I can remember hearing the sobs of a friend’s older sister. She was engaged to be married but that was not the reason why she was crying. She was deathly afraid for her fiancé to see her without makeup. She wore what she considered a lot of cover up and had never shown him her natural face. She was distraught and afraid to get married for fear of what he might think.
Advertising suggests to us what beauty should look like by showing perfect air-brushed faces. This our society sets as the standard for beauty and we try to measure up. In order to do that, we spend inordinate amounts of money on skin care treatments in hopes to keep our looks supple and youthful. Here’s a fact; as we age, everyone develops wrinkles. It is our mark of wisdom. Wrinkles tell the story of numerous experiences, trials and tribulations. Yes, age will bring us wrinkles but it will also bring us a richness that money cannot buy.
Speaking of which, you cannot purchase beauty in a jar, bag, box or tube for this is the wrong mindset. Beauty comes from within and is radiated outward. This shows the world that we are comfortable in our own skin. That said…there are things you can do to slow down the aging process. These are things that you should do out of love for yourself and appreciation for the body you were given. Here is a list of things you can do each and every day to show your body how much you love it.
Eat quality nutrient dense foods – The foods that you eat will slow down the aging process and protect your skin from wrinkling. These foods are particularly good for the skin: brussel sprouts, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, celery, kale, cod liver oil, walnuts and sesame seeds. Stay away from poly-unsaturated oils such as vegetable and canola oils as they produce free radicals that break down cell walls.
Hydrate – Drink water throughout the day. It is especially important to your cells to drink a large mug full of warm water when you first get up in the morning.
Get enough sleep – The body needs time to rest and rejuvenate. It is important to turn off the lights around 10:00 pm for the body to get its needed beauty rest. Remember: Benjamin Franklin’s quote: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Exercise – When you exercise, you bring blood to the facial area which helps your complexion. Exercising also will keep you in shape which will make you feel good.
Fresh Air – We are not meant to stay indoors for hours at a time with no source of fresh air. For at least ½ hour a day, get outside. This will improve your entire circulatory system.
Healthy Thoughts = Healthy skin. Our facial expressions say a lot. When we crinkle our forehead, frown or burrow our eyebrows, we see lines develop. Instead show the world a smile.
Your skin is your biggest organ and sucks up everything you put on it. If your facial cream is loaded with toxins, they will make their way into your blood stream and be pumped throughout your body. If you cannot eat your facial cream, it doesn’t belong on your skin. Here are two wrinkles preventers you can make in your own kitchen:
Mix one egg yolk (pasture raised chicken), 1 tablespoon food grade vegetable glycerin and 1 teaspoon honey. Use on skin twice a day for 10 minutes.
Mix 1 oz raw honey, 1 cup raw milk and 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel. Apply to skin with cotton ball twice daily.
About the Author: Christine Segal, M.Ed., is a Certified Holistic Health
Coach having studied at Integrative Nutrition. She has her own business called Inner Beauty Workshops where she teaches clients how to generate beauty from the inside out. Christine is currently studying to become a Doctor of Spiritual Studies at Emerson Theological Institute. She hosts a weekly radio show on Freedomizer Radio called WakeUP & Live. Website (www.innerbeautyworkshops.com) Facebook: