Most of us think that the way our skin looks is a blended result of the natural aging process and the beauty products we use. However, this statement is only partially true.
No matter how effective a beauty product is, it is only applied externally. But sometimes inside factors can affect us more than the outside ones. When I say “inside factors,” I don’t merely mean the food we eat daily; there is another thing that can affect our appearance in a more intrinsic manner — our life experience.
Before I write on, I must confess that I have an unexplainable knack for observing people. I like to look at people’s faces and play an age-guessing game.
I did my observation almost any time of the day. After much observation, I find out that aging is not merely about aging signs like wrinkles and age spots; there are other things that are at work.
Have you ever run into some fair-skinned woman who, if you only focus on her skin and nothing else, might be mistaken for a young maid? However, when you look at her closely, you know she is not as young as you might think. After several of such experiences, I begin to understand something more about aging: what separates us from youth is not only our skin but also our life experience.
In our twenties, the etchings of our life experience on our faces aren’t obvious, so our facial contour remains soft and tender. However, when we step into our late twenties and, later, the thirties, the cumulative impact of life and pressure begin to materialize and take shape on our faces. Naivety is replaced with hardship, which in return hardens our contour, making us look older. (I am not saying life experience is the only important reason for aging. What I am telling you is that there are other things at work other than what may seem most obvious.)
That life experience can harden our features is a given. The question is, “Is there any way to soften its impact?” Sure. Here is my two cents’ worth.
Keep a Happy Smile
Keeping a happy smile on your face can be more powerful than any elixir or beauty product. Life may harden your contour, but a smile can counter-balance its negative impact.
Find Your Happiness
True happiness can make you shine inside out.
How much do you think your life experience has affected the way you look? Share it in the comment!