Anti Aging – Your Hair, part 2!


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There is so much to anti aging your hair, that I couldn’t possibly get it all into one page, so here I am starting a second……and may go on to a third……..!

I wish I’d started anti-aging my hair a lot earlier, so I probably have much more catching up to do than most of you – but we all have to start somewhere!

The product I’m going to recommend here is one I’ve had for a couple of years now, and I can’t begin to tell you what a difference it’s made. When I was suffering my worst hair problems, it wasn’t just falling out by the roots – the fragile, thin hair I had left was also breaking like you wouldn’t believe. It was mortifying, and I was terrified of how thin it was going to get if I didn’t do something soon. The red and infra-red light therapy was certainly slowing down and reversing the hair loss from the roots, but did nothing for the breakage along the hair shaft.

Then I found a recommendation for silk pillowcases. Apparently, cotton pillowcases, and other fibres, can tug and pull and twist your hair while you sleep, tearing at it, and weakening and breaking the hair along it’s whole length. I didn’t like the sound of that! So I tried silk pillowcases. Did they make a difference? Oh yeah!

I don’t know what the labelling laws are like is the U.S, but here in the U.K you often see satin pillowcases marketed at silk. Silk is a completely natural product, produced by silkworms. It’s quite expensive, but glorious. Satin is a smooth fabric meant to feel like silk as much as it can, but made from synthetic fibres. It’s much cheaper, of course.

I’ve tried both, and honestly I’m happy with either. It’s made a huge difference in reducing the amount of breakage, so helping me keep the hair I’ve so lovingly grown!

 

Here is a link to Amazon UK real natural silk pillowcases, in various colours –

 

 

 

 

And a link to Amazon UK satin pillowcases, again in various colours –

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the US – Amazon link to pure natural silk pillowcases –

 

 

 

 

And to Amazon US satin pillowcases, again in various colours –

 

 

 

 

Let’s keep the hair you’ve already got!

Anti Aging – Your Hair!

Perhaps one of the trickiest areas to deal with. Whether you are male or female, young or old, it’s probable that your hair is very important to you. And it’s one of the first areas to start showing the signs of aging! And when your hair doesn’t feel good, you don’t feel good. How often have you said “I’m having a bad hair day”? Some of us joke we are having  a bad hair life!

There are so many factors involved here – the classic three of “cut, condition and colour”. But above and beyond that there is texture, thickness, length, coverage, as well as how to suit your face shape, your clothes and your general style. And do you want one definite style that defines you or do you prefer hair that is versatile and can be changed in style according to your mood and/or the occasion?

So much to consider, and every factor enhances or detracts from the way you look, and the way you feel about yourself.

I can’t possibly cover everything here. So I’m going to pick and choose things that I know have worked for me. And unusually, I’m going to start with the things that either did not work for me, or that actually made things worse! Sometimes all you need is to avoid the things that might damage your hair, so I’ll start there.

To start at the beginning – in my early teens, I developed some kind of scalp infection that led to terrible itching and dandruff. Well, that had to go! I consulted my G.P, who prescribed a very strong sulphur shampoo and recommended I wash my hair every day until the problem was cured. I took his advice. It started to have an effect and things improved, but it never really cleared. Unfortunately, I didn’t reurn to the same G.P. for a follow up , as I moved house, and so I missed his next vital piece of advice – that long term use of a sulphur shampoo can permanently damage the hair roots, and so it should be used for a maximum of two weeks. I used it for two years. It when only when my previously thick hair started falling out in handfuls and it became very thin and weak, that I did some research. And found out what I was doing wrong. It was too late to reverse the terrible damage, but what I was able to do was to change immediately to a non-sulphur treatment shampoo – and that includes changing generally to non-sulphate shampoos. Most on the shelves use some kind of sulphate, so if you have weak, thin, falling or damaged hair, you need to search out ones that don’t. I noticed a considerable improvement with this simple change – I hope you do too!

Anyway, on to the positives. One of the first thing that will help your hair is to improve the circulation to your scalp. GENTLE massage – and I cannot stress this highly enough – GENTLE massage. If the massage is too vigorous on weak on damaged or weak hair, it will fall or break all the more. But my favourite technique to improve the blood flow to the scalp is an inverter. This is not for everyone, but it was originally recommended to me for a bad back. It worked  a treat for both my back and my hair, and I mentioned it to an Oriental friend who looked years younger than he actually was. “Oh yes” he smiled “I’ve used an inverter for years. It improves blood flow to the face as well, that’s how I stay so young!”.

Please remember this is not for everyone, and if you are in any doubt as to whether this will suit you, and especially if you have blood pressure problems, please do consult your mecial practitioner.

 

There are many on the market, mine is quite a lightweight one, but this looks sturdier and rather better – For the UK Amazon link, click here –

I found a similar product in the U.S, for the US Amazon link, click here –

 

An added tip – while you are on the inversion table, this is a perfect time to gently massage your scalp, and lifting the hair roots a little away from the scalp to increase the blood flow.

