Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Reduce Frown Lines

Do you have the job-loss blues? Are you naturally pessimistic or just a deep thinker? Whatever the reason for the lines between your eyes, you might be able to reduce their appearance with the following measures:

One. Try to relax the muscles of your forehead. Frown, then smile. You'll notice that when you smile, your face muscles move up and out, especially those of your forehead. Try to be aware of your expression and the tension in your face, and make a conscious effort to relax your forehead muscles through out the day.

Two. Massage those muscles!

You can try facial exercises as well. I've read arguments for and against them, and I've started to do them myself. You can find some information about facial exercises here.

Three. Use Retin A. Regular users report decreased appearance of wrinkles -I know this a natural beauty site, but Retin A is supposed to be highly effective. Some natural wrinkle reducers are rose-hip oil (which I've written about here previously), coconut oil, baobab oil, grapeseed oil, and shea butter. All are said to regenerate the skin and improve elasticity.

Four. Drink lots of water. It hydrates the skin, improves the complexion and is necessary for good health, and therefore, good skin. On the same note, watch your diet; try to stay away from processed foods.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Wonders of Rose Hip Essential Oil

Look at any anti-ageing product and no doubt you'll find rose-hip oil is a key ingredient. Extracted from the seeds of the fruit of the plant, the oil is known to prevent and reduce the appearance of fine lines especially around the eyes and mouth. It's also said to improve the complexion and even out skin tone. Rose hip is a stable, non-greasy essential oil and is safe to apply directly to the skin. It does make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so apply some sun-block before going outside. If you have acne, consult a dermatologist before using.

I recently ordered a four ounce bottle of organic unprocessed rose-hip oil made in Chile. Rose-hip bushes are native to the Andes and the miracles of the plant were first discovered there. Now, however, the oil can be made anywhere, in fact, if you have a rose-hip plant you could make it yourself. But, oil from Chile sounds great and the price was reasonable. Another wonderful thing about rose-hip oil: the price.

The oil smells and feels light and I've started applying it twice a day around my eyes and mouth instead of a moisturizer and beneath my usual cream for the rest of my face. I am lucky, at thirty something I have hardly any lines, so this no doubt is the right time to start. I do hope to minimize some 'thinking' lines between my eyes, though. I took a before picture and will compare the results in thirty days. Till then!