Chinese medicine recognizes that aging is natural and some facial wrinkling goes along with it. But TCM also has a long tradition of longevity-enhancing and youth-restoring treatments that can delay the onset of wrinkling in older woman and men.
Now it’s time for you to take advantage of that knowledge by using a variety of herbs, herbal formulas, acupressure techniques, Qi Gong exercises and nutritional strategies to realize your dream of a smoother and more radiant face.
The first important step to do is to start making the lifestyle changes that will serve as a sort of launching point for your TCM treatment program. I know it’s hard to change some lifelong habits, but it’s worth it. If you can follow my suggestions, you’ll notice the results in your face even before you take a single TCM herb or do your first Qi Gong exercise. If you don’t, your TCM program will be much less effective.
Protect your skin from the sun.Even today in China, you’ll see women carrying umbrellas on hot and sunny summer days. They’re protecting their skin. I’d like to see parasols make a come-back in Europe and North America, but broad-spectrum sunscreen products (SPF of 30 or more) will provide protection. Make sure you choose a product containing zinc oxide, which protects against UVB radiation as well as short and long UVA radiation.
Protect your skin from windy and dry conditions.You can’t control the weather, but you can make sure you drink plenty of water and use a good moisturizer regularly. There’re even some extra-credit Yin tonic herbs for skin hydration that will help you.
Limit caffeine and alcohol.Some green tea is beneficial, and an occasional drink won’t be a problem. But over consumption of either sabotages your anti-wrinkle quest.
Stop smoking. Completely. Today.
Get enough sleep. Sleep is good medicine for your skin. Get to bed before 11 p.m. According to TCM, the hours between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. are prime liver detoxification time.
Lose weight if you need to.The health problems that accompany being overweight accelerate skin aging. But you should avoid sudden weight los since
Choose natural soft soaps or cleanser.Keeping your face clean is essential for battling wrinkles, but commercial soaps damage your facial skin. Avoid alkaline harsh soap. Suggestion: Try crushed rice germ from a health food store and soak it in clean water, then used the soaked water to clean your face. It not only cleans thoroughly, but also nourishes. Or, use several drops of natural vinegar mixed with water as a facial wash. It brings a surprising glow to your skin.
Eat right. I’ll be giving you ideas for beneficial anti-wrinkle foods. Eat them instead of greasy, spicy and, especially, processed foods. Remember, to keep a young and supple skin, you will have to have balanced intake of adequate fat (from a good source), protein (amino aid), and hydration supplying food (these do not just refer to pure water, remember the experience that you feel dry, but it doesn’t matter how much you drink, you still feel dry. The water comes from one end and out from the other end), you need yin tonic food. Also, eat your meals at regular intervals.
Get a handle on stress.Prolonged stress jeopardizes your health, which shows in your face. The Qi Gong exercises you’ll be doing will help. Your best start, though, is to forget negative thoughts. That is, simply learn to let them go and move on. That may sound simplistic, but try it.
Stay even-keeled.Emotional reactions are healthy, but exaggerated emotions are not. TCM theory says that even joy needs to be kept at a reasonable level. At the same time, over constrained emotions (working too hard to keep them bottled up) is also unhealthy. Emotional balance is a basic precept of Chinese medicine. Unbalanced emotions mean unbalanced internal organs, and in very specific ways. For example, too much joy saps the heart’s energy, which we’ve seen is detrimental to your facial skin. Similarly, wallowing in melancholy disrupts lung function, which is so key to a smooth face.