Friday, January 15, 2010

How to look young and keep the wrinkles away.

It's my sisters birthday two days ago. And as getting older sometimes means getting more wrinkles on your face we will address the problem  on how to look young and keep the wrinkles away.

Wrinkles are a by-product of the aging process. With age, skin cells divide more slowly, and the inner layer, called the dermis, begins to thin. The network of elastin (the protein which causes skin to stretch) and collagen fibers (the major structural proteins in the skin), which support the outer layer, loosen and unravel, causing depressions on the surface. With aging, skin also loses its elasticity, is less able to retain moisture, oil-secreting glands are less efficient and the skin is slower to heal. All of these contribute to the development of wrinkles.

And now you ask...How do I keep the wrinkles away. Well in truth, you can't really keep them away, but you can help reduce the appearance of them and slow down the visibility signs of aging. So what do you do to look younger? Here are some steps that would help your face look great and younger.
  • Avoid smoking because smoking reduces the production of collagen and lack of new collagen results in development of wrinkles. Nicotine also deminish the blood and oxygen that flows to the skin.
  •  Take care of your skin by practising the regular daily cleansing, toning and moisturising  the face both during the daytime and before you go to bed. Use moisturiser with SPF of at least 15. Try to use products that are all natural. Creams and lotions that contains alcohol and artifical ingredients may dry out your skin. If you have sensitive skin you can try using olive oil as a moisturiser.
  • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, when the body dries out, it pulls away the moisture away from the skin.
  •  Eat a well balance diet and  lots of fruit rich in antioxidants which combats wrinkles by reducing  free radicals. Fruits high in Vitamin C helps build more collagen which keeps skin firm.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to the sun as exposure to ultraviolet radiation (too much sun) can result in premature aging of skin.
  •  Don't forget to get your daily dose of exercise to help your body toned, your skin radiant , your stress level low and your mind sharp.
That's all for this weeks issue of How to Look Great and Feel Happy. In the meantime,watch this video on how to keep your face looking young and  enjoy !!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

How to make New Years Resolutions Work

I hope it's not too late to wish everyone a Happy new year. A new year... a new beginning... a new hope. If the last year was a lot of gloom and doom then maybe this new year will bring in good news.

But before that its important that we make a cross examination of the past and see why some things didn't work as well as we anticipated it to be. Do a SWOT analysis of the past so that we can start the new year with a bang with new strategies to get improved results.

One of the things that can help you get better results for the new year is by :

  • Writing up your Goals. What you want to achieve daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Make a cheklist of them and cross them out or tick them off once you've achieved them.

  •  Stick this checklist in a place you can easily see so that you are constantly reminded to take action of them.

  • If you haven't got the discipline to stand by your goals then get someone who can support you. Someone who will remind you that you need to do it. Someone like your spouse, your children or a close friend. This will make  them feel important too.

  • Reward yourself once you've achieved these goals or punish yourself if you do not achieve them. For example may be you have to treat your  friends to a fancy dinner everytime you fail to achieve one goal. This way you'll be more motivated to take action.

Hope this will help you achieve your new years resolutions. Until next time on How to Look Great & Feel Happy have a Happy New Year and may all your dreams come true