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On Beauty and Aging

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On Beauty and Aging

“…Attractiveness is about being the best possible you at the age you are.  Rather than trying to look younger, accept and embrace your age.  The challenge is that it takes more dedication to look good as one ages.  It’s also about feeling positive and grateful to be able to live life to the fullest.  Beauty fades, but attractiveness, to me, is something every woman can obtain” – Bronwyn Cosgrave, former features editor of Vogue, author, and curator

 

We can’t turn back the clock.  But I believe that we dont need to be young to be beautiful.  We can’t stop time, but we can use it to shape ourselves into the best possible version of ourselves, today.

I made significant changes to my body in my 20’s through dancing ballet, and to my chronic acne through the treatments I currently perform and products I recommend.  “Consistency is the key to change” I used to tell myself, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”…and it’s true.  We can be better today than we were yesterday if we just keep coming back and applying ourselves…the secret is vision and dedication.  Because of this kind of work on myself I feel more attractive now than I did in my 20’s, though I may not be as young.  It’s taken time for me to really understand and appreciate the way I look, and to make the best of myself.

Beauty to me is about making the most of what you’ve got.   As we age we stop trying to be what advertising etc tell us to be, as we know who we are, and what suits us.  We grow more comfortable in our own skin, and this is much more beautiful than trying to look like airbrushed ideals presented to instill us with insecurity in our appearance, so that we might buy the newest latest fad, feeling that beauty is “outside” us.

Some may think that the way we feel about how we look is superficial…I would challenge them to suffer from severe acne for a day.  The effects are obviously profound.  Not looking how you feel inside is a burden I understand, and work hard to relieve.  Conversely, when we feel confident about how we look we act more confident, and feel better.  And the very act of taking care of ourselves sends a message of self worth, which is beautiful.

The feeling of waking up in the morning with no makeup and being satisfied with what you see is a great feeling.  Being able to go to the beach and lie in the sun and not feel self conscious about your skin is another…  It’s about how you feel about yourself.  Do you feel like you on a “good” day or a “bad”?  The little things, like your skin, can mean so much.  What I suggest is let’s think ahead. Let’s use each day as an opportunity to challenge ourselves into a better state of being, creating a better version of ourselves tomorrow.  This is what today’s treatments are about.  We will not only look better, but feel better…and this is how to be beautiful, at any age.

 

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