Genetics plays a major role in our constitution, the appearance of our body, our face and the way we age. However, when it comes to signs of aging, this is not the most impacting factor! Yes, it is true! But have you noticed that some people age better than others? Do you know why?
Our face and our skin are, of course, the reflection of our genetics but above all, they are the reflection of our lifestyle and our postural habits. Our lifestyle, including what we eat and drink, can greatly contribute to skin aging. Our skin needs vitamins, nutrients and water to maintain its youth capital or at least not to waste it faster than desired. Eating food which contains vitamins and nutrients (vegetables, fruits, etc.), drinking water regularly throughout the day, not drinking too much alcohol and avoiding cigarettes, are good habits for a beautiful skin. It is also possible to add supplements to your diet to increase your intake of vitamins, collagen or even hyaluronic acid in order to help your skin on a daily basis.
Likewise, the number of hours of sleep per night is important. The night is a privileged moment for the regeneration of our whole body. Regarding skin cells, the regeneration mechanisms start around 11 p.m., reaching their peak around 1 a.m. That is why it is recommended to go to bed before 11 p.m. to make the most of this phase of the night.
External aggressions, such as an aggressive sun, pollution and chemicals also contribute to a dull skin tone, appearance of pimples and skin aging. To fight their effects, try to use a gentle facial cleanser adapted to your skin type, as well as beauty products rich in active ingredients to support your skin on a daily basis. For long exposure to the sun, more than an hour in general or under summer sun, of course, do not forget your sunscreen!
We don't necessarily think about it, but our automatic postural habits are also a factor that accentuates our natural asymmetry as well as our wrinkles.
The way we sleep, for example always on the same side, will lead to more wrinkles on this side and will accentuate its sagging.
The side of our mouth we chew our food will strengthen this side of the face and create more tension.
The same goes for the shoulder where we carry our purse on, the way we stand, often hunched forward, in front of a telephone or a computer... and as well as all our unconscious postures which, little by little, will accentuate the signs of aging and make our natural asymmetry more and more visible.
Similarly, automatic facial movements are responsible for the reinforcement of expression lines, such as forehead wrinkles, crow's feet or even smile lines. If you frown many times a day, when you're angry, tired, focused or just because it's an unconscious habit you don't realize, 11 lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows) will be more and more visible from year to year. If we try to address only the symptoms of sign of aging: wrinkles on the forehead, sagging face, double chin... without going back to their cause, even with a regular practice of Face Yoga, the improvements will unfortunately remain limited. Let's go back to our example of the 11 lines seen above. There are very effective Face Yoga poses to reduce them, that's for sure, but if you continue to mobilize this muscles all day, the results will not be as visible and deep as you wish for... The only way to create lasting results in a natural way is to work on the cause of what ages us, so here , in our example : the unconscious movement of the eyebrows.
And to be honest, we must recognize that it is not so easy to put awareness and change our automatisms which have been there for years!!!
Little by little, it is day after day that we learn, that we feel and that we transform not only our face but also our inner self!
Personally, for over 30 years I slept on the left side of my face. Conclusion: my left side is more sagging, I have more wrinkles around my left eye, my eyelid is more droopy and my left smile line is much more pronounced. When I started practicing Face Yoga I also changed my way of sleeping, chewing my food, sitting in front of a computer.
I put consciousness into previously unconscious facial movements and I do certain yoga poses in order to correct the asymmetry of my face.
And it works, the results are visible! …even if from time to time I still sleep on my left side 😉
It's all about putting awareness, being consistent and above all your desire to connect with yourself and see yourself change and evolve.
Have you ever noticed these habits that age you? If so, feel free to share them in the comments below! If not, ready to try to put more awareness into your daily life starting today?