I want to look 7 years younger — is that a stretch??
Have you all heard of the book 7 Years Younger, written by the editors of Good Housekeeping? It has been advertised quite a bit lately and endorsed by Dr. Oz. It seems that anything that Dr. Oz recommends I’m game for (much like anything Oprah used to recommend). So I picked myself up a copy.
I figure I could use a little tune up and I’m down for a youthful glow anytime! I’m going to follow the plan for 7 weeks and document how it’s going, I’m really curious to see if making these changes really does have an effect on my skin. I’m not planning on boring you with all the minutia, not to worry, but I’ll report on any worthy changes that I notice and pass on an overview of the chapter I’m on. I’m figuring that the information I will be learning will be worth sharing.
Just a quick look at the book tells me consistency is clearly the key in making it work. Isn’t that always the answer? We are just never allowed to get lazy!
The first week seems pretty simple, I say that now but it may not be the first time I forget to exfoliate for a second time or wonder if I met my goal of colorful produce and green tea!
Here are the things they have you work on the first week:
Anti-aging on the outside:
1. Cleanse twice a day
2. Moisturize and protect with sunscreen (if your moisturizer does not have sunscreen)
3. Exfoliate twice a week (tip: exfoliate in the a.m. — I did not know that I always do it in the p.m.)
4. Every evening use a serum followed by a nighttime moisturizer (ideally containing a retinol)
5. Use an eye cream and use your ring finger to apply, it is the weakest finger and is the least likely to damage the thin skin around the eyes
6. Consider doing an at home glycolic peel (they recommend BootsNo 7 Glycolic peel kit)
Anti-aging from the inside
1. Water, water, water. Dehydrated inside = dehydrated looking skin
2. Watch caffeine intake and add green tea (2 – 3 cups day). Green tea, even though it has caffeine, contains polyphenols (plant nutrients) that are anti-inflammatory (which seems to be the holy grail of health), the polyphenols also help sun exposed cells repair more quickly
3. Eat lots of colorful produce which are full of carotenoids, they are the best at fighting free radicals that can cause wrinkles — to up your absorption of carotenoids, throw an avocado on your salad
4. Aim for 75mg of vitamin C daily (one orange & 7 yellow pepper strips or one cup of brocoli and a bowl of strawberries does the job)
5. Aim to eat fish 2 times a week (that will be a tough one for me canned tuna is going to have to count for one); if you can’t do fish walnuts, flaxseed and pumpkin seeds help
5. Lay off the “white stuff’ it impairs the skin’s ability to repair collagen and elastin
6. Get enough sleep and try to have a consistent bedtime and rising time
That’s kind of it in a nutshell for the first week. There are lot’s of product recommendations and a lot more scientific information in the book as well, I tried to paraphrase the best I could.
If you have already bought the book and tried it out I’d love to hear about your experience.
Here’s to hoping a change is a comin’ !!
Have a beautiful day.