Your whole-body guide to beau­ti­ful skin

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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

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