5 Best Anti-Aging Tips

As a woman who values looking healthy as well as attractive, you’ll appreciate these five best anti-aging tips. Follow these suggestions to help you feel as good on the inside as you look on the outside.


Drink Anti-Aging Tea
Have you ever looked at a woman and wondered what her secret is to looking so young? The answer could be in your own pantry. It turns out that the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, has anti-aging properties. This ingredient is often found in skincare products due to its efficacy in fighting the common signs of aging such as inflammation, redness, and wrinkles. You can get similar results by drinking all forms of tea, and even doing that old trick of placing wet tea bags on tired eyelids.

Wear a Carotenoid Mask
As we age, capillaries are more prone to breakage, leading to splotchy, red-looking skin. Carotenoids have been shown to slow down vascular aging, so you can have younger looking skin longer. One easy way to harvest the benefits of carotenoids is to make a DIY facemask of ¼ cup grated raw carrots (which are rich in carotenoids), blended with 1-1/2 teaspoon of mashed avocado. (Avocado is a rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants.) Apply to clean skin and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry.

Exercise Your Body
It turns out that exercise does more than make you look good. According to several recent studies, it can also slow the hands of time. Be careful not to overdo the exercise, though. More is not necessarily better. In fact, too much exercise can lead to the oxidative stress that makes you age faster. Experts recommend 20 minutes of daily exercise, which can be as passive as yoga or as intense as kickboxing. The intensity is up to you and the level of movement you’re most comfortable with.

Exercise Your Brain
One of the most common signs of aging is reduced cognitive ability. Seniors often have slower response times when figuring out problems or reacting to unexpected situations. You can slow cognitive decline by exercising your brain. Participate in problem-solving games like Sudoku and word jumbles, and make a point of learning new things such as photography or crafts. Remember the adage, “use it or lose it,” and resolve to use your brain as much as possible.

Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol in moderate use is generally accepted as being okay. However, alcohol has been associated with speeding up the aging process. In particular, if you’re a person who has depended on alcohol for a number of years, this can lead to a neurological decline that is further along than it should be for your age. Resveratrol, a component found in red wine, has been linked to anti-aging properties, but you can get the same from eating red grapes. Looking to stay young? Consider abstaining, or at least cutting back.

These five key anti-aging tips will help you to look and feel young for as long as possible. Remember that aging is a natural part of a healthy life. The goal is to age well, not to prevent aging completely.

Massage and Longevity

More people in the U.S. are using massage and acupressure as a path to healing. Holistic can be a scary and mysterious word for many Westerners, however, once we break it down it is not so strange. Because it’s different, many people are uncomfortable, or shut down when they hear the word holistic. Even worse, most people think it is a lesser or inferior approach to a healthy life. Honestly, holistic medicine will never achieve the drastic results that can be achieved by procedures developed, honed and nearly perfected in the West. But the idea is to use such drastic procedures sparingly. Many people use an holistic approach to life that allows them to live long, happy, fully-engaged lives, without ever needing any nasty, bloody, intrusive and expensive procedures or drugs. Western medicine has traditionally compartmentalized the health of individuals, which means patients needs are broken into categories for treatment: psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, etc. However, a holistic approach doesn’t segment people and seeks to heal the entire person in subtle, incremental ways that lead to greater wellness and higher levels of good energy. Massage is an easy and popular form of holistic medicine.

If you asked most Westerners, Is massage medicine? all but a few would answer No Most of us think of medicine as expensive pills, injections and inhalers. People rely on theses medications and we are happy to have them. Adding massage as a legitimate form of treatment is something that is currently taking hold in our healthcare system. Massage, acupuncture, acupressure, and their underlying philosophies are being investigated and accepted by an increasing number of Western nurses, therapists and medical doctors. Accredited programs that secure patient and consumer safety are evolving to meet the demands of people seeking greater wellness. Additionally, more health insurance companies and public programs are paying for massage therapy. What is greater wellness? Wellness does involve health, but health, so often, only addresses the immediate physical state of a person. Great wellness can be described as the flourishing of the entire person, in addition to the absence of disease. Wellness allows people to meet the demands of everyday life, whether they be physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, financial and so on. Massage improves wellness and creates a positive balance in energy levels. With higher levels of positive energy, all systems work in synergy as one system. Living organisms are supple and organic and require an open-minded path to health, not the auto mechanic mentality that prevails over the modern healthcare system. A holistic outlook doesn’t have the same mechanized approach that we’re used to in the West.

