Collagen and elastin—proteins that keep our skin smooth, tight, and wrinkle-free—are essential for healthy skin. But aging, sun damage, and exposure to airborne toxins can cause the collagen and elastin to break down. This breakdown results in wrinkled, sagging skin that can leave an unsightly mark on the your face, neck, and chest.
But sagging skin does not have to be taken without a fight. A number of home remedies can help reduce the breakdown of collagen and elastin and keep the skin tight, smooth, and glowing. This article shares seven of those skin tightening home remedies.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, as the name suggests, is the oil derived from the flesh (the white part) of the coconut. It has become a familiar staple in many kitchens but it can also be used to tighten your skin.
Coconut oil is a powerful antioxidant which works to eliminate free radicals that can damage the skin. In addition, coconut oil hydrates and moisturizes the skin which can help stop skin from sagging.
To use it as part of your skin-tightening routine, start with a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage it into your skin for 5 minutes before bed. The massaging helps to push the coconut oil deeper into the skin where it can do the most good. Leave the oil on overnight for an added boost of healing.
2. Egg White & Honey Mask
Egg whites and honey have long been known for their health benefits. But the two foods can also be combined and used as a mask that works to tighten sagging and loose skin.
Egg white is rich in the protein albumin which works to rebuild skin cells, improve skin’s elasticity, and impart a natural glow. Honey is a powerful antioxidant that can help remove toxins that build up over time in the skin. Used together, they provide a powerful one-two punch to tighten skin.
Separate 1 egg white from the yolk. Mix the egg white with 2 tablespoons honey and apply to your face, neck, or chest. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, wash off the mask with warm water and pat dry. For best results, use the egg white and honey mask once a week.
3. Olive Oil
Before hydrating creams and moisturizing lotions, there was olive oil. The ancient Egyptians used olive oil as a cleanser, moisturizer, and antibacterial agent to help give their skin a radiant glow and protect them from the sun.
Like many other substances on this list, olive oil is a powerful antioxidant. But olive oil also contains a healthy dose of vitamin E that not only tightens skin but protects it from sun damage.
After your evening shower, massage olive oil into the face, neck, and chest. Continue massaging the areas for a few minutes to help the oil penetrate the skin. Olive oil can be used everyday in place of a body lotion.
4. Coffee Scrub
Coffee is the go-to morning beverage for millions of people. Not only can coffee help you start your day, it can also be used at night to tighten the skin and prevent the signs of aging.
Coffee contains antioxidants that slow the signs of skin aging, but it also has other health benefits. When used as a scrub in combination with other substances, coffee exfoliates and firms the skin while at the same time working to smooth out and eliminate fat deposits.
In a bowl, combine the following ingredients:
- ¼ cup coffee grounds
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (heat this slightly to make it a liquid)
Using your fingers and small circular motions, scrub the skin of your face, neck, and chest for 3 minutes. Rinse the mixture off using warm water. For best results, apply this scrub once a week.
5. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a plant that provides many health benefits, not least of which is to help tighten and heal aging and sun-damaged skin. Witch hazel can be purchased online or at most drug stores or health food stores.
Witch hazel is most commonly used as an astringent where it works to shrink pores and tighten skin. Witch hazel also helps to slow the breakdown of the collagen and elastin within the skin.
At night before bed, or whenever you use an astringent, soak a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply liberally to your face, neck, and chest. Let the witch hazel dry for five minutes. Do not rinse your skin after it has dried. For added healing benefits, apply another round of witch hazel to the same areas. Witch hazel is gentle enough that it can be used daily in place of an alcohol-based toner.
6. Epsom Salt Soak
Epsom salt (or more technically magnesium sulfate) has long been used to reduce swelling in the feet and ankles, but the same process can be applied to other parts of the body as well.
Epsom salt pulls excess water from the body and improves circulation which, in turn, tightens the skin and prevents sagging.
Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm-water bath and soak as much of your body as possible for 15 to 20 minutes. It’s not necessary to rinse your body afterward. Soak with Epsom salt twice a week for optimal results.
7. Yogurt Mask
Yogurt is a healthy addition to any diet. It can also be applied directly to the skin to smooth and tighten wrinkled areas.
Like most milk products, yogurt contains lactic acid. When applied to the skin, the lactic acid works to shrink pores. This can result in tighter, smoother skin.
To create a skin-tightening yogurt mask, mix 2 drops of lime juice into 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply the yogurt/lime juice mix to your face, neck, and chest and massage into the skin for 10 minutes. Leave the yogurt mask on your skin for another 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. This process can be done twice a week.
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