Embracing Aging...

Truth be told - we would all love to look the way we did in our 20's (as for you folks in your 20's - lap it up!!).  Each day, we are sold on the importance of looking younger.   Seeing celebrities having had plastic surgery or procedures to help keep them looking younger, influences our views on aging.   Some celebrities are realizing the beauty and grace in aging and are fighting back.  They  have chosen to look great - non-invasively.   They  eat well, exercise, mediate, and use proper skin care.  Most admit to gentle non-invasive treatments such as microdermabrasion, skin peels and regular facials.  

Susan Sarandon is 65 and is looking great.  (Remember when 65 meant sitting in a rocking chair and knitting booties all day?)  She has not had any invasive treatments performed - thus far.  She has instead adopted a healthy lifestyle.  She eats food rich in anti-oxidants, has cut back on carbs, exercises and takes her vitamins.  She also favours microdermabrasion treatments regularly and slathers on sunscreen.

Kim Cattrall is now 55 and still looking sensationally sexy!  She has admitted to using Botox but refuses plastic surgery.  She speaks about being faithful with her skin care regime and "scrubbing" often.

It's not easy when the reflection in the mirror starts to look tired, sullen, dehydrated,  and/or wrinkled - but if you are taking care of your body and your skin - that reflection begins to look healthy, happy and absolutely beautiful - wrinkles and all.  Defying age, doesn't mean turning back the clock 20 years, it means looking GREAT at whatever age.

My personal take - I feel it is important to always look your best - naturally.  This doesn't mean a ton of make up or treatments or dressing up each day.  To me this means, looking in the mirror and still seeing me - with a glow and a smile - looking healthy.  This means drinking water, eating healthy, having a positive attitude and loving life.   I will (OF COURSE!)  try new non-invasive procedures that I know do not have horrible side effects.  But most importantly  I will love myself.  Look my best (even in my sweats).  Feel good.  Be Confident (always a work in progress).  Know who I am - wife, mother, daughter, friend, business owner.  I have come to terms with getting older and in turn I have become nicer to those under 30.  ;)

Take a look at a few celebs that are avoiding the knife:
Kate Beckinsale is put off by the surgically enhanced people who surround her in Hollywood and wants to age like her mother has - and look real.
Julianne Moore says she won't ever go under the knife.
Julia Roberts, now 44, spoke out about Botox and told Elle magazine,"I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy and when I'm confounded."
Teri Hatcher, in response to Roberts' comment, posted pics on facebook of herself in a towel, fresh out of the shower.  Telling women "You are BEAUTIFUL".

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