Stress and aging are inevitably linked—aging can lead to more stress and more stress, in turn, can speed up the aging process. A lot of men and women spend so much of their time and energy worrying about aging well that they’re actually accelerating the aging process. Or maybe you don’t worry about aging well so much as you’re overwhelmed and worn down with the stresses of everyday life. In either case, it turns out that all you need is a little peace and quiet.
The art of meditation has been practiced for centuries as a means of elevating stress and promoting relaxation and inner peace. Many health professionals maintain that if we can control the body’s stress response, we can shape our body’s ability to age better. In other words, changing your state of mind can change your state of body. That’s why meditation is one of the easiest and most inexpensive anti-aging secrets. The key to aging well and feeling younger can be as simple as learning to clear your head through meditation. There are a few key reasons why meditation is the answer to aging well.
Meditation and Melatonin
One of the reasons that meditation allows for aging well is because it has been shown to increase the level of the hormone melatonin in your body. Melatonin is what regulates your body’s internal clock, which means it helps to regulate your sleep cycle—your brain naturally secretes more melatonin when it’s dark versus when it’s light. Like many other hormones, melatonin production decreases with age. Meditation boosts melatonin, which affects sleep, which is good for aging well because when you’re properly rested, you’re better able to address other means of aging well, like anti-aging fitness, nutrition, and skin care habits.
More melatonin isn’t just good for regulating sleep. This particular hormone is also critical to aging well because of its antioxidant properties. Research has shown that increased levels of melatonin can protect against free radical damage, prevent heart disease, manage blood sugar levels, and lower blood pressure. Melatonin has also been shown to be helpful in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Because your melatonin level naturally decreases as you get older, increasing it through meditation can help to improve your overall health, therefore ensuring that you’re aging well.
Meditation and DHEA
Meditation also boosts the production of DHEA, another hormone that affects aging well. Lower levels of DHEA in the body have been linked to several age-related conditions, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and immune system disorders. DHEA may also be effective for improving bone mineral density (which can prevent osteoporosis), as well as improving the look of aged skin by increasing thickness and reducing the visibility of age spots. Like melatonin, DHEA reduces with age—meditation increases DHEA levels, which, as we now know, influences the process of aging well.
Meditation and Cortisol
When you’re stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol—the longer you’re stressed, the more cortisol your body will produce. Too much of this hormone can be detrimental to aging well, as excessively and continuously high levels of cortisol have been linked to several unhealthy conditions, such as imbalanced blood sugar levels, decreased bone density, decreased muscle tissue, high blood pressure, and compromised immunity. Meditation can significantly reduce your levels of cortisol by engaging your body’s relaxation response.
How to Start Meditating
If you’re interested in taking up meditation to promote aging well, start by finding a quiet space; that means leaving behind your cell phone, pager, and any other distractions. Sit in a comfortable position and focus your mind on an object, like a picture on the wall or a spot on the floor. Concentrate on your breathing—feel the air go through your nostrils and fill your lungs as you inhale, and focus on slowly exhaling. If you have a hard time concentrating, which you probably will, try counting your breaths—slowly count up to five as you inhale, and back down to one as you exhale.
Start with four to five minute sessions. The goal for aging well is to try and work up to doing at least 20 minutes of meditating twice each day. It’s easier to commit to it if you do it around the same time every day, like first thing in the morning or right before bed.
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Are you often wondering in the morning ‘What should I wear today?’ Or maybe you want to stay ahead of the latest beauty trends? Before, we would have to rely on magazines, celebrities, and the occasional website for fashion and beauty advice.
But now we can use apps to help us get inspired. Here are our favorite beauty apps to help you look your best each day. All you need is a smartphone, like an iPhone, Android or Blackberry 10, as well as your own style and creativity.
This helpful app helps you score appointments at your city’s top salons. That way, you can not only make space for personal beauty in your busy schedule, but you can also have the privilege of having the best stylists work their magic on you. It’s also a great way to find a new salon if you want to try something different.
Closet helps you plan outfits in advance by storing an inventory of all the items in your closet and then letting you mix and match. Aside from being a great way to pass the time, it’s also fun to try out different combinations and create a new winning outfit.
Pretty in My Pocket
This app is like a database of all sorts of helpful beauty information from today’s top publications, blogs and makeup artists. It has everything from new techniques to reviews of the best products. It also offers coupons and also a barcode scanning feature if you want to learn more about a particular product.
This mobile version of the social networking site is the perfect way to decide whether you should buy an outfit. All you have to do is take a picture of you trying on a new item of clothing in the fitting room, and then other users can comment “Yay” or “Nay.” That way, you’ll never need to struggle over whether or not that new dress really suits you. (Pic: heartifb.com)
Complete with tutorials, product reviews and reports on new trends, Beautylish is a great way to stay in the know about the all things beauty. Besides all that, it also offers an online store where you can purchase the products used in the videos. It’s a fantastic way to find indie products and cool stuff not found in mainstream stores, as well as learn new style ideas and color combos.
A Final Note
These are just a few of the wonderful beauty apps out there that make it easier to look your best. To find one that’s a perfect fit for your style, spend some time looking online or ask around. You’re certain to find the perfect app for you, if not more than one!
Either way, though, it is important to look your best so that you make the best impression possible, in both your personal and professional life. On top of that, don’t wear too much make-up and you're looking as natural as you can! Who knows? Maybe a first date or a big promotion will be in store for you. Just keep looking gorgeous!
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The first thing I noticed with this cream was the amazing scent. The combination of the herbs used in this product has created a beautifully warm, earthy and spicy natural fragrance.
Once applied to my skin, it wasn't oily or heavy, which is good for oily/combination skin.
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The next test was stretch marks, although my stretch marks were older and quite faded, I did feel as though they were being smoothed out and the skin around that area was feeling very soft. Would also be good to use as a preventative measure for stretch marks, especially during pregnancy.
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Hydra-5 Gel is a special therapy gel for deep rehydration without the additional use of any oils and waxes.
Good for normal/oily skin, the gel can also be used for after shaving, sunburn or any time you need a cooling deep hydration to your skin.
It contains a natural spf 11 and will protect skin from pollution, dirt and dryness. The aloe vera detoxifies and shields the skin and the healing qualities of honey provides nutrition for the skin, hydration and anti-aging benefits. This gel felt extremely soothing to my skin, I applied it to my face in the mornings for protection and in the evenings I applied it for the cooling and soothing feeling it gave me. It was very beneficial after a day at the beach or getting wind burnt. Aloe vera is one of my favourite ingredients in natural beauty products.
Applying the gel after leaving it in the fridge will help you relax and cool your skin almost immediately.
Made with two healing and pure ingredients for natural skin care, this is a good alternative for anyone who doesn't feel comfortable with using oils on their skin. Once you open the jar, you'll notice the scent is very light, the gel is an beautiful light aqua colour.
You can use this every day and not feel weighed down by heavy creams. There's something I love about using a gel, the texture is so light, but nourishing at the same time.
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