By BeautyProof Skin Care Founder, Lesley Goodson
Happiness. What do we really know about happiness? Happiness seems more than simply a positive mood. Happiness is a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life – that is, leading a life with a sense of meaning and deep satisfaction. Most of us boomers are at a point where we finally have precious time to set meaningful pursuits and goals and explore passions long ago left behind in pursuit of career and family necessities.
Believe it or not, we have more control over happiness than we think we do. Surprisingly, research shows that much of happiness is under our personal control. For many of us baby boomers, now, more than ever is a time when we have the ability and time to reach our goals. Life shouldn’t just happen to us after we reach 50 and beyond. Now is not the time to let ourselves go. We need to invest in health, happiness and our well-being. This is a special time when our sense of happiness could reach new heights!
As I am in the beauty industry, I wanted to research the relationship between happiness and beauty. Luckily happiness was not linked to any feeling of physical perfection. It was linked to feeling as if you were looking your personal best. The secret sauce leading to happiness seems to be self-care and self-love. Self-love and care is under our control and is vital to becoming our personal best, ultimately feeling satisfied and happy.
Another important part of the happiness mix is feeling a sense of optimism. The world is our oyster. We are wiser and smarter than we were in our younger years. We’ve developed surprising talent we never thought possible!
This whole idea of optimism hit home to me. Currently, I’m about the happiest I’ve ever been, but there was a time in my life when I had lost all hope of a better tomorrow and I know first-hand how it feels to have lost a sense of optimism.
You see, about 10 years ago, when I was 53, I was 30 to 40 pounds overweight, my skin looked wrinkled and saggy from neglect and stress. I looked on the outside exactly what I felt like on the inside – for various unsaid reasons I felt sad, defeated and depressed. But as luck would have it, being a fighter, I decided to do something about it. I was determined that I at least would take one step out of my rut. I decided to research if it is possible for me to revive my worn out, tired looking skin. My rationale was this: Maybe if I felt better about myself on the outside, I would feel better on the inside.
Of special note: If setting “better grooming” as a goal appears to be superficial, just remember this medical fact; when an individual begins to groom herself it’s a sign she is beating depression. Happiness is indeed tied to wanting to look our best. Read any medical text book about depression and you will read this diagnosis. I know because I used to market and train other medical professionals about anti-depressants. Self-love and taking care of oneself is good for us. That said, let’s continue.
After a few months my skin was transformed. How? By searching for answers in medical text books and studies. In fact, my transformation almost seemed destined because having been a medical researcher for most of my life, it was easy for me to delve into study after study to understand the newest skin aging discoveries and use those agents to repair the neglect my skin endured throughout the years.
Working as a researcher in the medical field, I thought to myself, doesn’t it make sense that if scientists can discover cures for diseases, shouldn’t it be possible to at least slow and reverse part of the skin aging process? My research later became a book, “Breaking the Age Code, Young Skin for Life.” I wanted other women to know the proven ingredients that would slow and reverse much of the skin aging process.
Taking that one step to research skin repair helped me get my optimism back. I also discovered a new calling! I’m on the phone daily walking women through the steps it takes to renew their skin. It feels satisfying to help make someone’s life better.
If I can share the most important tip in reclaiming more youthful skin it would be the following:
I learned that reclaiming my skin meant giving it back what it had lost over the years. It needed more of what promotes thickness, elasticity and gives the skin its firmness, fullness, and structure. What did I need? I needed more collagen. Much more. In the first five years after menopause a woman will lose up to one third of her collagen. Stimulating our skin to produce more collagen does go a long ways towards controlling the aging process.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to restore and increase collagen is to include peptides into your skincare regimen. You see, you could use all the collagen creams in the world and it won’t do your skin much good. Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate. However, there are a couple of alternatives. You can undergo injections or you can stimulate your skin to produce more collagen. I vote for the latter. Let’s skip the needles and the bills!
So, what are peptides and how on earth can a serum that you spread on top of your skin be able to make our skin produce collagen deep inside our dermis?
Peptides are tiny amino acids or proteins. As such, they are able to penetrate skin. After application and penetration of the peptides, your skin goes into a collagen production mode. You see, those tiny amino acids or peptides look like broken bits of collagen to your skin. When your skin detects broken collagen, it thinks it needs to repair itself and good things happen. Scientists have discovered that besides wrinkle reducing collagen, your skin also produces moisture binding cells along with fibroblasts, which are the cells that create collagen in the first place.
What’s more, peptides have become more sophisticated. Some target creppiness while others can even thwart loose skin. The only hitch? Peptides are very expensive. As such, skin care companies most often incorporate only 3% to 6% in their formulations. I wanted better. In fact, I wanted the best for my customers. I remember how I felt 10 years ago.
Working with a terrific chemist, I created a 99% peptide serum and it does exactly what it says. It lifts and firms lackluster skin due to its profound stimulating effect on collagen. The serum is called CELLXCELL Lifting + Firming Serum. The before and after photos speak for themselves. You can integrate it into any skin care regimen you are currently using. It is also appropriate for almost all skin types.
Please remember, if you sense that it’s too late for you to feel happy and good about your appearance – it’s never too late. Try applying a peptide rich product such as CELLXCELL Lifting + Firming Serum and remember that your best days are always ahead!