Celebrating the Beauty that Comes with Age
The beauty that comes with age should be celebrated rather than disparaged. Aging is the most natural process in the world. It happens to every person, animal, and plant and it is happening constantly. Nobody gets younger, we all simply get older. And even that term, “getting older,” is considered dirty, and like something that should be avoided at all costs. In a society obsessed with youth, growing old can feel like becoming the opposite of what you’re supposed to be when in reality, you’re just following the natural progression of life. So if you’re struggling with accepting your age or someone you love needs help with coping, here are some tips for celebrating the beauty that comes with age.
See the beauty in it
You’ve been conditioned, as we all were, to see wrinkles, sagging skin and gray hair as ugly and unappealing. But have you ever asked yourself why? What is so horrendously bad about age marks? Actually, it’s nothing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with any way your body looks. Your fine lines soften your face and give you a gentle look, and fluffy gray hair makes all of your features stand out (remember, young women across the globe are paying good money to dye their hair gray for fashion). There is beauty in your age marks, and as soon as you start to accept them, the better you will feel about yourself, and more importantly – opinions of others won’t be able to get you down.
Take care of your body
The problem that most commonly appears with older people is that they keep themselves looking young and in shape while they are working, and as soon as they retire, they “let themselves go”, or simply stop putting in the extra effort. This can rapidly change the way you look, and it is this shock that mostly bothers people.
And this isn’t to say that you should stop caring for yourself before you retire to lessen the shock, nor that you need to keep yourself looking young forever. By doing certain things after you retire, you will make the transition seem less of a big deal, both to yourself and your environment.
You can use natural anti-aging skincare products that will ease you into older age gently, as well as products for your hair to make sure that while it grows gray, it doesn’t lose its quality. Good nutrition is also key because it will help you stay active and healthy for a long time. Taking care of yourself helps the beauty that comes with age manifest even longer.
This isn’t always possible and there is a plethora of reasons why someone would require assistance in their everyday life, but simply “growing old” shouldn’t be one of them. If you’re wondering how staying independent is connected to how you feel about your beauty, it’s because both of them come from your own state of mind. If you start needing help with everything, you will feel like your worth is diminishing, just like it seems with your looks. But if you stay active and do everything you can by yourself, you’ll be in a much better place mentally and you’ll feel better about yourself. Staying independent is as easy as doing everything you can by yourself and not asking for help before you really need it.
Start talking about it
Whenever people feel ashamed of something, they tend to turn away from it and not openly discuss it. But if people are ashamed of talking about how they are getting old and the things they find beautiful about it, we’ll never open a conversation and move past the stereotypes. So don’t be afraid to share what you think about your beauty that comes with age in casual conversation, and call out people who are saying that older women cannot be beautiful, or that they are only beautiful if they retain their youthful features.
A good place to start is with your family and friends. Tell them openly what are the things that you like about yourself and the things that you’re “forbidden” from liking because it goes against the rules of society. Encourage them to compliment you with more than just “you look so much younger” and to give compliments that reflect your real age.
If you don’t have any other motivation, you are old enough to be able to not care about what other people think, so start loving yourself and be completely unapologetic about it! Gather your friends and celebrate the beauty that comes with age.
About the Author
Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she reads mystery novels and makes plans for her next trip. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 3, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway.