In my early 30s, I met a woman who had a bit of a scary experience with a simple Botox procedure. Shortly after, unrelated to the first woman, I met a few other women who were experiencing some challenging side effects from what they thought was the result of the Botox and fillers they had recently received.
Hmm, I thought to myself. Why not just let yourself age gracefully? That's what I'm going to do.
Well, what I'm realizing now, at 45 years old, is that was a very easy statement for a 30-year-old to make. The wrinkles had not quite set in yet, and my eyes were still lifted and bright.
"Just let yourself age gracefully," I tell myself daily, while almost every single one of my family and friends is so easily and quickly erasing the tell-tale signs of aging with a simple injection that somehow miraculously erases these wrinkles in just one appointment.
Now, let me be clear. If you have decided to get some of those procedures, no judgement at all... really. For me, the choice to not use any injectables on my face is a direct result of my lifelong health challenges and how I have been able to overcome them naturally.
That is not to say that I intend to "overcome" aging. I just feel like I have worked so hard to heal myself from a lifetime of digestive issues, that adding in an outside factor that may rock the boat is just not worth it.
Does that mean I can't be proactive about my aging? Absolutely not. There is so much you and I can both do to naturally age gracefully in the best way possible.
Here are just a few things I am currently doing to keep my skin glowing and smooth as I approach my later years.
- Water and anti-inflammatory food. I'm putting these two together because if you’re reading this post, chances are you’re already following the New Life Promise program and eating mostly anti-inflammatory foods. You are also probably already following our recommendation to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Giving your body the hydration and the proper nourishment it needs is the absolute most important strategy when it comes to aging well… not just in how you look, but in how you feel.
- Sleep and stress. Nothing, and I mean nothing, will age you faster than lack of sleep and overwhelming amounts of stress. If you haven’t already done this, it is critical to make sleep an absolute priority. Turn your phone off at least one hour before bed and begin the wind down process. This will allow your body to produce and release the right amount of melatonin so you’re able to fall asleep and stay asleep. As for stress, I highly recommend you have a minimum of one stress-reducing strategy in your tool kit. Some ideas might be a short walk in nature or a quiet 10-minute prayer session mid-day. My new favorite in the morning is doing some light stretches while I listen to instrumental worship music. It really helps me start the day in a peaceful place instead of hurried and crazed.
- Collagen, collagen, collagen. You may already know that I’m a huge fan of collagen. Collagen is a protein in our body that serves as one of the main building blocks for your bones, skin, hair, and nails. It is what keeps our skin from sagging, giving us that youthful look. Starting in our late 20s, our bodies begin to naturally produce less collagen, which is why we see a difference in our skin overall. The great news is that collagen is so easy to supplement with (probably easier than any other supplement). You can add one scoop to your morning coffee or tea or in your nightly herbal tea and make it a simple addition to your daily routine.
But as I began to research collagen and aging more and more, I realized that the best collagen formulations were the ones that used all 3 types of collagen (Type I, II, and III) to target several different areas of the body. On top of that, there were a few critical nutrients that could greatly support the graceful aging process even more.
That is why I decided to include all 3 types of collagen (bovine collagen, chicken cartilage, and marine collagen) as well as horsetail extract, bamboo extract, and hyaluronic acid in our new collagen formula.
If you've never heard of some of these ingredients, here's why they are such great tools for aging gracefully...
Type I collagen helps support smooth, firm skin and strong, healthy hair and nails.
Type II collagen helps support healthy bones, joints, and connective tissue and supports digestive health.
Type III collagen supports your blood vessels, muscles, tendons, and major organs.
Horsetail extract is a powerful anti-aging nutrient that protects your cells from "free radical" damage. It promotes skin elasticity and hair and nail strength.
Bamboo extract stimulates collagen production on a cellular level while improving firmness in skin, hair, and nails.
Hyaluronic acid speeds up the wound and scar healing process while drawing in much-needed moisture for improved skin hydration.
Wow. With a line-up like this, you absolutely can't go wrong.
All these ingredients, along with some extra vitamin C and B vitamins, are included in our brand-new collagen supplement, SkinREJUV.