© Copyright 2005 Jill Miller
Ever since Eve took that first bite of theapple, the human race has been obsessed withbeauty.The truth is we begin the aging process just assoon as we pop out of the womb.
Every day ofour lives our bodies slough off and regeneratenew cells. The speed at which that processtakes place when we are children is vastlydifferent as we get older.
Every day you are bombarded daily withcommercial messages and beauty tips thatattempt to lure you into believing that themost recent miracle drug is just what you needto fight off the ravages of Mother Nature.We are living longer as a whole.
Singularly,that can be a curse or a blessing, depending onyour perspective.The best route to natural beauty and healthyskin is to take care of what you have. Soundssimple, doesn¡¯t it?
The truth is that your skintakes a beating from the environment everysingle day.
Here are some of our favoritebeauty tips for keeping your skin fresh andhealthy:
1: Stay hydrated and do it with plenty ofwater! That does not mean soda, caffeine or anyother type of liquid, even if it is low cal.Soda (even diet soda) has a high concentrationof sodium. Sodium retains fluids. You needfluid that will hydrate and flush your bodyfree of toxins. Make sure you are drinking atleast 8 glasses a day!
2: Protect your skin from harmful ultra violet(UV) rays. We all love the sun. We love beingin it and we love having a beautiful tan. Thetruth is you can poison yourself with too muchsunshine. UV rays cause skin cancer and if thatisn¡¯t bad enough it causes your skin to agefaster than it should, contributing tounsightly wrinkles. If you must play in thesun, make certain you are using an adequate sunscreen. Don¡¯t leave home without it!
3: Keep your skin clean. Use a soft warm cloth.Skin does not require scrubbing. You will domore harm than good if you do.
4: The best cure for wrinkles is to never havethem in the first place! If you are like mostof us, you didn¡¯t listen to your Mom when shetried to tell you to stay in the shade, standup straight and stop squinting!
5: Eat healthy. Knowing how and what to eat,can make a huge difference in how you feel.Improper eating habits can cause depression,weight gain, illness and an overall lethargy.Weight gain causes your skin to stretch. As youget older, it loses it's elasticity and you'releft with sagging skin.
The best solution to this is to maintain aproper weight.A rule of thumb for eating habits are...don'teat more calories than you consume. Don't goone single day without doing something extraand physical for at least 30 minutes per day.This can be three ten minute walks. Or 30minutes of vigorous aerobics, or 12 minutes ofweight lifting and 18 minutes of walking.
6: Don't worry, be happy. A happy outlookappears to trigger the release of endorphins.Endorphins relax the cardiovascular system andcytokines which alert the immune system to payattention in detecting abnormalities likecancer cells. Listen carefully to yourself. Ifyou have put yourself down since childhood,over a lifetime, negative subliminal messagescan take their toll by turning you into apessimist.
Spend one week writing down thephrases you use in your ¡°self talk.¡± Chancesare you will find that you repeat a dozen or sophrases over and over again that reinforce thatnegative image. If you know about them, you canchange them. Outer beauty and inner joy go handin hand.
Here are a few quick tips for increasing joy,hope and optimism that will work no matter whatyour age:
Make a list of at least 50 great things thathappen to you every day.
Laugh a lot. You¡¯ll heal your body and yourmind.
Discover a new challenge each month.
Try meditating for just five minutes each day.
7: Sex After 50 ¨C Ha! How many of you jumpedahead to this section?
The importance of physical intimacy actuallydepends on the couple. An alarming number ofmen used to give up on sex after 60 and manywomen used to feel that their sex life endedwith menopause. Thankfully, that is no longerthe case.
Sex at middle age can actually become betterand more satisfying than ever before. Maturitygives a couple more experience in lovemaking.The children are usually grown and left home.The pressures of building a career and day today life are usually less stressful than inyounger years.
Is beauty really skin deep?
The answer is yes and no. It¡¯s a paradox,isn¡¯t it? True beauty begins from the insideout. Don¡¯t you wish there was some way to¡°wriggle your nose¡± and regain that soft skinyou had as a child? Well, until someone comesup with the true ¡°Fountain of Youth¡± we arestuck with what we have.
Just remember that getting older doesn't haveto mean getting old.
Jill Miller is the founder of the Fit4Life Club.
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