The Secret on How to Look Younger

You are altogether beautiful my love, there is no flaw in you. –Song of Solomon 4:7

Slowing the physical signs of aging, and repairing existing signs of aging, all come down to two simple things: prevention and gentle maintenance.

When it comes to prevention, we can't correct the past, but we can start immediately stopping any harmful choices that many people make without realizing they're doing so. Prevention simply means that you make the conscious choice to only put beneficial ingredients in and on your body. You must feed your body the highest quality raw materials that it can then use to rebuild, repair, and protect itself. It's the only way.

What makes something a good choice comes down to one main thing:

It has come from the earth as closely as possible. Organic, unprocessed, not synthetic. It vibrates with life.

1. When it comes to skin care, there are several outstanding brands, and more are added every year...yay! A few excellent choices are:

~Eminence Organics Skin Care In ten years of working and experimenting with many different brands, Eminence has consistently shown itself to be the absolute best of the best. I see it in every client's, and my own, skin without exception. The only potential difficulty with Eminence is that it is expensive. It's worth every penny, but if you simply can not afford to spend $40 on a cleanser (each product lasts one to three months), that brings me to my next point...

~If you aren't currently able to afford Eminence, go to Whole Foods or your equivalent natural foods store. Many exceptional brands: Suki, Nourish, Acure, 100% Pure, Aubrey Organics, and many others, can be found there. If you are lucky enough to live near a Whole Foods, awesome. Because I live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where items can be difficult to come by, I purchase all of my skin care products online, usually through Amazon. All of these brands are affordable (with the exception of Suki) and are completely safe and beneficial for your skin, your body, and your life. The lists of what to avoid and what to look for are both long and can be found via other resources. All I'm saying now is, make it Eminence and/or find your products at a health food store. That's as simple and easy as it gets.

What to do:

Your exact skin care regimen depends on your unique individual needs (this is why it's best to see a good skin care professional). But I have consistently seen several common factors:

~Treat your skin gently. No Clarisonic or washcloths. No daily exfoliation, Retin-A, AHA's, or foaming soaps for women. Nothing drying or overly exfoliating. Your skin will dry and thin with time. The last thing you need to do is speed up the process. Most women should exfoliate one or two times per week, Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermatofoliant is the best. Once a week, follow your scrub exfoliant with an enzyme exfoliant. Eminence Yam and Pumpkin Peel is excellent. This will dramatically increase smoothness and radiance. At he age of 35 or so, all but the very oiliest skins should use a non-foaming creamy cleanser only to remove sweat, dirt and makeup...usually once a day will suffice. Eminence Acai Firming Cleanser is the best there is.

~Moisturize like a freaking maniac. This might just be the most important thing you can possibly do. In the spring and summer, apply water-based antioxidant nourishment in the morning, and fatty-oil based nourishment at night. In the fall and winter, fatty oil-based products will usually be best for most women in northern climates. Southern climate women can stick to the spring and summer regime. You simply cannot moisturize enough, especially around the areas of your face where your skin moves most: eyes, mouth, and neck. Really. I mean it.

2. What you eat has a tremendous impact on your health. Your food choices must consist mainly of organic (whenever possible) vegetables and fruits, and all other ingredients derived directly from the earth. Basically, the shorter the ingredient list, the better it is for you. Your best food choices are anything that is brightly colored. Spinach, broccoli, blueberries, blackberries, carrots, red peppers...the list is wonderfully long. Eat the colors of the rainbow, organic, and you will always choose correctly. If you eat animal products, they absolutely must be organic, free-range, hormone and antibiotic free. It's the only choice.

Good fats, such as flax and cold-pressed olive oil, are crucial in maintaining a youthful appearance. We all know that oil and water don't mix. Oil in and on our body seals water in, which leads to the appearance of young, juicy, plumpness. A beautiful, healthy woman is like a piece of fruit at its peak: juicy, dripping ripeness. Eat good fats ladies. It's one of the most important things you can do.

3. Perspective. 'All that we are is the result of what we have thought.' ~Buddha. How you think about yourself, how you respond to challenges in life, how you treat others and yourself...they all have a crucially important role in your appearance. It's most beneficial to think, 'Life is precious, I am grateful to be here. I love and care for myself. I am beautiful and radiant. I accept myself as I am.' The more you love and accept yourself and others, and the more kind you are, the younger you will look.

You can only control the choices you make. You can't control the passing of time. No matter what you do, your body will age. Just like the sun rises and seasons change, you will age. It's insane to get upset about it. It only makes sense to give your energy to what you can control, which is being aware of and choosing all of the above. Keep it simple and real. Focus only on what works.

Jen Yell