Category Archives: Anti Aging

How a Celtic Woman Ages

How a Celtic Woman Ages

All women age, but some faster than others, and if you’re reading this post, and you a Celtic woman, I have bad news for you (but GREAT news at the end, so keep reading!).

A Celtic woman is often identifiable by her skin. It’s the sole reason we go to see all of those period dramas at the movies! The fair skin heroine walking around a lake holding a parasol, spoutin

The iconic Celtic woman, pale skin lass, fair maiden

The iconic Celtic woman

g literature, while her handsome suitor pines to brush a kiss upon her cheek.

However, we’re not going to be the fairest of them all forever. First, the bad news. The skin of Celtic woman ages in the following ways:

  • Thinning of the skin layers (epidermis and dermis)

As a Celtic woman begins to age, her skin layers may become thinner/smaller or less dense. This is because of its dry nature and sensitive surface.

Research also proves that skin sensitivity increases up to 56% as Celtic women age, and that this can be associated with up to 10% drier skin after age 20. (Great!)

  • Fine lines on the face

Fine lines may be long or short. They are often a result of the thinning layers of the skin. This is followed up by the depletion of the collagen mass which is said to go at the rate of 1% per year.

The fair complexion of Celtic women makes them more susceptible to UV damage, which results in collagen breakdown, making skin less elastic. (Are we having fun yet?)

  • Weakening of skin vessels and functions

The barrier function of the skin may become weakened as Celtic women age between their thirties to forties. This has been associated with a reduction of the metabolic processes of the cells, loss of skin moisture and reduction of skin elasticity.

These skin changes can be evidenced by the increase in dryness and roughness of the skin, some appearance of age spots often called hyper pigmentation and ultimately, wrinkles. (Time to start drinking!)

  • It becomes more prone to rosacea

As Celtic women age, their skin may become more rosacea prone. This skin redness if not tended to properly, is one of the major ways that the skin of Celtic woman ages. (That’s because we started to drink!)

  •  Wrinkles

Wrinkles will become deeper and more pronounced as the Celtic woman ages. Delicate skin in youth (when not properly cared for) becomes rougher and drier as we age. (Thank God we Celtic women have a sense of humor!)

How a Smart Celtic Woman Ages

Ok, so we got dealt a double-edged sword. Our iconic pale skin is enviable in youth, but as we age…Well, you get the picture. Look, anything worth having is worth keeping. If I had a body like Elle Macpherson, I would work out every day to maintain it too. Thankfully, I don’t have to uphold that standard!

The good news is, you can slow down the hands of time considerably by taking care of your

skin. Skincare with the right balance of potent plant oils, the right diet, lots of water, fresh air and the right attitude can practically take a decade off your physical age.

For more tips, join us in the Celtic Complexion’s Beauties private Facebook Group, and for the best anti-aging skincare for a Celtic Woman, take a look at our award winning Celtic Jewel.

St. Patrick’s Day Skincare Tips for Sweet Colleens

St Patrick’s Day: Skincare Tips for Sweet Colleens

Celtic Complexion Founder Jennifer Waller

Celtic Complexion Founder              Jennifer Waller

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but not everyone shares the skin conditions of the thirty-four million people of Irish ancestry. Those with this pale, ruddy skin have been described in books as  a “pale lass”, a “sweet colleen” or a “fair maiden”, but what the books don’t talk about is that while the iconic Celtic complexion is fine textured and beautiful on youth, it is often prone to redness, burns easily and can show signs of aging earlier. In order to keep the skin looking fine and free of blemish, those of Irish ancestry must use alternative products than what is normally found on store shelves.

Jennifer Devlin Waller, founder of Celtic Complexion Luxury Artisan Skincare shares these tips for keeping skin beautiful all year round.

  1. The foundation of beautiful skin starts with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, polyunsaturated fats. Avoid processed foods, sodas, alcohol, dairy and grains as these will all cause puffiness, inflammation, and under eye circles. Additionally, a poor diet contributes to rosacea, which is a common skin disorder that causes redness in the cheeks chin and nose area.
  1. A good physical zinc-based sunscreen should be applied daily to protect the skin from prematurely aging. Fair skin has the least amount of melanin, a naturally occurring sun-block that protects our skin cells from the harmful effects of ultra-violet radiation from the sun and those rays are unavoidable. Think of sunscreen as anti-aging insurance. Look for a physical sunscreen with a high percentage of zinc oxide as the active ingredient.
  1. Avoid synthetic chemicals, dyes and fragrances in your skin care products as these contribute to sensitivity. Look for products with plant and marine based ingredients instead.
  1. Easy on the exfoliants. While it’s true that exfoliation does increase cell turnover, being overly aggressive strips the skin of its natural defense layer (called the acid mantle), which weakens delicate skin over time. Skip the Retin-A and glycolic acids, and opt for gentle exfoliants such as lactic acid and enzymes and use no more than twice per week.
  1. Use high quality supplements designed for anti-aging. A good diet is the preferable source of vitamins and minerals, but modern day farming practices rob the soil of vital nutrients needed for mineral-rich crops. Plants do not create minerals. Minerals have to be absorbed through the soil, and if they are not present in the soil, then the plant’s roots cannot take them up, and therefore they will not be present in the plant. These are the most potent for anti-aging:
  1. Vitamin C: Prevents sagging skin by strengthening collagen and elastin, the structural substances which give your skin tone and resilience.
  2. MSM Sulfur: MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.
  3. Selenium: Protects skin from free radical damage, increases the elasticity of the skin and safeguards the skin against uv damage.

