6. Is Her Belief Of Face Yoga A Viable Alternative To Artificial Enhancement?
Face yoga had a viral YouTube moment this past year when different companies produced a slew of videos featuring beautiful producers and beauty editors participating in hilarious squash and stretch exercises meant to reduce the signs of aging. Like weird Japanese beauty products, face yoga is meant to treat the muscles in our faces to reduce the effects of age. This means toning muscle and firming the skin. While we all know somebody who’s indulged in their fair share of Botox, it really does seem like face yoga is a promising complement or alternative to receiving injections. Gwyneth Paltrow favors a face-yogi from Rhode Island named Gary Sikorski, writing that his “exceptionally smooth skin and defined jawline belie his sixty years.” Goop also quotes Dr. Murad Alam, who explains how face yoga is meant to work: “The primary mechanism is growth of the small muscles of the face, but it’s possible that a collagen boost may also occur.” Sikorski contends that the best way to maintain a firm, youthful face is avoiding sun exposure, drinking, and smoking. ABC News Australia also cited Dr. Alam, explaining that the evidence suggesting the functionality of face yoga was promising. The best part? The internet is littered with face yoga tutorials. If you’re curious about whether or not it works, try it for yourself.
5. This Actually Makes Sense: Some Stress Is Good Stress
If there’s one thing we can agree with Gwyneth on, it’s that certain stressful experiences can be beneficial. Gwyneth’s interview on Goop with Dr. Doni Wilson breaks down the benefits of a healthy level of stress at the cellular level, right down to the mitochondria. While stress induced by lack of sleep or a diet high in sugar can be detrimental to the body, speeding up aging and furnishing illness, most people operate at an optimal level of stress that isn’t too high or too little. Psychology Today explains that exposure to certain kinds of stress, like negative experiences, can help our bodies better manage future stress, writing “experiencing some manageable stressors, with recovery in between, can make us more mentally and physically tough and less reactive to future stress.”
Citing research done at UCLA, Psychology Today says, “people who had experienced a bit of adversity were the least affected by recent stressful life events.”
Why? There are many theories. Exposure to stressors can make us more confident with stress management and make us less likely to fear change. People who do not experience stress may be averse to taking risks or experiencing change. Goop’s Dr. Wilson says that stressors can be managed with clean eating, adequate sleep, exercise, and remedies for stress reduction – whatever that means to you. If you believe in the healing and relaxing power of crystals, more power to you. We agree with Psychology Today’s conclusion: The research does, in fact, suggest that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
4. Gwyneth Knows: Being Young Is Hard
Feeling like you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing in the world is common. Whether it’s imposter syndrome, mercury retrograde, or a quarter-life crisis, there’s something about being young in our current climate that lends itself to struggle. There are a number of reasons for this: Late-stage capitalism rendering our economy a confusing mess, social media causing us to shop blindly and compare ourselves to each other incessantly. Our constant exposure to each other’s activities, achievements, and thoughts has rendered our ability to measure success to be a burden. In the Goop podcast, Gwyneth Paltrow says that while she won an Oscar at the age of 26, she didn’t feel like she deserved to win. Many of her detractors agreed with her, and following her Oscar, her career as an actress fluctuated. In an essay published by Goop by Satya Doyle Byock, the author decries the lack of structure that follows a life once defined by school and measurable academic achievements. Byock writes, “Unfortunately, our culture tends to teach us that the course of life is like the bar graph of a Ponzi scheme: Only growth! Success!”, capturing the disillusionment we all feel when we’re not reaching our expected milestones. The takeaway? This feeling is normal, and you’re not alone. Your late teens and 20s are a time for growth, but being in the midst of it can feel surreal. We know you’re doing your best, and more importantly, so does Gwyneth.