Think Yourself  Younger

There will be one day in your life when you look in the mirror and not know who is looking back at you. This is because you see yourself every day, and until there is a real noticeable change, like a bruise, you won’t notice anything.

                But there will be one day when you suddenly notice the lines around your mouth, the bags under your eyes and the wrinkles on your forehead.  “Oh no!   When did that happen?!”

                Stay calm.  There are some things that you can do.

                I first used this idea, of “thinking yourself younger” when I heard about pediatric cancer victims, who were using mental imaging, to help with their treatments.  I thought that if children could use visualization to help themselves, maybe I could use this same strategy to help me with sagging skin.  I read a book titled, “Health & Wellness” written by Gordon Edlin and Eric Golanty; found it accidentally on the “read it now” shelf of my library.  This book provided a lot of information about imagery, and I am so thankful to the powers that be, that I discovered it.

                The Mental Imaging.  The first thing that I do to get ready for my mental imagery, is to sit in a quiet place, where I will not be disturbed.  Sometimes I use earplugs for silence; sometimes I use my iPod when I listen to soothing baroque music.  Each time I meditate, I do use a blind fold.  No what your technique, the whole idea is to deprive yourself of outside stimuli. 

You need to have control of your thoughts and you need to pay attention to what it is you are thinking about.  Your mind can be like a drunken monkey, and wander and stumble around with junk thoughts.  The more you practice visualization, the more you will be able to control what it is you are thinking about.

                When I am in a “thinking state,” I see a picture of myself when I was a younger person, and had smoother skin.  I talk to my self and tell my body that I am 20 years old.  This may sound silly, but your body has a mind of its own, and if you tell your body that you are 20 years old, it will probably believe it.  I picture myself with smooth, tight, younger skin.  I picture myself in a happy scene, when I was 20 years old.   I practice this visualization at least five times a day.

                Treat Your Face.  Not only do I complete the visual imaging, but I also treat my skin.  Clean skin is extremely important.  Many women, especially older women, like to wear makeup.  While some makeup can help you to look more glamorous, it may not make you look younger.  If you have older skin, wearing concealer can settle into the cracks of your skin, making you look more like a witch than anything else.  Wash your face with mild soap and water; I prefer Ivory soap.  Next, I use a mild astringent, like Sea Breeze.  After my face is clean, I rub lotion on my cheeks, under my eyes, and around my mouth.  I usually don’t apply anything to my forehead or nose, as they seem to be oily all by themselves.  In the morning, I use one of the nicer, over-the-counter facial creams, especially if I am going outside. 

Before bedtime, I repeat the process, the only difference, sometimes I apply petroleum jelly on my lips and under my eyes.   At night, while I am falling asleep, I visualize a small Zamboni riding on my face, smoothing out the lines.

                This may seem ridiculous to you, but I have can tell you that I have practiced this technique for the past five years.  I took a photo of myself every day since I started.  There are days when I do look my age (and sometimes older), but for more than 95% of the time, I look ten years younger.

                The best part about all this is, the cost is nothing but your time, which you’ll spend watching a video inside of your own head.