KEEPIN' IT REAL WITH TWO FEET
It is not uncommon for someone on my facial bed to sigh and tell me that that they have 'the worst skin in the world'. I usually ask why do they think that and inevitably the evidence of the 'worst skin possible' is found in the magnifying mirror at home.
A 5 diopter magnifying mirror will certainly make a pore appear to be crater-like,
or a fine line to resemble a crack. It's about perception and the reality of what you see. Magnifying mirrors are excellent tools to use for the purpose of magnification, to apply makeup or examine your teeth. But the magnifying mirror does not tell the visual truth.
The visual truth, of how you look in your day to day world, is what you see standing two feet back from the mirror.
Incidentally, our mirror image of our self is actually a reversed image of our physical body. We can never see our true self in the mirror as others see us face to face in the real world. The key to healthy observation in the mirror, is to look at out entire self, not just the point of reference of obsession, but the entire self.
The truth is, it's usually good!
We live in a media-virtual world that can lend to dysmorphic thinking about our appearance and lead to obsessing about little things, such as perceived large pores, a lip line that is perceived as not full enough,or a line between the brows that is perceived to be sooo deep or eyes that are too small, too big too wide...... It's endless, self flagellating, crippling self criticism. And usually unfounded criticism, that simply is not true.
Self criticism in a healthy dose can be the motivation to start healthier habits (like running), giving up nasty vices (like smoking), getting a new hair cut ('cause you feel like it) going grey, (why not) or to finally give up the organ squeezing corset (because breathing freely is great!)
To all my younger clients under the age of 35. One day soon, you will develop Presbyopia. You will need reading glasses.When that time comes everything up close is out of focus. You wont be able to see your BBF's lines clearly and she wont be able to see yours. It's natures trick to soften the way as we age. Trust me, your 80 year old self is going to swoon over your 25 year self.
So next time you are in the magnifying mirror and examining your face, don't fret. Duly note what you see, but then take a reality check. Fluff your hair, powder your nose, check your teeth, a little brow powder, then step back two feet from the mirror. Your looking just fine for the world to see.