Beauty in Age

As I get closer and closer to 30 years old, I often wonder, am I aging well? Do I actually look older than my age? Should I be doing more things to help with the aging process?

Then, I take a step back and realize…..
that I do have a lot going on and it is a hectic season in life. Beyond that, I have a feeling it will be this way for the next 18 years. :) I know kids in the home put a lot on ones plate, but I’m looking forward to it.

Of course I want to age well and take care of myself. I want to feel good when I’m older and I want to feel confident in the way that I look when I’m older.

I remove my make-up every night. I have several serums, lotions and gadgets. I try to eat healthy and drink water.

However, right now, I’m definitely not itching for much “me time” to focus on aging. Being a mom is my full time job and I think I can find enough beauty in that to forgo how I look on some stressed out days or pajama days. Thankfully, I know my husband can too.

I think chasing Knox & Sloane and smiling at them all day will definitely keep my energy up and keep me active. True, it might add some smile lines, but those are totally worth it! I’d rather have smile lines than no lines at all!

I was prompted to think about aging after reading Olay’s 60th Anniversary Message Points. They want women to feel proud of their age and not be afraid to tell people what it is. I think it’s one of those never-ask-a-woman-her-age sayings that sometimes make women hesitant to tell their age when they shouldn’t be!

One thing I truly feel like I’ve noticed in the past probably five years is that when I do hear a woman’s age, the majority of the time I feel like she looks and/or acts younger. Now, this could be because I’m getting older, but I don’t think women give themselves enough credit for being beautiful on the inside and out.

If you feel confident, it typically shows. There is nothing wrong with that. I think people with confidence carry themselves differently. Don’t get me wrong, I think people can pretend, but to each their own, if they are happy, you know?

In getting older, when people ask me my age, I don’t want to hesitate to tell them. I don’t want to wonder if they will think I look younger or older than I actually am. I feel like age is just a number and the number of years is actually a number we need to be thankful for.

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Comments

  1. says

    I feel proud of my age. Since I'm only 25 I'm sure that seems silly, and obvious- but I am. I think I "look" my age but also have accomplished a lot in my 25 years on this earth. The older I get, the more I seem to grow. I think confidence is the best thing a person can wear 😉

  2. says

    I turn 31 next month and feel good about my age. I've been married for 11 years and will have our fourth daughter soon after my birthday. In the past 10 years I've served my country, gone to University, moved all over the country, and built a family. Being 31 years old feels appropriate and I'm excited to see what happens in the next ten years! That said, my face could use some work. The hard work has taken a toll.

  3. says

    I'm 45 and feel much younger thanks to my 13 year old daughter. I don't have a regular beauty routinembut I do try and take care of my skin to make sure I look my age, if not younger.

  4. says

    I can't believe I'm about to turn 63!! When I look in the mirror I think I look 15 years younger, and then I realize I'm not wearing my glasses, hah!! I am conscious of eating healthy and caring for my body and skin though, and I do believe, the most important asset in a woman's appearance is a beautiful smile on her face :)

  5. says

    I am proud of my age. Being in my thirties with kids and established as a teacher, I can relate to my students parents being a mom and I feel like I have a better grip of what I am doing in school.

  6. says

    I turned the big 30 this year. I also became a mother to my twin girls, so this year has been a great one. I can definately tell that I don't spend as much time on myself as before, but I am ok with that! Don't think I look 30, but some days I sure feel older than 30!

  7. says

    I'm proud of my age. I feel much older than I really am though. I'll be 22 soon. I'm married, have a baby girl and am in school to become a teacher. I love my life and I wouldn't change a thing!

  8. says

    I am so proud of my age. I recently turned 30 and wasn't like the rest of my friends who dreaded the big 3-0! I was ready for it. I felt like it was a new chapter in my life. My husband and I were new home owners and were ready to start a family. I welcomed 30 with open arms!

  9. says

    I just turned 29 and have no worries about approaching 30 – i still feel like I am in college most days until i remember I am 8 months pregnant and have a 2 year old, hah! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. says

    I'm not ashamed of my age. The way I see it, age is one thing we just can't avoid. Sometimes I feel old when I'm around other who are quite a bit younger than me. I'm not ashamed of how old I am though. Although, I still feel like I'm relatively young, at 34.

  11. says

    I'm proud to be 31. I had a sweet friend die of cancer when we were 24, and when I get down about my age, I think of how she would have given anything to watch her daughter grow and get older.

  12. says

    I do feel proud of my age. In my 28 years I feel as if I've accomplished much…the greatest of those accomplishments being my two beautiful children!

