As we get on in years, who isn’t trying to stay young, to hold the line on aging? And where do we see our age and fret our age more, than in our skin? I’d like to share with you some general anti aging skin care treatment that will keep your skin young and healthy, and recommend some natural anti aging skin products that make a big difference as well.
The health of our skin reflects many factors. Some we can’t control, but others we can and should. Heredity and environment, for example, might be working against you. But you’re not going to leave the city just to get clean, dewy skin. And if a certain swarthiness is in your genes, there’s not much you can do about it. But let’s look at the anti aging skin care that you CAN do – and there’s a lot – to bring your skin to a whole new level.
Water – Water – yes water – is your best anti aging medicine. You need to drink at least 8 full glasses of spring or well water daily. Your body is 75% water, and your skin is a moist, elastic medium that needs to be kept hydrated naturally – from within. Your skin’s thirst for this inner hydration can’t be satisfied by just rubbing in creams or lotions on the outside. You need to follow this “first commandment of skin care” if you want to get the super benefits that anti aging creams and other products also offer.
Natural Creams – Many anti aging creams – even the most expensive ones – have a base of mineral oil, and are loaded with artificial preservatives and coloring. Just look at the labels. You need bifocals and a lab coat just to read them! Need I say more? I get many compliments on my soft skin, and always the same question: what do you use on it? First I tell people about water, lots of fresh air and exercise, and moderate exposure to sunlight. Then I get down to specific anti aging solutions.
Real Aloe Vera – Lots of products boast that they contain aloe vera – so why do we think we can improve upon nature? I go right to the source, and keep an aloe vera plant growing in my bathroom. It’s a pretty plant, it’s easy to care for, and you just cut off a section of leaf and out gushes the wonderful fresh gel. My friends and nursing colleagues all report the same excitement the first time they rub in a gel directly from their plants. And they report that it’s the best anti aging product they’ve ever used – and one that you just can’t get from a store-bought jar or tube.
Aloe vera is truly potent. It’s filled with moisture, protein, vitamins and minerals – antiaging nutrients that give your skin deep, thorough hydration. Cleopatra is known to have used aloe vera on her skin, and if you overlook her little snake bite, you must admit: she was quite a success story!
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Olive Oil – When my skin is very dry I also apply olive oil, and use olive oil soap over my entire body. In fact, such were the excellent results I got from olive oil, that I created my own anti aging personal care cosmetic – a soap which is 90% olive oil, and smooth beyond belief. (Aloe vera, oddly enough, can sometimes create a superficial drying effect, which olive oil quickly smoothes out.) Besides anti aging effects, aloe vera adds proteins, minerals and water to your skin.
Application of Creams – I always tell friends not to rub in their oils and creams in a bored hum-drum way. You need to really massage it in, giving yourself pleasure and stimulating your circulation. Indeed - it’s best to make all your health practices emotional. It’s this zest that makes the magic connection between body, mind, heart and soul. So – when we’re working to make ourselves younger and prettier, please ladies - let’s make it an anti aging exercise - not act as if we’re ironing socks!
Natural Progesterone Cream – We mention this last, but definitely not least, for it is really the “Queen” of anti aging products. This all-natural cream suffuses your body with progesterone, the anti aging hormone that turns girls into women and gives that beautiful glow to pregnant women. A natural progesterone hormone cream, such as Prosperine, delivers the right dosage of progesterone derived from the Mexican wild yam. Besides providing a protective quality against breast cancer, it wonderfully tones your skin and retards the aging process. As with drinking water, this is an approach that works from the inside out – the right way, the natural way.
© 2005 Pieternel van Giersbergen. www.pieternel.com