Since the dawn of time, man has been in pursuit of an antidote to aging. People have gone to great lengths trying to find an elixir to stay young. Some have turned to drugs, smoking, leeches, and even a mythical fountain of youth! With what result? These remedies were ineffective, unhealthy, and simply non-existent.

So, what are some remedies that can work?

1. Olive Oil

“Olive oil is how we refer to the oil obtained from the fruit of olive trees. People have been eating olive oil for thousands of years and it is now more popular than ever, thanks to its many proven health benefits and its culinary usefulness,” says Olive Oil Times.

Olive oil has its roots in the Mediterranean, where wild olive trees are common. But, what makes this ancient oil so special? Various studies prove that olive oil, when incorporated into a healthy diet, can reduce the likelihood of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

Still, how is olive oil an elixir for a youthful appearance? Simply put, it isn’t. Olive oil works from the inside-out, and thus, needs to be consumed to be effective. However, you can apply a bit of it to damp skin after showering to substitute for moisturizer. Says Harvard Medical School’s Special Health Report, “Moisturizing oils, such as mineral oil, are effective without being as greasy as petroleum jelly.”

2. Rooibos

Rooibos is a shrub commonly found in South Africa. It has been in use for centuries by various different tribes on the African continent. Using the leaves of this shrub, some people make tea. In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnological Information, tea infused with rooibos was proven to reduce wrinkles by some 10%! Although exactly how this remedy works is still somewhat of a mystery.

3. Rose Water

The Rose-bearing plant was first cultivated in ancient Persia, now Iran. Distilling fresh Rose petals produces rose oil. Then, combining pure rose oil and distilled water, Rose Water is made!

So, what are the benefits of using Rose Water? Some claim that this concoction can help maintain the skin’s pH balance. Others say that it has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce irritated skin. Are these claims true? It’s hard to tell.

You should note, though, that use of Rosewater in cosmetics is subjective to each person. Therefore, no study has been able to substantiate these claims.

4. Avocado

5 Old Remedies to Use Today

Avocado is a healthy fat to add to your diet. Stemming from Central and South America, this fruit has been in foods for ages now and has much potential. But, can avocado serve as a cosmetic helper too?

Some sources say that due to avocado’s high potassium levels, as a face mask, it can give your skin a healthy glow. Others claim that avocado can moisturize the skin, heal acne, reduce excess oils, and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles!

But can you use it at home? Yes! You can make a mask by first pitting the avocado and then blending half of it. Gently apply a layer of the mixture on your face for about 15 minutes. Finally, rinse it off with water. To make it an exfoliant, simply add some sugar to the mix.


The information provided herein has been reviewed for accuracy, but cannot be guaranteed to be free of infallalacy. A consultation with a doctor is always needed before receiving treatment of any cosmetic product.

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Published: 20161230
Revised: 20190701

Post Author: Dr. Mirza

With over 15 years of experiences as a licensed physician, Dr. Muhammad Mirza is very knowledgeable in cosmetics. Having specialized in neurology, our doctor knows exactly how to contour cosmetic products to your needs perfectly. Dr. Mirza takes his knowledge and shares it on his website, in his offices, and across various other platforms.