Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Food Facelift

Feed Your Skin

If you asked me what the one thing you could eat to give yourself younger, healthier looking skin was; I would say eat and juice greens every day, twice a day for even better results. Choose green vegetables; dark green leaf lettuce, kale, broccoli, asparagus, and watch your face lift.

1. Eat salad every day, the more the merrier. Dark green leaf lettuce, with baby spinach, baby kale, and cucumber will give you the best results.

2.Salmon is another great food for your face. Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. It's important to nourish your skin from the inside out. The 3 day Perricone Prescription diet will give your face a lift.

3.Almonds are a major source of vitamin E, which is an important vitamin needed by your skin. Vitamin E is frequently labeled as a skin food because it nourishes your skin and makes it healthier looking.

Of course there are many other foods, supplements, and facial treatments you can do that are effective in giving your skin a more youthful look as you age. Just check out my blog for a more in depth list of what you can do to look 10 years younger. 

Make small changes that you can commit to, so you stick to them long enough to see results. If you already have a healthy lifestyle you can see the benefits in a few days, but if your diet is more toxic it could take a few months of healthy eating.

Adding berries, and green apples will give you even better results.

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My Fountain of Youth: 12 Ways to look and feel younger

I developed a passion for discovering a way to slow down the signs of ageing after listening to people only ten years older then me constantly complain about getting old, as I grew up. I was determined that I wouldn't be one of them. So when I hit 39 and saw the first signs of crinkling around my eye's I quickly zapped that with some botox. That was easy I thought, and a reasonably cheap fix, until I entered my forties, which is when the real sign's of ageing began. I learned about collagen, and elastin, and what our faces look like when our bodies stop producing those two important proteins that keep our skin tight, and firm. Now that I've lived through the 40-50 age bracket I've learned so much about how to fight the ageing process. Here is my modern day fountain of youth.

