Thirties can be tough.
This is the decade when you are first exposed to wrinkles and you have to deal with them.
This is the decade when you are willing to pay a pretty penny for those magic products that mostly over promise and under deliver.
And this is the decade when the thought of nails and botox crosses your mind the first time.
Any of this sound familiar?
A while back I got a laser treatment to remove some of my skin redness. The procedure was cheap enough to give it a try and way too expensive to waste my money on something that essentially did zero to my complexion. In that same medical office I was introduced to the lady who did botox treatments (holy crap, did her face look super smooth and just so unnatural and distorted). She asked me to smile hard so she could count all my wrinkles around my eyes… Then she quickly said “Oh, we can take care of that for you sweetie with a little botox!” I don’t think I ever felt so uncomfortable and tried to escape from that office as soon as I possibly could.
We all want to look our best and maintain that fresh, youthful look as much as we can. I do. Yet, it’s so important to know where to draw the line. You can have all kinds of fancy things injected underneath your skin to make the wrinkles go away, but the one thing those products won’t do is make you look young. Being wrinkle free and looking young are totally different. You can be as smooth as you want, but you cannot turn back time!
I love to try out new products and religiously use my skin care regimen daily and see my aesthetician monthly. Anything that’s natural and not invasive, I’m on board with. On top of that I started doing a series of facial exercise to help keep my skin toned. Let me show you the exercises that I think are the most effective ones.
the forehead smoother
This facial exercise prevents wrinkles by relaxing the forehead muscles and using acupressure to remove tension.
Make a fist with both hands. Place the middle and index finger knuckles in the center of your forehead and apply firm pressure. Maintain the pressure as you slowly slide your fists out to each side. End by gently pressing your knuckles into your temples. Repeat four more times.
the neck lift
This exercise helps tighten the neck and jawline to prevent sagging and firm up double chins.
Pucker your lips over to one side as much as you can (you should feel a stretch in your cheek). Turn your head to that side, lifting your head up at about a 45-degree angle. Feel the stretch in your neck. Hold for three seconds. Repeat. Repeat on the other side.
the lower eyelid lifter
This facial exercise firms the eye muscles to diminish dark circles and reduce under-eye puffiness.
Place your index fingers lightly at your outer eye corners — where you can still feel the lower lashes. Now make a strong squint up with your lower eyelids. You should be able to feel the outer eye muscles pulse. Look up to the ceiling. Hold this squint for a count of 40 seconds.
the cheek energiser
It lifts the facial muscles which give shape to the cheeks — and helps to fill out hollows under the eyes.
Place an index finger lightly on the top of each cheek. Now smile with the middle of your upper lip while thinking of the expression pulling the top lip flat against your teeth. Keep your upper and lower lips firmly pulling away from each other (use your lips rather than your jaw hinge to do this) and feel your cheeks move under your index fingers. Repeat this smile and release 20 times.
the nose transformer
The nose continues to grow as we get older, which can age the face. This exercise will help it to retain a youthful, firmer shape.
Grasp the bridge of your nose with your thumb and index finger, and push your thumb and index finger in towards your face. Push your nose tip up firmly with your other index finger. Flex the muscles in your nose downwards at the same time, by pulling your upper lip down over your teeth. Hold for a second then release the lip. Repeat the exercise 40 times.
the nasal plumper
This exercise will help to plump out and smooth the deep lines that can form from the nostrils down to the corners of the mouth.
Keeping your upper lip pressing against your teeth — make a long narrow ‘O’ shape with your mouth. Now place your index fingers at the corners of your mouth, then very slowly move your fingers up the naso-labial lines from your mouth corners to your nose corners. Once you get to the nose, move your fingers very slowly down towards the corners of your mouth again. Keep repeating up and down for 30 seconds.
What are your secrets to look your most beautiful and age gracefully?
P.S.: Did you read my best skin care tips for women over 30?
Photos by Rick Robillard