Now – the massagers themselves. If you have ever been rough with your scalp or your hair, it will need gentleness to get over the stress and recover it’s strength. If you’ve used scratchy hairbrushes, harsh products, or been in the habit of scratching your head, the nerves in your scalp may be very sore and need soothing.

What I have found very effective – and enjoyable! – is the simplest form of wire scalp massager. You gently glide it through the hair, softly massaging the scalp right at the hair root, without damaging the hair in any way. Please note, for efficient packaging, the massager prongs are often pressed quite close together, and you’ll need to gently release them apart until the massager glides gently through your hair with  a whisper-touch to the scalp.

There is also a form of scalp massager that has tiny rollerballs, and this honestly can feel quite delightful! And encourages good circulation to the scalp, increasing the stregth of the hair root and scalp over time.

UK purchasers at the moment have a great bargain available – both types of massger, along with an added shampoo brush (I find this a bit too hard for my liking, but it might suit you). All 3 products packaged together for one bargain price!

 

 

For this great current bargain on the UK Amazon, click here –

 

 

 

 

For US purchasers, they are available separately. For the wire massager US Amazon link click here –

 

 

 

 

 

And for the US Amazon link for the rollerball massager click here –

 

 

 

Please remember – GENTLE! To get the best results, a little daily rather than an occasional marathon. Soft and gentle application will over time soothe and strengthen the scalp and help you grow stronger, thicker, longer, better hair!

If you’ve already read my page on red and infra-red light, you’ll know I’m a big fan. I find it thickens, strenghtens and plumps up the skin beautifully – and that includes the skin on your scalp. It also seems to help beef up the hair roots, making the hair stronger, thicker and more lush.

I first noticed this when I was using a full-body red light collagen bed. Not only did my skin rejevenate and heal, bringing me lots of compliments, but so did my hair! It’s always been fragile, as I mentioned before, and would thin and fall at the slightest sign of stress or illness. So for my hair to grow that much thicker, longer and stronger during what was one of the wrost and most stressful times of my life was to bring me a pure joy.

Full-body red light collagen beds, though, drained my energy (I’ve always had low energy levels) and I had to cut back on their use. My hair responded by thinning and falling again. I tried an infra-red lamp (tricky to use on the scalp) and a red LED comb. That wasn’t so good either, as the LEDs were in the body of the comb, not in the prongs, so the light didn’t seem to reach the scalp. No good at all, really!

But I’ve just found a gadget, very cost effective, that I am very excited about right from Day 1!

It’s a hairbrush, where the bristles are themselves lit with red light – and you can flip between red and blue light, and as an added bonus it is a massager!

I’m using it for 10 minutes a day, brushing slowly and carefully through the hair from left to right and then from right to left; straight back, right through the crown; and turning my head upside down to brush from the roots. It must be strengthening the scalp and the roots very quickly (each hair root has it’s own tiny erector muscle that gives the hair bounce, movement and fullness rather than lying flat) as I could see a difference right from the very first day! I’m confident it will go on to stimulate good scalp tcondition, and so encourage the thick, long strong hair growth I had before.

 

For a link to the UK  Amazon site for this product, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a link to the US Amazon site for this product, click here –

 

 

 

 

A bonus is the blue light – I find that the red light thickens skin tissue , while the blue light tightens it. The skin on my scalp is thin and weak, hence I’m using the red light on it. The skin on my face has been thickened up and strengthened nicely by my other red light treatments, so I’m using the blue light as a kind of tightening acupressure on my face. My face definitely looks smoother and more lifted – and it’s only Day 5! Watch this space!!

Anti Aging – red and infra-red light

Did you know that any single frequency of light will stimulate healing? And that different wavelengths of light will promote healing at different rates, and also affect various body tissues in different ways?


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Red light for instance, will heal the skin specifically, and stimulate the growth of new collagen to make the skin more firm, plump and smooth. Blue light will heal at a deeper level – in fact, babies born with jaundice are sometimes treated in hospital by putting them under a blue light which heals their body tissues, and clears the blood. Blue light is also used to heal acne, as it kills germs.

And green light is soothing and healing on inflamed, red skin.

In fact, each wavelength has not only it’s ability to make the body heal faster, but each has it’s own specific benefits on top of that. So while any single wavelength is useful for healing, it’s useful to know what the additional benefits are, and how best to use them to get the maximum benefit.

After all, what is aging but deterioration of the body? And if these light sources can promote healing to reduce or wipe out that deterioration, of course it will make you look younger! As well as healing acne, stretch marks, scars, strains etc. And when you look in the mirror and see that you look younger, don’t you immediately feel better too? I know I do!

I could waffle on for ages about the scientific background, but I guess most people will be interested in the bottom line – how will it work for me, and how do I apply it? So that’s where I’ll start.

