I have a different perspective about wrinkles. I like them. I think lines can be attractive and show that you've lived life. Getting them is inevitable, but you do have control over how many you have and where they are.
Wrinkles are caused by many different things, from the amount of oil in the skin, the climate, or sun damage to repeated facial expressions. So what makes some people get so many wrinkles and others so few?
The first type is the person who doesn't feel very much and therefore doesn't express much. These people are not emotionally present. They may stay unwrinkled longer, but the drawback to living this way is that they are usually unprepared for emotional traumas and have trouble coping. When these people do suffer a trauma, they seem to age overnight. This is an advantage to suffering while you are young. It may cause early lines, but it will keep you from getting lines later because you learn how to deal with life while you are still resilient.
The second type of person who doesn't wrinkle much is the one who is reclusive and lives away from the stresses of the world. Monks and nuns are a good example. Because their biological needs are taken care of, their lives are sheltered. Stress definitely accelerates the aging process, and it is almost impossible to live in the modern world without stress. A balanced life might include frequent retreats to destress and dewrinkle.
The third type of person is one who does not hold onto past trauma. Many people cling to the wounds of the past and torment themselves daily. It doesn't really matter what happens to you in life, what matters is how you feel about it and how you deal with it. There is no such thing as a bad emotion. The only bad emotions are stuck emotions. This inability to release emotion can cause many health problems and lines on the face.
If you can, learn to love the features you have. All features have special meaning and, when looked at as a whole, have a beauty and symmetry that needs to be honored and understood.
And if past trauma is marking your face, consider cosmetic acupuncture to soften those lines and heal from the inside out.
For more thoughts: Face Reading in Chinese Medicine, Lillian Bridges
Thoughts and practical tips to help you look and feel your best based in the wisdom of Chinese medicine.
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