Get rid of the magnifying mirror. It only exaggerates the size of pores and pimples. If you cannot see that stray eyebrow hair in a regular mirror, others can’t see it either.
Praise positive attributes aloud as you gaze at your image — “My eyes look kind” or “My cheeks are naturally rosy.” Note how a smile improves your looks and spirits.
Change what you can. If an old hairdo no longer flatters, ask your stylist for suggestions… visit a cosmetics counter for a free makeup lesson. Even better: Put your efforts into changes that improve health — toning muscles, losing weight.
Focus on experiences and interests in social situations. Talking about your trip to Alaska or a friend’s favorite charity keeps you from obsessing about your appearance.
Accept compliments graciously. When a friend says your dress is lovely, don’t ask, “Does it make me look fat?” Say: “Thank you.”
Talk to a therapist. Body dysmorphia is an irrational preoccupation with minor physical flaws. Uncovering its root cause (a perfectionist parent, a secret shame) helps you learn to love yourself — wrinkles and all.