By Scarlett Olson, Founder of SOCO Botanicals
I have every reason to wake up with gratitude for all the blessings in my life. However I could pout and look at myself in the mirror and say, hey, what happened? It seems like I was 25 three years ago! Or I could say, I'm grateful for every new day that I'm given, the road that I've been on and the road where I'm going, whether bumpy or smooth. If I have a few extra wrinkles, it's ok! - they tell the story of who I am. We can do both- embrace ourselves at our age and also use high quality skin care products that nurture our skin and help lessen wrinkles.
One thing when it comes to anti aging is not what you put on your skin to hide your age, but what goes in your skin, and in your body. Great skin starts with a healthy lifestyle and choices for what goes on (and is absorbed into) your skin and the quality of nutrition that you give your body.
The truth is, fourteen years later I actually have better skin, without ANY medical or surgical procedures. Don't underestimate the power of skin nutrition! Here's some valuable information on sun spots and how to get rid of them naturally.
So, What's the Balance?
Your self image also has an impact on aging. "The view you adopt of yourself profoundly affects the way you live your life" - Carol Dweck.
If you see yourself as tired and old, you will start to hunch over and not work out as often. If you see yourself as young and full of life, then you will naturally make choices that support your health and beauty.
BUT FIRST, BE YOURSELF! Is there a woman who looks like a barbie doll and also looks interesting? Being happy with who you are gives you confidence, and makes you look and feel more beautiful.
Confidence is the most beautiful feature on a woman so it is important to embrace yourself the way you are, but also take care of yourself. When it comes to anti-aging, what we need to understand is why we get wrinkles, and how to nurture our skin and be kind to ourselves so we can lessen the deeper wrinkles and skin damage that are brought on by UV exposure, stress & unhealthy habits.
#1 Decreased oil production in skin:
As we age, the skin begins to be more dense and less elastic. As the skin begins to lower its natural oil production, your skin can get dryer and less plump. Dryer, older skin leads to what are called “gray cells” which are skin cells that get stuck together and are not as flexible or hydrated as they were during youth. This is why an oil based moisturizer is truly the most important skin care product you will ever use.
#2 Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause the skin to wrinkle.
UV exposure speeds up the aging process of the body. Exposure to UV rays breaks down the connective tissue of the skin, collagen, and elastin fibers which are found in the deeper layers of the skin. Without these fibers and collagen, the skin begins to lose flexibility and strength. As a result, the skin begins to wrinkle and sag prematurely.
Stress can take a toll on your health and your skin. One of the main things I do to help with stress is to work out. Working out helps destress the mind, and allows the body to detoxify bringing elasticity and circulation to your skin. When I work out at least 4 days a week and work up a good sweat, I feel happier and my skin looks great! When I have stress, don't eat healthy foods, get too busy and don't work out on a regular basis, my skin suffers.
#4 Environmental toxins
It is difficult to avoid many of the environmental toxins that are affecting our skin and health. Pesticides, air pollution, toxic molds, toxic building materials in your home- these pollutants age us from the inside out. However, if you can eat a healthy organic whole foods diet as well as choose nontoxic products you for home and skin, you'll help your body to process and eliminate the toxins that weigh your immune system down.
4 Remedies For Getting Rid of Wrinkles:
1. Use a high quality face oil moisturizer.
Face oil replenishes the moisture your skin needs to stay hydrated. Face oil delivers vitamins and nutrients to the deeper layers of the skin better than cream does, locks in moisture and softens the tiny lines and creases.
2. Sea Buckthorn Oil: Sea Buckthorn oil is a natural oil from the fruit and berries of a plant grown in the Himalayas. In studies it is clinically proven to heal damaged skin and contains 12 times the Vitamin C of oranges. It is naturally high in Vitamin A & C which both help to increase skin cell regeneration. It also is known to be high in Essential Fatty Acids which help reduce wrinkles.
Are Essential Oils Good For Wrinkles?
Neroli Essential Oil:
One of the most skin repairing essential oils, Neroli essential oil is known to bring hydration to the skin, reduce inflammation & redness, and prevent wrinkle formation.
Helichrysum Essential Oil:
Known as the "Immortelle" oil for skin, this highly prized oil has been used for centuries for helping with wrinkles. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory oil as well as antimicrobial. Recent studies even show that Helichrysum may show promise to prevent cancerous tumor formation.
3. Coenzyme Q10: The International Journal of Cosmetic Science published a study recently that showed that CoQ10 helped to prevent UV damage and reduce sun spots. It penetrates deeply into the skin, providing biological energy to the cells, which boosts collagen production. Topical CoQ10 is quickly absorbed right into the skin where the skin needs it the most.
4. Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Use a face oil that contains Red Raspberry Seed Oil. Red Raspberry Seed Oil contains natural SPF that protects the skin from sun damage as well as antioxidants that protect the skin cells.
There is only one face oil blend that has a concentrated blend of Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate, CoQ10, Sea Buckthorn, Helichrysum and Neroli with very high concentrations: SOCO Symphony Anti Aging Elixir. Most other face oil blends have watered down versions of these essential ingredients.
SOCO Symphony has all of these skin oils in high concentrations that help reduce wrinkles and sun spots. This ultra concentrated elixir helps to soften your skin over time, and helps reduce sun spots and wrinkles, revealing radiance from within.
SOCO Symphony is the ultimate face oil: a nutrient rich all-in-one moisturizer that feeds your skin everything it needs to heal naturally, delivering effective results. Most people report softer skin in one week, wrinkle reduction in 2 weeks, and noticeable sun spot reduction in 2 months of use.
Feel luxurious and radiant in your skin with this all in one face oil moisturizer & youth serum. This moisturizer is designed to deeply moisturize, give your skin a natural glow and encourage collagen production by giving it the nutrition it needs. It is super packed with the most important anti aging, skin plumping botanicals including Collagen Boosting CoQ10, Antioxidant Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil and skin healing Sea Buckthorn. It conveniently replaces all other serums, creams and eye cream. Hand made in Texas!
This is the best serum I've ever purchased, and I highly recommend it if you have dry skin. Wouldn’t be without it!! My skin is becoming drier as I age and effective moisturizers are hard to find. This serum absorbs extremely well into my dry skin and keeps my face feeling nice and moisturized, not oily. I use it twice daily and always have a backup so I don't run out! If you need moisture to keep you glowing, this one's for you!!!
Try SOCO Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum, you’ll love it! The SOCO Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum is a fantastic product! The oil penetrates very quickly, hydrates and retexurizes face and neck.It truly is the only product needed. I’m more than satisfied with it and have recommended it to many friends all of which are equally pleased! I’m on my third bottle and will continue to purchase it.
A wonderful moisturizer! I was initially skeptical about using an oil for a facial moisturizer, but decided to try it: the reviews were favorable and I am a big fan of essential oils. What a wonderful surprise! I have been using the product for two months and love it. The oil absorbs quickly with no greasy feeling and has made my skin soft, and younger feeling and looking. I now recommend this to friends, family and coworkers. Thank you for such a healthy and effective product.
Fantastic Product! This serum is a true game changer. I love the scent and consistency. My skin literally drinks this stuff in. I love it so much I wake up and look forward to using it. My skin has a rosy glow and my fine lines and discoloration are improving. I highly recommend and will keep this product in my routine forever!