While there is no stopping time, skin’s aging process can be slowed when skin is taken care of properly, when healthy turnover is promoted, and moisture is introduced to the skin.

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Beauty CEO Reveals That Raw Juicing Does More for the Skin Than Skincare

21 Day Juice Fast Results

Juicing results, before/during/after

I get the same question from just about all of my customers (who are mostly Gen-X and Baby Boomers), and that is “What is the best product to improve my skin?”

The truth, as I am about to reveal, has more to do with what you are putting in your body, rather than what you are putting on your body. I do share this with everyone, but the advice seems to be glazed over in hopes that there is a quick-fix miracle I can sell them.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that great skincare can vastly improve one’s complexion, however it can only do so much. It’s kind of like working out with a personal trainer, but still eating fast food every day…there is only so much progress you can hope to achieve.

I decided to put my own advice to the test, and follow every single thing I recommend to my own customers, to prove that you have the ability (in a relatively short period of time) to change your skin’s tone, texture and evenness. So I cleared my schedule to embark on a three week journey through the mountains, with my best friend in tow, to see how much my skin could change. We did this all in a little vintage travel trailer, who I affectionately call Alexis Carrington.

We reluctantly took “before” pictures and measurements of ourselves, and set off into the summer heat for a glamping adventure.

I went into the woods expecting to report back on how to make certain juices (recipes) and how great my complexion looked (and it did!), but what I discovered was something so life-changing and cathartic, that is has completely changed me at a cellular level, and I feel compelled to move in a different direction with my life (more on that later). I could have called this the “Ten Years Younger Road Trip” because that’s exactly what happened.

In case you missed it, my previous blog entry explains why I chose raw juicing for this experiment. I have done raw juice fasts in the past, but it was more of a struggle for me, and I was never able to sustain long-term changes in my behavior. I did continue to juice after my fasts, but I also did other things (alcohol, processed foods, etc). All of this lead to puffiness, inflammation and rosacea flare-ups (as you can see from my before picture above, in the top left photo).

What I believe was the missing component to make long term changes was a mind/body/spirit connection. I viewed the fast as a punishment – as in “I can’t wait to get off this fast and then I can enjoy real food again”. I even joined a few raw juice Facebook support groups, but although they provided great recipes, most newbies in the groups seemed scared, depressed and defeated (especially if they could not keep it going after a few days), and the emphasis is always on juice recipes. That’s great, but in my opinion, it’s one small piece of the puzzle.

This time, I prepared much differently for the fast, and yes I use the word prepare, because just like you  wouldn’t run a marathon without training first, you can’t just jump into a raw juice fast without some preparation. I now believe this is why so many people attempt and fail at juicing, because they didn’t train properly first.

I created a plan-of-action…The Glamper’s Guide to Juicing, and not only did it enable me to go through the 21 day raw juice fast with ease, I came home and decided to continue my juice fast for a total of 60 days!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         By the way, if you aren’t familiar with the term glamper/glamping, it means glamorous

My 1972 Shasta Compact, Alexis Carrington

My 1972 Shasta Compact, Alexis Carrington

camper/camping. It brings five star ambiance to nature (complete with Egyptian cotton sheets and chandeliers!). It takes the “roughing it” out of camping.

To be successful at this, you need to have the right mind set going in.

The first thing we did was to make a date to disappear, and then made no apologies for it to anyone. It may seem selfish. It is, but you have to be selfish in order to take care of yourself first so that you can be healthy for your family. This proved to be the hardest step, because we had to rely on others to help us with kids, animals, work, etc.

If you think you can’t get away for three weeks, then take a week, or a weekend. The point is, you have to remove yourself from distractions so you can focus on yourself 100%. You can make the time if it’s important enough for you. Look at it this way, if your doctor told you that you have something wrong with you, and he is putting you in the hospital to figure it out, you would probably go, no questions asked because they are “doctor’s orders”. Nobody would even question it, they would figure out a way to get things done in your household.

Why wait until you are sick before you do something so life-changing that it could prevent you from getting sick?

If I was not doing this for the benefit of my customers, I wouldn’t have told anyone about my decision to do a 21 day juice fast (except of course my husband) because all of the sudden you will get everyone coming out of the woodwork giving you health advice and opinions, most of them negative. I believe this is because they don’t  understand how juicing works (it’s been done safely for centuries, and all religions observe some kind of fasting rituals), or they read sensationalized headlines about juicing designed to scare people.