Light therapy can be applied in so many different ways, it’s difficult to know where to start! Looking around my own home, I have 7 different light-application gadgets, and I use 5 of them on a regular basis. As always, I’m only going to discuss things I’ve actually used myself, or that have been recommended by friends and colleagues. I’ll also tell you what hasn’t worked for me, or why I wouldn’t use a particular gadget again. And in some cases I have maybe a basic model, and because it’s been so good, I’d definitely recommend the latest, most advanced version. I have everthing from small, cheap, hand-held facial wands, up to fullsize body treatments, and they all have their uses.

I’m going to start with the most expensive – this is my overall favourite, and is how I got started on the light therapy trail. I saw an advertisement for what looked like a full-body sunbed, but with claims that it’s red light stimulated the skin to grow new collagen – healing stretch marks (I had terrible ones, the bane of my life since a teenager!) , scars, and then rejuvenating the skin, making it plumper firmer and more elastic, and so look younger. Well that was it, I had to try it!

It did all it said – and more. I started at 3 treatments a week, and the changes were dramatic. My skin even looked a much better colour, and people started to compliment me on how well I was looking. (For us ladies only, there an extra, unadvertised benefit. It completely rejuvenated , how can we say this delicately, my chest area? My boobs filled, lifted and firmed, and I went up a bra size. Result!! The funniest and most gratifying moment was when my ex turned up to collect some stuff, and stared at my chest in complete confusion. I was wearing quite a close fitting dress, and you could see him wondering whether I’d had a boob job in the few weeks since he’d seen me last! I just smiled sweetly and let him leave wondering whether he’d made the right decision, and how he could have got it so wrong. A very gratifying moment!)

A word of warning though – healing is an energy-intensive process. Although 3 sessions a week brought fantastic and speedy results, over time I realised I was getting very tired. I’ve always had problems with low energy, and rejuvenating at this rate just drained my energy to much. So I had to cut back to once a week, and for me, that’s actually plenty. You have to see what suits you, as we are all different!

I’m currently looking into specific products that I can recommend for purchase as sadly the one I have is not longer available. Since they are expensive, in the thousands, it’s important to get it right. I’ll keep you posted!

So on to the much more purse-friendly options!

Next is infra-red. A longer wavelength than the red light collagen-producing light, infra-red is well known for promoting healing in deeper tissues, and is often used by physiotherapists for healing strains and injuries. It also boosts the metabolic rate and has many health benefits. There are so many infra-red gadgets on the market, I can’t possibly mention them all, but there are 3 I have at home which I can comment on personally.

The first is a simple lamp, it’s light, easy to use, and you can direct it on the face or any body part that you need to strengthen and heal. I found it great for thickening the underlying tissues of the face and so lifting it and filling the face out, making it look younger. It’s also recommended if you have a cold, apparently, to heal the sinuses and clear the cold virus! Very cheap, and for me it was great to have when I need just as an extra treatment on the face (or chest).

 

For Amazon US link to infra-red lamp click here –

(This is the nearest I can find to mine , the design is a little different)

 

 

 

 

 

For the Amazon UK link to infra-red lamp click here –

 

 

 

 

 

The next is a combination gadget – infra-red light plus vibrational massage. Obviously wonderful on injuries or sprains, but I also incorporate mine into a lonce-a-week beauty treatment where I use it on my upper arms to strenghten and firm the skin where it can become loose weak and saggy over time. Really makes the upper arms look younger! I also use it on my face, but in a rather different way from use on loose body tissues. On the face I simply press, lift and hold, covering each part of the face in turn, rather than move it over the skin in a smoothing motion as I would do on the body. It has an obvious and immediate lifting and firming effect. Be careful not to drag the skin!

For the Amazon US infra-red massager click here –

This one looks rather more advanced than mine, I’d love to try it!

 

 

 

 

 

For link to Amazon UK infra-red massager click here –

This is the exact one I have, love it!

 

 

And the third is an infra-red sauna. I have mixed results with this. On the one hand, it certainly does what it says on the tin – it heals body tissues at a deep level, is great for detoxing and for skin conditioning. So for that, I love it! But I did find I felt somewhat strange while using the version I had, which was the portable one. I later found it gives off a strong magnetic field, and it has been suggested that I may react badly to those – some people do, and I may be one of them. I can’t say for sure, but for the moment I’ve put it to one side while I look into getting a better one. My friend already has, and is delighted with hers! She had a similar problem with her portable one that I had, but since changing to a permanent one, she hasn’t looked back.

