Healthy Aging, Healthy Skin

As the days grow increasingly grey, I find that I feel uglier and older. Somehow, the change in light enables me to see the flaws in my face a bit more clearly (counterintuitive, I know). Also, my healthy living routine has gone off the rails a bit in the last month or two because of my schedule (a true reason, but really not a good enough reason). I have not been sleeping enough; I’ve been eating questionable foods on the go just to stop the tummy rumbling; and my exercise routine has gone flabby. In fact, I’m writing this while cramming a sandwich down my throat at 3 pm in between meetings.

As I got off the train in New York today and prepared for a full day of meetings with beauty editors (to make them aware of Puristics), I realized that I was very self-conscious about my looks and racing, quickly down a bad path. With my iPod blasting in my ears, I strode briskly up 7th Avenue to my first appointment thinking deeply and philosophically about what this all meant. I looked around me and saw people gathered in doorways taking that last drag on the cigarette or downing that last sip of coffee. I saw weathered faces of all shapes and sizes and thought about how each of these faces told a story about a life and how it was being lived. Of course, the people sucking on cigarettes looked bad. The wrinkles were more obvious and the skin tone was more sallow. Still others seemed to show the signs of a tough night before or a long string of tough nights before. I started to wonder about how my face looked to them. What did the minor acne breakout on my chin say to them? Did they think the crow’s feet were too visible for 47 or barely visible at all? Did they think that the tone of my skin was “healthy looking”. Clearly, I’ll never know. What I do know is that I’m rethinking my view of beauty as I spend the next two days with women who write about beauty for magazines. I won’t be distracted by loads of cover up, pancake make up or green, glittery eye shadow as I walk along the streets of New York. For me, beauty has always been synonymous with health. After two months of healthy routine drift, it’s time for me to grab control again. This shift in attitude is not only going to affect my forward-looking view, but it has already affected my attitude and confidence as I work my way through two jam-packed days of press briefings.

I’m not ugly or old-looking (I should probably say that 10 times while looking in the mirror). I’m healthy looking and age appropriate. I can say this confidently not because I have any natural good looks but rather because I generally eat a very healthy diet, exercise, breathe fresh air and believe in my own strength. I think all of this affects skin tone and the appearance of healthy and radiant skin. I am religious about my Puristics routine, and I don’t load on make-up because I don’t think it lets my skin breathe and do what it was meant to do. Skin is the largest organ in the body. It protects us, but it is also a key point of entry for many things. It is also our biggest “calling card” when we meet someone (followed closely by our eyes and our teeth, in my opinion). It is a reflection of how we live. I want my skin to glow with health (as opposed to glowing with radioactivity, because that would be bad).

Given my newly revitalized healthy skin thinking, I was tickled when I read the November issue of Fitness and saw an article called “The Good Skin Diet”. (Great minds thnk alike). I was very pleased to find out that I should eat dark chocolate to improve luminosity, walnuts for softer skin and peppers for fewer wrinkles. The article also mentions some lotions that have been “juiced up” with some of these food ingredients and are theoretically working topically. For the web version of the article, click here. I think I’ll stick with my simpe home routine, but add some of the foods on the list to my regular eating habits. Some of the foods mentioned are already a part of my regular eating habits which causes me to wonder if my skin is at its peak already (depressing, I know). As is typical for me, I won’t accept the status quo, and I’ll work for better skin and a healthier look, from the inside out.

M'lou Arnett www.scerene.com

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