The August issue of Vogue has a disturbing article on how women are starting their anti-aging regimens younger and younger — long before they have any wrinkles or even the hint of any.
According to the article, women aged 19-34 account for 18% of of those getting non-surgical treatments (Botox, lasers, filler) in the U.S. These women are seeking “preventative” measures — dealing with wrinkles before they appear.
The irony of this is that these women actually often end up looking older, rather than younger. You’ve probably noticed this trend with Hollywood actresses: 20 year olds who look like they’re 35. Hello, Lindsay Lohan, I’m looking directly at you.
In general, however, more women are getting stuff done to their faces and the result is often not good — tight skin, puffy lips, cheeks that look like marshmallows. Honestly, these women look plastic; more like Barbie dolls than living breathing females. Madonna, now I’m looking at you.
I find this to be really sad. What kind of society do we live in when the natural processes of aging are fought tooth and nail? I understand that no one wants to look old, but can we not accept that we will age and that it’s just part of life? Can we not look at women of a certain age and admire them for their wisdom and character, accumulated over the decades? I look at my grandmother and think she looks younger than her 86 years. I look at my mother and know that she looks good for her [number redacted or else she'll kill me dead] years. I hope that one day my girls will look at me and tell me that I look good for my age.
I will admit that I am not wild about the lines on my forehead and under my eyes. And, as I lose weight, I am getting those lines from my nostrils down to my mouth, not to mention I now have some creases in my neck that weren’t there before when my skin was puffed out with fat. That said, I’m not going to dash off and get shit injected into my face. I am 43 years old and I used to weigh a lot more than I do now. This is just how I look. I accept this reality.
What do you think? Are Botox and the like no worse or better than, say, coloring your hair and wearing makeup? Or are they really are as bad as I think they are?