As we all know our face and body ages as we get older. More lines will appear on the face and your skin may sag. As this happens you have a number of choices:
- You can accept it as it is and don’t pay much attention to it.
- You may invest more time and money in skincare, nutrition, supplements.
- You may consider cosmetic treatments like lasers, botox, fillers and other anti-aging treatments to delay the signs of aging.
- You may undertake invasive cosmetic procedures like a facelift.
I know that quite a few women are conflicted about these choices. So let’s look at how we make these choices. I can only speak from my experience, but I would love to hear your opinion on this as well.
1. Accept the aging process 100% and don’t do anything extra to prevent the signs of aging
I sometimes find myself in this category. I refuse to spend money on expensive creams, hair colouring etc. My money is better spend right? The problem with this stance though, is that after a while I don’t feel good about myself. I have come to accept that as we get older, I will need to spend more time and money on my appearance. People in general expect you to look ‘good’. They will easily make comments about you looking tired, stressed, unhealthy etc. I prefer to be approached with the statement that I look great, so let’s move to the second choice.
2. Spend more time and money on appearance, but don’t do any cosmetic treatments
I have certainly been more picky about anti-aging creams I’m buying now. The choice needs to be more results driven as my skin needs extra help now, to stay toned and firm. I have also started looking at serums, toners and concealers. Dark circles under the eye become more prominent unfortunately, as do inconsistencies. I also pay a lot more attention to the right nutrition and supplements. I will also do exercizes to stay fit and tone the body.
3. Cosmetic procedures like botox, fillers, laser treatments, removal of sunspots etc
If all of the above is not helping anymore or not enough, the next step would be to consider non-invasive treatments like botox, fillers, laser treatments and other cosmetic procedures. To be honest this is something I would never have considered when I was younger. I always thought natural was best. But that was until I was confronted with the very rapid aging of my face. I find that the way I feel, is no longer reflected on my face. If you still feel very young at heart, but your face looks very old, it feels like a mismatch. So in my opinion, if you know that a certain procedure will make you a lot happier and you can afford it, then go for it. Be sure to select a very good doctor though and only do it because YOU want to do it, not because other people told you so.
4. Invasive surgery like plastic surgery or a facelift
This is the most drastic (and most expensive) step of all, as it will involve actual surgery. Personally I would be extremely hesitant to do this. At the moment I don’t think I would ever do this but you never know… Again I think it’s important to really look at your reasons for doing invasive surgery. Would you feel a lot better? Would your daily happiness improve dramatically? Are you doing it purely for yourself or to please other people? In the end it’s up to you. If you feel so much better for looking better, then go for it. Again do some thorough research as to which doctor you choose. You certainly don’t want to take any risks with your health.
How far would you go for beauty? I would love to hear your thoughts.
All the best,