The body and mind, for example, are not seen as separate mechanisms operating next to each other. Instead, they are seen as extensions of one source of energy that fuels and powers an organism. This source of energy (in Chinese medicine, which is over 2,000 years old and still practiced, it is called Chi or i) manifests itself in varying degrees, from something as material as immune cell activity, to something as immaterial as the mind. So, some of this may sound foreign and strange. There’s really no need to overthink it. When someone feels good, the whole being is better off. Decision-making, processing life events and hand-eye coordination, can all show improvement after a massage therapy regimen. If you like getting massages, there’s good news Ò receiving regular massage, consistently, has the potential to create a cumulative effect of feeling well and feeling better. Massage is exponentially more powerful as a healthcare tool the more often it is received by a patient or client. People who get massage regularly show greater improvement in health and notice a reduction in pain and muscular tension, as well as improved posture, according to Anne Williams in her book Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists She says, People regularly make a commitment to fitness. People regularly make a commitment to changing their diet.

The difference they’d experience if they regularly made a commitment to massage is mind-blowing What you can expect from massage: Alleviate low-back pain and increase range of motion. Create body self-awareness. Improve muscle tone and stimulate their nerve supply. Improve elasticity of skin and promote rejuvenation. Improve sleep and calm the mind. Increase endorphin and serotonin production. Reduce edema, as well as joint inflammation. Release bad posture from previous injuries. Stimulate lymph circulation and enhance immunity. Increased body awareness is a newer element in the healthful prospects of massage. Karrie Osborn writes about this in her article Massage Multiplied: Benefits of Massage Improve with Frequency On the surface, this benefit shows itself as increased flexibility, but on a deeper, neurological level a lot more is happening. According to sports massage expert Benny Vaughn, owner of Athletic Therapy Center in Fort Worth, Texas, structured touch stimulus enhances the nervous system’s sensory and spatial processing capacity. He says, The person becomes aware of their body’s movement in space and becomes more aware of tightness or pain long before it reaches a critical point of mechanical dysfunction Simply put, massage helps you dial in to yourself and the space around you.

Professional athletes and the elderly can improve their performance and health with massage. Strength, flexibility, focus, coordination and healing power will improve with massage, especially as part of an entire wellness plan that includes nutrition, physical activity, socialization, mediation and prayer. Massage can lead to faster recovery time after intense workouts, or after a stay in the hospital. Men and women experience high levels of negative stress that deteriorate their health and happiness. Stress helps motivate people  it helps them get their work done and reach their goals. But after stress breaches a threshold, that helpful positive stress turns into destructive negative stress.

You can imagine a massage therapist scrubbing and rinsing away the residual negative stress. Massage washes it away and helps people attack life with alertness, while simultaneously allowing them to live more calmly and efficiently. When the body and mind learn to operate efficiently, higher outputs of energy can be achieved without feeling drained. When the body and mind are trained to operate more efficiently it preserves energy and leads to increased longevity. Health experts are increasingly inviting people to try massage therapy once a week for a month as preventive medicine and a path to improved mood and positive attitude, keys to successful aging and meaningful longevity.

Beauty for the Ages

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. As you age and change, so does your skin, and it needs different things at every stage of your life. Here’s how to love your skin at every age.

In Your 20s
In your 20s, you may still be fighting the last remnants of adolescent skin problems. You may be prone to breakouts, especially at certain times of the month when hormones surge. At this stage, you should focus on keeping your skin free of bacteria. Avoid touching your face with your hands. Keep hair off your face, especially around the forehead. If you are on the phone frequently, be sure to avoid contact with the receiver and your chin, where breakouts are common. For better skincare, use toners and astringents as needed. Spot treat blemishes with products that contain benzoyl peroxide. Avoid excess sun exposure and wear sunscreen.