Nobody can make the decision to change your health; not your spouse, friends, family or doctor. Only you can. It’s up to you to educate yourself about your health, and what it means to be truly healthy.

Before we left, we both watched three documentaries about juicing (which explain the science behind it): Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Hungry for Change, and Super Juice Me. We also downloaded them so we could watch them during our trip. That really kept us motivated.

If you are experiencing a disease (as opposed to just wanting to look better or lose a few pounds), I encourage you to also watch The Beautiful Truth. The way food is poisoned (with pesticides), genetically modified, and processed (with additives and chemicals), it’s no wonder we are a nation of obese and sick people. It effects your weight, the way you age, and your health.

There are chemicals in food that make us crave it, in fact there is an entire industry of food engineers whose sole purpose it is to make you crave it more, so you will buy it more. It’s all about profit. Then when you get sick, you go to the doctor who prescribes medication (which cause all sorts of side effects). Then you get strange diseases (which were unheard of fifty years ago) and you get depressed, so you eat to numb yourself, or to cope with the depression and the cycle continues.

When you are able to break that food addiction (and lose the cravings for sugar, salt, processed foods), you lose the brain fog (which you may not even realize you have), and have more energy that you could possibly imagine. It feels like you are a child again.

I eliminated alcohol, processed foods, and refined carbs (sweets) and added a juice or two (daily) for the two weeks prior to leaving. This made it MUCH easier to transition into just juice. The last time I did this, I partied like a rock star up until the day I started the fast (to be fair, it was the month of my birthday and Thanksgiving, so there was a lot of celebrating going on), and it was a big mistake. I had detox symptoms (feeling sick) for the first four days and it I felt awful. I believe it happens to a lot of people who don’t properly prepare, and that’s why a lot of people give up after a few days.

We chose our route based on the weather. While it was summer, it was much cooler in the Blue Ridge mountains than in the rest of the country. We chose to camp because it would get us off the grid (we rarely had cell phone or internet service), and the campgrounds were off the beaten path and away from temptation, i.e. restaurants. We also wanted to be as active as possible, and it doesn’t get more active than camping, where most conveniences are gone and you have to move around a lot. The walk to the bathrooms alone were far.

As far as the cost, we camped for three weeks at different campgrounds, and the total for lodging was about $650 total. Add to that gas, activities (such as zip lining, water water rafting, a movie on rainy days, etc), food purchased at local produce stands, and the whole trip was about $1,000 each.

Something remarkable happened as a result of being off the grid, and I also believe this helped us succeed. We were not exposed to any negativity or fear from the media. When you expose yourself (even peripherally) to the news, it will make you anxious, angry, even fearful. This causes your body to be in  “flight-or-fight” mode, which releases the hormone cortisol. Add that “out there” stress to the everyday stress of commuting, picking up kids, dealing with work, arguments with your spouse, preparing meals, etc. and it all adds up to a lot of cortisol being released. This can turn your overeating into a habit. Because increased levels of the hormone also help cause higher insulin levels, your blood sugar drops and you crave sugary, fatty foods.

Imagine three weeks without hearing about shootings, Isis, the presidential race or the Kardashians?! Imagine not being able to have any internet or cell service. Then imagine no dogs in your bed, no alarm clock ringing at 7 a.m. or no kids to get off to school. It was Pure Silent Bliss! It was almost too quiet at first – but soon we found our body’s responding to the natural circadian rhythms of nature and we slept more soundly and deeply than at any time in our lives.

Good sleep is essential for cellular repair. We woke up just about every day looking refreshed (not like we had to go back to bed for a couple of more hours).

Our physical exercise plan was simple. Make it fun! I brought along a weighted hula hoop (purchased at Target), and Sandy brought her exercise bands, but the majority of our exercise came from walking (we walked just about every morning and again when the sun went down), hiking trails in the parks, cleaning our campsite, and preparing our juices.

Our mental exercises comprised of journaling, EFT (also known as tapping), vision boarding, reading books from authors that inspire me.

The recipes we chose were simple. We made four different recipes which we got from the Reboot with Joe website.We did the Low Sugar Green Juice, The Original Mean Green Juice, Hot V6 Juice (this was our favorite!), and Beet the Heat Juice. We read all the testimonials from that website too, which are all very inspirational.

On week one, we drank 4-5 juices per day, one every 3 hours and lots of water! It seemed like we were in the bathroom all the time in the beginning. One week two, we lost our urges to eat (this happens on day 4-7, it varies by person), so we only drank 3 juices and more water. By week three, we had one juice in the morning and one at night.

For three weeks, we maintained a can-do attitude. We didn’t sit around whining about what we couldn’t have, or count the days till we could. Our spirits were high, and each day brought us to new heights. This is hard to put into words, but as we got healthier, and our cells became nourished with real nutrients, we became happier! I consider myself a very happy person anyway, but when you add the nutrition element to it, it is simply incomprehensible at how GOOD you feel. It’s euphoric! I felt reborn!

