June 19th, 2011

What feels good may not be the thing that does

Sorry about the convoluted title. Please bear with me and I’ll try to explain.

People often remark on me looking at least ten years younger than my chronological age. No, I do not have a great plastic surgeon. I probably have a bit of genetic luck and I don’t smoke which helps. Mainly though, I pay extreme attention to minimize the exposure of my skin to UV-rays. They are the main contributors to ugly wrinkles and even skin cancer.

Now don’t get me wrong. I am a sun child. The hotter and muggier it gets, the happier I am. Endless summer holidays in Spain that always started off with massive sunburns, have yielded their share of damage. But our skins, like our souls are resilient and can recover from a lot of damage. Without sun, I find it much harder to be happy. But I found out long ago that it is the light and the warmth that makes me happy, and not the dangerous UV-rays.

This week, I would like you to think about items, persons and habits you may have in your life that seem to make you happy, but that may have detrimental components. I want you to think about the good parts and how you may be able to have those in your life without the bad parts.

For example, it may be great to have a life partner to have brunch with on Sundays. But what, if that partner is overly critical of you, thereby destroying your joy of life and self-esteem? Would it be possible for you to have Sunday brunch with some friends, instead? How about food? Food is such an important part of our social life. But, is it really the food you crave or the company of friends to laugh and share your life with? Would you be able to get the same feeling of comradery, if you focus shifted perhaps from food to going bowling together? Or hiking, or to the zoo, or even simply forgoing the fattening and unhealthy foods for a comforting vegetable soup or a fresh salad?

It takes only three months for beautiful, healthy skin to raise up to the surface, after you implement better skin care habits. Changing your body & soul care habits will show even faster results. Please let me know how you did with this exercise. I would love to hear from you!

Breathe deep and take care of yourself,

Anna.

Resources

A big thank you goes to Dr. Barney Kenet and his great book¬†How to Wash Your Face: America’s Leading Dermatologist Reveals the Essential Secrets for Youthful, Radiant Skin which I wholeheartedly recommend to all of you who would like to have better skin. 

 

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