Elements of Style Outer care equals inner wellness

Outer care equals inner wellness

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Elements of Style/Susan DeMauro and Kim Adams

Inner wellness and confidence are often affected by how comfortable we feel about our appearance. Finding a balance between an outer glow of beauty and inner serenity, we will look and feel better.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. What we put into our bodies – our skin – is as important, if not more important, than what we put on our skin. Hydrating our bodies with plenty of water, vegetables and fruits, as well as consuming a diet rich in unprocessed foods, whole grains, lean proteins and fats like avocados, olives and nuts on a regular basis is commonly known as “clean” eating. This combination, along with a healthy lifestyle including daily activity and positive energy, will nourish the skin to guarantee a healthy, youthful glow.

Being wrinkle free isn’t an option, we know that. What we want to do is look and feel our very best at the age we are. The key to a beautiful complexion is daily care and smart prevention. We want our maintenance to be simple and quick.

Caring for your face doesn’t have to be complicated, just consistent. It’s all about creating an action plan – a simple routine that you can do morning and night effortlessly.

• Cleansing –at the beginning and end of your day for oily skin use a gel wash and for dryer skin use a milky wash.

• Often included in a cleansing routine is a mild scrub to exfoliate. Replace one of your morning or evening cleansing with an exfoliating scrub.

• Serum – always a question. After the age of 40 this, too, is not an option; it’s a necessity, as it is the first product that is absorbed into the skin. It’s the serum that reduces the wrinkles and creates a smoother, softer surface.

• Finally, the moisturizer. This layer locks in the serum and continues softening throughout the day and night.

It is essential to pay attention to our skin any age. This includes use of a rich body cream to conquer dry skin to be applied morning and night over all the body.

There are many compelling reasons to create a daily skincare regime, but the obvious one is to create a smooth surface for your makeup. Makeup looks artificial on skin that is not regularly maintained, but looks very natural on moisturized skin.

You cannot really feel good unless you are satisfied with your appearance. A simple makeup routine often raises our spirits, and a facial best prepares the skin for makeup for a glowing healthy appearance.

Another way to begin caring for your skin is to schedule a facial. This can include deep cleansing, exfoliation, serum massage, eye cream conditioning and finishing mask. You will feel better as you release skin toxins – refreshed and relaxed. The exfoliation step is essential to reducing the appearance of aging.

A commonly asked question is, “How often should I have a facial?” The answer is, “As often as it fits your budget.” Begin with a facial in the winter to help combat the cold, dryness of the season in Maine, then schedule one in the spring and another in the fall. If the results are just what you are looking for, schedule a facial once a month.

The best investment for your mind, body, and spirit is to keep you joyful with glowing skin, natural makeup, and healthy living.

Kim Adams and Susan DeMauro, as well as Carie Costello, are licensed aestheticians at Visibility in Portland.

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