Unsurprisingly, last weeks blogpost on this subject has been very popular! So, I thought that I would talk about some other ways to not, look old. Of course, I shall not mention how I do the "not" things from time to time too!
It's the overall look that matters
Firstly, when we want to not look old: it's an overall "look", and that look is partly about how we present ourselves:
- our hair
When we glance at a person, we have a quick overall impression, rather than seeing a person in parts. We might look and see shoes that we love, an enviable haircut or colour, a top that we know would look good on oneself, but generally it's the person as a whole, that we see. Rather than details.
It's not about the little details
We don't usually see that a person:
- has a bit of hair regrowth
- or that their nails are uneven lengths
- or that the person has wrinkles.
Unless that person is really unkempt, in which case that is the overall impression that we will see.
So, when you look in the mirror, and angst over your freckles, or wrinkles, or scars....generally that's not what people notice.
And we might see our wrinkles as ageing, but there are other, more important factors to do with skin, that say "youthful".
How to have skin which looks youthful
When our skin has a natural glow, we look younger. So how do we get that? Some of us don't have lots of colour in our skin, especially as we tend to lose skin pigment as we get older. Our skin gets lighter too.
Having a glow really has more to do with:
- being healthy
- our diet
- and exercise
What to eat and do for glowing skin
When we get a bit of a bloom on our faces after walking in fresh air, or gardening, or similar..... our skin looks younger.
It has to do, a bit, with association. We associate glowing healthy skin with childhood, teenage years, our twenties
Drinks such as water, green tea, juices, are youthful drinks. Our skin loves fluids! Especially water, and those who drink a lot of water, definitely have younger skin. Because our skin is 64% water, and a lot of water is lost via the skin each day. When we hydrate our skin (says she having her 2nd morning coffee!) it sort of plumps up the skin, making our wrinkles less noticeable.
We also need adequate protein to stop our skin sagging. Firm skin with some wrinkles will always look more youthful than flabby skin with no wrinkles, which, incidentally, to me, just looks bland.
Exfoliation helps, too
Another way to have younger looking skin, is to exfoliate, regularly. You know when your foundation sits on top of your skin, rather than blending, and just smears? Plus, there could be flaky patches.
Both of these indicate that the dead surface layer of skin needs to come off, to reveal younger looking skin underneath. Our skin cellular renewal slows down over the years, and we can sort of help it along. It needn't cost much.
You can sprinkle some fine salt or fine sugar on a damp flannel, and do a gentle rub after cleansing. You can mix either with face wash, oil, cleanser or face cream. Other options are ground almonds, or oatmeal.
My beauty therapist friend, Camellia told me to use baking soda, which I have used with water, as she suggested, and sometimes with oil. You have to be gentle with baking powder, otherwise it's like you're scouring your face!!!! But it is effective!
There is more..... to follow.....