 

 

For a link to the Amazon US portable infra-red sauna click here –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a link to the Amazon US full size version click here –

 

 

 

This is the one I have

 

 

 

For a link to the Amazon UK portable infra-red sauna click here –

 

 

 

 

This is the one I’m thinking of getting

 

 

For a link to the Amazon UK full size 2-person infra-red sauna click here –

 

 

 

 

 

And lastly we have hand held wands for facial use. Some of them incorporate other functions like a microcurrent to exercise the facial muscles, or super-fast tiny vibrations to tighten and firm tissues. Nowadays, they often have several light colours to choose from too, so you can change from red to blue to green at a moments notice, and without changing gadgets midstream. Great for travelling! And very effective. I have two, and love them both! Again, the ones I have are no longer listed so I’ve chosen the nearest equivalents. They are upgraded all the time, so these are likely to be even better than the ones I have.

 

For link to the Amazon US facial EMS and light wand click here –

(this is the exact one I have, it’s great!)

 

 

 

 

For link to the Amazon US facial light wand with vibrational massage click here –

(this is an updated version of mine)

 

 

 

 

For link to the Amazon UK facial EMS and light wand click here –

(this is the exact one I have, it’s great!)

 

 

 

 

For link to the Amazon UK facial light wand with vibrational massage click here –

 

(this is a more advanced version of mine)

 

 

 

 

Whew! I know that’s a lot, but honestly I could have covered so much more, and I probably will at some stage. Any questions, of course, please do ask – or if you want to give me feedback on how they have worked for you, or suggest alternatives, I’m all ears! It’s great to be able to help each other……

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Anti Aging – your smile!

 

young smile!

Does this look like your smile?

 

 

 

 

 

shark smile!
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Or is yours more like this??

 

 

 

 

 

Bit of an extreme example, I grant you! But it’s a serious point. When you look in the mirror day after day, you get used to seeing your own teeth. And as they change over time, becomng more gray or yellow, tartar building up, looking stained, with broken or with visible fillings, and becoming more crowded over time (yes, this happens) . The changes day by day are tiny and incremental and so you have time to get used to them. They look normal to you. And you may fail to notice how aging that has become over time. You may end up looking far older than you actually realise. No amount of good skincare can make up for badly aged teeth.

Try digging out an old photo of you when you were young – what did your teeth look like? If you covered up most of that photo so that only your teeth were showing, what age would you guess that person to be? And if you did the same to a recent pic of you, so that only your teeth were showing, what age would you guess that person to be? Is there a big difference?

If there is, it’s time to get busy! One of the quickest and most effective ways to look instantly younger is to get a lovely bright smile. (this will probably also improve your health, but I’ll cover that more in a future posting).

And there are definite steps you can take right away to get a much better smile than the one you have now. Cleaning, bleaching, and realigning your teeth can instantly make you look ears younger.


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Cleaning is the first step. A very good electric toothbrush and a high quality toothpaste obviously are essential. Seriously, the difference between what you can achieve with an electric toothbrush as opposed to a manual one is amazing! This step alone can lighten your smile immediately.

 

For link to Amazon US electric toothbrush click here –

(I’ve chosen this one because it’s an excellent quality but also because it’s currently on a great Special Offer Price! I hope it still is when you click…)

 

 

 

For link to Amazon UK for electric toothbrush click here –  

(I’ve chosen this one because it’s an excellent quality but also because it’s currently on a great Special Offer Price! I hope it still is when you click…)

 

But what might astonish you is the difference an irrgator can make. Cleaning between your teeth is every bit as important and cleaning the surfaces. And when it comes to anti aging, an irrigator can clean away more visible years than even an electric toothbrush can! Over time, it’s the surfaces between the teeth that become most discoloured, stained, and attract the biggest scale build up. If you smash that away with an irrigator, I promise you the difference will be one you were glad to make! People will think you look younger, but usually they have no idea what you’ve done to achieve that younger look.

 

For link to Amazon US for between teeth irrigator, click here –

 

 

 

 

 

For link to Amazon UK between-teeth irrigator, click here –

 

 

(Both of these I’ve chosen are portable – so you can take with you wherever you travel! )

The next step is bleaching. There is no doubt that a whiter smile can instantly give you the look of a much younger person. But take care – you don’t want to end up with a smile so white it looks fake, as that’s a dead give away as to what you’ve been doing! Remember the film “There’s Something about Mary”? Do you remember the shockingly white teeth of Matt Dillon when he tries to attract Mary, beams at her and she recoils?! Not a good result!

The other thing to be careful of is the bleach itself – it can burn! There are several different strengths. I’d had bleaching trays made by a local dentist, and they were great. After the bleach he supplied ran out, I ordered from the internet, and for a while all was fine. But then one day I was in a hurry – and didn’t check that I was ordering the same strength as I was used to. I ordered the wrong strength by mistake, and what a trauma that turned out to be! I was used to filling my trays with a very gentle formula and leaving them in overnight. What I’d ordered was a bleach strength so powerful that it was supposed to be left on for only an hour. I fell asleep ok, but woke up with my mouth burning and the gums blistered and sore! So, it works brilliantly, but you have to be careful to use the right strength for you. If in doubt, start with the gentlest and work up. And never leave it longer than the instructions suggest!

