Revive Aging Skin from the Inside Out

Aging is a fact of life, but beauty and well-being is a choice.  As we age, our hormone levels can shift resulting in decreased estrogen levels. The result on the skin is thinning, sagging, dryness, and wrinkling.
Here are some suggestions to keep your skin looking radiant and youthful during the aging process:

  1. Hydrate inside and out: The older you get, the thirstier your skin gets. The skin’s oil glands aren’t as active as they were in your younger years.  In order to keep your skin hydrated, drink  at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day.  
  2. Eat up: Nutrition plays a major role in the condition of your skin. Among the most beneficial food elements for aging skin are antioxidants, which can help combat the effects of the loss of skin-plumping collagen. Antioxidants are found primarily in brightly colored fruits and vegetables.  An antioxidant supplement should also be considered, such as Vinali, which contains grape seed extract, Vitamin C and Acerola Cherry to protect against free radical damage, or Beauty Boost, which contains Dermaval, a proprietary blend of extracts from nine superfoods.
  3. Stay active: Exercise tones more than your muscles. It boosts circulation of oxygen-rich blood needed to help your skin look brighter and healthier.
  4. Bust stress: Stress is a proven primary factor in aging. It can dry out your skin, making it more sensitive and prone to wrinkling. Regular exercise is a great stress-buster, as are meditation;, adequate sleep (aim for eight hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly), and – believe it or not – laughter. A great laugh boosts heart rate, stimulates blood circulation, and aids muscle reaction.http://

Reviving aging skin requires a multi-factorial approach and a commitment to health and well-being.  It is a commitment you won’t regret as the golden years approach.

The Makeup Crutch

I love makeup as much as the next girl – the new bold matte lipsticks, cat eyes, and long lush lashes. But I don’t feel like I need a full face of makeup to be seen by the world.
I am comfortable in my skin because I take care of it. At my age, I am proud to note makeup is a choice, not a necessity. My usual routine is minimal, and I can be ready to go in about five minutes.
Most women I know wouldn’t be seen without makeup. They won’t run to the grocery store or even out to the mailbox without it.
My teenage sons report they don’t recognize girls at school without makeup on because they look so different. My single male friends worry that their dates would be unrecognizable without their full face of makeup.
How did women get this way? Makeup should enhance us, not change us or hide us.
If your makeup routine leaves you concealing and contouring too much, it may be time to invest in taking care of your skin. Instead of covering texture irregularities, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, use good skin care to improve these imperfections so that your natural beauty can shine through.
There are a lot of women out there that state they are proud of their dark spots, wrinkles, and poor skin quality. They state it is their “Badge of Honor,” that the “lines tell their story” – a tale of a life well lived. I completely understand this opinion, but if they are being true to themselves, they wouldn’t wear makeup to cover any of those imperfections.
If these women want to show their poor skin off as a “Badge of Honor,” why do they spend hours covering it with makeup?
If you’re ready to transform your skin and restore its natural luster and beauty, check out my Clearly Luminous Kit.

Don't Let Menopause Wreck Your Skin

There a few inevitable facts of life for women. Menopause is one of them, but aged, sagging and wrinkling skin doesn’t have to be.
The hormonal changes that menopause brings include an estrogen drop that can make you prone to thinning, sagging, and wrinkling skin. Your body’s collagen production slows down, and you lose some of the fat under your skin, reducing its elasticity.
Moisture also is sapped. Visible results include sagging around the neck, jawline and cheeks, crow’s feet, fine lines above the lip, and wrinkles.
Fortunately, there are multiple steps you can take to help you defy the aging process and keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant.

  1. Keep it clean: Cleanse your skin each day with a high-quality, cream-based cleanser.
  2. Hydrate: After menopause, oil glands are less active, which makes your skin drier. Skip those long, hot showers, use a cream-based moisturizer while your skin is still damp, and remember to hydrate from the inside, too, by drinking lots of water throughout the day.
  3. Be sun-smart: As you age, your skin has less natural protection. Use a broad-spectrum moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher and a wide brimmed hat every time you venture out into the sun to avoid wrinkles and age spots. Be sure to protect your hands, too. Wear gloves while doing yardwork and housework.
  4. Load up on antioxidants: Choose foods rich in antioxidants to help boost collagen content and strengthen your skin from the inside out, and consider an antioxidant supplement.
  5. Work it out: Regular exercise boosts blood circulation, which delivers extra oxygen to your body’s tissues, boosting its vibrancy.
  6. Relax: Stress can sap your skin’s moisture, making it sensitive and prone to the effects of aging. Manage your stress well and make sure you get plenty of sleep each night. Make sure you take time for yourself daily.
  7. Pamper yourself: Regular facials or chemical peels tailored for your unique skincare needs can help you restore and maintain a healthy, vibrant and youthful look.