The wrinkles and less defined jawline. Less camera love and jeans that don’t fit like they used to. Mystery bumps and lumps popping up like ground hogs and gray hair sprouting like wildflowers. AHHHH. The joys of middle-agedom. I’m a 44 year old grandmother and things are starting to get real. I recently found myself keenly aware of the lightning speed in which years fly by, pondering life’s existential meaning. After obsessively scrutinizing the loss in volume in my face and neck, it dawned on me that I’m the youngest I’m ever going to be RIGHT NOW. And that NOW changes incredibly fast. So I may as well embrace it and enjoy the ride. As an esthetician and health coach the quest for eternal youthfulness is not only a passion but also a core part of my life’s work and mission. I’m responsible for keeping my clients young and vibrant, and truthfully I want to age as gracefully as possible. When our personal passions are married with our life’s work, it’s magic. I vigilantly research new skin rejuvenation techniques, ingredients and products that both safely turn back the hands of time, and preserve our reserves for the long haul. I love it. But these things are only part of the equation. Growing old gracefully means continually loving every part of ourselves as things inevitably change while doing everything we can to promote healthy aging physically, mentally and spiritually.
Cracking the code for skin that makes everyone want your beauty secrets can be like going down a rabbit hole without a map. My personal journey began at 16 and the course of action continually changes over the years. What’s the secret to beautiful skin? It’s simple. Figuring out what our skin needs to thrive throughout each unique phase of life and modifying our approach in response.
Beautiful Skin 101:
It’s important to know that cells communicate by sending and receiving signals. Signals can come from the environment or from other cells. To trigger a response these signals must be transmitted across cell membranes or via cell receptors. If our skin isn’t healthy, communication between cells is disrupted and our skin will be susceptible to rapid aging and issues such as acne, redness, pigmentation, wrinkling and volume loss.
Preserving skin health and longevity has been at the heart of my practice for almost 15 years. I’ve always been amazed at our skins’ ability to rejuvenate itself. We can really put it through the ringer and it manages to find its way back to balance. That’s because our skin’s natural state of being IS balance, free from irritation, patchiness, dryness, break-outs, and even most wrinkling.