Age With Grace, not Botox. ~ Lisa Hughes

Via elephant journal
on Apr 5, 2010
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The Secret to Staying Young is…

Retinol     Botox    Dermabrasion    Collagen Injections

All of the above are well-known treatments for helping the fight against sags and bags as we age.

A recent discussion on Facebook last week began, “According to #ABS Eco Panel, the average woman uses 25 beauty products a day.” At $10 to $120 per product, we are spending a fortune on our faces, necks and decolletage, myself included.

This week, as I was slathering on my moisturizer in the quiet of my after shower, I got to thinking about a friendship I have that has been strained over the last couple of years. Typically, when this relationship crosses my mind I try to be compassionate, but end up being defensive (in my own thoughts), creating an argument with her in my head. A recent confrontation between us was taking space in my thoughts that day, yet somewhere between jojoba oil and Eight Greens Moisturizer I thought, “You know, Lees, it’s just okay.” Okay that this relationship is what it is, and not something else. Okay that can I choose how to digest the events of it. Okay that I choose something less defensive. Okay that I let go. Okay to experience a little grace.

Admittedly, I am not “that old”. This year, I will turn 34. Yet, after that moment in front of the mirror, I felt an inexplicable lightness of being. And I swear, as I looked back at my reflection, I appeared younger, lighter…exuberant, even. Among the steam of the bathroom, holding $45 cream in my hands I realized, perhaps our secret to aging well isn’t in a bottle, but in our hearts.





How about you?

Image is courtesy of Marc Hughes’ disc camera, circa 1991, of our Grandfather Max Hughes on his 76th birthday. He lived 17 healthy, happy and graceful years following the photograph.


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16 Responses to “Age With Grace, not Botox. ~ Lisa Hughes”

  1. Detox all those toxins from all that Product! Therapeutic bathing.. I have the secret to rid you of those toxins and save your liver, adrenal, kidney etc..etc..etc… and oh yeah… tons of cash!, we start a Cleanse on April 23rd at the StarHouse, please come all welcome!

  2. Laurie says:

    Thanks for this! As a woman who will soon be 55 years old it is sometimes hard to accept my body as it naturally ages. I think I'll try smiling more instead of buying more anti-aging creams! I rather like the idea of being PRO-aging!

  3. elsie says:

    Hmmmm easier to replace Botox with "grace" when you're 34 – check back in about 15 years… not so much!! 🙂 Love your message though it just makes me smile when women under the age of 40 diss Botox….

  4. Christina says:

    You don't love a woman because she is beautiful, she is beautiful BECAUSE you love her!

  5. Your article seems to be an interesting for me about women & botox factor. But I think that Women something special than any other thing in the world so she must need some kind of treatment to reveal her beauty in front of us. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thought here.

  6. Julie says:

    Having relationships that are difficult definitely age you, especially when addiction is involved. You will always have people available to lead you to truth, if you will ask.

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  10. cat says:

    botox is preventative, not treatment-oriented. I guess that has nothing to do with your point. But I'm also 34 and have been using it for years due to the 8 hours I spend at teh computer every day pushing me further than my 34. Look, I don't want to look 20. But I don't want to look 50 yet, either. I just want to look 34.

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  13. Very good article, gives good advice on the secret to being young. Sometimes to look and feel beautiful all you need is a little self reflection.