“Ah, so THIS is how we are supposed to feel!”

It was at this point in our fast (week 3) that we both decided to extend our fast to 60 days when we got back home. It’s also the same time I decided to make some real big changes in my life. I made a decision to be 100% happy every single day, to do things that make me happy, to be around people that make me laugh. When you take care of yourself first (the body), everything else falls into place.

Look, I know we aren’t going to live forever, but if I get to choose how to live out the remainder of my life, it will be to live with love, integrity, intention and perfect health. I had been doing pretty good with the first three parts of that equation, but hadn’t realized how much the health influenced the other areas. I guess that’s what they mean when they say mind/body/soul connection.

In the silence of the woods, I heard my true calling…which is to inspire and enlighten others on their own journeys. To help show them the way by example.

Up until now, I have done that, by making clean skincare. Since I founded Celtic Complexion in 2011, I have received hundreds of testimonials from women who thank me for changing their skin, but I want to make an even bigger impact and reach greater amount of women. I don’t want to just change skin, I want to change lives!

Celtic Complexion isn’t going anywhere, I am just expanding to create something bigger. I combined everything I’ve learned about natural health, applied it, tweaked it, and saw incredible results for myself.  In just three short weeks, I lost 21 lbs, 10 (over all) inches, lost 3 dress sizes, and my blood pressure (which had always been elevated) was normal. I also lost 3% body fat and my BMI went down 2.71%. IN THREE WEEKS.

I had a blood lipid panel done two days before I left (to establish a benchmark), and I will have them done again at the three month mark and share my before and after results.

As I begin the second phase of my fast, I am going to do something I have always wanted to do, but never had the time or will power to do, and that is a full body cleanse that was highly recommended to me a few years ago. For maximum results, they recommend you fast. Now that I have that down, it will be easy. It’s by Blessed Herbs and it’s a 21 day internal cleansing kit that cleanses your colon, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, lungs, blood, skin and lymphatic system. That link will give you 20% off, so you can save a little (and they will in turn give me a 20% coupon for referring you for my next cleanse).

This raw juice fast turned out to be much, much more than seeing superficial skin condition changes (rosacea). It also went beyond weight loss (in fact, we didn’t take a scale with us because we didn’t want the focus to be on weight loss). Instead it focused on creating a new way of living, a road map of how to age and feel great (from the inside out). We found how to create joy around these changes so it was actually fun to do. Raw juicing was only one component of the much bigger picture. There were so many subtle nuances that were drawn upon to achieve this monumental change in our lives.

When we were out there, we met lots of very nice people. They were mostly retirees who were 70+ years old. A few stuck out in my mind. Annie would walk by our set up every night and wave and smile. It happened to be her birthday during the week we were there, and she was smiling and almost glowing. I never ask a lady her age, but she volunteered that she was 84. If I had to guess, I would have thought she was at least a decade earlier. I asked her what her secret was, and she said “I eat very modestly and kept moving every single day!”

At another camp, we met Ralph and Darlene, who we later found out had been married for 63 years. They were hiking the same (strenuous) trail we were up the mountain. When we arrived at the top and sat for a rest, they came up beside us and we ended up chatting for a while. Feeling a bit homesick for our husbands about now, we asked them to tell us the secret to a long marriage, and Ralph said “being healthy enough to enjoy ourselves.” Talk about an ah-ha moment.

In this youth-obsessed society we live, we are being force-fed images (unrealistic images I might add) of women barely out of their teens as the standard of beauty. Honestly, how much of a challenge is it to look young when you are young?! It’s almost inescapable too – magazines, tv, internet. How often do you see real healthy women in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond? Those are the women we should be looking to for advice, but in order to do so, you have to seek them out because they won’t be found in the mainstream media.

I don’t believe we have to throw our hands up and say “it’s too late, I can’t change”. I now believe that not only can you be healthy as you age, but you can get better with age too. One of the women who inspires me the most is Ernestine Sheperd, she is proof that you can change at any age, as long as you have the desire to do so.

We need many tools in our toolbox to help us navigate, and I’m building a brand new tool box. Instead of searching for my tribe, I am creating my tribe…stay tuned!

 

Chief Executive Glamper

Chief Executive Glamper

Happy trails,

Jennifer

Celtic Complexion Keys to Good Living

Juicing is the Best (and Quickest) Way to Improve Your Your Skin

10897958_1013361822013502_4800328254079535606_nThe question I get asked most is “what is the best way to improve my skin?” and invariably, they are expecting a product recommendation…after all, we are a skincare company. I can certainly understand why someone would assume that. Each month, every beauty magazine has a new “miracle cure”, but the truth is, what you eat and drink has a much greater impact on your complexion than anything you can apply topically.  When you are juicing AND using great skincare, the sky’s the limit!

