Happy birthday and welcome to your mid to late thirties! Here’s to a year of tweezing, failing eye sight, acne and embarrassing Groupons. At least we’re all in it together. What do teenage boys and women in their mid-thirties have in common? Acne and their first facial hair…this may sound like the punch line of a cruel joke, but unfortunately it’s true! We’re not sure if it’s turning thirty-five or becoming a mother of two that’s the tipping point, but you’re going to have to step up your game going forward. We know it’s disappointing that you can’t walk out the door without wearing makeup anymore, but if you do, instead of looking like a fresh-faced twenty-something you’ll look more like a haggard old broad. There is a reason they typically don’t use thirty-five year olds as swimsuit models. Not that there’s anything wrong with looking your age, but if you’re trying to look and feel your best, there will be some daily maintenance required from this point on. Warning: At the very point in your life when you don’t have time for daily maintenance, it will become a necessity. Below are your two options for how to handle growing old gracefully. You either step up your game to combat the signs of aging or you let yourself go. The choice is yours!
Most of my friends and I are unwilling to go to very far with all of the daily maintenance required to actually look like a million bucks. Plus, most of us are unwilling to foot the pricey bill. On the other hand, there are some obvious things you can do that won’t break the bank, will help your appearance and you can get most of the supplies at your local Walgreens. We feel these steps are worth a shot. If you choose to step up your game, it will make a difference by extending the amount of years you look youthful, but at some point your age will catch up with you and so will the plastic surgery and Botox. In this case you will end up looking like Exhibit A. The Crazy Cat Lady. If you choose to let yourself go, you will end up looking like Exhibit B. The Other Crazy Cat Lady! Damned if you do, damned if you don’t! At least Crazy Cat Lady Exhibit B. has her own action figure and this look comes completely free of charge. Grey hair it is!
All joking aside, I have found it is the women who are the happiest and try to look their best regardless of whether they are 40, 50 or 60 are the ones who actually do. Trying to look your best at every age doesn’t mean you’re trying to look the youngest. It means that you do the very best you can with what you’re working with. Accentuate the positive, strive to be healthy and let the rest go. No need for women to be so hard on themselves. Instead, choose acceptance without defeat and enjoy life. If letting your hair go grey makes you happy, then go for it. If dying your hair makes you feel better about your appearance, that’s OK too. Bottom line, there is nothing more attractive than a woman who is smiling and happy. Except for a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, but what are you gonna do 🙂