Wrinkles – How they form and how to erase them
Once you understand how skin wrinkles actually form, it’ll become pretty clear how you can erase them without spending a fortune on topical creams, patches, or surgeries.
First, just so we’re all on the same page, it’s important to understand that wrinkles begin to form when we are in our teens. Yes, surprising but true. And here’s why.
Our personalities and habits are pretty well established throughout our childhood. We have characteristic frowns, smiles, looks of disapproval or disgust, concentration. These do not tend to change as we age, barring accidents or trauma. So, The gripping patterns of the facial muscles are quite well established by our adolescents..
What do facial muscles have to do with wrinkles? Think about it: a muscle can swell and stretch the skin on your arms if you lift a lot of weights. But a muscle also pinches the skin when you contract it to frown, for example.
Over time, the facial muscles will become tighter or shorter around areas that get a lot of pinching. Between the skin and the muscle is a thin layer of connective tissue or fascia and this too can begin to harden and dry out in pinching patterns.
You now have muscles and fascia that are working to pull the skin together around facial patterns. Slowly, over time, as these work together to draw the skin over them into a wrinkle, what happens? Skin that is tight has less circulation. Uh oh.
When we are children, our faces are usually very animated. Muscles, fascia, and skin may pinch, but then open up in wonder, in peace, or in the deep relaxation of sleep. Then circulation can easily flow through the skin and repair or refresh muscles and skin, restoring fullness to a child’s face.
Over time, as our expression patterns become established, the circulation’s ability to flow and repair itself with the same ease diminishes more and more. With a lack of sufficient hydration, prohibited diets, smoking, trauma, etc., the blood supply to restore the fullness of the skin becomes an uphill battle. Wrinkles are the result, the result of time and clothing.
Obviously, the best time in life to prevent wrinkles is in adolescence. Daily facial massage, especially around the areas where wrinkles can be seen with different facial expressions, is a real help. Use olive oil, which is great for skin and muscles, or almond oil if your skin is naturally dry or sensitive, or coconut oil if you like.
In addition to a good morning or evening massage after washing our faces, we do well to drink enough water to keep our cells hydrated, as well as avoid junk food. If you are young, start now to preserve that beautiful face. Older? Roll up your sleeves.
Okay, so now we understand how these things are formed, and if you’re young enough, you can prevent wrinkles with simple, common sense practices. But for those of us who are no longer teenagers, our massage practice needs to be more focused and specific.
Think for a minute about those wrinkles that form on the upper lip, the ones you see in the mouths of the elderly. Those can come over time from smoking, drinking soda through a straw, pursing the lips in thought or disapproval, these kinds of lip-pushing movements. (I wouldn’t rule out kissing, since it’s so beautiful, but it’s easy to see how it can contribute to those little lines above the lips.)
First, select the type of oil that you like best. Sophia Loren always said that her wrinkle-freeness in her 70s and 80s was due to daily facial rubs with olive oil, and most skins like this oil, as do all muscles. If you live in dry areas, you may want to make a mix of oils and rosewater for extra hydration on top of what you get from drinking enough water.
Let me share with you a blend that I have used since I was 30 that I believe has helped keep wrinkles at bay on my 70+ face: In 2 ounces of rose water, add 3 ounces of peanut oil. organic, 2 – 3 ounces of organic olive oil and a tablespoon of liquid lanolin. Older skin would appreciate an ounce of wheat germ oil as an anti-aging aid. Dryer or more sensitive skin would like an ounce of sweet almond. There are 7 to 8 ounces of facial bliss that help restore skin vibrancy and help eliminate wrinkles depending on where they are on the face.
(PS: Why peanut oil? Good question. Peanut oil is a food for connective tissue, most of which we think of as found around joints. But remember fascia, the thin connective layer between the skin and the muscles?This layer helps maintain the firmness and firmness of the skin, along with muscle tone.This blend is also perfect as a full body massage oil as the peanut helps other joints to some degree to prevent arthritis, according to Edgar Cayce readings from which I (I have adapted this formula).
The Daily Beautification of Your Precious Face
With the morning or evening regimen, first wash with a mild cleansing soap/cream/lotion, using a high-fiber cloth or a circle of sponge or loofah to remove dead skin cells. Use a nice deep circular motion over the forehead, cheeks, chin, and throat.
Never, ever, ever press or rub around the eyes or temples. The skin tissue around the eyes is too delicate and can be easily torn by too much pressure. We would do well to appreciate those smile lines around the eyes, as they are only positive on the face.
When you rinse your face, it should feel clean and almost squeaky. If it feels like a film is still covering the skin, as it does with so many commercial soap products, get another brand. Castile soaps are generally thorough cleansers and leave no film or residue on the skin.
Dry your face and apply a small amount of oil that you have rubbed onto your palms. (The mixture I described above needs to be shaken each time, as the contents separate as no harmful chemical emulsifiers are added.)
Smooth the oil over the forehead, cheeks, chin, and throat, sweeping a little over the eyes but not deeply. Use circular motions with your fingertips to increase circulation to these areas and move the underlying muscles.
Please note that the throat is included with the daily facial massage. There is no reason this skin should be allowed to loosen over time if you give it attention and circulation to maintain healthy skin, muscles, and connective tissues.
When massaging the forehead, remember that the muscles that pull the eyebrows up or down when you frown are vertical muscles. These will loosen up if you rub them, left to right, front to back. Go up to the hairline and down to the eyebrows in a crisscross motion, targeting the muscles under the skin.
Cheeks are easy to rub in circles, and be sure to pay a little extra attention to the areas in front of your ears where your jaw muscles can tighten with all the stress of living in the 21st century. Rub up and down the nose and side, opening the mouth to allow fuller circulation in a part of the face that barely moves on its own.
To work the muscles around the lips, pull them through the teeth in a closed smile and rub the entire edge of the lip with your fingertip, gently and deeply, encouraging good circulation around and around. From one side to the other across the top of the lip and that muscle just below the nose that can tighten up and contain wrinkles. If you have lines starting to form here, you may want to double the massage time to really get the circulation going.
Lastly, give the throat a few good circular massages along the side of the neck and the front where the vocal cords are. With your thumbs together under your chin, press along the bottom of your jaw line to your ear. Do this a few times. It helps stimulate an immune reflex point that we all need these days.
Finish with a once over massage of the entire face with the palms of the hands on the cheeks and the fingers on the forehead. Visualize the circulation flowing through all the cells of the skin and muscles, refreshing, rejuvenating and revitalizing them all. Feel the youth and beauty flooding the cells. Mmmm.
For a more specific treatment
To work on existing wrinkles on the forehead and around the mouth, you can follow the general facial massage, which only takes one minute, with a more specific treatment of individual wrinkles.
Dip a Q-tip into the oil and press it against the side of the jar so it doesn’t drip. Using a magnifying mirror or simply walking up to a mirror, place the tip at the end of a wrinkle with one hand, and with the fingers of the other hand, open the wrinkle. Press deeply into the wrinkle using small back and forth movements along the wrinkle to specifically activate circulation along that line.
There is an interesting cosmetic acupuncture treatment for wrinkles that basically does the same thing. Using forceps, tiny filament needles are inserted along a wrinkle to draw out blood where it has been pinched. But you can do the same with a Q-tip and nourishing oil. It just takes some time, a little patience and a lot of love.
So how long will all of this take before I see results?
Remember that there are seven layers of skin, the oldest at the top and the newborn cells at the bottom. The oil and massage regimen you adopt will immediately benefit the new cells, but it can take 30-45 days for those cells to become the top layer.
During this time of self-love, your regimen is helping to release the gripping patterns of the underlying muscles and fascia. Imagine how you will feel when you start to see the results! And trust me, it will show up to others too, with a healthier, happy face.
Be patient. And to be honest, don’t you want to keep doing a healthy face regimen for the rest of your days? Taking a day off a week here and there doesn’t hurt, but making facial massage a regular part of your life will go a long way toward allowing a more youthful glow to shine on your face for everyone you meet.
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