Are you youthing beautifully? I hadn’t heard this term until recently when I was talking with a few of my entrepreneurial rock star girl friends, Pam Lindberg of www.PrettyEmpowered.org and Jaimie Inman of www.SquaredAwayFengShui.com.
These awesome ladies have been in my life for only a short time, but it seems like we’ve been friends for much longer. We chat at least once a month to catch up on what we are doing in our businesses and in our lives. This past week, I mentioned that there are things I notice I can or can’t do as I’m aging. Both of these fabulous women jumped and said,
“No, you aren’t aging, you are Youthing”!
Youthing has been around for centuries and is really the concept of reversing the aging process or slowing it down at least. There are even tribes that do yearly ceremonies with the belief that it will revitalize the person with more energy and a more youthful appearance.
This made me stop and think about my skincare routine and how to improve my practice for a more youthful and healthy appearance.
Now that the weather is changing, I’m noticing more dryness in my skin, not only on my face, but my arms and legs as well. No matter how much cream, lotion or oil I use, my skin is ashy. But is it really dry skin or am I just dehydrated?
I did some research and here’s what I found out:
Dry skin is lacking in natural oils while dehydrated skin is lacking water. We often confuse the two as being the same thing however, they are quite different. We are usually born with a particular skin “type” that can change from season to season as the glands aren’t producing sufficient amounts of oil.
Dry skin presents as
White Flaky skin
Psoriasis and eczema are both skin conditions associated with dry skin, but it is not the same as having the skin “type”.
Dehydration happens when the body is using more water than it is taking in.
I notice when it starts getting cooler that I don’t drink enough h2o. 💦 Of course this results in my skin looking not so fresh. But, if I’m cold, water just seems to make me feel colder.
Consuming too much caffeine and even exercising can cause our skin to be depleted of moisture, especially at this time of year.
Dehydrated skin presents as:
Dark circles under eyes
More prominent appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Since our skin is literally our largest organ, it’s vital to take care of it properly.
In Feng Shui we look for “cures” or “remedies” when there is an imbalance, the same is true with our skincare regime. Here’s how you can improve the Feng Shui of your skin and infuse it with the nourishment it requires:
Eating a diet rich in Omega 3-fatty acids; foods like walnuts, flax, almonds, salmon, navy, and kidney beans will give your skin a fresh, moisture-rich glow.
Drinking plenty of water and warm beverages is essential to keeping the skin moist.
Using nutrient rich moisturizers with natural ingredients will help keep the skin from drying out.
Sweating out the toxins with exercise
Here’s to you and your journey to “Youthing Beautifully”!💆