by BR Tabatha
How many thousands do we spend on skincare to keep our skin looking younger? How many needles are injected into people every single year to keep things plump and firm? How many beauty treatments do we endure to keep the wrinkles and age spots at bay?
The quest for everlasting youth can be an expensive one, but it doesn't have to be. You see recently I was given a tip that ensures a person can look ageless through the years.
Don't change up your look.
In a nutshell, keep your hair colour similar, keep your hair style similar, keep your makeup similar.
I mean, my first thought on hearing this was 'quelle horreur!!!' Part of the joy of the human experience is experimenting with one's look. Changing hair colours, going from long hair to a pixie cut, wearing outrageously colourful makeup one day and a neutral look the next.
HOWEVER... not wanting to dismiss the thought completely, especially as I am climbing the age ladder, I took a moment to think about the women I admire whose looks are ageless. Timeless even.
The first woman who came to mind? The Queen. Queen Elizabeth II has looked the same forever. It's only in very recent years that I've noticed age has crept up on her, and at nearly 96 that's to be expected.
Then there's Angelina Jolie. For as long as I can remember she's had the same long, brunette tresses. The same simple makeup. Yes, she mixed it up when she was younger, but not that I can think of recently.
Ditto Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep... the list could go on.
While they've aged, because time has that effect, they've remained looking youthful. Yes, I'm sure having access to top dermatologists and aestheticians helps, but the important thing to note is that they found the look that worked for them - the hair colour, the makeup - and on the whole they've stuck with it.
So does this mean if you go down the route of same-same forever that you can't change up your personal style? Of course not! If anything stylists recommend freshening up your look in order to avoid stagnation. I mean, imagine if the Queen wore now what she wore then? She'd still look fab, but it would be out of place (though what I'd give to own a fraction of her 1960s wardrobe - swoon), and could well age her, so if anything upping your style is a must.
As for spending on skincare and injectables - if it's your thing, go for it! And if it's not? That's also good! Timelessness is the goal, and that can be achieved with or without shelling out the dollars for products and procedures. Just find what works for you, and stick with it. A classic case of keeping it simple. And that is, in my opinion, what makes this simple tip a fantastic bit of timeless advice.
So, are you destined to look youthful forever simply because you don't change it up? Would you rather change it up than look the same for the foreseeable? And will you now be considering keeping your look timelss in order to remain ageless? Get chatting below!