In Your 30s
30s skin is typically made up of frustrating “zones” of dry skin and oily skin. This is a time of life when one product isn’t going to work on every part of your face. You’ll need to figure out where your oily and dry areas are and treat them accordingly. One trick to know is that the key to banishing oily skin isn’t to dry it out. This will only lead to excess sebum production. Instead, keep oily areas moisturized with a water-based moisturizer. Oil-based moisturizers are better for the dry zones of your face.

In Your 40s
Have you found your first wrinkle? Don’t despair. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to look old before your time. Now is the best time to really commit to a natural and healthy diet regimen. The healthier you eat, the better your skin will look. Drop the cravings for junk food by cutting sugar from your diet. In as little as two weeks, your skin will start to look like it did in your 30s. By now you shouldn’t be using any of the same products as you did in your 20s. Instead, opt for a skincare brand that is specially targeted to women of a certain age. Look for oil-based products that lock in moisture and help you keep that dewy youthful look all day long.

In Your 50s and Beyond
Now is the time to cut back on your makeup use. In an effort to look younger, some women tend to pile on more layers of makeup when they should be doing the opposite. At this age, you may find that your skin looks better without foundation and heavy face powders. You can probably comfortably go out with just a hint of blusher and a light coat of mascara. Just don’t forget to moisturize in the morning and at night before you go to bed.

It’s important to love the skin you have at every age. No one escapes Father Time. As time goes on, you’ll have more spots and wrinkles. But, if you follow these tips over the years, your skin will look healthy and cared for at every stage of your life!

Body Mind Spirit In Action

Life is so fast paced these days, and it can be difficult to find time for yourself. Here are ten things you can do to right now to create more balance in your life.

Move yourself forward
Get outside and start moving. It is elemental to enjoy movement in our natural world. While your body warms up your mind can slow down and you can enjoy the beauty. Walking meditation is the process of concentrating and refocusing the mind while moving physically. Used consistently, it can reduce negative mental chatter; teach the body how to respond to stress and to regain your center. Movement and meditation are naturally paired for concentration and mindfulness.

Listen to your senses
Be aware of how you are feeling in your environment. It is important to stop and assess how your body is feeling by utilizing your most basic senses. Take a few moments throughout the day to assess whether you are hot or cold, surrounded by quiet or distractions, and become aware of how your body reacts to all of it.

Eat mindfully
A meal is prepared and served; now it is time to express gratitude by enjoying the experience and being mindful as you eat. While you eat be aware of the taste, textures and their affect on your body. Take the time to put your fork down between bites and really enjoy the moment. Eating mindfully makes everything taste better and the conversation will always linger.

Find Gratitude
We all have so much to be thankful for in life but often we are moving too fast to appreciate or enjoy it. A profound project is to keep a journal by your bed. Take time each night before bed to list all the things you are thankful for in life. It is a meaningfulexperience, making us aware of the bounty in our lives and offering a supply of wonderful thoughts we can take to bed each night.

Get a massage
Pick your favorite spa or massage therapist and make an appointment for a massage today. A massage has a magical way of bringing us back in touch with ourselves. It reconnects mind and body, reduces stress, improves health and offers a reprieve from everyday life. Consistent massage naturally tunes us directly to mind, body and spirit. It can have a profound improvement on balance by offering consistent stress relief and giving us tools to manage daily life.

Introduce rhythm
There is a reason children thrive in environments with a consistent rhythm to each day, they know what to expect, which offers comfort and reduces stress. The same is true for adults; we flourish when there is a flow to our day. You are the conductor – you set the beat to your life. Establish a rhythm to your days and open the door for harmony and peace to settle in and find a generous space in your life.

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
Henry David Thoreau clearly understood that things separated us from our purpose in life. The more we can get rid of stuff and instead enjoy life’s experiences, the more we will live full, wise and meaningful lives. Take time today, get rid of the clutter and enjoy the view that simplicity brings to life.

Practice Yoga
Yoga has the unique ability to use physical movement to center us, body, mind and spirit. It is a method to reconnect, heal the body and achieve harmony. It builds body awareness and serves as a tool for increased relaxation and stress reduction. Take a step forward to balance and find a beginning yoga class today.