You might also want to check with your healthcare professional that bleaching is ok for you. If you have any health problems at all, or if you suspect that for any reason this might not be right for you, please please do double check!


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Of course, we need to talk budget. The most expensive option is to get your teeth bleached in-house on a regular basis by a good professional dentist. You may want to shop around to get a good deal, or your might prefer to stick with a dentist you are familiar and comfortable with.

Home bleaching comes next, and even budgets on home bleaching can vary enormously. The safest and best way to start is with custom made trays which fit your teeth perfectly, and bleach supplied by a dentist. This gives you great controllability – you can deal with your own teeth quickly and simply when you know they need doing, rather than wait and try to book an appointment that works for you. Again, shop around for a dentist that can give you a good deal on custom made trays and that initial batch of bleach.

If you really want to save money , there are kits available to make your bleaching trays by mail order – you buy a kit and take your own impressions at home, then send the impressions off to the manufacturer’s lab to get the bleaching trays made and sent direct to you. I haven’t tried this myself, but it’s certainly something I would be happy to try. It’s a really low-cost option and if it works well, it could save you a bunch of money!

For a link to Amazon US for custom mail order bleaching trays , click here –

 

 

 

 

For a link to Amazon UK for custom mail order bleaching trays, click here –

 

 

 

What I really would not recommend at any price is ready-made trays you can buy over the counter at your local store. I did try these – never again! Believe me, one size definitely does not fit all! And you end up wasting a ton of bleach which just falls out and so can’t do it’s job properly. I’d avoid this like the plague – better to spend a little more and get a good job than spend less and waste it all.

 

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Lifespan by David A. Sinclair – Book Review

Lifespan

You can’t turn back time – but you can turn back your body clock! You can become physiologically younger while growing chronologically older. This book by Dr David Sinclair points you in the right direction.

I would guess that about 80% of what we read and watch about anti aging focuses on the way we look – cosmetics, skin treatments, beauty gadgets, facelifts, fillers and so on. Maybe 15% of what we see concentrates on how we feel – exercise, diets, meditation, brain training, psychotherapy, etc. And I’m estimating that only about 5% of material attacks the questions we all want answered – how do I physcially become younger? How do I turn my body clock back? How can I get back what I’ve lost? How can I prevent getting any older than I am today? I want to live a long, long, life – how can I do that while staying healthy enough to enjoy it? And only a tiny fraction of what we see is written by someone who has the expertise to tell you the answeres with any authority to do so.

Dr David Sinclair

Dr David Sinclair is one who does. He’s  Harvard Professor in the Department of Genetics, and is co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School. Here’s a little of what Harvard says about him – “Dr. Sinclair is co-founder of several biotechnology companies (Sirtris, Ovascience, Genocea, Cohbar, MetroBiotech, ArcBio, Liberty Biosecurity) and is on the boards of several others. He is also co-founder and co-chief editor of the journal Aging. His work is featured in five books, two documentary movies, 60 Minutes, Morgan Freeman’s “Through the Wormhole” and other media. He is an inventor on 35 patents and has received more than 25 awards and honors including the CSL Prize, The Australian Commonwealth Prize, Thompson Prize, Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Award, Charles Hood Fellowship, Leukemia Society Fellowship, Ludwig Scholarship, Harvard-Armenise Fellowship, American Association for Aging Research Fellowship, Nathan Shock Award from the National Institutes of Health, Ellison Medical Foundation Junior and Senior Scholar Awards, Merck Prize, Genzyme Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Science Award, Bio-Innovator Award, David Murdock-Dole Lectureship, Fisher Honorary Lectureship, Les Lazarus Lectureship, Australian Medical Research Medal, The Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Award, Top 100 Australian Innovators, and TIME magazine’s list of the “100 most influential people in the world”.”

Qualified? I’d say so!

His book, as you can imagine, is quite science-based, but is still an easy read. As to content, you won’t find anything in here about cosmetics, fillers, and facelifts. You will find some amazing information about diet and exercise, but only as it relates to longevity and rejuvenation – basically, living longer and growing younger! No bodybuilding techniques or muscle pumping in this book.

Where this books really excels in the discussing Dr Sinclair’s research into how and why we age, and what do do in practise to reverse the aging we have already undergone, and prevent more. It’s all to do with genetics, (as you would imagine from a Professor of Genetics!) and how specific genes you inherited are designed to make you age. He discusses the 3 levels of antiaging – firstly, avoiding obvious damage like smoking and a poor diet. Secondly, turning off temporarily those genes that age you through slightly more aggressive approaches like intermittent fasting and cold water treatments, along with some medical and supplements that are already available today.

And then finally, the third, he calls it “deep” level of antiaging, to permanently turn off those aging genes, using some extra supplements you can get and even some he and his team have designed himself. One is very well known and you may have heard of – resveratrol, which is derived from red wine. Due to a corporate attack from a rival, his work on this, and resveratrol itself, was temporarily discredited, but he spent three years proving he was right and resveratrol works. He takes it himself, what more can I say? I like a man who puts his money where his mouth is! (I’ll be putting a link on the products page).

