Miscellaneous: On Dame Helen Mirren and the Term ‘Anti-Aging’

Looking Dame good, girl. 72-year-old Helen Mirren rocking the cover of Allure like a boss!

If you follow beauty news at all, or just peruse magazines at the supermarket, you may have seen Dame Helen Mirren on the cover of Allure‘s September issue. You may have also read the magazine is no longer using the term ‘anti-aging.’

According to Allure editor-in-chief Michelle Lee, the term anti-aging insinuates that aging is something we need to fight or prevent, like some disease. I agree! With women like Mirren leading the way, and showing us how sexy life experience can be, getting older is nothing to fear. ‘Anti-aging’ has become an outdated word.

I probably look better and feel better now at the tail end of my 40s than I did in my 20s and early 30s. I do know I feel better about myself and I am more comfortable in my own skin now, versus back then. (Although in my defense, it was the late 80s. Everyone had big hair, and wore stirrup pants and white Reeboks, people!)

I also take better care of myself. I gave up eating beef and pork, and I try to get some form of exercise daily. I either go for a walk or hit the gym, and I do yoga two or three times a week. I take better care of my skin too. I consider that to be basic self care.

As I face the big 5-0 head on, I am more at ease putting myself out there and trying new things, such as photography. And I know who I am: a journalist and blogger.

When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but it just wasn’t for me. As a kid, I never expressed an interest in science. I always had my nose in a (non-science) book or magazine. What does my love of reading suggest my future profession should be? A writer! (Duh.)

I’m also not as concerned as I once was about what others think. My favorite quote from Mirren is “If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words ‘Eff Off’ more frequently.” I hear ya, Helen.

I respect others’ feelings and opinions, but I try to worry less about pleasing everyone, and making everyone love me. It’s impossible. (And the people I should have told to “Eff Off” know who they are…)

I guess you could say I’ve started to grow into myself. And I’m still growing. So why would I want to fight getting older? I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

You can read the Allure cover story featuring Helen Mirren here, see some of Mirren’s best quotes here, and read editor-in-chief Michelle Lee’s letter about the use of the term anti-aging here.

Tell me. Have you become more comfortable in your own skin as you’ve gotten older? What life lessons have you learned? Let’s talk truth in aging in the comments!

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter. Check out the Q1 highlights here and the best of Q2 here.

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