  13. says

    I turned 28 this month and I'm very proud of where I'm at in life at 28. With a newborn at home I have noticed more wrinkles, and recently just bought some Olay products. They smell so good. :)

  14. says

    I'm 25, married, and have a precious 20 month old little boy. I've been through ALOT in the last 3 years so I'm proud to have made it to where I am today :)

  15. says

    I have been doing a lot of reflecting regarding this question of age. I am turning 32 – and never in my life did I imagine at 32 I would have three perfect little people that came from me. While I am a few pounds heavier than I'd like to be, and maybe a laugh line I didn't expect to creep up, did… I take pride in me. Taking care of me. And I am proud to be 32 and happy and alive!

  16. says

    I'm proud to 48. It's just a number not how you feel and look at yourself. Live everyday to it's fullest and feel blessed to be here. Your twins are adorable. I have a twin brother so it has been a joy reading your blog. My parents had twins after being married for 5 years and were ready to adopt after a miscarriage when we were born. They didn't know they were having twins until we were born.

  17. says

    I love my age. 46 and feel 26. I started running at age 45 and within one year of starting to run- I ran the Chicago 10 mile race and FINISHED. I want to look as great as I feel.
    Kelly
    Sitesx6@aol.com (mom of twins- a boy and a girl-who keep me young) :)

  18. says

    I will be 40 December 2nd. I think that women need to use a serum and a good moisturizer every day and night. I am currently using philosophy's miracle worker. LOVE IT!!! I've had people tell me that I look 30 not 40. Maybe i'm doing something right.

  19. says

    I turned 30 a few months ago. I feel proud of all that I have accomplished so far in this life. However, I often look way younger than I am since I tend to wear no make-up, have not the greatest skin, and wear jeans and a t-shirt almost every day.

  20. says

    Well, proud may not be the word that comes to mind, but I'm content and most women I know want to look younger. I just want to look nice. And, healthy.

  21. says

    I am 34 and fine with it because I am happier than I have ever been. A certain peace came with age for me, and I care so much less about looks now. It is a funny thing because women tend to think they look awful when they are in their early 20s- a time looks-wise many of us now wish we had appreciated! Ha

  22. says

    I'm 35 and totally fine with it because people never believe it when they find out how old I am. It's nothing to do with me or my beauty regimen though. It's definitely genetic as everyone in my family looks super young for their ages.

  23. says

    I'm 25 and i feel pretty young for my age, but I'm starting to realize i need to take MUCH better care of my skin, not skip on skin treatments, ect..

  24. says

    I am 68 years old and proud of it. I just had lunch with a few of the "girls" I went to high school with, all of whom are a year older than me. I was always the "baby" of our group. I've been told I don't look anywhere near my age, and while I don't dye my gray/silver hair, it is in a stylish 'do, and I wouldn't be caught dead without eye makeup or leave the house without lipstick. I also dress a lot younger than my friends, but try to stay away from overly trendy fashions.

  25. says

    My mom passed away in 2007 too young at 55 years old and that completely changed my outlook on age. Since then, I celebrate each birthday with pride because I am happy and grateful to be on this Earth for 1 more year! 38 years old and hoping for many more years!

  26. says

    I love being 44 and I don't have any issues with the number as it continues to move closer and closer to 50 and beyond. My oldest will be 20 on Sunday and my youngest will be 18 on Dec. 31st, so they keep me on my toes. Most of the time I feel like their sister and I have even been told that I look like their older sister. Age is a state of mind, so just keep thinking you are young and all will fall into place.

  27. says

    I just turned 39 and, while some days I feel older, most days I am proud of my age! I've gained knowledge and life experience that most people can't say they have at 20! 😉 I'm also a proud mama of 2 kids and to say I wish I could go back in time would mean I'd lose time with them! No thank you! 😉

  28. says

    I am approaching 60 and I don't feel much older than the day I graduated inside. Of course if you look on the outside..you'd see the aging…lines, sagging jowl line, and other little tell=tale signs. But I am proud of all those wrinkles. I do suffer from really dry skin, but Oil of Olay to the rescue. I use their moisturizers each day and wear it under my makeup too! I am the grandmother of 6 and stay active by volunteering at their schools and helping with them as much sa possible. Thank goodness for aging. I would rather do that than the other options! 59 and waiting for the big 6-0! Glinda Majors

  29. says

    I am quite proud of my age! I am nearing my 30th birthday in March ~ SO proud of my amazing 14-month old daughter and our family! I hope to run a half-marathon before then! Of course, I have plenty to work on…but my daughter makes me proud everyday! :)

  30. says

    I am VERY proud of my age…22 years young. At 22 I have almost completed my degree in Psychology/Social Work, which means a full time school load, I work two jobs, three if you count babysitting.. I have endured 2 really really tough deployments with my boyfriend, as well as 3 different duty stations. Some days I feel 200, other days I am happy I am 22 and still young and learning.

