According to Jane Shilling, author of The Stranger in the Mirror, a book about her own experience of becoming middle aged "you go through a long process of testing if your allure is still there, in the same way that, as an adolescent, you test out whether it has arrived." She says that usually on the cusp of turning 40 - you are going to lose your allure in a culture that worships the youth. One minute you matter and will be noticed, the next, you are filed under "wasn't bad when she was younger". We all want attention on some level - but we dont want to try to be the same person we were 20 years ago. Our culture says being sexy and successful equals looking and acting youthful. But look at the French. Being attractive is art & fun there - long past the age of 40. Sunday 23rd January 2011; Look At Me by Shane Watson. ***
In terms of facial ageing, prevention works always better than repair! A facelift in your 50's and 60's or 12 years of relaxing facial massage - the price is the same! Dr Frances Prenna Jones, a London based dermatologist, states that a British woman starts to show signs of facial ageing at the age of 26. And it is not a coincidence that in continental Europe, the age of 27 is the point when women start investing into their preventative facials. In Britain this is not always the case - as with any preventative treatment, we might not see and therefore appreciate the long-term benefit. We are busy building our families and professional life, and give more attention to our bodies, yet not the face. The consequences of inadequate care come later, when we reach the menopause, for a British woman around the age of 51. Reduced levels of estrogen lead to a sudden drop of hydration, increase in lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity and sagging. The sun damage done in our teens and twenties comes to the forefront as an uneven pigmentation. We wake up wanting a radical, quick fix! The costs of a face lift with a good surgeon goes to £7000 - £8000 in the UK. There is
There is a growing evidence that more women in office-based jobs are developing a "computer face" and premature signs of ageing. Working long hours in front of a computer screen results - in a decade or so - in sagging jawline, "turkey neck" and deep-set wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. It is a habit. When stressed or thinking hard, people often put on a grumpy face to appear more serious. Concentration leads to frowning and squinting that overtime brings on the frown lines. Sagging is due to shortened neck muscles and sitting in one position for too long. This repetition leads to pre-mature signs of ageing - and in two decades of looking at the screen - these may be really significant. To me, it is not the Botox but small changes to break the habit include: taking regular screen breaks stretching neck muscles - Dr Prager, a London cosmetic surgeon, also recommends "Kiss the ceiling" exercise we teach in facial yoga classes and raise your computer screen higher so that you are not looking downwards at it. Come for facial yoga tuition or organise a facial yoga party. Source: Eccles, L. Screens put years on you. Daily Mail Sep 2010.
For so many women, life gets better in their later years. They grow into their looks and trade in their spotless perfect skin for experience and self-fulfilment. But if we are all living longer on average, we are going to spend most of our lives "not being young" and we might as well embrace it. Women complain of becoming invisible to men in middle age and research supports this as our programming. But older women have their life experience written into their faces - all these fascinating, inspiring, individual stories. Young girls have inimitable, peachy, smooth skin with their future unmapped in their faces. We can surgically enhance till we are blue in the face but we can never be beautifully young again. Instead, lets embrace our experiences and cherish the face that shows how interesting life we had. Source: Walter H. Beauty and truth. Harpers Bazaar, August 2010, 76.
