Here’s something I often find disconcerting. When a man grows older, with his grey hair showing, and lines etched deep in his face, the general consensus is that he looks “distinguished”. A woman who has the same grey hair and lines etched in her face is dismissed as “old” or having “let herself go”. Why is this so?
This, I feel, is purely down to societal pressure for women to look forever young. Beauty isn’t in the eye of the beholder. It is in youth, like it or not, and women just aren’t allowed to grow old, or look old. When women grow older, their presence diminishes in the public eye. This happens to the best of us – just think about red carpet coverage and you’ll have to agree.
Because of this, women have been searching for the fountain of youth for decades. It is this vanity and pursuit of youth that keeps aestheticians in business, and plastic surgeons in their large mansions and fancy cars. It is this vanity and pursuit of youth, that makes us fall for every cream out there that promises to “reduce fine lines and wrinkles” despite the fact that it often doesn’t.
Frankly, as much as it troubles me, it also pisses me off that skin health is so tied with this preconceived notion of youth.