Let them see you sweat
Trying something new can make your palms sweat and your mouth dry but it doesn’t mean that it is bad for you. On the contrary as long as it is safe, trying something new can act as a catapult in life. It can move you forward, initiate transformation, taking you to a place that will bring new and unexpected experiences.

Laugh
Laughing, enjoying the moment, is a prescription for a long and happy life. It brings us to the present, injects joy, community and instant happiness into our lives. There is no better treatment for whatever might hurt or keep you back in your day than a good, hearty belly laugh. Hopefully, you wonªt mind the crowd. Laughing causes people to gather spontaneously and enthusiastically for a moment or if you are lucky, even longer. Taking actions like these will move you forward toward living a better, more balanced life. It is easy and simple to do.

7 Ayurvedic Skin Care Tips for Healthy & Glowing Skin

If you want healthy and glowing skin, you can’t get any better advice than from the ancient and respected Ayurvedic practitioners. Ayurvedic therapy has been around for thousands of years, and its efficacy has been proven time and again, both anecdotally and in scientific studies. Here are seven Ayurvedic skin care tips to achieve healthy & glowing skin.

Enjoy Vegetables in Abundance
Vegetables that are high in water content are in alignment with Ayurvedic principles. They are easy on the digestive system and help to keep your skin hydrated. Excellent choices include watermelon, cucumber, daikon radish, pickles, and lettuce.

Eat Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts are core ingredients for Ayurvedic medicine. Seeds contain all the essential components for growth, including antioxidants. Nuts are fatty and provide your skin with the materials it needs to make collagen.

Hydrate with Tea
The tea plant has anti-aging properties, which Ayurvedic medical practitioners have known for centuries. That’s why many Ayurvedic remedies come in tea form. Remember that tea is made with water, so this can be counted as part of your daily water intake.

Move
Exercise plays a large role in the practice of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic practitioners warn of allowing toxins to build up in the body, and exercise is one easy way to help the body rid itself of these toxins. Exercise improves energy flow within the body so your skin can look radiant and bright.

Practice Breathing
Although it may seem like breathing is something we’re born knowing how to do, a healthy breathing practice is different. Breathing helps to oxygenate skin cells, which leads to better skin cell turnover. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend practicing deep breathing that originates deep in the core.

Sleep Well
A large part of the Ayurvedic tradition is to encourage restful sleep that brings the sleeper through all the cycles of sleep. If you have chronic insomnia, your complexion will look dull and sallow. To achieve a more restful sleep, use Ayurvedic essential oils, such as lavender, on your pillow at night.

Oil Up

The Ayurvedic use of oil to cleanse and renew skin is well documented. Organic skin oil should be a regular part of your skincare routine, both for cleaning and for moisturizing. For best results in alignment with Ayurvedic practices, opt for virgin coconut or olive oil, as well as argan oil.

You don’t have to become a certified Ayurveda expert to benefit from the teachings of Ayurvedic practitioners. These seven skin care tips are all you need to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Seriously Beautiful Summer Skin

It’s summertime! Welcome the season of pool parties, beach rendezvous, and bronzed goddesses in bikinis with a glow that must have been gifted to them by lady Aphrodite herself. Yes, summer is the season of beautiful people, and as the old adage goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. Here’s how you can.

Summer Face Aglow

Exfoliate, deep cleanse, moisturize, and protect are the four must haves for the summer look that will leave you all aglow. Heat and excessive sweating during the summer months may be en vogue at the beach, but what it can do to your face certainly is not! Clogged pores and environmental pollutants cause breakouts, while prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can prematurely age you, or worse, cause skin cancer. A monthly, or bi-monthly, visit to the spa for a deep cleansing or steam facial will work wonders. Here are some things you can do at home for a beautiful summer glow.

Exfoliate At Home

Exfoliate with a mild exfoliant twice a week to slough off dead skin and aid with cell renewal. Physical scrubs rely on granules like sugar, salt, or walnut shells to remove dead skin, so be careful not to scrub too hard, since jagged granules can cause microscopic tears and scratches on the skin. Chemical scrubs use fruit enzymes and acids to dissolve dead skin and are generally more suited to people with easily irritated or acne prone skin.

