Wear your wrinkles with pride!

Ageing. It’s the most natural process in the world. And yet in today’s society, it’s seen as something to be embarrassed about, to be avoided at all costs.

We’re pressurised into looking younger than we actually are, rather than looking healthy at any age.

Misia Smith of SoothePersonally, I believe that we should celebrate our age and who we are, and we should wear our wrinkles with pride and grace.

But that’s not to say we can’t make the most of what we’ve been given. There are lots of things you can do to improve the condition of your skin so that you look healthy and glowing.

When a woman feels radiant she exudes confidence and sex appeal and feels empowered. And when a woman feels empowered, her wrinkles don’t matter so much anymore.

Nobody notices the wrinkles on a woman who glows with confidence and vitality.

I want it now…

It seems that everyone expects the quick fix. Pop a pill to mask an illness as opposed to finding and dealing with the cause. Inject our faces with toxins instead of putting in the effort with regular exercise, healthy diet and lifestyle, and a great skincare regime.

It’s impossible to avoid ageing, but we are in control of taking better care of ourselves inside and out. Physically and psychologically.

It scares me that young girls are growing up believing that injections make them feel and look better. That popping a slimming pill helps them stay skinny. We could totally forget how important it is to look after our wellbeing and to be true to ourselves.

Back to basics

The truth is, if we all went back to grass roots, we’d realise that perhaps with a little self care and self love (eating real, non-processed foods, taking time out for therapies such as massage to de-stress and rebalance, being healthy and wise) we wouldn’t feel the need for the quick fixes. We’d be happy in our own skin. We’d be proud of who we are.

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There’s no need for quick fixes – let’s be happy in our own skin, be proud of who we are.I’m guilty of it myself and I feel the pressure of getting old. It gets me down sometimes – that I don’t look quite how I used to. I start to think less of myself. But nobody around me thinks less of me for a new wrinkle! So why should I?!

I’ve felt and seen the changes in my own personal appearance since eating well, exercising, reducing the amount of toxins I take into my body and reducing my stress levels. And for me, that means avoiding wheat and dairy too. My body reacts badly to them and my body knows best.

Feeling well and looking well has improved the quality of my life and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing positive changes in my clients’ lives too.

My hints and tips for a healthier you

  • Looking after yourself isn’t an indulgence. It is the healthiest investment you can make. After all, you can’t look after anyone else if you don’t look after yourself. So it’s important to take some time out and switch off from your daily stresses.
  • Glowing skin doesn’t come from expensive creams with unrealistic promises. It comes from a great skincare regime combined with excellent nutrition and plenty of restful sleep.
  • Skin reflects your health. Your body needs vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids (like omegas) and water to function properly right down to a cellular level. It needs to be looked after (just like a Ferrari – you wouldn’t feed it cheap fuel) to run properly.
  • Listen to your body and do the things that make you feel good. Your body knows what it needs.
  • A good moisturiser is a must! Mine is my desert island product – I just couldn’t live with dry, taut skin, and moisturisation really does have lots of benefits.
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For me, skincare expert Steve Barton sums up my philosophy beautifully:

“If you want to avoid looking older before you have to, don’t smoke, make sure you eat well, avoid stress, protect against UV, give the ‘magic ingredients’ in creams a try to see if they suit you, and most of all, use a good moisturiser.

And attractiveness and beauty are two very different things. It’s been a privilege to have a career as a skin biologist but I’d rather see a smiling face with character heading towards me than a miserable one with perfect skin.”

I couldn’t put it better myself. Perhaps it’s time women ended this endless, miserable quest for eternal youth and instead focused on looking radiant on the outside and feeling fantastic on the inside.

Misia Smith

About Misia Smith

I'm a skin and wellbeing practitioner based in West Bridgford, Nottingham. I specialise in helping women achieve the healthy and radiant skin they deserve, naturally. But I'm not just about skin, I have a holistic approach to helping my clients reach a state of deep relaxation through tailored massage movements, feeling special and valued and ready to take on the world. I tailor my treatments to each individual taking into account lifestyle and nutrition so its not about a 'beauty' treatment for me. Its about taking care of the whole woman. I have another caring role as founder and Director of Therapists Taking Care of Therapists which takes my caring to a very different place! I hope you enjoy my articles but if there is anything you'd like to know about skin or wellbeing please send in your suggestions!