• Eleni Papanicolaou

How to Slow Down the Aging Process

Aging is inevitable but it’ s a slow process; it doesn’t happen overnight. People age in different ways, depending on their DNA, but mostly on their choices. It can be a combination of lifestyle, sun exposure, nutrition, exercise and attitude towards life.

There are ways to slow down the aging process and make it less painful. It takes determination and discipline, but trust me, this will be a decision you’ll never regret. You will not only look better, but you will feel better, be more flexible, your memory and balance will improve and your reflexes will be quicker.

Except for taking care of your skin on the outside, you must also support your skin from within. Start by eliminating excessive salt and sugars from your diet, balance your protein and carbs intake and replace animal fat with healthy vegetable fats, like avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil, etc. Healthy fats, will not only keep your skin smooth, but also preserve and improve your join’s mobility.

Offer yourself the freedom to avoid labels by having to choose between being a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan. You can be all of the above, by alternating, combining and adjusting your diet according to your needs. A lot of people get discouraged following a restricted diet, either because they don’t like it or because their lifestyle does not allow it, like work obligations or traveling.

Be smart and offer yourself the opportunity to try new things and incorporate new ingredients in your diet, because this is the only way for you to know what makes you feel and look better.

Read, research and educate yourself constantly. New ideas and new studies come along every day. Facts that we believed for years and for generations to be true, nowadays are proven to be myths. The fact that your grand mother and your mother taught you a certain way, does not mean that it should continue to be the same for the rest of your life. Science evolves and life moves on, towards new paths. Be open minded, flexible and adventurous.

Educate yourselves about acidic and alkaline foods and keep in mind that most of the diseases, including cancer, thrive in an acidic environment. Balance is extremely important for your well being.

I would also like to bring your attention to another anti-aging weapon. Exfoliation! Exfoliation should be an indispensable part of your daily routine, preferably in the evening, following the cleansing process and before applying your night serum, cream or lotion. Your skin’s absorption levels will increase and let us remember that a good exfoliation and activation of the blood flow will boost the skin’s cellular turnover and also the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins responsible for the elasticity and tone of the skin.

Remember that your face is made not only from skin, but also muscles and bones. To raise your attention, I will remind you that Plastic Surgeons who perform face lifts, except for removing the excess skin, they also pull and tighten the facial muscles. If you exercise your facial muscles on a regular basis, you’ll keep them strong and toned and the eyes, cheeks, as well as the neck, will be younger looking and toned for much longer.

Every woman focuses on her face, but the neck and the hands are two of the first places to show her true age. Remember that your face ends in the beginning of your cleavage, therefore treat your face, neck and décolletage, the exact same way and let us not forget the hands! Protect against harsh chemicals, exfoliate and hydrate.

There is always help from the professionals, but make sure that the treatments and procedures they are performing are legitimate and from expert hands. Trusting your face in the hands of an expert is an investment worth your health and peace of mind.

Let us now get to another important factor of your well being, which will also reflect on your face, body posture and overall health. This is your spiritual and mental well being. It is strictly upon you, and your determination and willingness to change your thoughts in order to be more open to a different way of thinking, which will guide you to a different way of responding and reacting to what is going on in your personal life and around the world.

Stop worrying for the things you cannot change and be assured that no human being has a life without challenges. See the challenges and the difficult moments as a way to become stronger, smarter and wiser. Worry makes us imagine things and feel threatened from people and events that will probably never happen. Your life will change for the better if you are determined to make the change.

Feel confident to try new things. If it works a whole new world will open up to you. If it doesn’t, at least you have tried.

In a few short weeks we’ll get into fall and soon winter will come around. Let your summer last all year round!

Eleni Papanicolaou

Board Certified Esthetician

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