I first began raw juicing fasts about three years ago, when I attended the Reboot Camp with Joe Cross. He took his own raw juice journey and turned it into a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. He was suffering from a chronic inflammatory disease, and he cured himself of it (and got off all of the medication). He also lost about 100 lbs.

He calls a juice fast a “reboot” because it reboots your system, and gives your body a break from having to deal with toxins (sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, etc).  It sounded very extreme to me at the time, but I still watched the movie a half dozen times and eventually, when I was ready, the knowledge sunk in.

It’s human nature to want the path of least resistance, so when I recommend to people seeking anti-aging advice to change their diet, they seem to glaze over. It was time to walk the line and follow the ver12316365_10153772732548658_1746394979607487946_ny advice I was dispensing.

I began searching for other “rebooters” on Youtube, and thousands have gratefully shared their journeys for everyone to follow. Most of the people (in the movie and on Youtube) were either overweight or sick. It was amazing to see the transformations.

I wasn’t sick, and although I could stand to lose a few pounds, my main curiosity was how fast could the skin change (rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, acne, wrinkles, etc). When the chance to attend one of his boot camps came up (at the beautiful Omega Institute in NY), I signed up, in the name of “research”.

Off I went.

One week later, I was simply amazed at how different the people at boot camp looked. Their complexions GLOWED. I know it’s because inflammation and puffiness were significantly reduced. This was achieved by the micro nutrients of the juices, and the increased water intake. I felt like I looked years younger (and that was only with 5 days of juice fasting!).

When I got back from the retreat, I shared my new found knowledge with any friends or family that would listen, but unfortunately, they weren’t as excited as I was. I have since come to realize that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I quit preaching to my family, and tried to incorporate as much raw green juice into my diet as possible.

A few months later that year, one of my childhood friends asked me about juicing. Up until she asked, it was pretty much cricket bombs in my inbox.  I was so excitIMG_10133446877621ed to share my knowledge with her, because she suffers from multiple sclerosis. She was looking to improve her health with dietary changes, and I was sure juicing could help (it certainly couldn’t hurt).

We made an aggressive plan to forgo the traditional holiday time traditions, and do a thirty day juice fast in December. No parties, no cookies, no egg nog. What seemed like a punishment on December 1, was a gift on December 31. We also incorporated colonics, ionic foot baths, massages and whole body vibration sessions. It was the only time in my entire life that I gave 10% focus to my body, and it showed.

I can’t explain how good we felt, because it’s indescribable. The sense of accomplishment, combined with the unbounded energy was pure euphoria. My thoughts were clearer, I slept better and I was happier. Oh, and my skin was “juicy”! It looked airbrushed.

I was convinced thaCeltic Complexion Keys to Good Livingt juicing is nature’s anti-aging secret.

At the time, it didn’t occur to me that I should document our journey because to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could do it.

This summer we are doing it again, and I am going to document everything. I will take close up pictures so you can see the daily changes in my skin, and I will post the recipes I juice. I will be blogging and shooting youtube videos too, so you get a front seat to our experience.

Rather than doing our juice fast at home, this time we are taking the show on the road. We will be glamping (glamorous camping) in my vintage 1972 Shasta Compact trailer, along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Juicing and the great outdoors, there couldn’t be a better combination.

In the weeks leading up to the fast, I will be eliminating certain things in my diet to make the transition to juices easier, such as wine, sugar and all processed foods.

I hope you will follow along with me during my juicing journey.  Leave your questions or comments on our Facebook page (under this post) and I’ll be sure to answer them.

Happy trails,

 

Jennifer

 

 

 

The 5 Best Anti-Aging Tips for Living in a Youth Obsessed World

Gather around ladies, these aren't your mother's anti-aging tips

Gather around ladies, these aren’t your mother’s anti-aging tips

If I had a nickel for every woman who has asked me the best/easiest/quickest/painless way to look younger/better, I could finance a year-long sabbatical to the destination of my dreams. After all, when you spend your life in the beauty industry, surrounded by a culture celebrating youth, you do learn a tip or two. In fact, I do write (and recommend) the virtues of sunscreen, green juice and yoga, but those are only external factors.

Navigating age is an inside job.

I know, it’s hard not imagine a universe where youth is not synonymous with beautiful, and the entire goal of advertising is to make women feel less than. As I get older, I look around at the mainstream media, and can’t help but feel left out that I can’t see my own reflection mirrored back to me. This is especially true of social media, where at times, I feel as though I see nothing but twenty-somethings.

I don’t know about you, but I want to reflect confidence, health and contentment to the world, qualities which I was hard pressed to find in my 20’s, probably because those qualities develop as we mature.

I recently became a huge fan of Carrie Fisher when she stood up to her age-shaming critics, judging her for her appearance in the latest Star Wars film. She tweeted,  “Please stop debating whether or not I aged well. Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary and  happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”

Aging is a privilege not granted to all, so it’s important to appreciate it and be thankful for the experience, wisdom and lessons we’ve accumulated along the way.

