Youthful skin forever

Maintaining luscious, youthful skin well into your 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond requires simple muscle and moisture management, nutritional awareness and a positive lifestyle.

by Julia Busch — 

Maintaining luscious, youthful skin well into your 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond requires simple muscle and moisture management, nutritional awareness and a positive lifestyle.

Muscle management includes working the muscles that attach to the inner layer of your skin and determine your facial contours. While gravity pulls downward, well-chosen exercises, certain facial appliances and strategically applied acupressure can dramatically lift.

For instance, to bring “roses” to your cheeks and to plump up flattened tissue, press the acupoint that lies in a large depression along your upper cheekbones. It is about an inch below your eyes, on a line about even with the midpoint of your nose. Using your index finger pads, gently, but firmly, press into the large depression. Hold the pressure for seven seconds. Release, keeping your fingers in touch with your skin for five seconds. Repeat three times.

You can stroke your expression lines to smooth them. To lighten vertical lines between your eyebrows, draw a “V” beginning with your middle and index fingers touching at the top of your nose. Very gently stroke “the legs” of the V upwards 10 times as you deeply relax.

Facial acupressure can simultaneously improve your digestion and sleep, and stimulate your thyroid to further refine your complexion.

Moisture management includes sufficient water intake, limiting coffee, alcohol, diuretic drinks and medication and topically applying a moisture-retaining/attracting humectant.

Nutritional awareness is important, and skin-targeted, systemic supplements can radically improve skin tone in weeks. Many contain full-spectrum vitamin C  (vital for collagen production), plus additional nutraceuticals. The same supplements can re-grow and add thickness to your hair.

Look for topicals that include plant-derived ASCIII. It has been shown to thicken and increase flexibility by promoting youthful collagen III growth — the reason a child’s skin is plumper and more supple than an adult’s.

Positive lifestyle includes adequate rest and exercise, sensible eating habits, sun-skin care, the power of your positive personal image and confidence in your program.

 

Julia Busch is president of Anti-Aging Press, Inc., editor of the “So Young™” anti-aging holistic newsletter and author of 10 books. For free in-depth information on skincare, leave your name and address at: 800-SO-YOUNG (800-769-6864) or e-mail julia2@gate.net.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 26, Number 5, October/November 2007.

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