How do you get fantastic skin that radiates health and looks alive – even before you put on makeup?
Good genes help, but what you do – your lifestyle — helps even more. And, the earlier in life you learn what it takes to have skin that makes you a standout, the more success you will have. Remember, it’s easier to keep what you have than to try to get back what’s lost. Don’t wait until wrinkles appear. Think and work ahead. Be future-oriented.
Gerontologists say that 70 percent of the aging process is controllable with wise lifestyle choices; only 30 percent is the result of genetic makeup. Think about it: 70 percent is an awesome amount of power to have over your aging process. Take advantage of that information and use it to Put Old on Hold .
So, how do you take control of the aging process? Here are just a few tips:
Get back to basics with food. Ninety percent of money spent on food is spent on processed food, which is nutritionally bankrupt, and the skin reflects the nutritional deprivation. Replace processed food with nutritious skin-friendly food such as salmon, for example. (If you don’t like salmon, take salmon oil capsules.) Eat more fresh veggies and raw vegetable juices. You will be rewarded with smooth, firm, glowing skin.
If you can’t recognize where the food you are eating came from, it’s probably processed and not skin-friendly. For example, when you eat fish, is it recognizable as fish, or is it in the form of processed, greasy, coated fish sticks? Ask yourself: What happened to the fish when it was made into fish sticks? What kinds of chemicals were added to prolong shelf life and improve taste? How long were the fish sticks in the warehouse or supermarket freezer? Have they been thawed and re-frozen? How many nutrients were lost in the process of turning fresh fish into fish sticks that may have been around for months?
That “breakfast cereal” you eat every morning: You know, the stuff that looks like puffed Styrofoam or shredded cardboard. It looks pretty, has a nice crunch, and is full of sugar, fat and a few vitamins, and maybe even some fiber. It is scientifically flavored to satisfy your craving for sweets, and to make you want to eat more of it. What grain did the “cereal” come from? What did the grain look like when it was growing in the field? Or when it was harvested? Does the “cereal” even remotely resemble the original thing? How many kinds of chemicals were used to change the grain from wholesome food to just about nutritionally worthless junk? Your skin doesn’t like “phony phood.” It thrives and looks best on the “real thing.”
Telltale signs of chronic dehydration include offensive breath, pale, pasty, flaky skin with an overall withered look. Take the pinch test: The skin on the back of the hand is a barometer of how well you are hydrated. Pinch the skin and hold for five seconds and release. How long did it take to return to normal? Immediately, or up to 10 seconds or more? A good practice to follow: Every time you void, drink a glass of water! Replace! Replace! Replace!
Instead of water, are you drinking soda – diet or regular? Maybe, a lot of it? Are you concerned about benzene found in sodas? The soft drink industry and the U.S. government have known about it for the past 15 years, but little has been done about it. So, what’s wrong with benzene? It’s a solvent used to make plastics and is found in gasoline. It’s also a recognized carcinogen. How does benzene get in soda? In the presence of heat, preservatives used to control bacteria (Sodium or Potassium Benzoate and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) can react to form benzene. Have you noticed that in the summer, many supermarkets pile cases of sodas outside on the sidewalk in the blazing heat, for days at a time? Read this astonishing press release:
Then decide for yourself if you want to go on guzzling soft drinks. You skin will look better without sodas!
Think about adding anti-aging supplements such as alpha lipoic acid, acetyl –l-carnitine, DMAE, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and others. These “antioxidants” help the body fight off free radicals responsible for aging. Ample antioxidants help the skin stay smooth much longer. For sure, you need to take at least, a daily multiple vitamin. Don’t think so? Read this eye-opening report:
It will make you a believer.
If you would like to know what I take, you will find it in Art Linkletter and Mark Victor Hansen’s book, “How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life.”
Alternatively, ask your local independent pharmacist which doctors in your area can help you. Independent pharmacies usually know which doctors do what.
7. Have regular daily bowel movements. (Sorry about the unpleasant subject, but it’s a must!) If your plumbing is clogged, it’s going to have a negative effect on the appearance of your skin. Fiber every day is essentialt. Consider daily use of psyllium and/or bran to stay regular. If you use bran and psyllium, it’s vital to drink lots (and I DO mean lots) of water with them. If you don’t drink water with bran and psyllium, you will wind up passing painfully hard “bricks.”