Here are my best, most valuable pieces of advice for embracing your age, and thriving in your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond

Find Role Models/Find Your Tribe Find women who are Owning it, and their journey will reflect back to you as an example of how powerful a woman can be. Last year while watching the Grammy Awards, the usual display of T&A was displayed by the pop-tarts of the day, each one vying for the camera’s attention. About midway through the show, 61 year-old Annie Lennox came out, and dressed in a modest pant suit, BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN. Her two song set with Hozier was positively powerful. You can watch it here (she comes on at the 2 minute mark).

While scrolling through Netflix one evening, an original series caught my eye, Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. It had some great reviews, so I thought I would give it a watch. The first episode was so-so.. but I’m so glad I kept watching. It kept getting better and better, and it made me imagine what life would be like with my best friend in our 70’s. These ladies are having FUN, and they are gorgeous and witty and navigating life with a great sense of humor.

Did you know that Julia Child did not learn to cook until she was in her forties, and she didn’t publish her first book, The Art of French Cooking until she was 50. For her inspirational story, rent Julie & Julia. It proves that your greatest accomplishments can arrive in act three of your life.

My final example of a powerful woman who is embracing her age is Ernestine Sheperd, the oldest female body builder. Her story is such an inspiration to women who feel they are too old to have the body of their dreams. She didn’t start her fitness journey until she was in her 50’s, and today, at 79, she has the body of a 30 year old. You can learn more about her story here.

If these ladies can express their gifts at any age, so can you.

Use Your Words Carefully Think about how you talk about yourself. What adjectives do you use to describe yourself? Are they kind and loving, or self-deprecating? Whatever follows the words “I am” are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Those words are defining to the world who you are and what you are capable of. Language is one of the most powerful tools you can use to transform yourself (think Affirmations). Make a conscious effort to permanently delete negative self-talk from your vocabulary.

Repeat these words (at least) daily:

I am strong. I am healthy. I am beautiful.

Soon, your outer appearance will reflect these verbal attributes. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others This happens almost unconsciously. The marketing industry is built on making you feel inadequate in some way… after all, it’s their job. But nothing will make you age faster than chasing youth. I’m not saying to denounce the tools that can help us feel better about ourselves, if it makes you feel good about yourself, I’m all for it. But, if you are constantly searching for a magic bullet to make you look like an Allure cover girl, you are wasting precious time.

I quit reading beauty magazines years ago, they only made me feel insecure because I never felt like I measured up. Embrace your imperfections, they are what makes you YOU.

Don’t Apologize for Being Who You Want to Be One of the best things about getting older, is that you know yourself better. You are able to embrace your individuality without apologizing to those who don’t “get” you.

As you get older, you will realize that you don’t have to conform. If something makes you feel beautiful when you wear it (whether that be a red lipstick, or a gypsy skirt), then by all means WEAR IT!

Iris Apfel comes to mind. At 94, she is an American icon, and has created an empire for her eclectic style. Google her name, or watch the documentary made about her life, and you can’t help falling in love with her. She validates my desire to wear statement necklaces to breakfast. She is a breath of fresh air, and it’s her unique individuality that makes people attracted to her.

Remain in Gratitude and Pay-It-Forward Nothing will make you feel more empowered than empowering others. One of my favorite quotes is from Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

One of the greatest gifts you can share with the world, is your intention; a kind word, a good deed, a hug. It all goes out into the world, and returns to you tenfold. That universal light reflecting back at you is the best beauty potion in the world, and it can’t be bought or sold.

If you want great skincare, visit my website, if you want to remain ageless, go inside.

 

Grateful for you!

Jennifer

Celtic Complexion Graceful Aging Blog

Not Your Mother’s Anti Aging Advice…

What kind of images appear in your mind when you think of the word “aging”? How about “getting older”? Do you fear getting older, or look forward to it?

Being in the beauty business, I can’t help but to be inundated with questions about aging; How to turn back the hands of time, erase the life experience from your skin?

Beyond eating good, exercising, managing stress and using great products, our attitude towards aging is extremely important.  Your thoughts, words and feelings towards your body and health play a vital roll in how you will age. What is the internal dialog you have with yourself about aging?

Your body is a mirror of your consciousness.

Aging makes you wiser, more mature and stronger. Maintain your physical prowess, agility and strength by all the means you know how, and you will find the more you do, the more you will be able to do.

One of the reasons I believe we are not allowed to grow old gracefully, is because we live in a youth obsessed culture and are constantly subjected to images of youth. It seems to be celebrated and rewarded, and sure it’s easy to accept that as truth.

But, if you dig a little deeper (and in the right places), you will find women in their 70’s, 80’s and beyond who can inspire you to expect more.

I recently saw images of Christie Brinkley, who at 61 years old, can still rock at white bikini. Jane Fonda, at 77, walked the red carpet this season and would give any new starlet a run for her money. As lovely as these two women are, I’m sure their affluence enables them a team to cook and train and maybe nip and tuck them.

