Have you seen the play, “Wicked”? Great show, with the apex being a song called, “Defying Gravity”. Love it. Worked for her, but for us 50 to 70 something gals, it’s not as simple as a catchy tune. Aside from nipping, tucking, and lifting surgically, let’s face it, just like Newton’s apple, breasts, underarms, bellies, buttocks, faces- skin in general “falls” over time.
We cannot really defy gravity, but we can do our part to ease into, while graciously accepting, the aging process with healthy body basics that really do make a difference.
Drinking lots of water will help. Skin is an organ made up of cells, made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. A lack of hydration will turn your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkling.
Making good nutritional choices in right amounts will help. Lube your skin from the inside out with good fats. Omega-6 Fatty Acids are the building blocks of cell membranes. They help prevent skin dryness to maintain healthy and hydrated skin. Omega-3 Fatty Acids nourish your skin, are important for radiance and add softness to your complexion.
Exercise your little hearts out, being sure to balance cardio with strength and stretch. The more toned your muscles are, the better you will look and feel!
Understanding, reducing, relieving, and managing stress in our lives is huge. You can literally SEE anxiety on your face and in the faces of others if you look. There’s a Proverb of wise King Solomon that says, “A heart at peace, a relaxed attitude, gives LIFE to the body,” 14:30 and “A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance.” 15:13 We have to deal with our stressors or it shows up on our faces and makes us look older!
Getting enough sleep, even if we have to nap, is essential. Don’t underestimate the value of it. The lack makes us puffy in the face and sluggish in how we move. Help yourself and your aging process by getting at least 7 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
Use external products that may reduce signs of aging AFTER you’ve done the water and good oils and exercise and sleep and stress management. A little dab’ll do ya!
Once we’ve done what we can do reasonably, we need to take in a deep breath of acceptance. Don’t give in to discouragement but do review your current healthy ideals and make them “age appropriate”- factor in the aging process without making it an excuse.
Aging is normal and natural! Our society treats aging like a disease, but it’s not! Every line can remind you that you’re here to tell the tale of your life, so yes, do your part, but also look on those wrinkles with grace and gratitude, as badges of honor.
We can’t defy gravity, but we CAN do our best to work with it. Come home to the Oaks this summer/fall and eat well, rest, exercise, and get a skin rejuvenating facial!