We’ve all seen the results of some of these high tech surgical and otherwise invasive procedures like Botox, eye lifts and facelifts and other procedures. With a few exceptions, many times the effects of these anti-aging procedures are the exact opposite of “beauty” because they really make a person look less “real”.
Real beauty is aging gracefully by using the weapons that nature has given you to help keep your skin youthful and supple. Here I’m going to talk about some of the best ways to keep your skin in tip top shape for years to come – and to look naturally beautiful.
Avoid sleeping on your side
This is an old piece of advice given by beauty mavens for decades, but it holds absolutely true. It is perfect in its simplicity and you can see the principle at work in your nightly routine if you take notice.
Sleeping on your side often creates pressure on your face because it is pushed up against the pillow all night long. It is put in such a position that it can form wrinkles and fine lines that eventually stay there permanently. This is especially true as we age because our skin becomes more rigid and less able to spring back from prolonged pressure (and gravity) like this.
If you sleep on your back, you will awake to a wrinkle free face every morning. It also helps prevent those dreaded “cleavage wrinkles” that women tend to get from sleeping on their side.
This is something that I adhere to personally as I’ve seen frequent exfoliation make a world of difference in my skin. I’m 38 years old, and I exfoliate my skin about twice a week. I have thick skin, so I can exfoliate vigorously without irritating my skin too badly.
Exfoliation can be as simple as using an abrasive skin pad in the shower or a loofah. You can also use mechanical devices sold for home use such as home microdermabrasion kits. Whatever your choice, exfoliation is a key way to renew the skin’s cells and also to help stimulate the production of new collagen.
I like to follow up my exfoliation with a potent vitamin C serum (I’m working on perfecting one now for my product line actually). It stings when I put it on since the skin cells are so new, but I awake to brighter, smoother skin the next morning.
Quality and quantity : Sleep
Human growth hormone (HGH) is responsible for the majority of our youthful characteristics including keeping the skin lifted, plump and toned. It helps keep skin smooth and supple, the hair deeply colored and soft, and energy levels high. It also happens to produce at peak levels during the critical hours of deep sleep we get every night.
If your sleep cycles are interrupted, are not deep enough, or you aren’t giving yourself enough time to get the right kind of sleep, you are compromising your body’s ability to produce enough of this important hormone. This can lead to accelerated skin aging and hamper your efforts for more youthful, healthy skin.