So, I sought out non celebrity women who have embraced their years and after seeing these powerful women celebrate their ages, it made me look forward to aging.

The youngest of the group is Mimi Kirk. She is 77 years old and is an author, lecturer and founder of RawOnYoungFood.com

She was voted Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 by PETA. She travels the world lecturing on raw food and healthy living. She reports that she has the energy of someone in their 20’s, and judging by her picture, I have no doubt that is true.

Ernestine Shepard is 80 years old.

In her youth Ernestine is said to have been a “prissy” girl with little interest in athletics or exercise of any kind. As a 56-year-old she was a sedentary, well-padded school secretary and “slug” who had never worked out a day in her life. The obvious question is: What happened to transform Ernestine into a role model for the rest of us, and senior women in particular?

What happened was that the 56-year-old version of Ernestine went bathing suit shopping with her sister, Velvet. While trying on the suits, they found themselves laughing at each other. Then and there they knew it was time to get in better shape. Ernestine and her sister joined a gym and started working out together. A short time later, Velvet died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. Devastated, Ernestine stopped going to the gym. After some months of mourning the loss of her sister and on the advice of a friend that her sister would have wanted her to continue what they had started, Ernestine returned to the gym with a reignited determination to get fit.

Starting slowly and building her body step by little step, Ernestine over time completely transformed not only her body, but her life, too. She has never been happier. She trains mostly senior women five days a week and “live(s) to inspire senior women to reach their physical potential.” Read more about her on her website (and be sure to watch the videos) here

When Tao Porchon Lynch’s beautiful image appeared in my FB feed, I was in awe of her grace (and in complete disbelief of her age, 96!)

Tao teaches discipline and control of the body and mind through Yoga. As she elevates and balances her body in classic poses, she demonstrates how to tap into the primal spark of energy that all of us
receive from the universe. Whatever our religious beliefs, the spark makes us one with our fellow human beings and all forms of life on our planet.

Tao is a living advertisement for how to tap into our human potential. She is unique in her ability to overcome the effects of aging to control her body and mind in harmony with Yoga’s principles. Tao’s philosophy is “There is nothing we cannot do if we harness the power within us.” Her yoga principles and practices will be appreciated by current and future generations. Her current passion, in addition to yoga, is ballroom dancing and she is an award winning world-class dancer. Visit her website to read more here.

The fountain of youth is a state of being, not so much a state of doing. Begin to view your body as a magical form, a versatile machine that is capable of doing whatever you want, without pain or limitation. That is the best anti-aging advice I can ever share with you :)

 

Warmly,

Jennifer

 

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Do You Suffer From “Immediate Results” Syndrome?

This is a picture of my “medicine” cabinet. You will find several dozen or so supplements, oils, tinctures, and powders of natural remedies. I have a handful of naturopathic physicians whose newsletters I subscribe to, and a couple that I see personally, and I have received a lot of wonderful advice.

When I hear of a great holistic remedy, I purchase it for our family pantry, either for immediate use, or “just in case”. I read about the benefits, get excited, and then start taking it. So, what’s the problem? I get bored and I don’t stick with it for a great length of time. I don’t see “immediate” results and move on to the next one.

In other words, I’m human.

The same thing happens at the gym, I go to a class for a week and expect (well, dream) of this instant payoff. But it takes months of a consistent effort to get dream results.

It got me thinking about how we use skincare. Instant results are always promised but rarely delivered.. why? Because our lovely laugh lines, wrinkles and brown spots didn’t just show up. Sure, it may seem that way sometimes, but it took decades for them to appear. They say that the majority of our sun damage occurs before we turn eighteen years old, yet we secretly wish for a skincare product to erase what mother nature has done, overnight.

Oh, how I wished it worked that way! (~smile~)

It’s easy to get confused, there is so much choice on the market, and Beauty Editors have to come up the “latest and greatest” products to fill their magazines each month, so that barely gives the consumer enough time to digest what is being sold to them before moving on to the next big thing.

Also, don’t confuse yourself, keep it simple. Use one product at a time. Give it time to work. Be faithful to it and after a minimum of three months, then decide if it’s working for you.

As for me, I’ve committed to Zumba classes for the rest of the summer :)

 

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

 

 

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Make Peace With Your Current Self

I have been in the beauty industry since 1985, and remarkably it has never made me feel beautiful (Surprise!). In fact, it has, for the most part made me feel “too_______” (fill in the blank). I can remember (at 17 years old – the year I started my first cosmetic job) looking at a Clarins poster for cellulite that had a 13 year old model and wondering, “Should I be using this?”

Here’s the thing, marketing was created to make you feel insecure about something and then sell you the cure. You end up spending your whole life not feeling like you measure up, when you could have just looked in the mirror and been happy with what you see.

Have you ever looked at a picture of your younger self and wished you looked that way now? Or, do you remember when you first saw that picture and thought “Ugh, I look horrible”?  That kind of thinking keeps us from embracing the Now You.

