‘be­ing healthy is Far More im­por­tant’

Woman (UK) - - Talking About -

Lynne Bar­rass, 57, is an al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pist liv­ing in Shrop­shire. When my friend told me re­cently how much she’d spent on an anti-age­ing cream, I was shocked. To me, it’s ob­scene that peo­ple will spend a for­tune on try­ing to look younger, es­pe­cially when they so of­ten end up dis­ap­pointed with the re­sults.

Just like the ma­jor­ity of women in the study, I’m not wor­ried about get­ting older. I think I get that from my mum – she never bought into pricey prod­ucts, and in­stead chose to grow old grace­fully. And she looked great for it.

When the greys be­gan to ap­pear in my late 40s, I de­cided to em­brace it. I think older women’s skin can look washed-out if they dye their hair, so you can al­ways tell when some­one is try­ing to turn back the clock.

As I reached my 50s, I did re­alise I was get­ting on a bit, but it also made me more de­ter­mined to rel­ish ev­ery sec­ond. Whether that’s spend­ing time with my son, Tyler, work­ing or vis­it­ing my home in France, there’s no way I’d waste a sec­ond wor­ry­ing about how I look.

Be­ing healthy is far more im­por­tant. I drink lots of wa­ter and get plenty of fresh air. I look af­ter my skin with co­conut oil, eat or­ganic when I can and prac­tise yoga. You could have all the cos­metic pro­ce­dures money can buy, but if you’re not happy, you’ll never love your­self.

So­ci­ety teaches us our worth is mea­sured by our looks. It’s time we fought back. We should all be em­brac­ing grow­ing older.

‘Cos­met­ics won’t buy hap­pi­ness’

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