"With so many shades of grey between the facial and the scalpel, to age gracefully is not to do nothing but to look like you've done nothing." Kelly Gilbert What are your expectations of a facial? Is it that "the glow" in your complexion will be short-lived and what you are really paying for is a quiescent body and mind? Are you reaching a point when - lovely and relaxing as a traditional facials are - you need to do more? From a biology-based point of view, ageing should be considered in three dimensions: the surface of your skin the internal skin structure the underlying muscles. There is no quick fix that can stop ageing but a careful and diligent routine can help you look younger and slow down the rate of ageing. Go for facials with elements that were once mutually exclusive - pampering and lasting results. SEASONAL PEEL. For brighter complexion, have a seasonal peel twice a year [spring/autumn]. The benefits include: brighter and even skin enhanced skincare penetration and improved performance of active ingredients fading of the appearance of fine lines and acne scarring. Use products with a mix of acids (combination suitable for your skin type, not aggressive and irritating) that will make you mildly red afterwards but induce no flaking when removing the dull surface skin. FACIAL YOGA & MASSAGE. For internal skin structure [collagen
"Bad Botox made Sally's eyebrows pushed so far down that she looked constantly angry. She felt it, too. She felt angry all the time and was reminded by a therapist that if we want to lift our spirits, one of the ways we can do that is to smile. The opposite is also true." Research shows that controlling our facial expression controls our mood. A smile can help to defuse a potential toxic reaction but Botox might paralyse you outwardly and inwardly into hostility. It is meditation and yoga that are helpful in combating our anger and the natural methods of facial yoga and reflexology that achieve radiant skin, reduce wrinkles and improve definition. Source: Sally Brampton, Seeing Red: How to handle your anger. Sunday Times
We all want to look good for our age but we age at a different rate! French research shows that women of the same age living in the Paris area (with relatively homogeneous genetics and lifestyle) can look 10 years younger or 10 years older for their age. Skin type and avoiding extreme lifestyle behaviours (suntanning, diet and smoking) explain only 10 % of this variation! It is the more subtle genetic and lifestyle factors e.g. stress as well as our skincare routines that are of greater importance in terms of how well we age. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12437451
From Temporary Lines to Permanent Wrinkles Wrinkles develop progressively through our lives. When young, we only see temporary lines when making a facial expression. Later in life, lines and wrinkles become visible permanently. It is the mechanical stress caused by repeated facial expressions along the same skin groove that makes temporary lines become permanent wrinkles. The most significant period of change is in the 40s! Light skin tone and low hydration make our skin more prone to wrinkling. Also a low intake of water and a belief that tanned skin is healthy looking skin will contribute. A Tipping Point Research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in San Francisco shows that skin elasticity and resilience has a tipping point at about 35 years of age. Compressing the skin of a 20-year old and that of a 40-year old skin with the same amout of stress and force - a skin compression imaging device - shows a big difference in the ability of the skin to withstand pressure. In a study of 100 women aged 25 - 55, skin power gradually declined through their 20's and early 30s but dropped precipitously at their mid thirties. This is due to collagen and elastin, skin's two main structural components, being damaged by oxidation (UV rays, pollution and intrinsic stress).
We all desire to look young for our age. But what features are the most important and tell a stranger "how old we really look"? A popular area of research by Chanel, Estee Lauder, Olay... Also Unilever has recently carried out research into the facial appearance of female Danish twins (aged 59 to 81) and British women (aged 45 to 75). They found that the most important factors are wrinkles (due to sun-damage), gray hair and lip height and also the structure of subcutaneous tissue plays a role. Genetic and environmental factors are equally responsible for all but grey hair and lip height. The research confirms what we knew for some time now - that having larger lips, avoiding sun-exposure all year round and possessing genetic factors that protect against developing grey hair and skin wrinkles and sagging will make women look younger! The 4 most important things to do: 1) A light tone of lip gloss and great upper lip definition, 2) advanced skincare (with SPF in our day moisturiser), 3) facial yoga and professional massage (to work on the subcutaneous tissue in our cheeks and jawline) and 4) well, a bit of hair colour - but also good eyebrow & eyelash shape and colour - will make a real difference! Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjvzvl9 ***
“A good face is the best letter of recommendation”. Queen Elizabeth I. Since pre-historic times, human communication has been mainly visual and it remains so today – we convey emotions through our face. We also still possess the ability to read the faces of others and evaluate their well-being. We form many assumptions about a person based on their physical appearance when we meet them for the first time. Make-up can increase our attractiveness and scientists have shown that attractive people enjoy many advantages in life - they are judged as happier, smarter and more successful. The way we look even correlates with our health – our skin mirrors the strength of our immune system. When we become unhappy with our facial skin, be it through a mild skin disorder (like rosacea or acne) or signs of ageing (lines and wrinkles, sagging and pigmentation), we are prone to psychological distress. It is unfair that the prevalence of skin issues increases steadily as we are ageing and our society does not judge visible ageing of our faces kindly. We don’t receive as sympathetic a response as someone suffering from other physical ailments may do and often feel low and rejected. Foundation & The Lip Stick Effect We tend to explore different strategies to boost