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The big girls’ Guide
Author: Tsahallah Dror – Herbal skincare expert and beauty researcher.
What is this book about?
This book is about how to keep your skin glowing and your body fit with the smallest effort. I know, you are busy and frankly, I think life are too short to be spent at the gym, kitchen or beauty saloon. Sure, you can do it, won’t do you any harm but this book is about shortcuts.
I used to struggle a lot with these issues, spent a lot of time researching until I found these tricks. I don’t want you to waste your time like me. It’s my job after all but I believe you have better things to do. So what you get here is very much the bottom line and the to do list.
Not all woman were made equal, especially about skin care so some things you will have to test for yourself. Still the fundamentals are quite universal especially over 40 but not all of us are that lucky. Good skin care at any ages, will save your future skin.
Nobody’s perfect – Just do what you can, baby steps are great. It’s not all or nothing, everything you do counts and will be rewarded as you look in the mirror.
Disclaimer: All I write in this book is the fruit of a life time trial and error. I don’t have a diploma from any university about looking FAB. Please treat this book as an advice from a friend you trust. Questions and remarks are always welcome in the comments.
So let’s start….
The big No Nos
1. No smoking
If you still smoke, god only knows why, it might help you to know cigarettes will not only give you lung cancer/heart attack/stroke and other troubles.
Smokes are meaner then this.
Smoking makes your skin kind of yellow and more than that, smokes will give you wrinkles way before thy will give you lung cancer.
Especially around your mouth and eyes.
I very much recommend Ellen Carr’s book: The easy way to stop smoking. Me and hubby stopped with it.
2. No Sun (Well, almost)
Not everything in the newspaper is true but you better believe this one. Wear a wide brim hat, long sleeves as much as you can and if possible don’t go out in the sunny hours. Does not sound like much fun I know. If you choose to apply sunscreen you better know that you have to apply it at least once every 2 hours. The safety of the sunscreens is quite controversial so can’t 100% recommend it. On the other hand you must protect yourself from the sun regarding wrinkles and age spots.
Note: You do need some sun on your skin for good health, especially regarding vitamin D. But your face skin is thinner and the area is quite small so the contribution for vitamin D is neglectable. So limit sun exposure for your face but do expose your body every now and then. The exact time depends on where you are, time of the year and skin color.
So, what should you do in order to look younger?
I probably had to leave it to the end and write in very small letters but I think you deserve to know the truth. There is no escape from exercising if you want to look good after 40. It’s good to exercise at any age of course but after 40 it’s crucial.
It’s good for your looks but also for your mood and overall health.
But hey, this does not mean you have to win the Triathlon.
The good news are that 10-20 minutes every other day can be enough if you do it right.
You just have to move your body, so many of us these days ar working in front of computers and hardy move during working hours. Also after working hours we don’t move that much. Do we?
10-20min of interval training, Tabata, metabolic training or anything that can make you sweat will do good, not only to your looks but also to your mood. It won’t make you get back into your highschool jeans but it will make your blood run and make you feel and look much better.
It will improve your blood flow, bring some color to your cheeks and make you feel more energetic.
Please consult your doctor before starting.
This is what some beautiful woman have to say about exercise:
It won’t be easy at first but you’ll get better fast. Just as long as you do it. You will be amazed!
My advice: do it first thing in the morning. It will change your day you will get rid of it Frankly, are you going to exercise after 8 hours working? I mean, will you really?
BTW: If you do want to get into your highschool jeans I very much recommend Callanetics. Google it!
Well, I must say, this is a tricky one. It’s not easy to eat healthy these days. You have to give it a lot of effort. Disinformation is all round us, and of course unhealthy yummy food.
Once, long ago I followed the menus of you are what you eat by Dr. Gillian McKeith and honestly, my skin never looked better. She is vegan but not only vegan. You can be vegan and eat junk whole day long. I remember plenty of vegetables in all forms and shapes. Lot’s of cooking, probably no frying, sugar, gluten or anything you may just think is unhealthy.
Well, that was great but after 3 month I couldn’t go on with it. Too much hassle and too many things I had to give up. More then this, it did not solve my main health problem which is Anemia.
Now I’m on Wheat and sugar free, I think this is quite basic, and really not hard as it sounds yet very beneficial.
I think that when you want to find out the best nutrition for you. You first have to find your weakness. What do you want to get rid of? Maybe you have frequent headaches, anemia, diabetes or pre diabetic blood tests, high blood pressure, skin rush, eczema, hormonal acne etc.
Your nutrition have to address your health issues
It’s not only your skin that counts. If you are tired all the time, having headaches or depressed it shows. You have to eat only what makes you happy.
