Can You Be Wrinkle-Free
Yes, you can!
If your skin is like Dazzle, a leading wrinkle-free fabric. But then you would look like Valdemort, the evil sorcerer in the famed Harry Potter series.
Hyperbole aside, I have seen a lot of women looking like Valdemort after several facial skin stretches to remove their wrinkles.
Otherwise, you can’t be wrinkle-free without going against the natural laws of aging.
As we age our skin gets thinner, drier, less elastic, and loses its ability to protect itself from the damage through personal factors like diet and stress, and natural factors, like the UV-rays from the sun.
But are wrinkles bad? Are they reasons for concern? Should you lose some sleep over a few lines on your face and hands?
Not Gwyneth Paltrow.
In an interview with the Stylist magazine, she said, “I know it’s a cliché, but I really do subscribe to the ‘age gracefully thing.’ You can fight it to a degree, but I accept the beauty of being a grown woman and the wisdom that comes with it. I’d rather die than be studying my face.”
Of course if you have a face like Ms. Paltrow, you don’t study it. You don’t do
anything to alter it, harm it, or destroy its beauty. But you do have to take care of it.
Beautiful or not, however, a lot of people don’t share her attitude towards wrinkles. They think wrinkles can be removed, minimized, disguised or hidden beneath a thick layer of makeup that does more harm than good – if not make them look like circus clowns.
Cosmetics and beauty care companies love them, however. They are responsible for the industry to rake in billions of revenues each year. In fact, anti-wrinkle companies earned a whopping $ 2.05 billion in sales in 2015.
But are all these money worth it? Should you spend a fortune to get rid of your wrinkles?
Does vanity have to be this expensive? Do mainstream seniors consider wrinkles a major issue in their lives?
What concerns most Seniors:
Most seniors take wrinkles as the least of their age-related worries they face every single day of their lives.
In a non-scientific survey of 28,000 elderly people, it was found out that they are most concerned with:
o 33%, inability to take care of themselves;
o 20%, losing their mental abilities,
o 16%, suffer from illnesses;
o 7%, looking old and wrinkly.
And what is more important to them are:
o 60%, keeping strong and healthy;
o 25%, mentally sharp;
Where do you stand?
If you think you are beginning to look like the withered leaves in autumn, take it with a bit of humor. You are not the only one and maybe your wrinkles are not so bad compared to that of your best friend.
If you want to splurge a fortune to make you look younger than you really are, fine. Just be sure all your other concerns are covered. Hunger or illnesses can make anybody, at any age, look old.
Besides, wrinkles are beautiful. They make you look dignified, wizened, and classy.
Take it from these celebrities.
Celebrities’ take on wrinkles:
o Helen Mirren, 70 yrs old:
“The more those roles change for women in life, the more people get used to that image – seeing an older woman’s face. They become more familiar with it. It’s not uncharted territory, visually, so it’s not such a shock to the system anymore.”
o Diane Keaton, 69 yrs old:
“The more you change, the more you see differently. And the more you see differently, the more you’re open to different kinds of beauty. I think the more we embrace what our own feelings about beauty are, the more fun it’s going to be for us as we go along.”
o Diane Von Furstenberg, 68 yrs old:
“I know that people look at me and wonder why I have not succumbed to the progress of technology. Why have I not frozen or filled in the lines of my forehead? Why have I not clipped the bits of surplus skin on my eyelids […] In my older face, I see my life. Every wrinkle, every smile line, every age spot. There is a saying that with age, you look outside what you are inside. Your wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life. My face reflects the wind and sun and rain and dust from the trips I’ve taken. My face carries all my memories. Why should I erase them?”
My first reaction when I saw little lines and creases on my forehead, at the corners of my eyes, and abdomen was, “Oh, God, I am old.”
But then I thought, “So what? We all age. We all grow old. We all will be wrinkled at some point in time.”
I can’t stop it, neither can you. You can only deal with it.
Jennifer Aniston said, “You know I’ve got wrinkles on my forehead and smile lines, but what’s wrong with that? I love to smile.”
You want to be wrinkle-free? You can’t. But you can smile. People will not notice them if you do.