Christie Brinkley. Secrets of Eternal Beauty. Part 1
We all want to be forever young, successful and beautiful. Many women begin to stab botox from a young age … Unfortunately, time can not be stopped. But supermodel Christie Brinkley knows the secrets of eternal youth, which she told in her book “Timeless beauty”. Do not believe me? Look at how Christie Brinkley looks like at 60! She probably knows some beauty tips & secrets.
Change your mind. Christie Brinkley
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In 60 years the supermodel looks better than some young models. Christie Brinkley
Now that we all have our hearts in the right place, let’s talk about the most powerful muscle in your body—your mind! Well, I’m not sure it’s really a muscle per se, but its power to influence our health is truly awesome. The mind-body connection is one of the most potent and woefully underused forces we have at our disposal at all times. But I promise that if you take the time to harness it, you will reap countless rewards. This is something you can work into so many aspects of your life. For example, when I’m exercising, I always reach for the muscle I’m working out and just touch it. My brain tells that muscle, “Hey, we’re focused on making you stronger.” I’ve done this instinctively for years, but there’s some evidence to back up my instinct. Making that connection between your brain and your muscles will actually help you get a more effective workout. You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes!
Words can also influence your health. Your body is always listening to your inner voice, so make sure you are always sending it positive messages. My mom taught me the importance of this early on. When I was just a kid, she would correct me if I ever said the forbidden, “That makes me sick.” She was convinced I could actually make myself sick that way! Same thing with “I can’t.” My mom taught me to say “I choose not to” instead. The point was to reinforce that I had the power to choose and to be in control of those choices. That is how I’ve always tried to live my life—think positive, feel positive. That’s what I’ve tried to teach my children, and it’s exactly the message I hope to convey to you throughout this book.
The power of a smile. Christie Brinkley
If you’ve ever read any interviews with me, you’ll know I always say that my best beauty secret is smiling. And not just for the reason you might think. Sure, someone who’s smiling will always look prettier, happier, and more approachable than someone who is frowning. But the power of a smile goes deeper than that. Research has shown that smiling doesn’t just make you look happy, it actually makes you feel happy. That’s right! No matter what’s going on in your life, if you simply put your lips into a smiling position, it can release enough endorphins (the same feel-good chemicals released when we exercise) to improve your mood. Studies have been done measuring the effects of both genuine and forced smiles. And results show that even those who were faking the happy expression had lower heart rates and reported feeling less stressed than those who weren’t smiling. (So it’s worth faking a smile even when you aren’t feeling it, because soon you will!) Plus, smiling is contagious. As they say, smile and the world smiles with you.
Turns out, frowning can affect your attitude too. Frowning sends signals to your brain that actually depress your mood. In an interesting study, researchers found that Botox can help relieve depression because apparently, if you can’t frown, your body does not signal the release of the downer hormones. (To be clear: I’m certainly not saying you need to get Botox in order to be happy—I’m also not judging you if you do—but just pay attention to your expressions and try to smile much more often than you frown.)
BRIGHTEN UP YOUR SMILE. Christie Brinkley
Keep your smile healthy by getting regular checkups, and by brushing and flossing every day. I like Pepsodent and Crest Pro-Health Whitening toothpastes as a gentle way to keep my pearly whites sparkling. Oral-B makes my favorite toothbrushes, and I always mix it up with different-shaped brushes since some are better at getting to those back teeth and some are kinder to the gums. I also love water picks and toothpicks with the miniature bottle brush on one end.
A positive attitude. Christie Brinkley
So now that we are all smiling, it’s the perfect time to talk about how to cultivate a great attitude to go along with that sexy smile. As far as I’m concerned, there really is nothing more important to health, beauty, and your overall well-being than keeping a positive attitude. It’s a given that everyone will face challenges in their lives, so we may as well learn from our struggles, challenges, and mistakes. You know that expression “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors”? Well, it’s true. You learn so much about yourself and others during tough times. And what really defines us is how we get back up after we fall. I have learned to thank the problems I’ve had for helping me make the acquaintance of a part of me I never knew. “Hello there, strong lady! Nice to meet you! Where’d you come from? Well, your timing is impeccable because I need you right now.” (Isn’t it nice to know you have that strength when you need it?)
There are certainly times during which it’s harder than others to stay positive and find any shred of silver lining. When my parents were ill, it was excruciating for me to see them suffering, and I didn’t really know how to cope with that. When I count my blessings, my family always comes first, and two of my most cherished people were in pain. But I also knew that I needed to be there for my kids (my other blessings). So I would focus on doing what I could for my parents and then go home and appreciate that I had my children and that they were healthy. It was also a reminder that life goes so quickly, and that every day that we have each other and have our health is something to celebrate.
I know a lot of women have also gone through struggles similar to those I had with unhappy marital situations and divorce. It can absolutely drain your energy and feel almost impossible to navigate—especially when there are kids involved. You feel very alone, and having to put on a brave face for your children only increases that sense of isolation. I direct a lot of women to a website called One Mom’s Battle (onemomsbattle.com). Going on there and reading about what others are going through makes you realize you’re not alone, and that no matter what feelings you’re having, you’re not crazy! You can get a lot of community support that way, and even do it anonymously if you prefer. I also believe that laughter with friends is the number one cure-all. When you are going through trying times, don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends. It’s so important!
And I think it’s good to acknowledge that sometimes we can actually find positive motivation in these very negative situations. And that’s not a bad thing! I went through a very public divorce, and when I would read the ugly comments written about me online, it inspired me to really pull myself together and make those naysayers eat their words. For a brief moment, if you need to use something negative to motivate you to do something positive, that’s okay. I say, do whatever it takes to not just lie in bed and feel sorry for yourself. As they always say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” and that’s true as long as you learn from it, grow, and move on to become more empathetic, compassionate, and stronger than ever.
Find some inner peace. Christie Brinkley
Taking good care of yourself—through good times and trying ones—must include time for your spirit too. Meditation is a great example of the power of our mind-body connection. Study after study has found remarkable physical and emotional benefits that can be gained by simply spending a few minutes every day clearing your mind. You can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, sleep better, and even relieve symptoms of conditions like asthma. And you don’t have to get all New Agey in order to do it.
Meditation can be as simple as just sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing for a few minutes. Try to clear your mind, and as it wanders and thoughts come in and out, acknowledge them, but then bring your focus back to your breath. You can count your breaths (inhale on one, exhale on two, and so on) or repeat a word or mantra with every exhale (like “peace” or “love”) to help you stay more focused. I’ve been meditating on and off since I was thirteen, but I must admit, I am not a good dedicated meditator. I am more of what I like to call a “meditation opportunist.” I pull it out in times of trouble, trials, and tribulations, and on bumpy flights! I add Ujjayi breath and hand mudras and it keeps me from grabbing my neighbor’s arm with every bump on the plane. I don’t even care if I look silly doing it, because it really helps me. It is also invigorating when I’m jet-lagged—twenty minutes of meditating is like getting a couple of hours of sleep.
I also believe that you can get many of these same benefits from meditating on the move. In fact, when people have asked me how I’ve dealt with some of the challenges I have been lucky enough to learn from, that is what I tell them. I love to grab a camera and walk around looking for beauty. I find beauty everywhere—from the beach to the woods to the cracks in a city sidewalk! It fills me up with gratitude and joy, so that there’s just no room for negative thoughts to fit in. I am transported by the magic and light, and I literally feel enlightened, both physically and spiritually, by the beauty. There’s a saying: “When you seek beauty in people, and in all things, you will not only find it, you will become it.” I do believe that’s true. And I do believe that comes from having a feeling of gratitude. So since we’re talking beauty secrets here, always remember: a grateful heart is worth a thousand lipsticks!
Christie Brinkley is an idol for many women
Throughout all my good times and bad times—whether I’ve been deliriously happy, totally stressed out, or even downright miserable—I’ve worked really hard to see the glass as more than half full. Most of the time, it’s near to overflowing! Much of my optimism, positivity, and strength comes from being surrounded by my family. My three beautiful children—Alexa Ray, Jack Paris, and Sailor Lee—are my greatest blessings and they bring me my greatest joy. Spending time with them is guaranteed to put a smile on my face!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m constantly posting little quotes and sayings—about 99 percent of which have something to do with an optimistic outlook on life. They’re great little daily reminders to look on the bright side and focus on the many things I have to be grateful for. That’s why I’ve sprinkled them across the pages of this book. If you find a few that speak to you, copy them, and tape them up on your bathroom mirror, fridge, or anywhere else you’ll see and read them often. Because the thing about being positive is that it can be a self-perpetuating phenomenon. The more upbeat you are, the better you’ll feel.
So I guess all this is to say that this book is here to help you feel like the brilliant painter of your own masterpiece, the exciting writer of your own script, the director of your own captivating movie. You’re the star of your own show, and you should look like it!
Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice. Making the healthy choices laid out in this book is a natural part of your vibrant lifestyle, and it will make you feel great and look sensational.
You’re a star — GO SHINE! Christie Brinkley
Continuation of the article you can read here.