Mar. 31, 2019

SPOON-FEED YOUR SKIN; IRON YOUR FACE.

I enjoy restoring beautiful items…long-ago items like vases, lamps, even embroidered pillowcases…beautiful treasures that have been chipped, broken, or simply packed away for so long they need a little refreshing and ironing.

 People are also beautiful treasures that…over time… suffer a few “chips or breaks; a few damages “here-and-there” that deserve refreshing.  That’s why I created SILVER POLISHE for people—like us—who are maturing—agelessly—but still need a little “buffing and polishing”.  I believe in updating people with a few reminders to: straighten up, pull-um-up while offering some encouraging words about artfully “removing or hiding” everything that dulls our SILVER.

Age does not and should not DICTATE how we look or how we feel.  I don’t care about the numbers that state how many birthdays I’ve had BUT I do care about some computer or machine shoving me into a category based on my age.  I want to be judged for how I live every day as an individual…NOT defined by some age group I’ve been assigned!

So, now that I’ve laid the groundwork for why I believe in SILVER POLISHE and why I’m such an advocate for “packaging” one’s self with classic elegance...on a budget with little or no money.

I learned about “ironing” my face while living in Atlanta, Georgia. I watched a makeup artist who was demonstrating a new moisturizer at Macy’s Clinique Counter, use the spoon trick on an older model and…I immediately rushed home to try the technique on myself.  I didn’t use the expensive moisturizer she was promoting but, instead, used coconut oil.

The procedure is simple. It’s like ironing your place mats or your favorite shirt.  Sure it takes a little time, but it’s very effective:

  1. Start with a clean, dry face.  I like to pin my hair back so nothing is a distraction. Lightly apply moisturizer to your face or…if you dare…try using very-small amounts of coconut oil.

  2. Fill a cup with hot water. Make sure the water is hot but not boiling. Place a silver or silver-plate teaspoon (silver adds the weight you need-- never use aluminum or plastic) in the cup for only four or five minutes.  You don’t want the teaspoon to be so hot it will burn your skin.

  3. Remove the spoon… lay it on your face with its “bowl” facing outward and-- begin using the pointed area of the spoon to slowly press---as you move upward--- (always upward) from the corners of your mouth to the corners of your nose. You can use your free hand to “hold” your skin in-place.  “Iron” those corners several times before moving to the wrinkles that usually “take root” on your forehead….you know… the ones that start at your inner eyebrows and move upward.  These are the wrinkles that almost-always distract from a normally-young and happy face.

  4. By now, the water is lukewarm and the spoon almost cold so…fill the cup with hot water again, put in the spoon, pat on a little more moisturizer then, after testing the spoon’s temperature…try it on your upper neck, just below the jawline.

    Everyone’s face is different and…everyone has specific wrinkles, scars, or skin flaws that bother them more than others. Just remember…the spoon is meant to “iron” your skin.  Just like your steam iron, you are using the spoon to iron the wrinkles away.  You must have heat, a strong and firm utensil like the spoon, and the moisturizer will act as the steam. 

    I don’t iron my face and neck every day. Instead, I iron when I see a need and when I have a special event on my calendar.  For instance: April 25 at 3pm, I’m speaking at the Friends of the Library’s “Wine and Cheese with the author” event. I’ll be sharing highlights from my book, “THE BEAUTY QUEEN” so I’ll probably make time to “spoon-feed” my face on April 23 or the 24th.  After all, if it makes me feel better about the face I present…I’m sure it will boost my confidence and help my oral presentation.

    Tomorrow, I’ll continue our “spoon-fest” by sharing what I know about spooning-away the bags and droopy under-eye skin that too-often distracts from our pretty eyes.  These puffy areas are almost impossible to “doctor” with makeup so….let’s try spooning them out-of-existence. We can also work on enlarged pores, using the same technique. So... same time, same place, tomorrow--dear friends! 

    Stay Close,

    Sally