Anti aging guide

About Skin Facts



About the facts of our skin and ways to reduce skin aging

  • Our body sheds about 18 kg of dead skin cells in an average lifetime.
  • Household dust is mainly dead skin cells.
  • Using soap excessively can damage the skin.
  • Dry skin is made worst by air conditioning or by central heating.

Five ways to reduce skin aging

  1. Avoid frequent washing with soap, which breaks down the protective fats on the skin.
  2. Too much, or even any, sunbathing is definitely out. Don’t even think about sun-beds. If you have to go out in the sun, use suitable sun-screens and cover your head and arms.
  3. Avoid using face powder excessively as this dries up the skin and exacerbates the effects of aging.
  4. Invest in a good anti-aging cream (though have faith in it only if it’s recommended by other people who have tried it).
  5. Follow the motto of every skin specialist: ‘If it’s dry, wet it. If it’s wet, dry it’.

General Treatments for the skin

  • Use steaming water and a few drops of lavender, thyme or peppermint as facial steam therapy to stimulate the skin, or use fennel to heal minor skin infections.
  • Mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil to two or three teaspoonfuls of base oil. use to moisturize the skin.
  • To help tone the skin, use nettle, marigold or rosehip compresses. Apply these on the face and throat or neck. Alternatively, use dandelion root infusions.
  • For a face mask, mix finely ground oatmeal with rosewater to make a paste and add a few drops of chamomile oil or lavender oil. Apply on your face and around the eyes, and leave to dry for 30 minutes. If you want to treat small veins on the skin, use geranium, rosemary or cypress oils in your paste.
  • Using an oil such as saffron, massage your face, using your index and middle fingers to make small circular movements on the skin. A massage can tone the skin, improve circulation and help get rid of toxic material. Take care not to massage or brush your skin too hard.
Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm