Once you understand how skin wrinkles form, it becomes quite obvious how to erase them without spending a fortune on topical creams, patches, or surgery.
First, so that we are all on the same page, it is important to understand that wrinkles start forming when we are in our teens. Yes, surprising but true. And here's why.
Our personalities and habits are quite well established during our childhood. We have characteristic frowns, smiles, looks of disapproval or disgust, concentration. These tend not to change with age, with the exception of accidents or trauma. Therefore, our adolescents establish the retention patterns of the facial muscles quite well.
What do facial muscles have to do with wrinkles? Think about it: A muscle can swell and stretch the skin on your arms if you lift a lot of weights. But a muscle also pinches in the skin if you contract it when you frown, for example.
Over time, the facial muscles will tighten or shorten around areas that pinch a lot. Between the skin and the muscle is a thin layer of connective tissue or fascia and this too can begin to harden and dry out in constricting patterns.
You now have muscles and fascia that work to contract the skin around the facial patterns. What happens slowly, over time, as these work together to wrinkle the skin above them? Tight skin has less blood flow. oh oh.
When we are children, our faces are usually very animated. Muscles, fascia and skin can be squeezed, but then open in wonder, peace or the deep relaxation of sleep. Circulation can then easily flow through the skin and repair or refresh the muscles and skin, making a child's face full again.
Over time, as our patterns of expression are established, the circulatory system's ability to flow and so easily repair itself diminishes. With insufficient hydration, banned diets, smoking, trauma, etc., the blood supply to restore skin's fullness becomes an uphill battle. Wrinkles are the result, the result of time and habits.
Obviously, the best time in life to prevent wrinkles is in our teenage years. Daily facial massage, especially around the areas where wrinkles can be seen with different facial expressions, is a real help. Use olive oil, which your skin and muscles love, or almond if your skin is naturally dry or sensitive, or coconut if you prefer.
Besides a good morning or evening massage after washing our face, we would do well to drink enough water to keep our cells hydrated and avoid junk food. If you are young, start now to keep that beautiful face. Older? Roll up your sleeves.
Well, now we understand how these things come about, and if you are young enough, you can avoid wrinkles with simple common sense exercises. But for those of us who are no longer teenagers, our massage practice needs to be more focused and specific.
Think for a moment about those wrinkles that form above the upper lip, which you see in the mouths of the elderly. Those can develop over time from smoking, drinking soda through a straw, pursed lips in thought or disapproval, these kinds of movements that bring your lips together. (I wouldn't rule out kissing because it's so pretty, but it's easy to see how it can contribute to those little lines on the lips.)
First, select the type of oil you like best. Sophia Loren used to say that her absence of wrinkles in her 70s and 80s was due to daily facial rubbing with olive oil, and most skins love this oil as do all muscles. If you live in arid areas, you may want to make a mixture of oils and rose water for extra hydration, on top of what you get from drinking plenty of water.
Let me share with you a blend that I have been using since I was 30 years old that I believe has helped keep the wrinkles at bay on my 70+ face: In 2 ounces of rose water, add 3 ounces of organic peanut oil, 2- 3 ounces of organic olive oil and a tablespoon of liquid lanolin. Older skin would appreciate an ounce of wheat germ oil as an anti-aging aid. The driest or most sensitive skin types like an ounce of sweet almond. There are 7 to 8 ounces of facial happiness that help restore skin vitality and help eliminate wrinkles, depending on where they are on the face.
The daily beautification of your precious face
In the morning or evening regime, wash first with a mild soap/cleansing cream/lotion, with a good fiber cloth or loofah or loofah circle to remove dead skin cells. Use a nice deep circular motion across your forehead, cheeks, chin and throat.
Never rub or rub around your eyes or temples. The skin tissue around the eyes is too delicate and can tear easily with too much pressure. We would do well to appreciate those smile lines around the eyes as they are only positive on the face.
When you rinse your face, it should feel clean and almost squeaky clean. If it feels like there's still a film on the skin like so many commercial soap products, get a different brand. Castile soaps are generally thorough cleansers and leave no film or residue on the skin.
Dry your face and apply a small amount of oil that you have rubbed on your palms. (The mixture I described above must be shaken each time as the contents separate, as no harmful chemical emulsifiers are added.)
Spread the oil over your forehead, cheeks, chin and throat, gliding a little over your eyes, but not deeply. Use circular motions with your fingertips to increase circulation to these areas and move the underlying muscles.
Please note that the throat is included in the daily facial massage. There's no reason this skin should peel off over time if you give it attention and circulation to keep your skin, muscles and connective tissue healthy.
When massaging your forehead, remember that the muscles that raise your eyebrows when you're surprised or lower your eyebrows when you frown are vertical muscles. These will relax when you rub them, side to side, front to back. Move up to the hairline and down to the eyebrows in criss-cross motions, targeting the muscles under the skin.
The cheeks are easy to rub in circles, so be sure to pay a little more attention to the areas in front of the ears where your jaw muscles can tighten from all the stresses of 21st century life. Rub up and down your nose and sideways, opening your mouth to get better circulation to an area of your face that barely moves on its own.
To exercise the muscles around the lips, pull them through the teeth with a tight smile and rub the entire edge of the lip with your fingertip, gently and deeply, creating good circulation all around and around. Back and forth across the top of the lip and that muscle just below the nose that can tighten and contain wrinkles. If you start to form lines here, you may want to double the massage time to really get the circulation going.
Finally, give your throat some good circular massages along the side of your neck and the front where your vocal cords are. With your thumbs together under your chin, press along the bottom of your jawline toward your ear. Do this a few times. It helps stimulate an immune reflex point that we all need these days.
Finish with a one-time massage all over your face with your palms on your cheeks and your fingers on your forehead. Visualize circulation flowing through all the cells of your skin and muscles, refreshing, rejuvenating and revitalizing them all. Feel the youth and beauty flow through the cells. Mmmmm.
For a more specific treatment
To target existing wrinkles on the forehead and around the mouth, you can follow the general facial massage, which only takes a minute, with a more specific treatment of individual wrinkles.
Dip a cotton swab in the oil and press it against the side of the jar so it doesn't drip. Using a magnifying mirror or just approach a mirror, place the tip at the end of a wrinkle with one hand and open the wrinkle with the fingers of the other hand. Press deep into the wrinkle in small back-and-forth motions along the wrinkle to specifically activate circulation along that line.
There is an interesting cosmetic acupuncture treatment for wrinkles that does essentially the same thing. With tweezers, tiny filament needles are inserted along a wrinkle to draw blood where it has been pinched. But you can do the same with a cotton swab and nourishing oil. It just takes a little time, a little patience and a lot of love.
So how long will all this take before I see results?
Remember that there are seven layers of skin, the oldest at the top and the newborn cells at the bottom. The oil and massage regimen you adopt will benefit the new cells immediately, but it may take 30-45 days for those cells to develop into the top layer.
During this time of self-love, your regimen helps to release the holding patterns of the underlying muscles and fascia. Imagine how you will feel when you start to see results! And trust me, it will show itself to others too, in a happier and healthier face.
Be patient. And to be honest, don't you want to stick to a healthy facial regimen for the rest of your days? Taking a day a week here and there won't hurt, but making facial massage a regular part of your life will give your face a more youthful look to everyone you meet.
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