We’re a Mess!
We’re starting to realize that antibiotics, chemicals, processed foods, sleep deprivation and stress are taking their toll on our bodies, minds and spirits. While we’re grateful for good health, convenient household products and simplified meal preparation, we know that in using them, we’re paying a price. Diseases are becoming more and more antibiotic-resistant, and we’re learning about probiotics to restore healthy gut flora. Our new carpets and furnishings are emitting noxious gases. Cleaning agents are killing good bacteria with the bad. In our fast-paced lives, we are sleeping less, eating mostly carbs and suffering from tension-related ailments. When I looked in the mirror, I saw the toll my life was taking.
How You Look Tells How You Feel
In the morning, I looked at myself. I saw my frizzled, lackluster bedhead. I had raccoon rings under my eyes. I had stayed up too late again, because I just couldn’t go to bed before I read one last chapter, watched the end of a movie, played Words with Friends ™ and ate some SoDelicious.™ I saw that when I squished my face to the left, it stayed that way for a little too long. I saw a hint of gray, the odd chin whisker and some hairline keratoses, those lovely moles my dad gets. I was definitely showing more wear than I was comfortable with!
Effective anti-aging takes ongoing self-evaluation. It’s about taking good care of ourselves. Sometimes, I’m my own worst enemy, so I’ve decided to take charge. With a good regimen, I know I can feel – and look – my best!
Make a Plan
- Sleep 7-8 hours each night.
- Eat a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Use natural cleaning products.
- Manage allergens in the environment.
- Practice good skincare, with natural soaps, astringents, moisturizers and makeup.
These were my main problems:
1-Staying Up Too Late
My eyes had dark circles and I was irritable.
2-Not Drinking Enough Water
My skin was sallow and losing elasticity. I was suffering the effects of dehydration, not just age.
Strong scents, pollen and dust were making me sick. My nose and eyes itched. I was breaking out, puffy and red. My skin was as stressed as my sinuses, and I was touching my face constantly.
4- Unbalanced Diet
I was deficient in vitamin A and zinc. My hair was dull and falling out, and my scalp hurt. My eyes were strained and I rubbed them often.
5-Needed Gentler Skincare and Hypoallergenic Cosmetics
I was washing and applying witch hazel too vigorously. I wasn’t moisturizing, for fear of aggravating my oily t-zone. Now I use a light moisturizer that’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
I wasn’t healthy, so my face was no longer glowing and youthful. We all suffer the gradual onset of age. With good skincare, we can keep our skin healthy and camouflage life’s little imperfections. What we can’t do is hide behind our makeup. Step out and look at yourself. Get healthy and be beautiful!