Defin­ing beauty

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Here at Ap­pear­ance Doc South I am con­stantly faced with women fight­ing with this im­age of hav­ing to age grace­fully. In re­al­ity, what does it mean? When we stop be­ing teens we can’t wear that – it’s too cut­sie, if your dress is too short you’re mut­ton dressed as a lamb, watch your make-up, your hair colour, your car, in fact – where is our in­di­vid­u­al­ity al­lowed to por­tray it­self? An­other fine thing about age­ing are the wrin­kles – and I don’t mean the ex­tra one around my tummy, I mean the ones I have sup­pos­edly earned the right to wear on my face, or my hands . . . So . . . Is age­ing grace­fully the art of just car­ry­ing on with a smile on your face and ad­just­ing to so­ci­ety’s ex­pec­ta­tions? I see many of you nod­ding, and I agree this is a peace­ful, won­drous thing to do – but I can’t . . . One of my re­deem­ing fea­tures are my legs, so I like shorter dresses. I’ve gone blond to hide the white (blonds have more fun), I do hair re­moval so I don’t have to shave my legs and un­der­arms (too time con­sum­ing) I wrin­kled early so I do Bo­tox (had to open our clinic to learn how) and I like to look younger than my years so I utilise the very best skin care that I can get into the clinic . . . and it works! You don’t have to shout it to the world but a lit­tle bit of age­ing dis­grace­fully does one the world of good some­times!

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