Lately when I look at myself in the mirror I look old for my age (36). But I don’t want to look old for my age. I want to look amazing for my age! What are some daily regimens I can follow to preserve what’s left of my fading beauty (hah) for as long as possible?
Here are my complaints:
1.) Wrinkled, mottled skin (with bonus acne!) I haven’t been to a dermatologist in ages, but I suspect I may have acne rosacea.
2.) I have the bad habit of pursing my lips all the time, especially when I’m stressed or pensive (which are my default emotions). I’m trying to break this habit, but in the meantime I’m getting deep vertical lines
in my lips, which makes me look sooooo oooooooold.
3.) Despite being fairly active, I’m getting rather pudgy, especially in the stomach and upper arms. When I see pictures of myself, the word I think of is “stout.”
I realize that I am probably more critical of my flaws than others are, at least I hope so. However, I do feel that I am really showing my age, especially in comparison with some of my peers who presumably have healthier habits. My only explanations for this are that I am perpetually stressed out, eat a ton of sugar (getting slightly better about this, though it’s a struggle), have sleep problems, smoked a lot when I was younger, and spent every summer until last year roasting myself in the sun all summer long.
I’m not likely to reduce my stress levels until someone gives me enough money that I can quit my job. My poor sleep is due to my neighborhood being randomly noisy enough that even a white noise machine can’t drown it out. However, I’m wondering what other habits I can change to try to slow this terrifying slide into old age. Diet regimens? Skin care products? Deep breathing through my nose? I’m willing to invest significant effort into this.