“Ageing is just another word for living.” – Cindy Joseph
If we had our way, we’d refer to the whole concept of graceful ageing as pro aging, not “anti.” After all, how can we be anti something we have no control over? What we do have control over, however, is how we age. Do we stay agile, energetic, and youthful in appearance? While genetics certainly play a role in that, we can help ourselves along with lifestyle choices. That’s why we are always on the lookout for simple, natural ways to support our health and aging process as we go about our daily life. Below are some of our favorite holistic tips and tricks for younger-looking, healthy skin.
Needles? Yes, but not the kind you’ll find at your dermatologist. Unlike injectables, the painless needles used in facial acupuncture do a lot more than just collaborate on younger-looking skin — they also help your body’s overall health. Facial acupuncture is an extension of traditional acupuncture and is said to help the appearance and health of your skin. The needles stimulate your lymphatic and circulatory system and increase blood flow to your skin, while encouraging collagen production. Added bonus: acupuncture is incredibly relaxing, so you get to chill while you treat those fine lines.
ANTI AGEING PILLOWS
Want to prevent wrinkles while you sleep? There’s a pillow for that! Whether you opt for silk, copper-oxide, satin, or silver-ion, there is an entire marketplace of pillows that are said to help prevent nighttime wrinkles. While the cost of these pillows can go as high as $150, we like this one as a great, affordable pure silk option. Will it reduce your fine lines? Maybe. But it will feel like a dream to sleep on regardless.
You didn’t think we’d skip collagen from our natural anti aging list, did you? Even dermatologists are all aboard the collagen train, thanks to its ability to help your skin thrive from the inside out. As we age, the collagen in our body starts to break down, leading to a lack of skin elasticity and wrinkles, but studies are showing that supplementing with collagen can help the health of our skin. Try adding some Unflavored Collagen Peptides to your smoothie, or check out our Recipes page for a wide range of delicious dishes that use collagen.
(Want to know more? Check out The Top 3 Ways Collagen Can Help Your Body.)
GUA SHA (pronounced gwahshah)
If you don’t yet own one, we bet you’ve seen the attractive little gua sha stone rollers and scraping tools being touted as the key to numerous beauty benefits. Whether they are made from jade or rose quartz, these stones throw back to ancient East Asian healing techniques. By “scraping” your neck and face with one of these tools, you are said to benefit from everything from enhanced collagen production, a decrease in puffiness, skin tightening, and much more. And if all that good stuff doesn’t happen for you, it’s a great way to wake up your face in the morning at the very least!
We know there’s a slight trend in some of our recommendations here, but there’s a reason Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for centuries and is still helping people in today’s world. Cupping (silicone suction cups that are attached to the skin and moved around) is another ancient technique used to help stimulate your skin and muscles by improving the flow of your “Qi” (or your life force.) It’s said that when used on the face, the practice can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
And remember…while growing old is unavoidable, growing up is optional. Live like you’re young, and you’ll always feel that way!