Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spa Girl and the Aging Paradigm

I'm a boomer and like many from my generation I want to shift the paradigm that we must accept the declines of aging. 

Boomers are more active than past generations and we are increasing interested in age management, we just don't accept what comes with the years, we seek anti-aging remedies, we are heading to the Spa in record numbers and we are increasing focusing on healthy lifestyle habits.  It's a cultural phenomena and boomers are once again leading the way in not accepting the conventional trappings of age.

In my on-going quest for the perfect face I have discovered it is all about happy skin. The three major lifestyle factors that influence your appearance over the long term are the food you eat, the amount of exercise you get and how much stress your are exposed to.

Age related changes in the skin are the cumulative affects of innocuous habits such as how much time we spent outside, how much sleep we get, how healthy a diet we eat, and how much exercise we do.  All these factors have a major influence on the way our skin looks, and changes, beginning in your mid-thirties!

We all know that beauty is more than skin deep, and that individual splendour comes from our personal charm, self-confidence, liveliness, vivacity and charisma.  But having a great appearance, beautiful skin, sure does help! A good friend said to me recently that happiness and contentment are the best beauty remedies.

In our quest to seek anti-aging remedies there has been an explosion in the past number of years  of new skin care treatments that counteract the progression of aging, such as cosmeceuticals to reverse skin damage, topical antioxidants that address aging at the deepest layers of the skin, products and spa treatments that stimulate new collagen production and therapies that reverse sun damage.  But all these new products and treatments can also be very confusing and one has to sort out the facts from the marketing hype.

One of the best resources I have found is a book called: Secrets Of Great Skin: The Definitive Guide To Anti-aging Skin Care by David J. Goldberg and  Eva M. Herriott, Ph.D.

In this authoritative and practical book, Dr. David Goldberg, a board-certified dermatologist and Director of Laser Research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, makes clear that beautiful skin is possible for all ages and skin types.

Inside this book you'll discover: * How to attack age-related changes at the deepest layers of the skin. * Strategies for dealing with stress and other factors that age the skin prematurely.
* Which foods are best for your skin.
* How to curb hormonal aging and collagen loss.
* How to evaluate a good cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
* How advanced treatments such as microdermabrasion, laser technology, and botox can help.


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