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Women of all ages feel pressured to conform to beauty ideals, but these standards get even more unrealistic as women grow older. The correlation of youth and beauty persists even though many modern women look attractive, healthy, and stylish well into middle age and beyond. We recognize that men often look stronger and more mature as they age, but the positive effects of age on women are rarely discussed. Even supposedly positive articles about the attractiveness of older women, like this, condescend instead of compliment. Why do we view men’s aging as “distinguished” while older women are seen as “tired”? Age and beauty are not opposites! Click the notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin

Aging highlights bone structure. As the fat layer under your skin diminishes your bones stand out more, making your face look leaner and more elegant.

Aging makes you look more intelligent. Deep set eyes, strong noses, and space between the eyes and brows are characteristics associate with intelligence. All of these become more pronounced after 40.

Aging highlights your distinctive features. As women age they figure out what works for them and many begin to play up their distinctive features. As our baby fat falls away our collar bones become more distinct, our noses more defined, our geometry more exaggerated. Shouldn’t beauty be about embracing what makes us unique?

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle 


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