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Skin Care Naturally for Aging Skin: Face Care after Fifty
Face Care after Menopause
Beautiful skin starts within. Without disguise, drugs or surgery, keep your best face forward as you approach and pass your fifties. Enjoy menopause. Delay laughter lines at the eyes, lines at the lips, and furrows in the forehead. Delete eye pouches, drooping jowls, and neck skin that slides south.
As menopause approaches and the woman's hormones change, the skin tone softens. Collagen in the structure of the skin that keeps young skin elastic and fine-pored collapses, resulting in skin that looks its age. Natural face care after fifty and yoga can keep you looking your best. Here are some skin care tips for radiant, beautiful skin.
Drink 8 glasses of water daily to keep skin cells hydrated and maintain internal pressure in the cells and in the tissue. This means water, in addition to glasses of tea, juice, milk or your favourite beverage. 8 glasses of water daily will make your urine pale in colour rather than dark yellow and strong smelling, and your bowels will move easily every day.
Keep a watertight container in your shower filled with uniodized sea salt. Put about 1/2 teaspoon on a washcloth and gently massage your face, avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes. Rinse well with water. Avoid using soap or drying cleaning products on your face. Sea salt exfoliates the surface layers of dead skin on face, hands, elbows and feet, rejuvenating the skin, unblocking pores and leaving a soft glow in the complexion.
3. Moisturize often
Use a moisturizer after showering or washing your face, and before going outside into the weather. Use it again at night before you sleep. This protects your skin from water loss through evaporation. I love The Body Shoppe Cocoa Butter Body Butter but you need to experiment to find what works best for your skin.
4. Use sun protection
Wear a hat and glasses and use sunscreen with PDF factor of 15 or higher. Stay out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm and don't allow yourself to sunburn. The damage caused by the sun accumulates in the base cells of the skin and shows up years later in prematurely aging skin, in wrinkles, age spots caused by clumps of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour, and a form of cancer called melanoma.
5. Nourish your skin--
with a balanced, organic diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E helps the body build skin tissue, so eat foods rich in vitamin E, such as vegetable oils, legumes, legumes, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed cereal grains.
Inversions Keep Young Skin at Fifty
6. Twist and invert.
People who practice yoga have noticeably clear, smooth skin even at fifty-five and beyond. If you aren't already doing a yoga practice at least once a week, start now. Here are some postures that you can do at home.
Postures that twist the torso wring out the organs, especially the intestines, bowels and liver, to promote cleansing on a deep cellular level. After the pose is released, fresh oxygenated blood floods to the region, nourishing the cells and tissues and allowing each organ to function perfectly.
How do these organs keep the skin clear and smooth? The liver has many functions in the body, and is one of the most important filters. If it is clogged up with impurities from food chemicals and additives, or with metabolic wastes, it cannot function optimally to filter impurities from the blood. This results in bad breath, pimples and blotches on the skin, and dull hair. Twisting and squeezing the intestines and bowels stimulate them, helping to move the stool through the digestive channel so the body can cleanse and eliminate waste.
Hold these postures pictured and breathe fully for 5 to 10 breaths: Seated Half Twist, Windmill, Revolving Triangle
Postures that invert the body reverse the effect of gravity. We spend most of hour waking hours standing or sitting upright, so gravity is constantly pulling every tissue and cell down. Have you ever watched what happens when you turn an oil and vinegar salad dressing bottle upside down? The separated layers of oil and vinegar mix up again, effortlessly.
How does this help the skin? Similar to the salad dressing, turning the body upside down stirs up stagnant blood and brings everything into circulation so the body functions better. Inversions allow stagnant toxins and metabolic wastes that accumulate in the lower part of the organs and in the lower limbs and feet to return to the heart and be filtered out in the liver for clear skin, bright eyes, and shining hair. These inverted postures also help antibodies to circulate back through the lymph system and help us fend off sickness.
Hold these postures pictured and breathe fully for 5 to 10 breaths: Downward Facing Dog, Legs up the Wall, Reverse Pose
7. Practice facial massage daily with a quality massage oil, or organic olive or sesame oil. Massage releases tension from the muscles underlying the skin and helps to erase wrinkles and furrows caused by laughter and worry. Gentle, circular or spiral motions release toxins from the cells of the skin and sub-cutaneous tissues, bringing softness and glow to the skin. The result is healthy, supple skin that is moisturized and healthy without being oily. You can see a video of how to do it here.
8. Love yourself, honour your inner divine nature, and be happy.
Nothing lasts forever, not youth, not beauty, not life, and recognizing the beauty of evanescence is what makes us free. Non-attachment brings freedom from suffering.