Embracing Positive Ageing
"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
No matter what date is on your birth certificate, chances are you remember a time when things were just a little simpler in the beauty department. From a very young age, women are held to rigid beauty standards that follow them all the way to grave and its easy feel like the majority of our lives are spent trying to slow down a process with a mind of its own: Ageing.
The longer we’re alive, the harder we have to work to keep our bodies functioning, but that doesn’t mean the value of our bodies has decreased! In fact, the exact opposite has occurred. Our bodies have been trained to do what is important to us.
We may not be able to run around our backyard for hours like a 6-year old, but then most 6-year-olds can’t play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano, or delicately whip up a perfect mousse. It takes years, sometimes even lifetimes, to train our bodies to perform certain tasks and that’s something to be celebrated!
“Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!” ~Ingrid Bergman
The truth is, our bodies were designed with an internal clock. As we age, our cells lose the ability to regenerate and are, therefore, more susceptible to disease. This phenomenon is most apparent in our skin. On average, our skin cells regenerate 60 times before the telomeres protecting their DNA erode and cause them to stop replicating (that’s when wrinkles and other signs of aging come into play).
Of course, we have some power to slow this degeneration by caring for our skin — keeping it hydrated and protected from the sun and using gentle products that help nourish and protect, like Essence of Humanity’s skincare line.
Eventually, though, the years begin to show on all of us. When that happens, we can either cover ourselves with shame or wear our age with pride. Ageing is an internal journey that is reflected in our external body. We must know ourselves to find satisfaction in the way we look at every stage of life.