Four Natural Age-Defying Skin Tips: Dr. Mao's Wellness Living

Sunday, 11 Aug 2013, 8:56:00 AM

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Dr. Mao Shing Ni
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Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Hundreds of expensive products and procedures exist for beautifying the skin and keeping it looking young and fresh, some of which may pose dangers to your health.

Instead, try some of these all-natural, do-it-yourself beauty recipes you can use to keep your skin young and glowing – at a fraction of the cost.

A Skin Peel From Nature

Probably one of the fastest ways to look younger is to have a skin peel. While the Retin-A, high-concentration glycolic acid, and harsh chemical peels that cosmetic dermatologists prescribe can decrease lines and result in a smooth skin finish, they also strip your skin’s protective layer, increasing your chance of sun damage, skin aging, and skin cancer.

In fact, the FDA warns that a high concentration of various skin-peel agents may thin the skin.

The alternative? Simply make a natural skin peel right from your refrigerator. You can use eggplant, tomatoes, pineapple or any other fruits and veggies that contain other natural acids.

Thinly slice the ingredients and place them on your face, covering the skin thoroughly. Leave on for 20 minutes, remove the fruit and veggie pieces and wash with warm water.

For the first few minutes, your skin may look red, but this should clear up quickly. Follow the treatment up with a natural and healthy moisturizer.

Cucumber To Remedy Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin problem that reddens the forehead, nose, cheeks, and sometimes the chin. Some of the outbreak triggers include alcohol, sunlight, temperature extremes, caffeine, spicy food, among other culprits.

In my treatment of rosacea, I focus on soothing the spirit, clearing heat, and using natural remedies to remove skin blockages.

A perfect natural remedy is a cucumber mask. Peel the skin off of a fresh cucumber and puree the insides in a blender with one egg white.

Coat your face with this mixture, leave on for 30 minutes. And then wash off with cold water.

Use this mask daily and you should notice improvement within a month.

Yogurt For A Smooth Skin Texture

Yogurt is a traditional ingredient for healthy skin.

It contains lactic acid, a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that gently peels off the dead skin layer, giving you a smooth skin texture.

For sensitive skin that cannot withstand commercial alpha-hydroxy acid preparations, yogurt is especially beneficial.

Over time, yogurt can also lighten spots and even out a patchy skin tone.

To get these results, wash your face and apply organic plain yogurt as a facial cream.

Leave on for 15 minutes, wash off with cold water, and finish with a moisturizer. Afterwards, to reduce any redness, apply a cold pack for 10 minutes.

Tasty Super Skin Foods

While many of the tips above use super foods directly on the skin, some good eats also treat your skin.

Super skin foods include cherries, peanuts, black soybeans, walnuts, and jujube dates.

Citrus fruits are packed with antioxidants that benefit your skin’s health.

For dry skin, eat flaxseed oil, sesame oil, olive oil, and virgin coconut oil and avocado every day.

And eat a daily handful of nuts and seeds, especially pine nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.

Peaches, an excellent source of potassium and vitamins A and C, have been used in beauty tonics throughout Chinese history.

One beauty recipe recommends baked peaches with honey and lavender.

A nutrient found in anchovies and sardines, DMAE (dimethyl-amino-ethanol), is a powerful membrane stabilizer that can reverse age spots on your skin.

To lighten dark circles and minimize skin damage from free radicals, try Asian pear.

Asian (or Fuji) pears are packed with copper and vitamin C, antioxidant nutrients that help protect you from cellular damage caused by free radicals, preserving your skin’s beauty and vitality.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine, and board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post. Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena. Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than 25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey. To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment call 310.917.2200 or you can email Dr. Mao at To subscribe to his tip-filled newsletter, visit

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