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What Does Aging Gracefully Mean?

4.1.1When people talk about getting older, it’s not uncommon for them to use the term “aging gracefully.” Often, celebrities like Helen Mirren or Diane Lane are described this way, because they are beautiful older women who don’t seem to be going out of their way to hold on to their youth. But, celebrities aside, how does the common woman grapple with the concept of aging gracefully when we get so many mixed messages about what it means to grow older?

Are you speaking in code?

“Aging gracefully” is often used as a euphemism. People may use the phrase to mean, “Looking old, but embracing it” or “Showing signs of aging, but still powering forward with life.” In this way, the term feels almost negative or backhanded – it’s the phrase we use to describe someone who isn’t looking as good as they once did.

But is that the only interpretation we can affix to this term? Perhaps aging gracefully doesn’t necessarily have to refer to age or appearance, but rather the attitude people have as they go through the various stages of life.

The best of both worlds. “Aging gracefully” has also been a word used to describe women who choose to grow older without undergoing any aesthetic procedures to help them maintain their looks. This perspective, however, feels a bit outdated. There was a time when plastic surgery was a taboo subject, but today, it’s gained wide acceptance, because people have realized that there truly are benefits to cosmetic procedures. They can help you not only look younger, but also feel more confident.

Aging gracefully doesn’t mean you have to wear your wrinkles with pride – instead, you need to do whatever is necessary to stride into your older years with confidence. For some people, this may mean simply embracing the natural signs of aging without visiting a board-certified plastic surgeon along the way. For others, it means taking steps to make your outside appearance match the way you feel on the inside. If you feel energetic and youthful internally, then there’s no shame in getting a facelift, tummy tuck or breast lift to keep your body at the same level.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal needs and desires. If you are confident about getting plastic surgery, then electing to go under the knife is the most graceful choice you can make.

Plastic surgery – reconstructs your self-esteem, too.

ultherapy1A rhinoplasty can do more than rebuild your nose – it can build confidence, too.

Looking good is something that everyone wants and there is nothing wrong with that. If a little bit of plastic surgery is going to give you the confidence that you need to take that extra leap, either professionally or socially, then cosmetic plastic surgery is something you shouldn’t feel ashamed to consider.

This is especially true if there is something about your appearance that makes you want to hide or keeps you from exploring new opportunities due to fear and anxiety.

This isn’t only for cosmetic procedures like nosejobs, accident victims also fall into this category and tend to be great candidates for reconstructive  facial plastic surgery.  This may affect your social life, love life, or even your willingness to take professional risks like public speaking or leadership positions.  While your surgeon will recommend that you receive mental health care to deal with any emotional or psychological trauma you suffered during your accident, he will be able to assist you with the physical trauma and scars to help you along as well.

It’s important to note that facial plastic surgery is a major operation, so choose your surgeon wisely.   An unskilled doctor could, instead of raising your self esteem, botch a procedure and leave you worse off than when you started. In fact, many skilled plastic surgeons who are very talented in body plastic surgery procedures do not achieve the same results a facial plastic surgeon can for facial cosmetic surgery procedures as they do not specialize. Also, make sure you ask you friends and family for references and then do a check with the national medical association on your doctor. Ask your doctor to see before and after pictures of other patients they have worked on. This will give you the courage to go ahead with your plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery can take years off of your face & neck. Live like a celebrity, and treat yourself to a more attractive you.

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Things You Can Do To Stop Sagging Skin Today

It’s not that getting older is so bad. With age comes wisdom. It’s just that we don’t want our skin to reveal how much wisdom we actually have. Our skin tells us the story of our lives; but, what if we don’t want the story to be one of sagging skin? Well, it can be changed without even going under the knife or spending a lot of money.

Sagging Skin is Thirsty

Hydration is life. If we drank as much as we are supposed to, many of our tiny aches and pains would go away. We are meant to be lubricated. The more water we drink, the better we look and feel. That’s how simple this one is. You can’t get around it, either. No one is immune to the benefits of water. So drink more water and watch how quickly you look and feel better.

Get Rid of the Junk

How many cleansers and moisturizers do you have? Many of you reading this may have ten or more bottles of skincare products floating around the bathroom. They are supposed to renew and refresh and do any other number of things to our skin. The truth is, however, it is just too much. It’s time to simplify. Throw out the old and start a new skin care regimen. Cleanse, moisturize, exfoliate: that’s all you usually need. For a personal regimen just for you, please contact a skin care specialist in our office. Our favorite products are only sold in doctors’ offices, MyBody. Since it’s a skincare professional and not a salesgirl giving you advice, you should get much more out of your products.

Bye Bye, Old Cells

Exfoliate your skin once a week. It feels amazing, and your skin will feel refreshed. When you exfoliate, your skin will be able to absorb moisturizer better. Getting rid of the old skin cells will also make your skin look smoother and younger.

Be gentle with your skin. It’s an organ we all have that takes a lot of abuse. Our skin knows karma. If we treat it well, it will reward us by making us look and feel amazing.