Dr Sincair is now very well known in the world of rejuvenation and longevity – you can see him speaking at TedTalks, Youtube, and TV. He’s easy to listen to,  and a great advert for his own work, being 50 and looking like a very cute 35 year old!

I can thoroughly recommend both this book, and following the advice within. In other postings, I’ll be reviewing the supplements and the treatments. But for now, let me just say that it’s a good idea to read the book more than once to get the most benefit. Did you know that the first time we read something or hear it, we take in a maximum of 60% of the information and an average of 40%? In order to get the most benefit, we need to read, or watch, several times to make sure we don’t miss a vital bit! I’m still re-reading this one and re-viewing some of his interviews , and I still find I’m discovering facts I missed the first time!

Definitely 5 stars. I personally recommend it!

 

Lifespan

Book title – Lifespan, Why we age and why we don’t have to.

Author – Dr David A. Sinclair

ISBN – 978-0-00-835374-2

Publisher – Thorsons

Link to Amazon US site –

Link to Amazon UK site –

 

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Alpha Lipoic acid – product review

Book cover, Younger for Longer
Younger for Longer

Alpha lipoic acid was the very first thing I tried having just read the brilliant “Younger for Longer” book by Dr Duncan Carmichael (there’s a review and a link to the book on my posts page).

I was inspired first of all by what he says on p209 where he explains how the process of glycation damages and wrinkles the skin, and what to do about it. “And while we are on the topic of alpha lipoic acid” he says “a great treatment for a smoker’s hardened top lip is – short of a plastic surgeon sanding it off –  a good quality alpha lipoic acid serum………applying the serum nightly for three months to the top lip often reverses much of the hardening and damage”. Well I was sold!

Further along in the book on p340 he says “it’s a contender in my list of five favourite supplements. It is thought to stimulate collagen and have an antioxidant effect by clearing away damaging particles in the skin………….and it reverses premature aging in sun damaged skins”.

So I could both apply it as a topical serum and take it as a supplement for all over skin conditioning! Result!

And result it was. I certainly did see a softening of the lines on my upper lip, but more importantly I saw all my skin becoming smoother, plumper, firmer and more mobile, not just on my face but all over my body. That stiff, rigid look of aging skin was just melting away. And the sun damage (I was very much a sun-worshipper in my early life) visibly faded and the whole skin brightened in tone.

I can honestly say I began to see a difference in just a few days, and I’m still seeing more benfits today, as I continue to take it daily. What I’m most pleased with is actually the skin on the backs of my hands – the skin had always been quite thin and dry, and had suffered badly with sun damage and liver spots. My hands looked much older than the rest of me. But with the Alpha lipoc acid, my hands are much more supple and smooth, the sun damage has almost completed faded away and all but one of my liver spots have entirely disappeared! My hands look years younger. So I highly recommended this!

Now please remember I am not a medical professional and you should always check whether these supplements and skincare products I recommend are right for you. As long as your healthcare provider says ok, here are the ones I recommend.

 

Alpha Lipoic Acid serum from The Ordinary

Alpha lipoic acid serum by The Ordinary. There are more expensive brands out there, and you may want to try them, but this is the one I’m using. I find it excellent quality, and remembering this is bestantiagingonabudget.com, it’s also at a great price point!

For the Amazon UK link click here……..

Presently I can find no direct link for you in the US, I will load one up as soon as I can find one, so you may wish to order from the UK site until it’s available.

 

 

Alpha Lipoic Acid supplement 600mg

Alpha lipoic acid supplements – I started off by taking ALA from 5greens.co.uk which I was very happy with, but I’ve just noticed an even more powerful product on the Amazon that I’m going to move to, so I’m recommending that –

For the Amazon UK link click here……….

And for the US equivalent, for the Amazon link click here……..

Please do let me know if you have started using this product and tell us what results you found, I do hope they are as good as mine – I’m delighted!

 

Younger for Longer by Dr. Duncan Carmichael – book review

Book cover, Younger for Longer

Younger for Longer 

Book cover, Younger for Longer
Younger for Longer

 

Wow, what can I say about this book? Amazing! It truly revolutionised my approach to both anti aging from both a beauty perspective and from a health angle. Before reading this, I had seen these two dimensions as completely separate things – beauty care taking in things like Botox, facelifts, fillers, facial treatments, designer skincare etc. And healthcare looking at such things as diet, exercise, medicines, health supplements and so on. This was the first time I had been presented with the truth that actually they are inextricably linked, and even brought in a third dimension – how to live a life that is not only longer but healthier throughout the span of your life. Health, beauty and longevity all in one go!