I understand first hand what it feels like as a woman to be under a microscope as everyone around you examines your face daily, commenting out of nowhere on how they think your face looks that day. It makes us even more self conscious about those flaws that start to pop up as we age. It's bad enough when we are critical of ourselves, even worse when you're subjected to public scrutiny on a daily basis.
It's a sensitive topic, to say the least.
As a consumer the change I would like to see in the industry is more honesty. I wish I had my own anti ageing clinic, and if I did this is how I would help my clients to tackle getting older. My clinic would deal with aging on the inside first, you have to get those cells inside you fed well, so they are active, and plump. I would focus first on fighting the ageing process at the cellular level, so we can look, and feel our best. After my clients cleaned up their diet, and got started on the right supplement regime, I would have them examine their before and after pictures, only then would I start to add in some of the new modern facial technology, and anti ageing products that we have available today.
There are millions of women who want to look and feel better as they age, they just need an honest guide, instead of a sales pitch.
Most of the time we are receiving sales pitches from celebrities who are endorsing their own line, people who also have unlimited funds to spend on their skin. Another issue is that we are seeing models under forty in anti-ageing ads. We need to see real people in their forties, and fifties that have found effective lifestyle choices that have kept them looking younger. The other problem I have is that the person giving us advice is selling the service or product they are telling us is the best thing since sliced bread. Most of us just aren't confident who we can trust anymore.
I am 49, I do not endorse a business, or product, which means all the advice I'm offering are treatments, and remedies I do and use myself. They are all things I personally have seen results from, and they are well worth the investment I made. My hope is for people to see the face of someone who isn't rich and famous and feel relieved that someone has their best interest and can truly help them to make great choices to look and feel their best. Here is a wealth of knowledge, where you should invest your money to fight ageing, the treatments, supplements, and products.
As a client I would definitely appreciate if the place I went to for ageing skin shared these tips with me.
1. The Perricone prescription 3 day face-lift diet. Easily found on the Internet. I went on this diet without telling anyone and the people at work were asking me after only 3 days, what I was doing for my skin, and telling me that it looked amazing.
2. Supplements: Hyaluronic acid, L Carnosine, Chlorophyll, Silica, Ultra Clear, Alka slim, Vega one, are a few of my favorites.
There are new supplements coming out all the time, don't be afraid to try something them. Aim for nutritional drinks, our body absorbs nutrients from liquid better then from a pill. I've taken samples in the health food store during a demo, and woke up the next day to see a more youthful looking face.
3. Facial Acupuncture: Is another great nonsurgical treatment to reduce the signs of ageing. When the needles enter your skin they cause minor trauma, which causes your body to react by wanting to heal that area. It increases the blood flow to your face which stimulates cell renewal, and increases the production of collagen, that ever so important protein our body needs to give our skin a plump, smooth, firm appearance. Acupuncture will also leave your skin with a healthy youthful glow. For best results invest in 10-12 sessions, 1-3 times a week.
4. Teeth: don't forget that as we age our teeth get yellow. If you're spending money on your face don't forget to whiten your teeth, a yellow smile can quickly age your appearance.
5. It's good to change things up. Our bodies get accustomed to stimuli, it's good to try new things. Try new supplements when they come out, try a variety of facial technology. Here are the one's I tried that were worth the money. You do have to get a series to get results, Rf facials, mesotherapy, oxygen facials, microdermabrasion, endermolift, IpL treatment.
6. If Sephora is launching a product with new technology, try it. They have a no nonsense refund policy. Kate Somerville recently launched an advanced wrinkle reducer that's infused with oxygen. I would even go as far as to recommend that medi spa's inform their clients of new technology that comes out in creams, even if it's not something they carry. Such as stem cell creams that are becoming popular. I am a fan of Biocella genesistem used along with their Alpha Hydroxy Acid to exfoliate the old skin off to reveal a smoother appearance. There's no sense putting expensive moisturizers on top of dead skin. Not everyone can carry everything, if a clinic you go to hears of something new and passes that information on to their clients it builds trust and appreciation. Nobody wants to waste their money on products that aren't producing the best results they can get.
7. There doesn't seem to be anywhere for people on a budget to go for anti ageing treatments. I'm not sure if that matters to anyone in the business, but I think that they are missing out on thousands of people that could be potential clients. I would dedicate one day a month that people can book the treatments that cost thousands of dollars, and let them buy a package for a few hundred. As it stands now the latest facial technology is at a price point only the wealthy can afford.
8. I can't ignore the lies and misinformation I have received from the medical profession.
People put a lot of faith in what their M.D.'s tell them. I know that doctor's can be disbelievers when it comes to the effects we can attain through supplements, and treatments, their opinion however is not entirely accurate.
True story: My long, thick hair was destroyed by a bad bleach job, it would not grow back. For 5 years it just kept thinning out and breaking off. When I mentioned this to my doctor, he simply said I was getting old. However, here I am ten years older and my hair is long, thick, and healthy.
This is how I managed to get it to grow back: After 5 years of my father measuring the back of my hair to see if was getting any longer, he paid more attention to news focused on health. Then one day eureka, he saw a story about a naturopath that was doing IV vitamin therapy. After only three months of treatments my hair started to feel healthier, within a year it was much longer, and thicker. Two years later it was down to my waste. Since those treatments were pricey, I did some research and chose to take biosil drops in hope that it would help me maintain my healthy hair. I have continued to take biosil every day for over five years now. Both men and women constantly comment on my hair, and especially the people who saw me before the damage, during the damaged, and now after.
9. Clients sometimes spend thousands of dollars on facials, and think they look the same, they just can't seem to see the results. There was a time I bought a series of expensive facial treatments, and I was one of those people who thought there was no significant visible difference in my skin. Until I saw pictures of myself 9 months later when the effects started to wear off.
I would recommend clinics encourage their clients to take selfies before and after treatments and then continue to do so once a month after they finish a series of treatments. This will provide them with the proof they need, so they know they are getting results, and which procedures gave them the best results. They must take the pictures in the same lighting and with the same makeup, to make it a fair comparison.
10. It would be better business if skincare specialists weren't as overly critical of their clients appearance. It has been my experience quite often after I sit down for a consultation, that I'm hit with a sales pitch, to purchase an exorbitant amount of skincare treatments. I don't feel at all as though they are offering me a course of treatment that will give me great results for the least amount of money. I don't go back to the clinics that use this approach. Yes I realize I'm there to seek advice on how to improve the appearance of my skin, however I am not there to be looked at as though I'm a complete disaster, and need thousands of dollars of work. 
11. Far infrared sauna is great for detoxing, and giving your skin a youthful, plump, glowing appearance.
12. Lastly, I was thinking more clinics could offer specials on a regular basis, not just when they first open. For example a trend right now when medi-spa's first open is 10 units of botox free, with the purchase of 30 units, you never see these perks after the grand opening.

Here is another way to build a solid clientele. I saw a deal on a package of Radio Frequency facials on the internet, and decided to try it out for the first time. I was very impressed when during the treatment their approach was to do one side of my face, have me look in the mirror to see the results, then finish with the other side. I could see the improvement immediately, my skin was more plump, some of the pigmentation imperfections had improved, it was smoother, and more youthful looking. If you offer new clients half price on a treatment that gives such impressive results, they will definitely keep coming back, and tell their friends about it.

The bonus to all these tips is that you will not only look younger but you will feel better as well. People younger then you will be falling apart, complaining about their growing list of aches and pains, while your list will probably start getting smaller. 
Hopefully this inspires people to look after themselves, and take away some of the fear and dread of getting older.

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