 

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3 tips for eating to look younger

Wrinkles may look cute on baby elephants and puppies, but as a woman living in a world that thrives on youth, those fine lines and wrinkles are anything but cute.

Fortunately, in addition to a personalized skin care regimen as prescribed by your dermatology provider or skincare expert, a diet rich in citrus fruits, tomatoes, and whole wheat produce smoother looking skin and an overall younger looking appearance in those who tolerate these foods well.

Losing ellasticity like an over-used rubber band?

As women age, collagen (a protein that gives skin its natural elastin) production slows down causing skin sagging and wrinkling. Unfortunately, this slow down happens as early as age 20! An easy way to prevent this, in addition to speaking with your skincare expert, is to eat regular servings of citrus fruits. All citrus is loaded with vitamin C which, in addition to immune system boosting powers, also increases collagen production.

Sun worship left you looking like an old piece of leather?

You say “tomato,” and we shout, “lycopene!”, the strong antioxidant that acts as a powerful and natural sunscreen. The good news is that it’s easy to add extra tomatoes into your diet. Thick tomato sauces on pastas and pizzas in addition to raw tomato on salads and sandwiches add a quick and easy lycopene kick to your everyday meals. Eating more tomatoes has reduced skin inflammation and sunspots, creating an overall healthier and younger looking appearance in women just like you.

Ditch white for whole wheat and whole grain!

Citrus and tomatoes all add something to the skin, but it’s what whole wheat doesn’t do that makes it useful. Rather than being absorbed into the body quickly like white foods, whole wheat takes longer to digest. This means, unlike white food, whole wheat doesn’t turn into a burst of sugar, which created glycation and stiffens collagen. Once this happens, fine lines begin to appear like little sugar warning systems. Switch to whole wheat and/or whole grain pastas, rices, and bread to reduce the risk of aging before your time.

If you treat your body well, it will treat you well right back. If you’re noticing fine lines and wrinkles in your skin at a young age, look at your diet and see what you should add in and cut out to maintain a more youthful appearance.








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The Skin Care Benefits Of Argan Oil

Argan oil is oil made from the nuts of the argan tree. The argan tree only grows well in Morocco and the surrounding areas. Argan oil has amazing anti-aging and restorative properties. It also helps with skin issues like acne, wrinkles, dull and dry skin, eczema and even psoriasis.

Moroccan women have used this rare oil (also known as “Liquid Gold”) for hundreds of years. Argan oil is a veritable powerhouse of healthy vitamins and nutrients. It is packed with phytoserols and vitamin E (twice as much as olive oil). Its vitamin E content diminishes scars and reduces the appearance of age spots. Argan oil is loaded with essential fatty acids, phenols and sterols, which keep skin healthy and young looking.

The list goes on. Argan oil has a ton of carotene rich vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential to combating fine lines and wrinkles. It speeds up the cell turnover process, which gives skin its healthy, clear, vibrant appearance.

To use argan oil, just rub it into the skin. It will absorb quickly and produce immediate visible results. The results aren’t just visual, argan oil has well-documented anti-inflammatory benefits. If you suffer from skin disorders like chicken pox, arthritis and acne, argan oil will heals old scars and prevent new breakouts. It’s also a powerful anti-oxidant that will protects your skin against harmful free-radicals and the sun’s UV rays.

Worried about exploiting the Morroccans? No problem. Argan oil producers are part of a fair trade cooperative, which guarantees the oil is 100 percent organic and free of fertilizers, pesticides or other harmful chemicals.





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Skin care through (your) ages

Skin is the body’s largest organ and the first thing people notice. Upholding healthy and beautiful skin requires the right skin care regimens, even for a 20-year-old. Here are tips for every decade to help one preserve a gorgeous complexion well into the retirement years.

In one’s twenties, skin is still elastic and firm. Products to fight wrinkles are not necessary. The most important skin care routine is the regular use of sunblock to prevent premature aging and to minimize the risk of skin cancer later in life.

As one approaches thirty, fine lines may appear as skin becomes thinner and drier. Sunscreen is still important in this decade as well as proper moisture control. A moisturizer with sunblock is highly recommended.

After one’s fortieth birthday, lines may get deeper and begin appearing on the forehead and around the mouth. Here is where the use of sunscreen for the previous two decades will pay off as any sun damage becomes more apparent. Look for products that contain elastin to replace what is lost as menopause approaches. Serums can also help with sensitivity as skin becomes thinner and drier.

Past fifty and beyond, skin care needs become more specialized. Some people will have issues with lines and wrinkles while others will struggle with pigmentation. Products containing collagen and elastin can minimize the appearance of wrinkles while estrogen creams aid with helping the body make its own even as estrogen levels continue to fall after menopause. As with every other decade, a good sunscreen is still the most important product to protect delicate skin from sun damage.

It is easier to age gracefully when one still has great skin. Knowing how to care for one’s skin through the years will keep it healthy and beautiful decade after decade.







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