It covers a lot of background science in an easy to read, accessible way, so you can understand the principles of staying looking good and feeling young for longer. Covering such topics as hormones, toxins, stress, nutrition and exercise, it also covers beauty treatments that are actually good for you, and my favourite bit, a list of supplements that are easy to take and can help erase the signs of aging, leaving you feeling and looking younger, fresher, brighter. And in my case, more energised!

It applies equally to men and women, with special chapters for each, so anyone can read it and benefit.

I started following the advice, and taking the recommended supplements right away, and boy, did I feel and look better quickly! It’s still a journey I’m on of course, but this was a massive paradigm shift for me and paid dividends immediately. I’m continuing to follow the knowledge and advice I gleaned from this book, and I bless the man that wrote it. I re-read it every now and again just to make sure I didn’t forget anything, as there is so much to take it you really can’t absorb it all in one go.

Personally recommended with a BIG 5 stars!

For a link to the UK Amazon source, click here….

And for a link to the US Amazon source click here……

I hope you enjoy, and please do give me your feedback when you’ve read it!

Anti Aging and your Weight

 

A touchy subject for many people- your weight. I’ve heard it said that in the Western world, 60% of people are overweight, and 40% are clinically obese. When I first heard this I was amazed, and I just didn’t believe it. I thought the numbers were highly exaggerated and couldn’t possibly be true. So I downed tools and went out for a walk around my local town centre. Usually I would just go with my usual habit of looking in all the shop windows and maybe going inside some stores, trying things on – you know how it goes! This time I changed what I was doing and just looked at the people rather than the shops. And I was staggered – what I had heard was right! It was actually a huge shock. I hadn’t realised so many people had a problem.

And excess weight is a problem for anti aging. But oddly enough, so is being too thin. For different reasons! Ideally for anti aging, you want to be slim, fit and healthy. If you are too thin, you can look scrawny, and believe me that is not a good look! It can actually make you look older than you are, with thin skin, wrinkles, sunken cheeks, bony elbows and so on. You may be physically well health wise, but you may look much older, and that’s what we don’t want, right?

Too much weight – well that’s obvious. I don’t want to labour the point.

But for anti aging, you have two aims. One is to have a nicely balanced weight, that fits your height and suits your bone structure.

And the other – and this may surprise you – is to get there slowly and steadily.

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You see, one of the most important thing to keep you young is in maintaining a steady weight. Health wise, you do a considerable amount of damage to your system by constantly yo-yo dieting – shrinking down rapidly with stringent dieting, then letting loose and ballooning up again to a much bigger weight over a short period of time. The body suffers.

It’s not just your health it adversely affects, it’s your whole anti aging lifestyle. As you balloon up, you stretch out your skin and may gain stretch marks. (this happened to me as a teenager). As you shrink rapidly down, you lose the fat (and possibly muscle), and to begin with the skin may shrink at a reasonable rate and catch up with your smaller body size, maintaining it’s smoothness. But each time you do this, the skin loses some elasticity, and eventually as you are in the shrink phase, you can be left with wrinkly skin on your face and neck, and sagging loose skin all over your body. With some people this effect is so pronounced the skin can never catch up with the new slimmer figure underneath, and they opt to have the excess hanging skin removed surgically.

So for both health and anti aging, the aim is to lose or gain weight to a happy size in a comfortable controlled way and then maintain that weight steadily over time. This way, the skin doesn’t get over stretched or left sagging and wrinkly.

If you have a healthcare professional helping you, fantastic! Especially if you have an eating disorder or a related health problem, you need this and don’t ever neglect it. But if for you it’s just a case of regular yo-yo dieting, then you can start to take charge in a much better way.

For me and my figure, it was a multi-disciplinary approach. I used hypnosis to reformulate my whole relationship with food. I read books on nutrition till I understood the principles much better. I joined a gym and took up weight training. I started walking a lot. I was lucky enough to find an excellent coach who encouraged and trained me. I improved my wardrobe so I wanted to show off my nice new clothes with a pretty new figure. I got a new hairstyle so I liked better what I saw in the mirror and that encouraged me. I did some personal development to get a happier outlook on life so I wasn’t eating through misery. Looking back, it was all a huge shift, but done one step at a time, in a slow and steady way, with a few sudden “aha!” moments along the way.

Later, with anti aging, it became skincare, facial and body treatments, haircare, different exercises, fun facial anti aging gadgets to try, supplements, and so on. Again, making one change at a time, letting it settle in, then moving on to the next one to try. Discarding what didn’t work, and keeping what did.

The tools I used may not be ones that appeal to you. But good health, figure control, and anti aging, are lifestyle things, not just something you do for 5 minutes at a time when you happen to think about it and you’ve got nothing better to do. So what I would say is, start somewhere. Work on your diet, your weight, size or shape, your attitudes, find what exercise and activities work for you, what advice helps you, what books to read, which coaches can help you. Don’t do it all at once, it’s too much. Do one thing, let it settle in to your lifestyle till it’s easy, then introduce the next change, and so on. Remember – slow and steady!