8. Live in a spirit of gratitude for absolutely everything. It releases “feel good” endorphins that will make your skin glow. Nothing is sexier. Don’t sweat the small stuff because it’s true that ultimately it’s all small stuff. Will you remember next week what you fussed about today? Not likely, so do your skin a favor and let stress, anger and resentment go!
9. When asked “How are you?” The response should always be “I’m fantastic.” It’s great for your skin because positive self-talk boosts release of “feel good” endorphins. And don’t ever, ever refer to yourself as an “old broad.” Have you ever seen an “old broad” with glowing skin? How you perceive yourself shows on your face! Refuse to have a “senior moment.” When you accept “senior moments,” you accept “oldness.” It means you are beginning to think and act as an old person. How you think and behave finds expression on your face in the form of frown lines and down-turned corners of the mouth. Everyone forgets now and then. Have you ever heard a young person, experiencing a memory lapse, explain it away with “Ooops, I’ve having a junior moment!” I doesn’t happen, right? If you can’t recall something, stop and give yourself time. It will come to you! Give your cognitive ability the benefit of the doubt. Instead of claiming a debilitating “senior moment” claim strong cognitive ability!
If you are experiencing memory lapses to the point that it bothers you, now is the time to increase anti-oxidants! Vitamins, C,E, alpha lipoic acid, l-acetyl carnitine, n-acetyl cysteine, and biotin and vitamin B12 in the form of under-the-tongue methycobalamin tablets. Many university scientists have done credible research that shows that brain-friendly anti-oxidants, taken very early on, can help stop the onset and progression of cognitive decline. In the meantime, no more “I must be getting old” and no more senior moments. Now is the time to take preventive action. Educate your self about what it takes to manage the aging process. Your skin will thank you.
10. Always wear a Mona Lisa smile. When the corners of your mouth are upturned, you not only look better, but it keeps facial muscles toned and you feel better. It will make others feel better as well, just to be around you. Take this test: When you are out and about, wear your Mona Lisa smile, and make eye-contact with people as they pass by and watch what happens. You will get happy smiles in return. You will make others feel good and you will feel great for having made their day. Bonus: You may meet someone wonderful!
11. Go out of your way to sincerely compliment other women who look good. People are blown away when a stranger comments positively on their appearance. (I do it all the time and have never had a negative response.) For example, at the supermarket one day, while on line, I saw an older woman who was particularly well dressed. She looked like she had really taken the time to put herself together. I asked the person behind me to hold my place in line, went over to her and whispered, “I just had to tell you — you look fantastic.” She lit up like a Christmas tree and thanked me profusely. Her husband beside her, filled with pride, nearly popped his shirt buttons. (I got a “two fer” that day!) When someone who doesn’t know you tells you how good you look, you know “you got it goin’ on.” When your skin knows you “done good,” it will reward you with a rosy glow all day long.
12. Don’t deprive yourself. Enjoy a piece of dark, organic chocolate now and then. Maybe even more often than “now and then” because dark chocolate is said to contain anti-oxidants which are great for the skin!
13. Surely you don’t smoke, do you? Nothing dries out the skin and makes it wrinkle prematurely than smoking. The lines above the lips – tattle-tale “I’m a smoker” lines aren’t the revenge of Mother Nature. They are self-imposed. And that dead, gray pallor – it’s not smog, it’s not air pollution, and it’s not inherited. It’s the result of tobacco poisoning. There is no way to put it kindly!
Bonus Tip: If your doctor agrees, get a prescription for Retin A cream. It is great for refining and smoothing the surface of the skin. But you must learn to use it correctly or you will experience unexpected redness and irritation. Just in case your doctor does not remind you: Use it only on clean DRY skin. If your skin isn’t completely dry it may become irritated. Use is sparingly. Begin by mixing about a small pea size amount with moisturizer . Reduce the amount of moisturizer as you see how your skin responds. Avoid getting it in your eyes.
Ask your doctor for additional advice.
Love and value yourself. Your body is the only one you will ever have. You can’t trade it in or move to something better. You have to take care of what you have. When you treat yourself well, it will show on your smooth, firm, glowing, gorgeous face!
Barbara Morris, R.Ph., is a pharmacist and author of “Put Old on Hold.” Visit her website at http://www.PutOldonHold.com and sign up for her content-rich monthly newsletter.