If it is impossible to prevent outright the wrinkling that comes with advancing age, it is at least feasible to slow the process down. The most important steps are a cautious relationship with the sun, not smoking, good hydration and sufficient exercise and fresh air. Essential is a balanced and vitamin rich diet. Wholemeal products contain many trace elements, vitamins and enzymes that are only present in much reduced volumes in processed foodstuffs. Wholegrain, for example, is a good source for silicon and a silicon cure treatment is a gentle method for a healthy skin tone, that works from the inside out because silicon is one of the chief constituents of the connective tissue.
An appropriate facial massage also helps to relax tensions that, given time, will leave their mark as 'worry lines'.
Those who do suffer from stress and overwork might try autogenously training, progressive muscle relaxation, Yoga or meditation. For those who prefer a little more physical exertion the Chinese disciplines of Tai Chi and Qi Gong may well prove the key to compensating for the barrage of everyday pressures. They involve combinations of simple controlled movements, gentle stretching and breathing exercises that will suit people of both sexes and all ages. Many evening schools and sports clubs offer such courses.