You’ll look in the mirror one day and be stunned by what you see! I showed one of my patients a picture of me I’d had on my hypnotherapy website years ago. She commented on how different I look today, and I laughed and said “that was ten years ago, I was a lot older then!”

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Please do let me know what works for you, and what doesn’t! It’s a journey for us all, and we can all help and advise each other. Let’s get young together!

Anti Aging Books – Knowledge is Power!

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Photo by Charles on Unsplash

 

In a perfect world, we’d each have a personal coach to lead us through what best to do for ourselves to be young, healthy and beautiful – but until that perfect world exists, we have to find out for ourselves! And for most of us, we have to do that on a budget.

Youth / Health / Beauty – The A Team!

We automatically say “young and healthy”, “youth and beauty”, “beautifully healthy” and so on. It’s almost impossible to think of one without the other two going hand-in-hand. We expect health and beauty to belong to the young, just as we expect illness and wrinkles to belong to the aging, But does it really have to be this way? You can separate them a little bit. You can be beautiful, but not healthy. You can be healthy but not beautiful, and you can be young without being either. But – if you work on becoming physiologically younger, then you will naturally find yourself looking and feeling better too. Working towards anti aging automatically enhances your looks and vitality as wrinkles fade and energy grows.

Who to follow? So many to choose from!

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The choice can be bewildering. So many “experts” on the internet, Youtube, etc, targeting you to buy their latest book, whose advice can you trust? Who do you follow? And without sepdning a fortune? Here on best anti aging on a budget , we are recommending books that we have read and whose advice we have tried, and so we can recommend wholeheartedly because we’ve got results.

The Books listed here – Tried and Tested

We each have our own personal concerns, issues and goals. No one book is going to do it all for us, but here we list the best we’ve tried. Each book may give you just one piece of information that turns out to be a nuggest of pure gold, or it may give you a whole regime that really suits you. Only you can say, because we are all unique. The more you can read, the more kowledgeable you become, and the more powerful you become. You literally become your own expert!

Not Sponsored, genuine opinions!

The books listed on this website have not been sponsored – they were paid for in the normal way, read thoroughly, the suggestions tried out, and only listed here if we genuinely liked them and found the content great.

Remember

We are all individuals, with our own needs and goals. I’m not a medical professional, and I can’t prescribe for you. So please, do your research, ask your medical professional where appropriate, do what works for you, and discard what doesn’t! Remember, you are becoming your own exper

Anti Aging fails – for me, Botox

Botox has been around for years, first medicinally to help those with muscles that have gone into spasm and can’t be released, and then for those who want to weaken muscles that cause wrinkles in the face through repetitive experessions. Like laughter lines, crows feet, 11’s (those vertical lines between the eyebrows) and forehead lines (the corrugator muscle).

And it works! Of course it does! But Botox has decided drawbacks, and for me, an outright fail.


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Years ago, I needed an operation to break and reset my jaw, because of a TMJ problem. The Temperomandibular Joints are what allow the jaw to swing freely and lets you eat for food. Mine were damaged through faulty orthodontic work as a teenager, and never fully recovered even though I’d had several bouts of corrective treatment. So I went for elective surgery and had the jaw broken and reset. So far, so good.

But the dramatic shift in the position of my jaw meant that some of the muscles in my face were stretched, some compressed, and because the surgical changes were permament, I was unable to relax any of the muscles and get some respite. As a result, some of the muscles went into spasm, causing great pain and distorting the face, some pulling so tightly it looked as through someone had dug a groove in my face from under the right eye all the way down and across my cheek to the angle of my jaw. It looked, and felt, terrible. Nothing helped.


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Except Botox.  It relaxed the spasming muscles ok.  But here is where it failed. Some people, and I’m one of them, get flu-like symptoms when they are injected with Botox, and again when it wears off. I’m one of these. And the “flu” lasted about a week. The Botox itself lasted around 3 months. So every 3 months, I had to endure 2 weeks of flu, and all the misery that followed.

It also failed when one of the injections went wrong. I needed 3 units of Botox in my right cheek to relax the spasming muscle. This dropped my face a bit. To match up my face, I needed 1 unit in the left side to marry it up. But on one occasion the skin on my left “blew” leaving me with a permanent blister-like deformity that I have still, years later.

As soon as I could, I stopped the Botox injections. I still get my right cheek muscle going into spasm sometimes, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be. On balance, it’s not the right treatment for me. We are all individuals.

So Botox was my anti-aging fail. I’m not saying it will be for you, it might work brilliantly for you! But please do be aware of the potential pitfalls of any treatment you have and weight up carefully whether it’s the right thing for you. If you’d like to comment below, either on Botox or any anti-aging fails you’ve experienced yourself, please do !


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All the best, and Happy Anti-Aging!        Kay.