As a woman in her 50’s, and a grandmother, people find it hard to believe my age. I’m a social butterfly, and every now and then, you can find me out and about socialising until the wee hours of the morning. Aging is not something I do well. For me personally, mindset has a lot to do with it. Changing your mindset is lot easier said than done. How do you change your mindset so you have a healthier approach to aging? Every time I looked in the mirror, I could see the ravages of time on my face. This didn’t help my mindset. Cosmetic enhancements became the catalyst I needed. When I saw myself more youthful, it naturally gave me a boost, which started to shift my somber mood on aging. That radiated through my interactions with people, my perspective of the world and gave me the motivation to embark on a healthy diet and exercise regime.
Take a look at my before (left) photo below. That photo was taken in 2009. I wasn’t having a great time in my life and it was showing up all over my face. I was aging rapidly. Stress, working long hours, poor diet and health was weighing heavily on all aspects of my life. I was hardly feeling good about myself.
Fast forward to now, and I have more energy and look younger than I did 8 years ago. I started seeing age as something to look forward to. I have more confidence, wisdom and empowerment than ever before. As women in our 50’s, I strongly feel we should be embracing age. I’m not ready to crawl under a rock just yet. Frankly, I don’t think I’ll ever be. I think women in their later years have a lot to share and offer each other and collectively. It’s tough. Physical appearance plays a huge part in our society.
Living a full life for me has meant embracing my age, feeling comfortable in my skin and utilising all resources available to remain in that mindset. I want to live life fully and that mindset I’ll retain in my 50’s 60’s 70’s and beyond.
Using non-invasive cosmetic treatments has helped boost my confidence, my emotional and physical well-being. I wanted to look more youthful, but without it appearing obvious. The number one criteria is always achieving natural looking results for me. In all my years in this field of work, I’ve not had one client request results that everyone is going to notice.
Some people ask, “Don’t you have to do these treatments all the time, once you start?” The analogy I use is “it’s like a purchasing a car. You don’t drive around in it for years and not service it. It’s eventually going to break down. So it’s the same with our physical body and aging.”
Treatment planning can save you money in the long run. A complete treatment plan can take one week to six months, and sometimes a little longer depending on what aging factors need to be reversed and of course, your budget. For me it was a six month process. The dermal fillers for my cheeks, tear troughs, lips, marionette lines and volume loss around my chin, were achieved fairly quickly. The popply chin was also a speedy result, achieved with a little muscle relaxant and filler in the chin crevice. Dermal fillers provide immediate results, which I love. Muscle relaxants kick in seven to ten days. The skin texture and pigmentation took a little longer. I used lightening creams for approximately three weeks, and then treated my skin with Limelight IPL – a laser that targets pigment, sun damage, freckles, age and sun spots. I had four treatments spaced a month apart. The single Pearl fractional laser resurfacing treatment did wonders for improving my skin tone, texture and having fresh new skin motivates you to maintain your skin.
These days, I keep an eye on my face and top up with a muscle relaxant every six months, depending on the area. I’ll use one ml of filler and top up lips and any other areas every nine to twelve months. Cheeks are generally twelve to eighteen months, I continually stimulate collagen with the Triad Medical Facial, which deeply cleanses, exfoliates, lightly resurfaces, and uses the advanced Laser Genesis. A no-downtime, collagen stimulating laser, which also targets redness. I’ll do this every two months. It keeps my skin fresh, plump, bright and youthful.
I use vitamin A, C and an anti aging peptide and SPF every day, and wear very little makeup. My eyebrows and upper eyeliner have been tattooed. A light brush over with a SPF powder foundation, mascara and lipstick and I’m off feeling good and optimistic than ever about life in my 50’s.