Deep Cleanse

Applying a facial mask once a week can provide tremendous benefits. Combination to oily skin types should opt for a purifying clay mask. They draw out impurities from deep down in your pores, including blackheads and whiteheads. You can certainly feel it working as it tightens on your skin, and the results can be seen as soon as you wash it off, because they leave the skin looking brighter.

Dry skin types will benefit from hydrating and soothing masks that help to bring moisture back to the skin and prevent the peeling, tightness and discomfort people with dry skin usually experience. Look for masks that contain naturally nourishing ingredients like milk, honey and avocado. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) or peel-off masks are also good for dry skin, and aid with minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.

Moisturize & Protect

One of the biggest misconceptions, especially among those with oily skin, is that moisturizer is not needed during hot summer months when your skin is more prone to looking like it’s sitting under an oil slick. Trying to dry out your skin will only make the problem worse, since it will likely go into overdrive with oil production. Combination, super oily or dry, whatever your skin type, it needs moisture. The key for oily and acne prone skin types is to find a moisturizer that is suited to your skin’s needs. Water based and gel type moisturizers are best. Also look for moisturizers with ingredients like tea tree, witch hazel and salicylic acid. These ingredients have clarifying properties and help to combat acne while moisturizing the skin.

DO NOT skimp on the SPF! It can be tempting to avoid sunscreen when the last thing you want in the summer heat is to feel like you’ve layers of product packed onto your face. The great news is, you don’t need to pack on a sunscreen over of your moisturizer. There are loads of great moisturizers to choose from with a range of sun protection factors sure to suit your needs, and your sun goddess indulgence. Check with your therapist or your dermatologist for advice on what’s best suited to your skin type and sun protection requirements.

Massage

We know all about the relaxing properties of a good massage, but there also many benefits for the person in full summer prep mode. Increased gym sessions can be rough on the body, and cause a build up of lactic acid, which may become lodged within the tissues as spasms or strains occur. The result, painful knots, inflammation and decreased range of motion. Massage therapy can reduce these pockets of lactic acid and increase flexibility and muscle tone. Massage can also break down fat deposits in the body and promote circulation. In other words, be on your way to banishing cellulite and getting your blood flowing for a brighter complexion by booking a massage with your therapist today.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Let hydration be your watchword this summer. Roughly 70% of the adult human body is made up of water, and its benefits are numerous. Your joints take a pounding from daily activities like walking, running for the bus and simply just getting out and about more because the sun has made an appearance. They take even more abuse during regular gym sessions. Water protects and moisturizes your joints, helps to protect your vital organs and transports oxygen and nutrients into the cells. It also detoxifies, which will help with achieving a brighter complexion, and it regulates body temperature, vital for long hours spent out in the sun. Boost the brightening benefits of water by adding a little apple cider vinegar. The best varieties are cloudy in appearance and have a web
like substance, known as the mother floating in it. It may not taste so great, but this magical liquid is packed with benefits. It can help to clear skin conditions and blemishes, break down fat in the body (particularly around the stomach), and it aids with the faster removal of toxins from the body. ACV is rich in potassium and malic acid. Potassium, which is usually lacking in the adult diet, is vital to building muscles, while malic acid has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, beneficial during a season where humidity is at a high and pool goers are out in their numbers.

Avoid sugary foods

Not only do they pile on the calories, sugary foods also hamper your efforts at achieving a healthy, youthful complexion. Snack on natural energy boosters like nuts which are packed with anti-oxidants that the fight skin-aging free radicals, out in abundance during the summer. Also prevent cell damage and premature aging by stocking up on red and green veggies, which are packed with vitamin A. And keep skin firm and toned by promoting collagen production with citrus fruits, which are high in vitamin C and help to keep colds at bay. So, if you’re still trying to shift those last few pounds and it seems like you’re losing the battle, fear not, there’s a lot to be said for a healthy, glowing complexion. So get that grocery list together and book that spa visit because that bronzed summer goddess is definitely within you.

 

And here’s one last tip before you head poolside, add a little bit of bronzer to your moisturizer. It’s guaranteed to make even summer’s biggest star, the sun, jealous of your glow.