I have a question for y’all: How do you plan on aging: Naturally? Gracefully? With as much augmentation as needed? Or do you agree that wrinkles show the world who you are?
Jane Fonda addressed aging and beauty in her 2018 HBO documentary, which I highly recommend, Jane Fonda in Five Acts. She said that as much as she admires actors like Vanessa Redgrave or Helen Mirren who show off their aged skin like a badge of honour, she just couldn’t age that way. Fonda admitted she turned to cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery to make the aging process easier.
Skin care technology today far exceeds what our mothers and grandmothers used (i.e. Vaseline, olive oil, Nivea). Now 20 year olds get fillers and 30 year olds have preventive Botox — and these treatments don’t come cheap. Even if you don’t opt for clinical augmentation, high quality exfoliants, toners, and creams cost money. By 2024, the global skin care market is estimated to be 180 billion U.S. dollars. Taking care of your skin, and health in general, requires funds. So remember that when you say you’re low maintenance.
Wrinkles stand for our life, says Dario Tartaglini, a cosmetic surgeon from Milan via @vogue. In a 2012 article, he described what different types of wrinkles mean:
• Vertical wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes or the lips require negative emotional expressions such as frowning or anger 😠
• Crow’s feet with horizontal patterns are related to expressions of joy, laughter, surprise and “mark” the face in a pleasant way 😊
Do you have happy or angry wrinkles? Does it even matter? Are wrinkles life, or are they just an obstacle in the way of your beauty?
If you are still determining your stance on the matter, I will leave you with this quote attributed to Coco Chanel👒:
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty.
Life shapes the face you have at thirty.
But at fifty you get the face you deserve👠