Over 35? Beauty takes brains

Over 35? Beauty takes brains
Over 35? Beauty takes brains

There’s a song from the musical, “Chorus Line,” that says it all. “Dance 10, looks 3, and I’m still on unemployment……” In other words, looks count! There is very little choice but to keep striving to remain beautiful no matter how expensive, labor intensive or how superficial you deem this pursuit. Youth takes care of the young, so let’s forget the young for now. Our problem is: How do you remain beautiful when you’re over 35? My premise is that it takes brains.

What is Smart Beauty and can you use a GPS to get there?

When it comes to Smart Beauty, think Jennifer Aston (44), Jennifer Lopez (44), Halle Berry (47), Kirsten Scott Thomas (53), Sharon Stone (55) and Iman (58). These women are not beautiful by virtue of wishing it were so. They are in the trenches, dieting and sweating out rigorous workouts. They are smart enough to update their hairstyles to look younger and use hair color to brighten their skin. They are not so different from you and me except that they use their beauty directly to earn a living.

But, if you think about it, you’ll realize that the pursuit of beauty plays a big role in your life. For example, think about times when you need to look good, but you don’t, and it’s near impossible to walk out the door. Beauty is a labor.

Any beauty workload starts with diet and exercise. A healthy lifestyle, though difficult to achieve, is smart beauty goal number one. Beyond that, you enter the enchanted realm of injectables, laser facial resurfacing, chemical peels and plastic surgery – all with transformative power. If the beauty icons I’ve mentioned have jumped on that bandwagon, it is, as it should be, invisible. We’re all in the same boat, famous or not. How can you be smart about beauty?

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