Aging is inevitable but looking older is optional. Aging is caused by a variety of factors such as stress, fatigue, poor nutrition, abuse of drugs and alcohol, over exposure to sun and a sedentary lifestyle. When we’re young our skin is plumped and filled with unlimited collagen but over time the above mentioned factors start to break down the collagen and cause sagging, spots and wrinkles! Those people blessed with good skin genes may fare a bit better but even genes can’t save you from aging, at best it can only slow it down. So what do we do? We flip the finger in Mother Nature’s face and with the use of some great product and lifestyle tweaks you can change your skin’s destiny!
Tip One: Create New Genes
Well, you can’t create genes but you can mimic them by using products that firm and tighten your skin and stimulate cell renewal. Growth factors, peptides, retinol,and marine based ingredients help revitalize and strengthen the skin and give it a more youthful appearance. I personally love Is Clinical’s Youth Serum and Phytomer’s Structuriste. You will see a difference after one application and the benefits are cumulative over time. Always wash you face morning and night and apply good product to your skin twice a day. Never wear makeup to bed, it will age and pollute your skin faster than you can say bad genes!
Tip Two: Boost the Immune System
Healthy, youthful skin is a direct by product of a healthy immune system. When we become ill, tired or run down our skin looks unhealthy and creases become more defined and dark circles become more prominent. Our skin takes on a dull, listless look and as a result, we are more prone to viral or bacterial attack since our skin is the first line of defense against these scavengers! Vitamins such as Vitamin C and E as well as Fish, Flax and Borage oils,B12 and DMAE are all good immune builders and also extremely beneficial to the skin. An anti-inflammatory such as niacinamide helps reduce internal inflammation which is a disease causer and a rapid ager! It helps boost energy in all your cells, Likewise, Reservatrol helps heart health and boosts mitochondria activity which keeps our cells working like little youngster cells!
Tip Three: Tend To Your Garden
Our health and longevity as well as outward appearance start from the inside. The science is showing that biological age-the actual rate at which our organs are aging internally and external appearance are in direct correlation with each other. People who were at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease looked on the average two years younger than their age. On the opposite end, those whose internal organs were aging three times faster also looked older than their peers. Since we can’t moisturize our insides what do we do about keeping them younger? How about no smoking! Water, the Fountain of Youth, drink plenty. Engage in small, moderate doses of exercise to keep the blood flowing, raise metabolic rate up and lower blood pressure. Feed your body healthful foods to energize it and keep cholesterol and diabetes at bay. The better the food the better you look and feel!
Tip Four: Rest and Relax
Getting our eight hours of sleep is not something created by our moms, it’s really true! Our bodies run in cycles and between the hours of 10:00p-2:00a we are at a hyper metabolic state. This is the time that we regenerate new cells, burn excess fat and create the energy we will use the next day. Any product that you apply to your skin will absorb into your body and into your system thus giving you maximum benefits of that product. Wearing makeup is not only bad from a hygiene perspective but also because it also will absorb into your system and pollute every organ in your body, especially the skin! Wash your face and put something healthful on your skin before bed!
Tip Five: When All Else Fails, MAKEUP
Sallow skin, droopy lids and sun spots can all be made better with the ultimate smoke and mirrors-makeup. Here’s a few tips on how to maximize the use of your makeup to give you a younger, fresher look.
- Skin: Use pressed powder rather than loose which can get into creases and make you look older. Use a big brush and lightly dust and press into skin to take excess shine off skin. It helps to set foundation and give more longevity.
- Brows: As we age our brows become sparse so fill them in with either pencil, shadow or both. Brush them after defining to give a softer, more natural look.
- Lids: Apply shadow only as far as outer corner of eye and brow. Do not over extend since that only drags down the look of the eye. Apply shadow in an upward direction at outer corner to uplift the look of the eye.
- Lashes: Another aging factor is that lashes become thinner and less dense. Use pencil liner at base to define the eye and if lashes are extremely thin, use liquid liner and dot in between lashes to fill in and intensify appearance of the eye.
- Cheeks: Dust blush mostly on the apples of your cheeks and fade into cheekbones towards hairline. Our faces become thinner with time and this helps give a plumper look to the face.
- Lips: Yes, our waistline gets fuller and our lips get thinner! Use a nude pencil to line your lips no matter what lip color you are using. This will help keep lip color from running and give a fuller, more plump appearance to the mouth.
We should all strive to incorporate those things such as exercise and nutrition into our lives to transform our bodies and create a sustaining youthful vitality and appearance rather than quick fixes which only camouflage and hide flaws for the moment. It may all be smoke and mirrors when it comes to fooling Mother Nature but we can transform our appearance and defy the ravages of time if we work towards a more transformative regimen and engage less in altering procedures which cannot be sustained long term.
Jacqueline Etcheveste is the owner of Golden Youth Rejuvenation Centre and Pilates. She is a licensed and certified esthetician and has practiced for almost 25 years. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. She has owned Golden Youth since 1992.