These days, I often hear, “Wow, you have such beautiful skin!” Happily, I was blessed with good genes as my 94-year-old mother has always had a glorious complexion. However, after menopause, a dramatic change occurred in my skin’s elasticity plus some alarming spots showed up on my face out of nowhere.
Naturally, I started researching to get some answers by scouring the internet, consulting a myriad of people and discussing collagen, hormones and skin for hours with nutrition experts. Then, I undertook my own self-experimentation. I purchased a host of facial massagers, creams and scrubs from various companies, explored peptide creams, alphahydroxy serums, intensive vitamin C serums, exfoliators, steams, herbal preparations, balms and needle rollers.
These Four Products Made a World of Difference
- Exfoliation. According to many dermatologists, daily exfoliation is the secret to healthy, youthful skin. However, exfoliation must be done all the way down the neck, over the shoulders and across the décolletage. Various price levels of products are available, but the key is finding an effective product that does not rip or damage your skin. Break the bank if you so choose, but if you are frugal or practical by nature, you need not flush your hard-earned dollars down the drain. Treat yourself well by investing in a high quality exfoliant that isn’t necessarily top of the line, but works well on your skin. Then, purchase some lower end natural products, and alternate. Try the Dermalogica product line, especially the Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant with its warming action. The vitamin-packed scrub truly removes the dead cells from the surface skin. Afterwards, your face will feel and look amazing!
- Collagen. Did you know that collagen is the foundation for plump, glowing skin? If leading a long, healthy life is your top priority, you may be averse to ingesting hormones. Happily, you can ingest collagen by simmering whole chickens in a crockpot to make your own bone broth, freeze it, then drinking a cup a day. While soup tastes delicious, but very messy and time consuming. You can also use the boxed bone broth to make soup, along with three scoops of collagen powder a day to also support healthy bones and joints. Many brands of collagen power are available, some contain peptides and other supplements, others do not. You can use it in your tea, morning coffee, hot chocolate, soup, and yogurt. I recommend Collagen Peptides Powder (16oz) | Grass-Fed, Certified Paleo Friendly, Non-Gmo and Gluten Free – Unflavored, a highly effective product that is safe for celiac sufferers.
- Sleep. Without sleep, a woman can look older than her real age At times, if you feel over-stimulated by the day’s events, you may find it tough to fall asleep. In order to soothe your fractured nerves at night, you need to enact sleep-promoting routines that still the mind and support relaxation. Many types of calming herbal teas abound but the following two not only taste divine but also contain sleep-inducing properties. Sip them while massaging your feet and hands with a rich emollient lotion as you say your daily gratitudes and affirmations before bed. If your personal space is not quiet enough, use ear plugs to block out extraneous sounds. Wear a sleep mask and make sure to turn off any night lights or digital lights. You can even use free apps on your iphone with nature or ocean sounds. You can order both of these on Amazon.com. Bigelow Tea Herbal Tea Sweet Dreams 20 bag (Pack of 3) & Organic India Organic Tulsi Herbal Tea, Sweet Rose, 18 Tea Bags (Pack of 2)
- Self-Massage. A five-minute daily self-massaging practice of rubbing your lymph nodes, scalp, feet, entire body is not only deeply relaxing, but it also helps release toxins from your body. Self-massage can promote proper glandular function and maintains the skin’s integrity. So, make facial massage part of your daily regimen to as to reduce your stress levels while enhancing your skin’s natural oil production. By the way, yoga preserves the body so well at any age that savvy physicians now recommend it to their patients as a proactive health care tool.
These four basics form the foundation for glowing skin and your healthy well being.
Here’s wishing you both inner and outer beauty!