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Skin--YIKES

Updated on June 12, 2010

Wrinkles!

Skin

Your skin is the first thing that tells your age. The human skin alters over time and can change drastically as we age. As infants, our skin is smooth, rosy and very, very soft and resilient. As we age to adolescence, our skin is vigorous, taut, and still very flexible. During adolescence most of us start paying attention to our skin, its texture, and its appearance.

Then as we get to middle-age, which is now-a-days about 30-50 years old our skin starts to get small wrinkles. Where these wrinkles occur depends on things like if we have any expressions that are habits, such as wrinkling our forehead, squinting, etc. As we age further our skin becomes deeply creased and wrinkled. We need to find some actions to take to assist the skin in staying supple and soft while minimizing wrinkles.

Sweat

Bring a glass pan of water almost to a boil. Take the pan off the stove, add 5 drops of Rosemary essential oil, hold your face at least 12 inches above the pan and cover your head with a bath towel. Breathe in very, very slowly through your mouth at first so it doesn’t burn as much. You can also life up the towel to let in a little cool air. Tea Tree Essential, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender are also good essential oils to use. Be sure and get pure essential oils or they could give you a headache.

You really don’t have to use any oil to get the “sweat effect” of the water.The sweat glands and sebaceous glands are the gateway to the face, supplying nutrition and moisture to the skin while at the same time working to eliminate toxins and wastes. The sweat glands lie on the skin surface and ensure evaporation of wastes like carbon dioxide gas and other elements caused by toxins and wastes which, when not sweated out or eliminated in some other way, cause the body to experience fatigue.

The sebaceous glands lie above the hair roots and secrete an oily substance supplied by the subcutaneous fat. Wrinkling and sagging of skin occurs in old age because the subcutaneous fat shrinks and so hinders the secretion of oil by the sebaceous glands.

Massage/Stretching

Some people think if you manipulate the skin, move it around, stretching it gently, it will cause wrinkles. This is an old wives tale. Massage stimulates circulation activating dermal cells in the skin and causing invigoration of the sebaceous glands, stimulating them to secrete oil. At the same time it invigorates the skin surface activating the sweat glands and thus helping eliminate wastes. Stretching activates the skin’s sensitivity and helps prevent wrinkling by giving the skin resilience. So to help your skin age slower with massage and movement:

a. Give yourself a massage at least once a week or get a professional massage once a week and

b. include “very gently stretching the skin by moving your face around and then relaxing, and gentle tapotement.

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