That youthful glow seemed indestructible. No matter how few hours of sleep you had or how rushed and stressed your day was, it was still there in the evening for that very exciting date. It literally glowed with that dewy youthfulness, and beauty took little to no effort. Your wedding photos show a pretty bride, and even the hospital photos after the first baby reveal a lovely and happy new, YOUNG mom.
Perhaps more children happened, and/or a demanding career. Maybe you suffered a hurtful divorce, a difficult stepchild, or had to find or start a new career. Or you might be reaping the benefits of a long-lasting marriage, but it took work. Lots of work. Whatever paths you've walked in your life up to now, a number of years have passed since that youthful freshness. You're 40-something, and you take stock.
Today, you look in the mirror and you realize that what had seemed durable is, after all, fallible. You feel betrayed. Age has kicked in and your facial skin has let you down. Or. . .has it? Could it be that you let your skin down?
There are actually a number of things you can do to revitalize your skin, and you might be surprised to learn that this does not entail a visit to the plastic surgeon. It does mean taking an honest look at how you live, daily habits that might be harmful, and what you eat. I know you've heard it many times, but diet and exercise play such a vital role in your overall health, and that includes the health of your skin! Eat healthy foods and find an exercise regime that you truly enjoy. This can be a workout at the gym for some, or long evening walks with husband or the family dog for others. Some might enjoy a dance class, while yoga would be so rewarding for others.
Feed your body well, inside and out. Essential oils play a strong role here. They eliminate toxins and bacteria, stimulate skin cells, and contain proteins and nutrients that refresh and bring back a glow of health that skin was meant to have. Your skin is an organ. As you feed healthy foods to your insides, do the same for your all-important outside. Nourish it with nature's gifts just as you do when you eat a meal. You won't look 21 anymore. You aren't supposed to. Even so, your skin can and should exhibit a radiance that says you are beautiful today, and all the tomorrows.
Make your own anti-wrinkle oil with nature's bounty, and within two to four weeks, you will see your skin begin to have new life. Your beauty will be healthy and natural, as opposed to that artificial look that doesn't do well in a strong light.
You will need 2 tablespoons of almond oil as your base, or you can use hazelnut.
To that, add the following essential oils:
10 drops each Evening Primrose,
The final two oils are 3 drops lemon and 2 drops Rosemary.
Store in a clean jar and gently feed and massage your face and neck with this rich oil mixture every night. While this formula works especially well for women in their 40's, there are others for each age group. It isn't too early to start if you are in your 20's!
Remember, you are of nature. You were not concocted in a laboratory. Nature has bountiful answers for you and offers beauty that just can't come from a lab!
Debbye Harmon is a writer, wife and mother, llamamom and fiber artist, rounded off with herbalist and food researcher! Devoted to family, which includes four-legged beings, and believes in protecting God's world and honoring it. Formal education includes graduate of business college and herbal and realtor academies, but believes the best education comes from Life and Loving others.