Ageing Gracefully – Part 1
Tue, 8 March 2011 4:54PM
We try to prevent it, hate to admit it, but still embrace it. Ageing, it’s inevitable, it going to happen whether you like it or not. A topic I’m very fond of, because it’s always good to maintain and understand how ageing works altogether.
Sofia Vergara must have a few anti-ageing secrets up her sleeve…
There are two types of ageing a person can experience in their lifetime:
Extrinsic Ageing - These are from external factors. Contributing factors can be smoking, lifestyle habits such as sun exposure (sun baking), pollution, nutrition/diet, alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep, exhaustion, and of course, poor maintenance of overall skin health.
Intrinsic Ageing-These are genetically determined. You are pretty much born and blessed with these genes. Think Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis. For the ladies we have Olivia Newton John, Madonna, and Miranda Kerr.
These ladies are the epitome of anti-ageing. They look after themselves. And, by looking after I mean taking the extra to time to really listen and treat their bodies as an overall system, which in turn is reflected on their skin health.
Such treating can include: Consuming anti-ageing foods, and exercising and maintaining a regime (we have Madonna swearing by yoga, Olivia Newton John with her long walks and her detox spa).
So now, I’m going to share with you my anti-ageing rituals that I always do at home, or wherever I may be…
I Sip Green Tea- Taking the time to drink hot tea gives me time to meditate as I drink slowly. I’m also providing my body and skin with tea benefits as I sip. Green tea is also high in antioxidants, which fight free radicals (these are your bad ageing factors and are mostly extrinsic). When compared to coffee, the caffeine amount is the better choice for anti-ageing. I love this ritual.
So as I sip my tea, I have my mask on.
I just Mask It- Apply a mask that is high in anti-ageing ingredients, and just let the skin absorb the nutrients as it slowly weaves through. Look for masks with ingredients like, VIT C, A, E, essential oils, or herb extracts. Note: when you have a mask on, be sure to be completely relaxed and stress free. It’s about treating yourself, so do this ritual at a time when you’re not disturbed. I like to listen to music with my legs elevated. As I stand all day in my job, it’s important to help the circulation in my legs roam freely.
BE HAP HAP HAPPY- When you’re happy, you look younger and youthful. In France they embrace laughter lines. The Parisians believe in graceful ageing as oppose to depressed and saddened ageing. I noticed this in some parts of Italy too. The great thing about this philosophy is they don’t believe in invasive treatments. They believe laughter lines, fine lines and a wrinkle paints a story of how you have lived your life. I totally agree!
Too much happiness makes me want to eat…..FAT
I Eat FAT-Do you notice when someone is on a strictly low fat diet or who is a yo-yo dieter, they tend to look slightly aged or gaunt looking? Dramatic loss of Essential Fatty Acids can cause serious skin dryness, loss of firmness/plumpness, and weakened collagen and elastin (these are your skin fibres). I consider EFA’s as moisturising foods; they are going to internally and externally nourish your body, and skin cells.
I’ll make a rye toast, with avocados and tomatoes, rock salt and pepper. Avocados are on the top list for anti-ageing, it’s high in EFA’s and tomatoes for lycopene, which is an antioxidant. I like to think I’m eating myself young as I do this. Eat good fats such avocados, nuts, hummus, olive oil, fish, and sardines.
Part 2, will be more on specific anti-ageing skincare ingredients and lifestyle habits.
Tell me, do you have any anti-ageing rituals?
Posted by: Gwen Giorla