No matter who you are, you feel better and perform better if you treat yourself with the respect to look your best. Do it for the world of eyes and cameras (like in downtown Chicago) that land on you every day. Do it for your partner or whomever you wish to please. But most of all, do it for you.
You’ve heard this a million times, and here it is again: wearing sunscreen on your face, especially when you’re exposed to lots of sunshine, is important. This need not necessarily add one more beauty step to your daily routine; many moisturizers double as sunscreens.
LAY THE FOUNDATION
If you wear foundation, which not only enhances your skin but protects it from the elements, your foundation should match your neck color. When buying foundation, test colors in as natural a light as possible (indirect daylight in a neutral colored setting is the best). When you see someone whose face is a different color than their neck, it’s as distracting as if they’re wearing a mask.
Worry causes all sorts of wrinkles in places you might not realize. If you catch a glimpse at yourself in the mirror when you’re anxious, you’ll see it: notice what you’re doing to your face and neck; worry wrinkles occur from one’s forehead through the neck. Clenching your jaw when uptight or grinding your teeth can also change ones neck line over time.
Tell yourself this, as often as you catch yourself frowning or about to frown: Nothing and nobody is worth frowning for. There may be plenty in life that tempts you to frown, but resist. You’ll thank yourself later in life. Some guys tell their girlfriends, “Honey, you look cute when you’re angry.” But anger really isn’t pretty: on little girls, it’s scary; on older women, frightening. Learn how to dispel anger. Develop understanding and appreciation instead. It’s good for you and good for your face.
Remember to wear your glasses. Squinting crinkles the delicate skin around the eyes. This area does not have much natural collagen or elasticity to begin with. Don’t make it worse by squinting. Those having eyes sensitive to bright light should always have sunglasses handy.
You’ve heard it before: smoking causes wrinkles around the lips, as does drinking through a straw. But here’s something else that does so as well, and many do this daily: drinking out of a narrow-neck water bottle, the standard water bottle that most folks drink from. Look at yourself in the mirror and drink out of a water bottle. You’ll see your lips are overly-pursed. The same goes for any similarly shaped bottle. There’s only one good reason to purse your lips: for kissing.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
Eventually, the faces you make reacting to life with judging, anger, pouting, evil eyes, etc. are going to be etched into your face and become your face when you are older. Fortunately, there are some youth and beauty serums available to anybody; they are priceless but everyone can afford them: tolerance, happiness and peace of mind. Start practicing these today.