Prompt question of the day: At what point in life did you stop trying to look older? At what point in life did you start trying to look younger? If neither are true, talk about looking your age.
Unfortunately ageing is a constant thing, it’s not a process we can halt, it’s not something we have any control over – as Brian Molko sang “since I was born, I started to decay“. Ageing can have such a terrible influence on us, we can become obsessed with staying youthful…people can go to extreme lengths to appear as flawless as they perceived themselves to have been when they were younger.
The media bombard us daily with airbrushed images that we all feel we should be reflecting in our own looks, they speak of acid peels, baby food diets, expensive creams (that have the same ingredients in them as the cheaper brands), statistics that may have been yanked from the air for all we really know. They tell us we need to be primped and preened to within inches of our lives, we need to be tango orange, that dragon eggs stop wrinkles! Really, we know it’s all bullshit, but we read and listen anyway.
I’ve grown up in a family in which the females concern themselves (an awful lot) with appearances – spray tans, make-up, anti-ageing creams, make-up, manicures, make-up, pedicures, make-up, dyeing their hair (blonde mostly), make-up, dieting, etc etc etc. As you can imagine, they didn’t react particularly well when they found me toy fighting in mud or climbing trees (*ahem* last week *ahem*). I’m not one to religiously get a spray tan (as I mentioned before, the skin medication I have means I can’t use them), I don’t get manicures or pedicures (my nails are fine as is!), I refuse to dye my hair (I’m happy as a brunette), I’m too much of a foodie to diet (I’m also a UK 8-10) and make-up I use sparingly (despite having quite the talent for matching and applying quirky eye-shadows).
I get the feeling I was switched at birth!
I do however wear an SPF 30 suncream everyday (again – this is on the doctors advice due to the skin treatment), I wear a thick skin cream with oils (Rosehip mostly) at night and a light moisturiser during the day.
I don’t do it to look younger, I do it because my skin needs a bit of extra care…I don’t worry too much about looking old. So I have a few little lines next to my eyes when I laugh…that’s all I have – who doesn’t? I’m 27 years old, skin ageing is just going to occur whether I like it or not – regardless of what companies say, I don’t believe any cream, face peel or potion will stop wrinkles from happening. I’m also stating now that I’ll refuse to have botox for aesthetic reasons, I can’t rule out never using it just because it is now a treatment for migraines (of which mine are still not controlled).
Another reason I don’t worry too much about ageing is because I still get asked for ID, not just for alcohol (legal age 18 but to check if you look under 25) but also for lottery tickets (which is a 16) – ID checks aren’t mandatory in the UK, it’s the perception of the server that determines this.
I think there is way too much fuss and pressure on women to look younger, I really do. That said, to all those worrying about their “ageing” looks, here are some fabulously beautiful women (over the age of 50!) to snaffle as role models:
Dame Helen Mirren (current age 67)
Emma Thompson (current age 53)
Dame Maggie Smith (current age 77)
I’m following my mum’s advice – “you’re only as old as you feel”…strangely she feels 18 and I feel 24!
PS – Today is Ally’s (@sempaigirl) birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLY!
(How cool is that cake by the way?)
I also think a funny song is in order today so pin back your ears for: