by C. Mirriam Pascual
“Don’t let Age control your life. Let life control your age.” – A.D. Williams
When I read this quote by A.D. Williams I thought of the many women I know who are terrified of growing old. In my mind the only alternative to not grow old is to die young. That alternative is not as pleasing and welcoming to those that don’t want to age. I think by making the best of your life and living each stage to its fullest then getting old will not be a threat.
In recent years Latinas are growing more and more concerned about aging and are trying everything to stop the process. Anti-wrinkle creams and other similar products are heavily marketing the largest growing group in America (Latinas) and we are willingly falling prey. If only it were the creams and products that were targeting Latinas with their anti-ageing campaign maybe this would not be so bad. But it seems our culture has changed, it now equates old with ugly and ageing with undesirable — a place no women should go. Whatever happened to all the dignified ladies that grew old and still look fabulous?
Why are we now selling implants, lip and breast augmentations, tummy tucks, liposuctions, Brazilian butt-lifts, rib removal etc.? Why is this considered the quick way to attain eternal youth? Why has it become acceptable and expected for a 50-year-old to have a body of a 20-year-old without having to go to the gym or eat healthfully? We max out our credit cards, take personal loans and go without for a trip to the surgeon.
We have fallen for the hype that there is a way to stop the clock. We have gone so far as insulting our Creator by changing the way that we were made. Don’t misunderstand me I am not condemning, plastic surgery, I think it’s a wonderful science and it offers hope for those that need it. What I am condemning is the thought process that leads us so readily to it. It should not be a solution to an overweight problem. It should not be a solution to getting a job and or keeping a job. It should not be a solution to keeping a man, and it definitely should not be the solution to staying 20 forever.
This is a touchy subject to discuss, but having daughters and working with women it boggles my mind how we are so accepting of the new process and what we are teaching the future generations. Why aren’t we teaching young ladies how to take care of themselves by eating well, exercising and leading a healthy lifestyle instead of selling them on having a Barbie physique and a permanent surprise on their faces? It seems that it has become acceptable to alter yourself to the point of being deformed but unacceptable to age.
Looking at the statistics cosmetic surgeries are starting at a younger age and you can now get Botox at the dentist. While I was a patient in a surgery ward in 1993 (for a non-elective surgery, one that would determine if I would walk again) my roommate was a 15-year-old who had a breast augmentation in time for her sixteenth birthday party 6 months later. She had a private nurse and kept me up all night complaining of pain. I tried to feel pity but my anger at her parents prevented me from feeling anything else. I kept thinking were her breasts even developed at fifteen? And, what kind of doctor would operate on a 15 year old to enlarge her breast? I was left with many unanswered questions.
I leave you with some natural Anti-Aging tips:
- Hydrate and eat right: Drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated from the inside out – good nutrition helps the body repair skin.
- Avoid direct sunlight: When the sun’s rays are the strongest (bet. 10am -4pm). If you have to be outside, wear a hat and sunscreen or an anti-aging moisturizer with SPF 15 and both UVB and UVA protection. Damage to the skin from excess or unprotected sun exposure causes wrinkles and an uneven skin tone, and worst case of all skin cancer.
- Use of anti-aging products. (Advice for women over 50) Anti-aging creams and lotions can enhance natural beauty by rejuvenating your skin. Look for products with Pentapeptides that help prompt skin cells to produce more collagen, which is the support structure that gives skin a firmer look. Never ever forget the moisturizer.
- Exercise: Your body needs to move and muscles need to be worked, especially the heart.
- Don’t Smoke: It has been proven that smoking prematurely ages your skin
The best advice I can give is live your life as fully as you can and allow yourself to age gracefully. Remain at peace and happy. This translates into beauty and it radiates from the inside out no matter what age.