The 10 Most Common Beauty Concerns—and How to Fix Them

Roxy Dillon has practiced nutritional, orthomolecular, and herbal therapy since 1979, and has studied at some of the world's most prestigious places of learning, including the Burden Neurological Institute and the Institute of Neurology. She holds a BSc in Psychology and a master's degree in Biochemical Pharmacology, and has been featured in numerous publications, including Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Journal. Roxy now lives in England.

Bio-Young, Roxy Dillon, natural fixes for common beauty concernsZits? Puffy undereyes? Hair falling out? We all suffer from beauty maladies from time to time, but many over-the-counter treatments contain harmful chemicals. Here are 10 great at-home remedies. From Bio-Young: Get Younger at a Cellular and Hormonal Level.

1. Acne. Acne is, in fact, caused by the male hormones, or androgens. It is possible to lower androgenic activity in your body by taking one teaspoon of turmeric powder in water twice a day or drinking three cups of spearmint tea a day. A dab of peppermint essential oil can be applied directly to outbreaks to help dry them up, but be very careful around your eye area, because peppermint makes your eyes sting. If you do get peppermint oil in your eyes, rinse with cool water or apply a little low-fat yogurt and then rinse. Aloe vera is very effective, too—apply a thin layer to your face, massage gently, then rinse with cool water and pat dry. Pure, unsweetened cocoa powder clears acne if you take at least one tablespoon of this—you can mix it with water, milk, or juice. Cocoa powder can also be stirred into yogurt.

2. Dark circles. Dark circles are capillaries seen through the thin skin that’s under your eyes. Drinking a green juice once a day can help. Two daily teaspoons of any of the following stirred into juice or water should result in a huge improvement, too: spinach powder, chlorella powder, spirulina, or barley grass. The priority in this condition is to thicken the skin and improve its elasticity. Thirty drops of dill seed essential oil to 100 grams of coconut oil makes a perfect nightly treatment for the eye area, reducing puffiness and dark shadows thanks to dill seed’s estrogenic properties, which increase skin thickness and elasticity. The amla, gotu kola, and coconut oil treatment that I refer to a lot is great for this, too. You can also apply pure almond oil as often as you are able, but particularly at bedtime. Licorice and avocado oil can increase elastin and collagen, which makes it very effective for under-eye bags. Simmer four teaspoons of licorice powder (or 10–20 licorice tea bags) in 200 ml of avocado oil, let it cool, strain, and pat on the affected area. It’s great for your face, hair, and whole body.

Bio-Young: Get Younger at a Cellular and Hormonal Level

Bio-Young: Get Younger at a Cellular and Hormonal Level

by Roxy Dillon

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  • Get Bio-Young: Get Younger at a Cellular and Hormonal Level
  • Get Bio-Young: Get Younger at a Cellular and Hormonal Level
  • Get Bio-Young: Get Younger at a Cellular and Hormonal Level
  • Get Bio-Young: Get Younger at a Cellular and Hormonal Level

3. Skin discoloration. Vitamin C and glycerin serum are very effective for evening out your complexion and fading skin discoloration. Dissolve two teaspoons of pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) powder in 100 ml of vegetable glycerin. You can do this by adding the vitamin C powder directly to a small bottle of glycerin (I use plastic bottles and jars for safety). Shake well. Add a little water if you can see crystals of vitamin C. Use this lotion at night, on makeup-free skin. Apply all over your face, neck, hands, and any other problem area, leave on for five minutes, and then rinse off and pat your skin dry. Follow this with the amla, gotu kola, and coconut treatment. Onion lotion, prepared by blending half an onion in half a pint of water and straining the liquid, is fantastic for clarifying the skin, fading any dark spots, and making the skin youthful and radiant. Leave the lotion on for five minutes before rinsing off. The onion scent should evaporate, but if not, apply apple cider vinegar to reinforce the effects of the onion and remove the aroma. You can use the apple cider vinegar on its own, too, omitting the onion lotion. A thin layer of tomato paste is also effective. Rinse off after five minutes. A licorice and avocado oil preparation also fades skin and evens the complexion.

4. Cellulite. The easiest way to help tone up limbs and break up cellulite is to use apple cider vinegar every day as a lotion. Apply it neat and use a massage glove afterward to enhance the effect. Instant coffee and horse chestnut tincture are excellent when they are used as a lotion, too.

5. Gray hair. Melanocytes, the cells that produce hair color, are stimulated by onion, eucalyptus globulus, red palm oil, avocado oil, and lard. You can use onion juice, which you can make by blending chopped onion with water in a blender, and then straining out the bits. Store this in the refrigerator and use at night or before you shampoo your hair. If you choose eucalyptus, red palm oil, or lard, apply a thin layer and leave them as long as possible before you shampoo. Leave any of these treatments on your hair for half an hour before you shampoo.

6. Hair loss. This is easily treated with rosemary and eucalyptus globulus essential oils. Use them straight from the bottle. Apply a few drops of rosemary to your scalp and follow with a few drops of eucalyptus. Do this every night for three months for new growth!

7. Large pores. Tomato paste is excellent for reducing pore size. Apply a thin layer to your problem area, leave on for five minutes, and rinse with tepid water. Repeat up to three times a day. This is a wonderful preparation to use before bed, after removing makeup and before your night treatment. Tomato paste is anti-inflammatory, which means it shouldn’t irritate your skin, but do not use it on the delicate eye area, just in case. If you do find any discomfort, discontinue use.

8. Under-eye bags. Under-eye bags result from slack skin, muscle atrophy, and fat deposits beneath the skin. The amla, gotu kola, and coconut oil treatment mentioned earlier is brilliant for fading the area under your eyes and shrinking any swelling or bags. Use pure coconut or jojoba oil to remove eye makeup. Choose SIRT1 activators to increase collagen and elastin. Two hundred fifty grams of blueberries or other berries daily will help increase the skin’s elasticity. These fruits will also prevent excessive fat deposits on your body, including the area under your eyes. Gelatin, whey protein, pea, or brown rice protein, taken internally, increase skin thickness and muscle, and restore and support your face and body, including the delicate under-eye area. Cut animal fats from your diet, and do not use animal fats around your eyes.

9. Varicose veins. Veins bulge because they lack elastin. Elastin can be increased directly by applying 30 drops of dill seed essential oil in 100 ml of a coconut oil base on the affected area. Continue the treatment for at least three months. Bee pollen, taken at a dose of four tablespoons a day, strengthens the vein walls significantly.

10. Wrinkles on forehead and around the mouth. A thin layer of jojoba oil can be astonishingly effective for deep lines on your face and neck. It’s brilliant yet gentle enough to use around the eyes, too! Sodium lactate lotion (60 percent) can work miracles on these lines and creases as well. Apply the lotion, leave on for at least five minutes, and then rinse off.

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