With that said I do think Sugar never did any good to anyone’s health, look what happened to this girl:
Interesting, what a change:
Now, don’t listen to her when she says she can’t stop eating sugar. We are smarter than that. Sugar is a kind of addiction, after not eating sugar for a few days the craving is not so bad, you just have to decide. (And check all of the food labels because sugar is literally, everywhere.)
Fruit and veggies are your best friends. If you still hate the idea, make a shake like Iman does. Drink it like a medicine if you have to. Many fruit and veggies these days are GMO or not organic but still I think the benefits are greater than the damage in this case.
3 apples a day will do wonders to your lips. Try that!
Whatever happens don’t give up. It’s not all or nothing. Any progress is good.
Hope I didn’t confuse anyone. There are so many nutritional theories these days. It’s very hard to choose. I think the key is to find a nutritional path that’s good for you and that you can stick to it for life (Give or take a day or two:).
I shared what’s good for me, feel free to share what’s good for you in the comments.
3. Face Gym – Better than a face lift
Well, this is a top-secret tip. I didn’t know it myself until recently but now I’m hooked.
It’s quite logical. Why to exercise only from the neck downwards when eventually people mainly see our face?
You’ll probably not have to do it until your late 30’s but this time will come when you feel your face is changing. Sagging jaws, wider nose and wrinkles will all look better if you will do these exercises.
The good news are that out facial muscles are small, thus easy to build.
The bad news are that you will have to make funny faces like this:
Called also face yoga.
Will send you some more about this. Just give it a try and see how it feels.
4. Skin care
This quite an individual issue. The perfect regimen for you varies according to your skin type. I’ll just give some guide lines and ideas.
- Do it as naturally as you can. Read carefully the ingredients on your products.
- You can find amazing beauty products in your kitchen. Almost any fruit or veggie you eat will do good to your face. Use all the skins you peel from your fruit and veggies as face masks. Mango, cucumber, strawberry in season, tomato scrap. Half a grape massaged all over your face or garlic (especially good for acne. Yogurt and milk are also great. Even eggs, egg white on clean face is amazing for acne. I know it’s not so nice but in case of bad acne people do all sorts of things. Been there, done that.
- Exfoliate – But do it gently, twice a week. I like to keep ground oatmeal in a jar in my bathroom. It’s the best and cheapest gentle exfoliation exists. Just put some in your hand, add some water and exfoliate. Leave it on for a while and wash. Oatmeal is great for your skin. Another good idea is to use a shaving brush.If your skin is dry, you can put some olive oil on your shaving brush.
Do not exfoliate if you have active acne – I know it’s very tempting to exfoliate all of this acne away but it simply does not work this way. Exfoliation will only make your acne worse. You better use peel off, you can mix a spoonful of gelatin with a spoon of lukewarm milk to form a paste. Apply to your face, wait 5 minutes until it hardens and peel of. Will take all your blackheads, white heads and other kind of heads away.
- Cleanse – If you are over 40 or your skin is dry you can cleanse even only with water. If your skin is oily you can use natural soap bar. For normal skin I think facial toner is the best, just mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water, make just enough for a week or 2 then make again. Do not use store bought toners as they are full of chemicals. Cleanse twice a day, morning and evening. Also listen to your skin; if it’s too dry you can always use soap only once a day, dilute the apple cider more or the other way around.
- Moisturize – I don’t think oily skin has to be moisturized. Especially not if you use foundation, concealer and so on. Dry skin will usually benefit from some olive oil before sleep. Commercial moisturizers do feel very nice on the skin but are usually full of chemicals. Try to pick the natural ones.
- Prevent broken capillaries – In the cold countries when it gets under 0° apply olive oil to your skin to protect it when outside. Also if you work in harsh weather like winds.
Well, the first thing is that you do have to get your 8 hours beauty sleep every day. Don’t make up for it in the weekend. Just try to set a routine. And make sure that your pillowcase is clean and if you can get it, use a silk pillowcase.
Well, while you sleep your body and your skin regenerate themselves 30% quicker than during the day.
It’s a break from the pollution outside in the traffic, working places, smoking if you still do it etc.
Silk tends to leave less marks and wrinkles on your face than cotton.
Another thing is that the best position for your skin is to sleep on your back.
If you have a favourite side that you are used to sleep on. Go and look in the mirror, you will probably see the asymmetry. I can’t sleep on my back so what I use are these back pain pillows that look something like this:
They protect not only your neck but also your face. You can buy also special beauty pillows but they will be much more expensive in general.
Recent studies show that skin pigmentation can change your perceived age by 10-20 years younger or older.
In other words, nothing ages you more than hyperpigmentation.
For this I created my hyperpigmentation skin care.
But this is a whole other story, ask me about it.
Love you all,