When people find out my actual age, usually in pure disbelief, I’m often asked what my secret is to having such great skin. I’m 42-years-old and a busy working mum, and at present I have no wrinkles and am often told I look no older than my late 20s. To be honest, I don’t have a lot of ‘secrets’ nor have I had anything ‘done’. But I do feel I have a consistent lifestyle that promotes healthy living, and a more youthful appearance.
Since I’m involved in the beauty industry as a commercial model, TV presenter and also a journalist/blogger who writes on various issues, I have come across numerous words for those in my age bracket and beyond that I’m not a huge fan of such as anti-aging, age-defying or ‘ageing backwards’.
Recently I was in a discussion about those terms during a TV training on a beauty product. We all agreed that you cannot physically turn back a clock and everyone ages. Everyone. But some do it better than others and it’s usually not because of one thing such as skincare or exercise. It’s a holistic approach. So that is why I chose ‘Aging Beautifully’ as the title of this column. I want to share some of the things I do and have researched to encourage a healthy, sustainable lifestyle and regime that promotes an approach to aging that is positive yet limits damage to the body and skin. Topics will range from everything of beauty products, diet, exercise along with self-care for the soul, a lifestyle of creativity and altruistic living. I want to write about tips, products and then my own personal choices and habits.
I’m a big fan of Audrey Hepburn, not just because of her classic beauty but also because of her deep commitment to social justice. I think who she was as a person, both inside and out, is a great role model. She once said with enthusiasm, “And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!”.
This sums up my personal goal. I hope this column inspires women no matter their age, profession or season in life to learn more of the meaning of ‘Aging Beautifully’.