A preoccupation with anti-aging

February 25, 2008

by Jennifer Gallus

I’m always on the lookout for anti-aging hints, advice, and products. I’m kind of like a dog scavenging for crumbs on the floor – I eat up any tidbits of anti-aging information greedily, quickly, and incessantly.

One hint I recently read was that face products containing mushrooms are the newest age-defying craze. Mushrooms are said to be rich in antioxidants and decrease inflammation that can lead to wrinkling and a loss of firmness of the skin.

This new discovery almost makes me want to buy some ‘shrooms, mash them up in a bowl, and smear them all over my face like a kid eating cake at their first birthday. However, I am not that desperate, yet, but I will be on the lookout for these new products.

Another hint, I heard awhile ago, is the use of silk pillow cases to help with minimizing friction of your face on the pillow at night. I tried this and it was annoying.

My pillow kept sliding up to the headboard of the bed, which is something that I find undesirable. We all have our quirks, don’t we?

I also heard that you should sleep flat on your back so that you’re not smashing your face into the pillow all night and causing wrinkles. Well, that’s where I draw the line. Our vanity should not dictate what position we choose to get a good night’s rest.

The list of anti-aging hints, secrets, and products that we can get our mitts on today is quite long. I wonder if women, or men, 50 to 100 years ago worried about wrinkles the way we do today.

I’m guessing no. They had much more on their plates to worry about like food, health, work, and family.

Today, just about every need is at our disposal, which can be a good thing and a bad thing.


On the first day of Lent, my boys and I were talking on the way home from school about what we were going to give up for the next 40 days.

My 8-year-old said computer games and “not listening.” I thought those were pretty good.

My 7-year-old said “Popcorn, but I can still have popcorn bars!” (I had just made some the day before).

I’m giving up pop to which both boys groaned “Ohh!”

A few days later, I forgot how my one son had given up popcorn and I made some as we were watching a movie. I set a bowl in front of him and he said, “I gave up popcorn – wait does this have butter on it?” I said “Yes.” He said, “Oh, then I can have it because I gave up PLAIN popcorn!”