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Look 15 Years Younger Without Plastic Surgery!

Updated on July 16, 2010

Scandinavian grandmother's beauty secrets revealed!

Would you like to look up to 15 years younger without plastic surgery? Well, sit back and read on, because I am going to finally reveal my long held beauty secrets, because everyone should be able to feel good about themselves at any age.

Have you ever heard about Scandinavian women having beautiful skin? Being of Scandinavian heritage I will tell you that not ALL Scandinavian women have beautiful skin. I have plenty of cousins who look many years old than they really are! Even with good genetics on their side, they are not beating the clock. However there are plenty of other women in my family who are simply ageless.

So what is the real secret of those Scandinavian beauties? Its really very simple, they stay out of the SUN!! They also avoid tanning beds like the plague. The sun will ruin your skin faster than any other thing. Both the sun and tanning beds can also give you deadly skin cancer. In fact, I recently saw a segment on TV which says that tanning beds are causing more and more skin cancer, especially in younger women. Skin cancer is not easily treated and can lead to death, so we are talking about a lot more than just beauty here.

If you feel that you must look tanned, try a spray on tan. It looks natural, and it cannot harm you.

But this is just the beginning. If you want to stay young looking, get rid of the cigarettes! Besides not being good for you, smoking is very, very aging. Just look at any smoker and you will see what I mean. Smoking if no longer considered glamorous, it is an ugly, dirty, and disgusting habit.

Watch how much you drink. Did you know that even women who are moderate drinkers have a higher incidence of breast cancer? If you choose to drink, try wine, and don't consume more than 5 oz a day.

Are you spending tons of money on beauty creams? Do you really think they are working? They probably are not worth the money you are paying for them. You won't need these expensive creams if you don't strip all the natural oils from your skin in the first place. Use plain witch hazel to cleanse your face if it feels oily. If it does not feel oily, simply use water. My great grandmother, a legendary Scandinavian beauty, gave me this bit of advice when I was 12 years old, and it has served me well. She died at the age of 98, and her skin was still beautiful! In fact she did not look much older than a woman over the age of 40.

My great grandmother also slept in a recliner! She claimed that if you slept lying down that fluids collect in your skin and you wake up all puffy eyed and bloated faced. This stretches the skin out, causing sags, bags and wrinkles. Sleeping upright avoids this.

If you simply cannot sleep upright in a recliner, then avoid eating 6 hours before bedtime to keep the bloating in your face while sleeping to a minimum. This will help, believe me, and it will also keep your weight down.

Another beauty secret that I have found is the 99 cent vitamin e stick at Wal-Mart. It looks like lipstick and is so easy to apply, just smooth on frown lines and watch them disappear! You should also use it on your lips to keep them super plump and hydrated. The more hydrated your lips, the bigger they look. This little stick is also great for under the eye. It keeps that delicate eye area firm and wrinkle free.

Another way to keep your face youthful is to take care of your teeth. If you lose teeth, it will affect the way your jaw line looks. Taking good care of your mouth helps with your over all health. Did you know that rotten teeth and gum disease can lead to heart problems and is considered to be the cause of death for many of the Egyptian pharaohs? Taking good care of your teeth will not only make you look young and beautiful, it will also help you stay healthy and live a longer, happier life.

Skin cancer is ugly and deadly, stay out of the sun!

Once again, here is a run down of my most important beauty secrets.

So, here they are again! My nine beauty secrets that can make you look up to 15 years younger without expensive plastic surgery.

1. Stay out of the sun.

2. Stay out of tanning beds.

3. Don't smoke.

4. Don't drink.

5. Wash you face with witch hazel if oily, with normal skin just use water.

6. Sleep in a recliner, with your head elevated.

7. No food 6 hours before bedtime.

8. 99 cent Vitamin E stick from Walmart.

9. Practise good dental health.


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    • Granny's House profile image

      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      My father-in-law says he never uses soap on his face. He has nice skin. He is 80 years old

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      8 years ago

      great tips

      Thank you

    • antiaging analyst profile image

      antiaging analyst 

      8 years ago from Santa Monica

      Staying out of the sun as much as you can is great advice. If you do have to be out, it's also important to choose the right sunscreen. There are tons of harmful chemicals in sunscreens - especially oxybenzone - which can actually CAUSE cancer.

    • FirstStepsFitness profile image


      8 years ago

      Great Hub ! Good advice concerning skin cancer risks too. I would like to add a few items under the sun avoidance category

      Apply sunblock not sunscreen 30 minutes before going out into the sun , daily , reapply hourly . Wear a wide brim hat ( not a baseball cap ) . Wear sunglasses because the eyes are very sensitive to the sun and it reduces squinting .

      If you do require surgery for removal of any facial suspicious areas for testing , a plastic surgeon does a better cosmetic surgery .

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      8 years ago

      very useful, thanks a lot.

    • theindianblues profile image


      8 years ago from Some where on the Globe

      Very informative hub. I have a friend who is suffering with the same issue and provided the hub details to her. Good initiation but who loves to follow the last ones - the beauty secrets - every one feels after they gets any effects. Good sharing, thank you!!

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks Jman0001!

      Although there is a resemblence, no, the second photo is not me. I found it online at google images.

