Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • September 2013
Written by  Carrissa Pannuzzo

Aging gracefully … and naturally

We’re all getting older. One day (maybe today) our bodies won’t move the way they used to, and our skin won’t be as toned and smooth as it once was. In our honest moments, we all know the inevitable. But instead of being afraid of getting older, we can age with joy and grace by living intentionally and naturally.

Graceful aging is a multi-faceted process. Most people focus on the physical when they think of slowing the aging process, so they seek “anti-aging” aids. This certainly isn’t the only way to stave off aging. Thankfully, there are many things we can do to help not only our bodies, but also our minds and spirits stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

First, eating a healthy, well-balanced, traditional diet is of the upmost importance. There is only so much we can put on the outside of our bodies to make us look healthy. Much of good health begins on the inside. Check out the Weston A. Price Foundation at for more information on eating a traditional diet that will make others wonder why the years aren’t taking their toll.

Second, be sure to take care of your skin, the immune system’s first line of defense. And while it does a great job, skin care products are often needed. Since they are designed to be absorbed, care must be taken in their selection. According to the Environmental Working Group, there are more than 10,000 chemical ingredients in personal skin care products used in the United States. Many of these ingredients are either known or suspected carcinogens, are harmful to the reproductive system and/or are disruptive to the body’s endocrine system. It’s possible that not all chemicals are bad for us, but without evidence to the contrary, it is wise to limit exposure as much as possible. Look for or make skin care products with natural ingredients you recognize. As you get older, also consider ingredients that have properties that specifically support maturing skin, such as squalane olive oil, rose hip oil, pumpkin seed butter, vitamin E, shea butter, and rosemary, carrot and lavender essential oils. Be sure to look for unrefined ingredients and therapeutic grade essential oils to obtain the maximum benefit.

It is also important to look for skin care products that work with your body’s natural processes. For example, consider switching to the oil cleansing method to wash your face. Most facial cleansers are water based. Since water doesn’t remove oil on its own (think of what happens when you try to mix oil and water), chemicals are often used along with water to create a facial cleanser. While these products are effective, they can also be harsh and, in return, remove the skin’s natural moisture barrier, leaving the immune system compromised. With the oil cleansing method, it’s easy to work with the skin’s natural chemistry, while still achieving a clean face. For more information, do a quick web search or check out my website at

And lastly, practice good self-care by attending to your mental, emotional and spiritual needs. Develop healthy boundaries and cultivate encouraging and fruitful relationships. Be generous and joyful. Invest in others. Ask the hard questions and wrestle with God for the answers. If you do this, you can finish well, just as the woman described in this ancient proverb:

She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come. 

Carrissa Pannuzzo is a joyful wife, a natural “crunchy” mamma, an avid researcher, a healthy traditional food lover and a professional counselor. She is also the formulator at and owner of Mamma Verde — a local natural skin care line and an It Works! distributor. For more information, visit

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