Your whole-body guide to beautiful skin
No need for pricey lotions and potions to eliminate skin bothers. These fast, low-cost fixes will turn back the clock on your appearance—naturally! Fight age spots with lemon! The citric acid in lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that can fade age spots in as little as six weeks if you dab it on twice daily, say Columbia University researchers. Simply use a cotton ball to rub spots with freshly squeezed lemon juice; let sit 15 minutes, then rinse well. Fade blotches with aloe vera! Twice daily applications of aloe vera gel (either store-bought or from the plant itself) reduce redness and improve skin tone for 83% of women in two months, Swedish researchers report. They explain that aloe contains two compounds ( acemannan and
glucomannan) that tamp down inflammation and speed skin healing. Gently smooth aloe vera gel on your skin; let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. End acne with tea tree oil! Midlife hormonal shifts cause 33% of us to suffer pimply breakouts. Thankfully, tea tree oil kick-starts healing of acne flares in five days, according to Australian researchers. The oil also cuts your risk of future breakouts 55%. Study coauthor Tom Riley, PH.D., explains that tea tree oil kills acne-causing bacteria. Mix five drops of 100% pure tea tree oil into 2 tsp. of coconut oil and dab onto blemishes twice daily. Smooth skin with borage oil! Doctors call tight, dry, rough skin xerosis, and it plagues up to 58% of us after age 55. But according to a recent study, supplementing with 1,000 mg. of borage seed oil daily cuts dryness and tightness 67%—making skin feel softer and smoother in two months.
Important: Always check with your doctor before starting new supplements. —Brenda Kearns