Our bodies are constantly changing, based on a million different factors (age being just one of them). That wrinkle that showed up right outside my eyes in the last two years was caused by all the smiling I’ve been doing since I got together with my husband. Those little broken capillaries by my nose, were no doubt caused by the amazing Pinot Noir I discovered a Rams Gate Winery on my last annual friend trip to Napa. And that little pinch of “extra” on my waist, was caused by that delicious hand made baklava that my mom I shared when she last visited.

You get my point.

You will never be your 18 year old self again, so don’t waste one second of one minute looking back. When I use skincare, I want it to make me the very best I can look right now. If you are using skincare or cosmetics to look like your 25 or 30 year old self, you will be disappointed. The best ‘anti aging” advice I can give you is to fall in love with the Now You, because I’m here to tell you, you’re beautiful just the way you are!

 

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

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Beauty Water

Do you ever let a self deprecating comment slip out of your mouth, or maybe you constantly “joke” about your perceived inadequacies? Example: “I’m so old, I’m fat, etc.?” I admit, when I am with my girlfriends I do poke fun at myself (as do they) and we get a good laugh about it.

But beyond a chuckle, are you consciously aware about how you talk about yourself to yourself (self talk)? The language you use to describe yourself can actually influence how you age. By constantly berating yourself about your looks, you are programing yourself to age faster.

I first became aware of this after watching the movie What the Bleep Do We Know. The work of Japanese doctor Masaru Emoto was featured and I was fascinated. He wrote the book The Hidden Message of Water. He observed that water crystals change form when spoken or imprinted with different words and intentions.

“Essentially, Dr. Emoto captured water’s ‘expressions.’ He developed a technique using a very powerful microscope in a very cold room along with high-speed photography, to photograph newly formed crystals of frozen water samples. Not all water samples crystallize however. Water samples from extremely polluted rivers directly seem to express the ‘state’ the water is in.
Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.

The implications of this research create a new awareness of how we can positively impact the earth and our personal health. The success of his books outside Japan has been remarkable. Dr. Emoto has been called to lecture around the world as a result and has conducted live experiments both in Japan and Europe as well as in the US to show how indeed our thoughts, attitudes, and emotions as humans deeply impact the environment. Dr. Masaru Emoto’s stunning water-crystal photographs have enchanted millions of people in his many books.  His groundbreaking work has shown that thoughts and words have a direct effect on water-crystal formation, and since our bodies are mostly water, our thoughts and words certainly affect not only ourselves, but the world around us.” Source: http://www.whatthebleep.com/water-crystals/

Our bodies are up to 75% water, which means there is a lot of water to be “programmed”. A simple exercise I practice is to write words such as “beauty, love, gratitude, youth, healthy” with a sharpie pen on my water bottle and on the gallon jugs I buy.

I encourage you to be mindful of the words you use to describe your body and health. For more information, visit Dr. Emoto’s website: http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/emoto.html

 

 

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My Top Secret Project

Very soon, I will be making an announcement about my newest creation, Celtic Jewel. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever made before and I cannot wait to share it!

Let me give you a little background about how it came about.

One year during my career as a cosmetic trainer/makeup artist, I volunteered to work during the busy Christmas week in Aspen at a very exclusive cosmetic boutique called Cosbar. This boutique was located in the heart of the downtown and celebrity sightings during the week were common.

This boutique only carried the rarest cosmetics and most expensive skincare in the world. In between helping customers, I read labels and inserts and tested products on the back of my hand. I was like a sponge, absorbing (literally) everything I could.

At night, I would research these high performance ingredients and I made a list of my “dream ingredients”. Back then, Celtic Complexion wasn’t even on my radar, but I do remember the seed being planted because I vividly remember saying to myself “If I ever create a dream creme, this is what it would be like.” I even went so far as to sketch out the packaging.

I put the sketch and my ingredient list in a journal that has been long forgotten. Until earlier this year.

While sorting through some boxes in my garage, I came upon the journal that I wrote so long ago, and I happen to thumb through it and there was my dream creme ingredient list. I smiled and challenged myself to create a recipe from the ingredient list. I want to develop the first    eco-friendly, high performance creme.

In my free time, I created several batches of my dream creme, all with different concentrations of active ingredients and began testing them on myself and Mr. Celtic Complexion (aka Steve, my husband). My goal is to put as much active ingredients in a product that is allowable and tolerable to the skin.

It took thirteen batches before I felt I had it right. There is nothing like perfecting a product. You want to shout it from the rooftops, and that’s usually what I do by calling my closest friends and asking them to be “testers”.

I sent out four bottles of my perfected recipe and anxiously awaited their feedback.

“It’s like wearing an Instagram filter on your skin” , “My skin has never looked better”, “A small area on my skin that had been dry for years finally healed”, “I don’t care what this costs, I want it”.

I knew I had a winning recipe, and we made the decision to bring it to market. So for the next few months, we will be working on introducing it to the Celtic Complexion line.

Stay tuned.