Three-time Olympian-turned-wellness entrepreneur Lisa Curry writes exclusively for Body + Soul about the life lessons she’s learned and offers tips on how to live your happiest, healthiest life.
I remember looking in the mirror about two years ago and thinking, oh my God, I have a wrinkle. Not laugh lines or expression lines, but a real wrinkle; I realized then that aging was definitely on its way andâ¦ inevitable.
And now ? Complaining won’t make wrinkles go away, but you can limit the damage.
There are many ways to reduce the signs of aging skin. At one end of the scale are invasive cosmetic procedures such as plastic surgery, which can have varying levels of success.
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Next come the less invasive treatments such as botox, needling, laser, facial peels and microdermabrasion. And on the complete opposite of the scale, you are making lifestyle choices that will promote great skin.
Things like eating skin-healthy foods, exercising, avoiding smoking, drinking less or no alcohol, sleeping soundly, using a silk pillowcase, staying hydrated, and using the right health products. skin care.
I have always been aware of the importance of taking care of myself. But now, more than ever, it has become a priority because my skin is starting to reflect my lifestyle choices.
For some, it comes down to good genes. But many are not so fortunate and have to work hard for it. I’ve spent so much time in the Australian elements and swimming pools, I know what it’s like to need to take care of your skin.
Someone once told me that my skin looks like a crocodile handbag!
Hard, but true. But by making a few lifestyle adjustments, like eating meals packed with superfoods and nutrients for optimal skin health and healing, my skin has improved noticeably.
But back to wrinkles. It starts with just one, then there are two, and then as more appear you start to get more stressed out, which shows on your skin – it’s a vicious cycle.
There is no point in saying, “I wish I had taken better care of my skin when I was young.” It’s too late for that, but it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin right now.
Start by finding the best skin care products that will make a real difference.
Cleaning is the most critical step, and we are all guilty of skipping the occasion. How many times have you come home from a party and went straight to bed because you were too tired to take your makeup off? Yes, I am guilty!
Doing this wreaks havoc on your skin – from clogging your pores to potentially damaging your eyes.
My optometrist once showed me a picture of an eye infection that someone had developed while not putting on eye makeup. Their eyelids were red, their eyelashes full of pus and it was pretty disgusting.
Needless to say, I learned an important lesson: 10 more minutes of sleep isn’t worth getting infections or pimples.
The best results come from a combination of an effective home grooming routine and an in-salon treatment regimen. For me, quality probiotic skin care and needling is my winning combination. Yes, the needling is a bit painful, but it’s a bearable pain that works – at least for me.
Whether you choose to use dermal fillers or age naturally, find something that makes you feel comfortable, confident, and happy in your own skin.
After all, what would it be like to wake up, hydrate your skin, put on some lippy and go out?
Lisa’s tips of the week
- Buy good quality skin care: Look for products that work with your skin and penetrate the deeper layers. Products that contain active ingredients and probiotics improve your skin from the inside out; they don’t just sit on top and make your skin feel nice for a short time.
- Cleanse, Cleanse, and Re-cleanse: You can’t paint your makeup well if you don’t have a clean canvas to work on. The double cleanse ensures that makeup and dirt are removed the first time, while the second wash penetrates the skin for a deep cleanse.
- Increase Your Antioxidant Intake: Your skin is a reflection of what you put into your body. Antioxidants are your body’s best resource for fighting disease and aging. Try adding fruits such as blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries to your smoothie, or fill your salads with peppers, carrots, kale, spinach, and red beets.
Lisa Curry is the co-founder of Happy Healthy You, an Australian company specializing in women’s health and lifestyle. To receive a free online assessment to help you better understand your current condition, visit happyhealthyyou.com.au.
Find Lisa’s fortnightly column in Body + Soul for insightful advice on the emotional and physical wellness, family and fitness – and learn to live your happiest and healthiest life.
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