Discover a Lovelier You, Chapter 2–Your Face: The Two-Way Mirror

Apparently, this is good for circulation.

Apparently, this is good for circulation.

One thing that continually surprises me as I re-read this book is how little has changed.  The Clean-Tone-Moisturize routine for oily skin (that’s meee!) is still recommended.  To hold off the march of time, avoiding smoking, hard liquor, and the sun are still on point. One big difference, though:

Ah, a world before ozone holes.

Ah, a world before ozone holes.

“By the way, if you’ve read a few frightening articles about the sun causing skin cancer, you can relax a little. It happens only rarely, and only to a small fraction of lifetime sun worshippers.”

Well, okay then.

Can't. Breathe.

Can’t. Breathe.

Mostly, this chapter contains very clear information on how to care for your skin. Including exercises! Yep, not even kidding. I remember this being a thing in the 70s. Not only were you supposed to contort your face, you were instructed to tap under each eye 50 times. 50 tiny little taps each day to go with your facial massage. To my surprise, the tapping is still recommended for reducing under-eye bags.

And one, and two, and

And one, and two, and

I did everything but the masks. I didn’t have the wherewithal for that kind of luxury. Also, no tween wants to look like an idiot, and let’s face it, masks look stupid. Of course, I’m all grown up now. I have a spa day every week, and I totally do the masks. Heck, I do two.

The biggest revelation for my young self–and it’s kind of a “duh” moment–we have no real idea what we look like from looking in the mirror. When we look at ourselves, our faces shift to neutral. The minute we turn away, we are engaged with life again, our expressions bringing life and animation.

There is no mention of facial peels, botox, or lasers, naturally. So there’s been progress, but the basics are the same. Except for the sun thing. Yeesh.

Haha! You look stoopid.

Haha! You look stoopid.

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