I remember long ago reading that as we got older, gravity pulls our skin down resulting in loss of skin tone and firmness. It’s not just wrinkles that make us look older, but the sagging that happens as we age!
As I approached 50, I started observing what the article was referring to. My skin around my mouth and cheek and jowls/neck were really starting to sag! I knew I must do something to DEFY that GRAVITY!
Well, that observation was around the same time when I was starting to work less as a CPA, and I really didn’t want to spend money on expensive spa treatments to try and reverse the sagging (those treatments would be temporary, anyway). So, I researched AT-HOME beauty treatments that I could experiment with to help with this problem.
After trying many at-home beauty devices, I am so happy to share with you a real answer to this problem! The two treatments that I found to be most effective in firming my skin are called Galvanic and Ultrasonic therapies!
These two treatments work in different ways to firm the skin:
Galvanic has two different Ions associated with it. The Positive (+) modality works to draw impurities out of the skin and can be used for deep cleansing of the pores. The Negative (-) modality pushes serums way down into the dermis where new Collagen and Elastin can be formed! More COLLAGEN and ELASTIN is what we all want! Collagen and Elastic production FIRMs the Skin!
Ultrasonic Facial therapy works to send millions of sound waves deep down to the dermis, which stimulates the fibers resulting in additional Collagen and Elastin. The ultrasonic vibrations create significant tightening and firming of the skin. The enhanced collagen production also diminishes wrinkles and improves skin’s circulation and tone.
The wonderful At-Home device that I found does BOTH of these therapies at the same time! I use it five times per week for 5-10 minutes, and it is called the 5 in 1 Ultra Skin Rejuvenator. Please remember to use the Matrixyl 3000 Peptide Serum and/or Snail Gel Serum on your skin as you glide the machine and always keep the skin moist with the device. Add a little water if you need additional moisture to glide smoothly.
The device also has LED light therapies and Micro-Vibration that can be used to further enhance the skin!
In the end, results are what matters, but I can tell you that after using these treatments regularly, I have seen drastic results in my skin! I truly re-sculpted my jawline, firmed my neck and lifted my mouth area! I love being able to look in the mirror and really feel that I have reversed time :)
Have you ever wondered what COLLAGEN is and why there is so much talk about it in skincare?
Well, without getting too technical, collagen is a protein which is formed by amino acids. As I have mentioned before, more collagen is what we ALL want as we age. Collagen provides the support for the skin and keeps the wrinkles away and keeps the skin firm!
We had plenty of collagen when we were young, but as we get older, collagen formation definitely slows down. And, when collagen slows down, wrinkles occur, skin sagginess happens and our skin tone loses its brightness!
That’s where the importance of PEPTIDES comes in! Peptides are pre-cursers to the proteins of collagen and play an important part in the foundation of collagen formation.
There are many types of peptides, but two that I really love for my skin are called Matrixyl 3000 (which is actually two peptides called palmitoyl tetrapeptide and palmitoyl oligopeptide) and Argireline (acetyl hexapeptide). A wonderful serum that I use has BOTH of these peptides and Vitamin C (which is an excellent antioxident for the skin). It is made by Asterwood Naturals.
Matrixyl 3000 is known to help the skin form new collagen by tricking the skin into thinking that there is a breakdown of collagen, which in turn creates new collagen synthesis.
Argireline is sometimes referred to as "nature’s botox". It works by relaxing facial muscles, which in turn relaxes the skin and wrinkles.
I LOVE this serum, and I use it morning and night. A really effective trick I found is to MIX the peptide serum in my hand with a few drops of the EMU oil (See Tip # 18). Since the Emu Oil acts as a trans-dermal carrier, it helps to take the peptide serum down to the dermal layer where collagen is formed. This mixture makes it SUPER effective in fighting wrinkles and firming the skin!
As we age, we all want that young looking skin that we had when we were young! Just as younger people tend to move quicker than older people, younger skin regenerates more quickly than older skin.
But, we also want that youthful regeneration! One great way to achieve faster regeneration is through EXFOLIATION.
A gentle exfoliation should be done approximately 2 times per week to remove the top layers of the Epidermis. The top two layers of the epidermis are made up of dead skin cells, and exfoliating them regularly brings new fresh cells to the top of the skin surface.
Regular exfoliation has a number of benefits for maintaining beautiful and youthful skin:
It removes the upper dead layers of the skin which can make skin look dry and dull.
It helps to keep pores cleansed and unblocked to prevent breakouts and blackheads.
Exfoliation encourages skin cells to regenerate more quickly by bringing fresh circulation to your skin and encouraging faster cell turnover.
It helps skin serums to penetrate more deeply down to the dermis where new collagen can be formed. The increased collagen then prevents wrinkles and firms the skin.
Exfoliation helps skin spots fade more quickly by removing the top layers of the skin.
But, it is equally important to use gentle NON-CHEMICAL and NON-TOXIC scrubs when exfoliating. One of my favorites is Beauty By Earth’s Facial Scrub.
Now, let’s get back some of that baby skin today with regular exfoliation :) Here are some other face and body scrubs that are rated very SAFE by EWG:
TIP #20: My New Favorite Little Animal
Have you ever wondered what many beautiful Korean and Asian women do to have such beautiful skin? Well, one of our little garden friends is to thank for one of their beauty tricks! The Snail is my new best friend and might just be yours too! The beauty part is actually the Snail Mucin/Extract (known as Snail Filtrate). The Snail Filtrate is purified and packed with beauty nutrients, such as Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides. The Snail extract can really help with collagen formation to reduce wrinkles and firm the skin! I found a wonderful product while I was vacationing in Florida, and it has really helped with my fine lines from the Florida sun. I just LOVE it!!!
The product that I use is called Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. I use this Facial Serum morning and night under my sunscreen during the day or my emu oil at night. The best part is that the ingredients are mostly organic and safe to use!
The snails are so popular in Asian countries that women even go to Snail Spas where live snails crawl on their faces! I think I will just stick with my serum, thank you :)
Fifteen years ago something very scary was happening to me. Every three to four months I would develop a 104 degree fever and be diagnosed with a severe case of Strep Throat. My body would be in complete pain and my throat was on fire! For at least five years I had this happen to me over 15 times!
Each time it happened, the only thing I could do was head to an emergency clinic for antibiotics (each time they had to put me on stronger antibiotics just to get the fever down). The last time it happened in 2002, I asked the doctor if there was anything that I could do to prevent this from happening so often. He looked at my chart and said "No, not really. You will just have to get antibiotics each time it reoccurs. There is nothing we can do."
I left the doctor that day with my prescription, burning up with fever, and I decided to fight back. I drove straight to a health food store where my youngest sister worked and asked her if she knew of anything I could take to boost my immunity. (Keep in mind, at this time I did not take any supplements and knew nothing about all-natural holistic ideas.) She told me she would recommend me starting with something very simple and basic. She sold me daily packets of Emergenc-C, which contains 1000mg of vitamin C.
AMAZINGLY, after I started taking the vitamin C that day, I NEVER developed Strep Throat again! It has been over fifteen years since the last bout. Additionally, I rarely develop colds. If I do catch one, it is very short-lived and mild. When I realized how wonderful Vitamin C was for my immunity, I immediately started my whole family on daily doses. My kids rarely contracted any colds or viruses from that point on.
Additionally, I learned that vitamin C fights cancer, heart disease, and builds collagen for the skin. The body does NOT store vitamin C, so it must be supplemented daily. Many foods contain this vitamin, but I found that taking a supplement with at least 1000/mg a day works best in boosting my immunity.