      I'm not sure how wise it is to put a photo online, even if it is a little one! You just never know who is going to start to fixate over it! Being a pretty woman yourself, I am sure you know what I mean!

      Thanks for you comment and welcome to hub pages!

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Nice hub with great information. The sleeping in a recliner with head elevated is a new one for me.

      I'm curious about the second photo which is a face shot. Is that your picture? It looks similar to your hub picture :)

    • vivekananda profile image


      8 years ago from India

      Nice info and good tips. By the way, I also want to add 2 more tips here. Walking in the early morning and in the evening hours can keep the skin stretched and look younger, for a long time. Also drink lots of water, especially as soon as you wake up and with empty stomach, in the morning. On a daily basis, we need to drink about 1.5 - 2 litres of water.

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      8 years ago

      When I was just a very young girl I met a woman who was well into her sixties (I only know this because she told me) who had the most beautiful smooth, radiant skin I had ever seen. Yes, I mean nicer than that of twenty-year-olds. Her secret she told me was to avoid the sun! So true. Good post.

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for your comment Dreamreachout, You always get me thinking,,,

      There are many reasons women have a higher incidence of breast cancer in the USA compared to India.

      Here are a few..abortion, failure to breast feed, flouride in the drinking water, HRT- hormone replacement therapy, meat and fat laden diet, more than 2 alcoholic drinks a week,unneccesay hysterectomies...this is just off the top of my head. Most people have no idea the Un natural life they are living, until it is too late. You probably don't have these problems in India. In many ways you are probably healthier than Americans!

      As for skin cancer, I think we have more skin cancer here because our skin burns very easily in the sun. It only takes 10 minutes and I will be burned red as a beet. I really have to be careful, I never go out in the sun between 11-2. Those that lay out in the sun to get tanned pay the price. They age by a good 15 years, plus they get skin cancer, they would be better off getting a spray on tan!

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      8 years ago

      This subject is totally confusing to me!! Its summer here for nine months and what do we do who have outdoor jobs in difficult mining areas!! Another notable point is, there is very low breast cancer incident amongst Indian women!! Would await enlightment on the subject further!!

    • elayne001 profile image


      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I would also lie in the sun to get a great tan during the summer months when I was a teen. Looked great then, but I have had a couple of pre-cancerous skin tags and the age spots on the face are hard to get rid of. I also believe you need to keep hydrated - older women tend not to drink enough fluids and their skin gets drapey. I also wrote a hub about this some time ago:

      Staying out of the sun is just part of what it takes to stay looking young, but I agree that it is a big part. Thanks.

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      Ryan Clinton 

      8 years ago from

      I was on the swim team when I was young. Had a melanoma when I was 23. Im happy to wear long sleeves when I garden these days. Thanks for the tips. by the way is that your real photo? You farm girls sure are hot.

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      Enelle Lamb 

      8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I used to lie in the sun when I was younger - I still love the sun, but I'm not as concerned with being tanned like I used to be. A healthy glow works for me :D

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      8 years ago from California Gold Country

      I grew up in sunny Southern California where everyone went to the beach and baked in the sun. Being a fair-skinned blonde, I really never tanned well. I just burned. I learned to wear a hat and a long-sleeved shirt. It probably saved me from some later difficulties.

      Good advice in your hub.

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Carson Creek, you are right, if you believe you are beautiful and project that, people will think the same. It is always the confident women that are seen as beautiful, with Sarah Palin being a good example of that.

      It is also refreshing when people are not all so perfect, those little flaws just make us more human. I would hate to be with a guy who was perfect in every way, it would be exhausting!!

      Actually, I think people are far more interesting and sexy once they start to age a little and are no longer a perfect BLANK slate.

    • Carson Creek profile image

      Carson Creek 

      9 years ago

      Natural beauty has always appealed to me. Anyone can get "get work done" to change their outward appearance. I've always admired the people who aren't afraid to show what they've got naturally. It's the uniqueness that makes us who we are so show it off and be proud of it. Beauty starts with ones view of themselves. If you believe than others will follow.

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I just want people to know that they can avoid having plastic surgery if they just take care of what they have to begin with. I really don't think plastic surgery makes people look better, i think they just look different.

      Usually a certain softness is lost to the face after plastic surgery. Google images of Cheryl Ladd or Kim Basinger and you will see what I mean!

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      9 years ago

      Wow that image was cringe worthy. I agree that it is amazing that women are still injuring their skin in order to be tanned when there are so many self-tanning or indoor tanning options available now.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Magnoliazz, Wonderful and helpful hub! Tahnk You for sharing your beauty serets! Witch Hazel is a great natural astringent! Blessings!!

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      If you wear sunglasses and a big hat, that should help somewhat, but you are would be difficult to totally stay out of the sun in a country like Israel.

    • shai77 profile image


      9 years ago

      Cool tips and thanks for the info

      I always try not to be to much in the sun though it is quite hard in Israel

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      kartika damon 

      9 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      I love that you tell it like it is about tanning and skin cancer - it's sad so many women are still tanning and turning into leather!

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      Elzbieta Marcjanek 

      9 years ago

      thankyou for beaty secrets

    • magnoliazz profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you Veronica!

      maybe you would like to share some of those tips with us too!

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago

      Great tips! My grandmother too was great about giving us simple and cost effective beauty secrets. I know many will appreciate these tips. Keep them coming!


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