamins A and E.
To get the most out of it, regularly massage olive oil onto the skin. As the oil penetrates into the skin, it provides long-lasting protection and keeps it moisturised.
Alternatively, mix a few drops of honey with a few drops of olive oil and glycerin and massage the mixture into your skin twice a day.
Bananas are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are brilliant at beating wrinkles.
Mash two ripe bananas into a thick paste. Apply the paste on the wrinkled areas. Leave it on for at least a half an hour and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Follow it with some skin moisturiser.