We don’t often talk about ‘beauty’ stuff at Well Within but we also recognize (especially this writer who is bumping up against 44) that when you are unhappy with something on the outside, it can rattle your confidence and start to impact your overall well-being in other ways.
Your skin is a huge barometer of your overall health and, for some, is one of the first places internal imbalances will express themselves. Eat too much sugar….acne appears. Spend too much time in the sun….sun spots and fine lines (or deep wrinkles over time.)
Many beauty products have laundry lists of chemicals known to be harmful to your health. Cosmetic injections or surgery may be way too invasive for some people. So what can you do to reverse the signs of aging in a non-invasive, natural & healthy way? Here are 6 things you can try:
- AVOID THE SUN
This is (should be!) an obvious one by now. We all know how quickly being in the sun unprotected can cause age spots and wrinkles. Always protect your skin with a good physical barrier sunscreen and wear sun protection clothing. Even the winter sun can accelerate the signs of aging so wear a brimmed hat and sunglasses while driving or out walking your dog! Sunglasses offer a bonus benefit in the prevention of fine lines because they prevent the need to squint.
- STRESS LESS
High levels of stress will eventually exhaust the body and wreak havoc on internal systems. Taking your allotted vacation days, getting quality sleep, practicing meditation and getting regular exercise will help to cleanse the aging stress toxins and allow your body systems that keep you looking and feeling young to work optimally.
- EAT WELL
Ayurveda teaches that our bodies are made of what we eat. When we eat foods that are full of life and nutrients, we protect our cells from the process of aging. Prime your body to age gracefully by eating mostly fresh, organic vegetables. Ayurvedic herbs can be helpful in keeping the skin cells, as well as internal cells from damage. Gotukola, Ashwagandha and Bala are some potent reparative herbs that work on the skin by boosting collagen production.
- SWAP YOUR COTTON PILLOWCASE FOR SILK
Silk is a hypoallergenic fiber. This can mean less redness, eye-watering, and congestion if you’re sensitive to cotton. Silk doesn’t absorb moisture the way cotton does so your nighttime skin cream will stay on your face and not be absorbed by your pillow. The smooth texture of silk can also reduce friction and tugging on your delicate facial skin which can leave marks and creases on your face.
- USE ARGAN OIL
This 100% all natural oil is rich in essential fatty acids, and has moisturizing, anti-aging and antioxidant properties. It is considered one of the best anti-aging products, because its high linoleic acid content increases the skin’s elasticity and tightens the pores. It is also rich in vitamin E, which helps to diminish scarring, redness and even inflammation. In short, it is a powerful anti-wrinkle cream; it softens the skin and protects it from external irritants while providing deep nourishment.
- TRY FACIAL REJUVENATION ACUPUNCTURE
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a natural alternative to Botox and a safe way to reverse the signs of aging and improve the health of your skin. During a Facial Rejuvenation treatment, thin acupuncture needles are inserted in the body, face, and scalp. This promotes the flow of Qi or vital energy to increase circulation.
Facial cupping and gua sha are performed to smooth fine lines, relax tight muscles, and stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen production slows down as we age, which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and a decline in elasticity.The results include improved complexion, reduction in wrinkles, profound relaxation of facial muscle tension (a wonderful added benefit for those who suffer from tension headaches or TMJ symptoms!) and improved function of the lymphatic system of the face and neck.