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April 24, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

You Only Have One Face Part 3

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This Author

Last week, I discussed how facial hair, lack of washing, and moisturizing, picking blemishes, and wearing too much makeup can age your face.

This week, I am discussing everyday choices that, if left unattended, will affect your face through wrinkles, lines, dryness, and tightness, all of which can add years.

The battle for the Fountain of Youth is on! I hope the tips from these 3 segments will provide you some guidance to tweak, cut, change, or modify to add a youthful appearance long-term.

No Sleep

Lack of Sleep

We've all heard how important 8 hours of sleep is to our overall well-being, and yet, we seem to get by day-by-day on 5-7 hours, struggling to get through until the weekend. Does the lack of sleep really affect your face? Yes, it really does. 8 hours provides our face the best opportunity for cell repair and re-hydration.

In my last segment, I talked about how important it is to wash our face at the end of a day and add a hydrating moisturizer. The best time to do this is right before bed. A proper 8-hour sleep pattern allows your body to rejuvenate and repair. Lack of sleep may show dark circles under the eyes, sagging skin, deep facial lines, and puffiness.

Prevention: Turn your bedroom into a clutter-free zone, with decor that offers you an ambiance of relaxation. Prep your face by washing the day's dirt and makeup off, apply moisturizer to help rehydrate the skin, turn the TV off early, try reading a book in bed, drink a soothing tea (some are formulated to relax) to help relax and clear your mind of the days heavy to-do list and stresses.


The Dreaded "E" word - EXERCISE

Yes, we constantly hear how important it is to exercise our bodies, but did you know that exercise helps maintain a youthful appearance in our face.

Sweat, yes ladies, S-W-E-A-T is like giving your face a mini facial! Facials offer a smoother and glowing appearance. Exercise pumps up the immune system and increases circulation with more white blood cells, which offer a defense mechanism against bacteria and viruses.

Exercise builds up metabolism, which produces more protein, increasing our enzymes, which are natural fighters for fat.

Prevention: Start exercising. Recruit a friend to be your partner and hold you accountable. Set a schedule that will work for you both, make no excuses, start today! Your face, body, and mind will thank you!


Eliminate Stress

Sounds easy, and eliminating stress for me, would be to remove my two teenagers out of the house until their 20's. Ok, just kidding!! But, children, work, family, husband, car-pooling, maintaining a home, laundry, homework, and the list goes on, can all add pressure to the boiler (our mind) waiting to explode!

Ladies, stress is an underlying evil against your youthful appearance. It will take everything you have mentally and emotionally and stump on it all day long. Stress can add years to our facial expressions via wrinkles, lines, and sagging of the skin.

Stress is known to increase blood pressure, suppress our immune system, and block our growth cells. It unbalances our natural hormones, causing breakouts, dark circles, spots, and deep facial lines.

Prevention: Find your stress triggers, and learn to manage them better. Meditation, rigorous exercise, clearing mental clutter, and breathing techniques can all help clear the soul of stress.

I hope these Fountain of Youth tips help keep your face and skin healthy.


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