Today’s chat might seem random. It’s not. This year, I turn 30! I’ve thought about this new milestone a lot in the last couple of weeks, as my family has constantly been reminding me of its impending arrival. I’m not scared or anything, but I honestly never thought much about my thirties beyond wanting to be done with my crazy twenties and hoping for a more relaxing, stable decade of life. Not to mention, there were some periods where I questioned if I’d even make it due to chronic illness flares. But, we’re looking at the upshot here, and I’m now thinking about all the positive possibilities…
You know what I’ve noticed lately? Beauty advice, especially skin care, is often broken into categories based on your age. Popular blogs, websites and even magazines all seem to want to point out what products you have to change out when you’re entering a new decade. Some of that advice, I take. Most of it? I leave. (Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to link you to some of these articles with skincare, beauty and even fashion advice by the decade)
One set of advice that I do really pay close attention to? Which treatments one should consider when transitioning from one decade to another. Lasers, professional facial peels, outpatient procedures like Botox, Juvaderm, or other fillers/injections are all recommended. And that got me thinking: how far am I actually willing to go to look like I’m still in my twenties (or better)?
Turns out, I’m not willing to go very far. Surprising, right? Also, it’s downright confusing. I love beauty and products so much, that I’m almost baffled at my unwillingness to go under the knife for cosmetic improvement or relief. I’m not completely sure why I feel that way that I do, but I do feel like the answer lies more deeply and will take time to truly unpack.
Some people prefer to age naturally, that is, leave everything as it and as it will be. Laugh lines? Reminders of happy times. Others prefer to take advantage of all that modern medicine has to offer. I truly believe there is no wrong answer.
So, I wanted to ask you…how far are you willing to go? No judgment, just different experiences, thresholds, and genuine curiosity. Do you have a philosophy that drives your level of comfort? Let’s chat in the comments :)
Talk soon, xo-Layla