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As you age, your skin begins to lose its elasticity, and fat pads that occur between skin and muscle become thinner, all of which lead to sagging. There is a cheap, scientifically proven way to bring youthful vigor and firmness to mature facial skin: it is sustained facial exercise. And because facial exercise is more or less a non-intrusive and straightforward physical intervention to help shape muscles, it cannot pose any harmful side effects. Research at Northwestern University has demonstrated how a 30-minute daily (or alternate daily) regular facial exercise over a span of 20 weeks has made the skin of middle-aged women participants appear more youthful. In fact, dermatologists involved in the study rated the rigorously exercised facial skin to have cut an average of three years off from aging skin. The relevant paper, titled “Association of Facial Exercise With the Appearance of Aging,” appears in the January 2018 issue of the journal, JAMA Dermatology.

Study participants, women ages 40 to 65, were trained to perform 32 facial exercises. Devised by the paper’s co-author, Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga, the practices involve “puckering and squeezing the cheeks” repeatedly. The women repeated the exercises for a half-hour every day for up to 20 weeks, achieving noticeable results. In addition to firming cheek muscles, the facial workouts present a radical solution to visible signs of aging.

One example of facial exercise is called the Happy Cheeks Sculpting, done by smiling with pursed lips. With the cheek muscles forced upward by smiling, put your fingers in the mouth corners, slide them upward to the tops of both cheeks, and then hold for approximately 20 seconds. Consider doing this a few minutes daily.

Try counteracting the natural skin-aging process without resorting to chemical treatment or cosmetic surgery. Regular facial exercise leads to firmer muscles. Firmer facial muscles appear fuller and therefore youthful-looking.

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Take Care Of You

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. It is easy to neglect yourself when taking care of others. Sometimes we are so incredibly occupied taking care of other folks that we just ignore ourselves. Like everyone else, we have our own special needs, and we have to guarantee that these are addressed. Taking care of yourself or self-nurturing is an essential ingredient to self-respect and your own inner and outer beauty. It’s so easy sometimes to talk about these things, and difficult to implement them on a regular basis, and not let them fall by the wayside. As women, mothers, farmers, nurses, teachers, spouses, and a plethora of other professional care-giving titles…we’ve learned to be great caretakers…of others! Learning to care for oneself is an ongoing experience. It starts today and continues throughout our lives. Here are some ways you can get that much needed “me time”.

Body Care

Start with your body, make sure you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Eating a balanced diet does not just mean high protein and less carbohydrates. It also means making the right choices and smarter decisions with the food you eat and drink. Exercise regularly. If you are not physically fit, then you may not have enough energy to build up reserves to deal with everyday life and be happy. Find a fitness program that fits you. That includes a daily walk around your property, in a park or around your neighborhood, going to a gym, swimming, biking, playing sports and so forth.

Skincare

Having healthy-looking skin is critical to feeling good about your appearance. Your skin is the largest organ on the body, so its beauty is not only important – but its health is too. If you have problems with your skin, then do whatever it takes to find resolve. And for some reason, skincare is usually overlooked by many women farmers who work under the sun everyday. You should change your routine to include a soak in that fragrant bubble bath you love so much every week, or mix up that sugar scrub recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Because when it comes right down to it, you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

Hair Care

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. A change of hairstyle can spell a huge difference on how she looks and how she feels about herself. Like our skin, our hair is often a neglected part of our bodies that we either forget about, not even bothering to do anything with it. Your hair can be either a pleasant addition to your overall appearance or it can be a distraction from your overall appearance. By taking care of your hair (regular maintenance and styling) your hair will look healthier and shinier creating a simple yet flawless look. And by all means go ahead, take that much-deserved occasional trip to the salon.

Leisure Time

Spending some of your free time in such activities that help you relax and reset is one way to stay happy and feel better. In day-to-day life there is (and should be) room for fun stuff. So learn how to balance the work with restful/recreational activities. Spend time with your family, play with children, go for hangouts with friends, or you plan for a fantastic vacation. Find a time when you can get away and recharge. Take up a hobby that you abandoned a long time ago, but would still enjoy doing.

Yes, women who take care of other people have the best jobs – doing for others is an unselfish and truly rewarding way to live. But again, you cannot keep doing all the wonderful things you do for others if you fail to recognize the importance of taking care of you. Implement a little me time in your daily life, it’ll help you to reset and make your life more balanced.


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