Another thing which comes naturally with youth is proper circulation. In the elderly, the legs and feet are particularly vulnerable. I won’t play doctor and tell you all the problems that poor leg circulation can bring to you, but you can find out for yourself with some simple online investigation.
I have two tools I use for my feet and legs, in addition to my morning and afternoon walks.
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- Sunny Health & Fitness Foot Massager – electric and pretty costly, but is worth it for me to get those moving knobs into the bottom of my foot.
- Back and Body Scrubber and Mitt, Hemp, Natural Exfoliating, Durable Machine Washable. I start at the bottom of the foot and toes and work my way up each leg, brushing. Then I do my hands and arms. The back scrubber is self evident. It feels so GOOD.
In addition to the health issues of circulation, there are also some which have more to do with vanity. Wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors — some you can control, others you can’t:
- Age. As you get older, your skin naturally becomes less elastic and more fragile. Decreased production of natural oils dries your skin and makes it appear more wrinkled. Fat in the deeper layers of your skin diminishes. This causes loose, saggy skin and more-pronounced lines and crevices.
- Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Ultraviolet radiation, which speeds the natural aging process, is the primary cause of early wrinkling. Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin’s connective tissue — collagen and elastin fibers, which lie in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). Without the supportive connective tissue, your skin loses strength and flexibility. Skin then begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely.
- Smoking. Smoking can accelerate the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. This may be due to changes in the blood supply to your skin.
- Repeated facial expressions. Facial movements and expressions, such as squinting or smiling, lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Each time you use a facial muscle, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin. As skin ages, it loses its flexibility and is no longer able to spring back in place. These grooves then become permanent features on your face.
My first gua sha tool was a shaped piece of jade. It’s still my favorite.
Then I added a set made of natural buffalo horn.
Note the one that looks like a comb. It’s for scalp massage.
There are Gua Sha videos EVERYWHERE on the internet.