  31. says

    I can't say I was always the most confident and proud person, but, I can happily now say, that, yes, I am very proud of my age as it has definitely made me more mature, confident, wiser, patient, caring, understanding, nurturing, loving, etc person…all of these have helped mold me into the mother I feel like is mostly a good role model for my daughters who are my biggest blessings, a better daughter to my parents, a greater sister to my siblings, and a friend to others. I know I am not perfect, but all the imperfections, lines, wrinkles, etc are a reminder of the tears, laughter, joys, mistakes, opportunities, battles, etc that got me to the place I am very happy to be in at the moment!

  32. says

    I am 53 (almost 54) and I embrace every single line and wrinkle on my face (well, ok I really don't EMBRACE them but I don't freak out and sign up for laser treatments!). This year has certainly tasked me greatly – I believe that my grief over losing my son shows on my face. I see it everyday I look in the mirror. But that's ok – there are others who wear these same scars of grief too.

  33. says

    I am proud of being 33! I remember my 30th birthday approaching and being overwhelmed with a sense of dread…I felt like I hadn't accomplished much or was where I should be in my life…and then a few short weeks after my birthday my mom passed away at just 67 yrs old…I realized then that life is to short and even though I would love more me time and definetly could take better care of myself…I am busy being mom to 4 amazing little boys…and that makes me feel beautiful!

  34. says

    I always wonder how old people think I am. I THINK I'm aging gracefully! 😉 I'm 31 and 100% okay with it! :) I have a great husband, two beautiful children, a wonderful relationship with God/people at church and am all around content! :)

  35. says

    I am proud of my age:) I am also almost 30, but I think your lines are something to be proud of! If I have smile lines I am proud, I have had a blessed and happy life:) If I wrinkles it's from taking care of sweet son and wonderful husband and if I get a wrinkle from the chaos so be it:)

  36. says

    I dont feel my age, 33 and sometimes I feel as if I am 23 but I think that is great. I am proud of my age and I feel like each year is a blessing.

  37. says

    I am proud of my age. 30 is a great age to be! It's like the new 21. Do I wish my body was back to my 16 year old self? Sure!! But God gave me a healthy body. Thanks for the giveaway.

  38. says

    I am proud of my age…I am 38. I really don't dwell on getting older…just focus on living life to the fullest and being in the moment with my husband/kids/friends.

  39. says

    I'm 26 and so proud of what I have accomplished at my age! I have 2 beautiful kids and an amazing husband. Also, I look about 5 years younger than my actual age, so I hope this works to my advantage as I age!

  40. says

    I'm 28 and look my age but I can credit my few forhead wrinkles to my sun worshipping days (daily SPF now!). I married my high school sweet heart & we have a 14 month old daughter and a baby on the way so I'm not really dreading 30 like I thought I would. It's nice to be in a good place in life. :)

  41. says

    I just turned 32 last month and while turning 32 for some reason hurt a bit more than turning 30 or 31 did, it felt great when I was the only one at a table full of friends who are the same age who got carded. Who knew I'd feel relieved at being carded one day?!? I'm hoping I age as gracefully as my mom has!

  42. says

    I am 28 and feel young but not looking forward to 30. I have always looked older so people already think Im 30 so I guess Im trying to hold on to my 20s as long as I can! I fear wrinkles too.

  43. says

    I don't mind shouting out my age–I feel I earned every year and am proud of it!!! I'd love to visit every state in the U.S. Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  44. says

    I feel great about my age! I am pushing 38 but do not look or feel like it. I have two Littles that keep me feeling young (and at times very,very tired:))not to mention how awesome it feels when I tell someone my age and they assume I am much younger :)

  45. says

    I'm ok with my age, I wish I've accomplished more for my age, I'm working on doing better. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  46. says

    I am proud of my age! I always thought when I was younger that people over the age of 20 were old and being that I am in my mid-thirties I feel great, look great and know that I am the happiest I have ever been!
    chacoyaguayo(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Thank you for the opportunity(:

  47. says

    I am proud of my age–at 32, I've earned every single upcoming wrinkle and grey hair. There are a few things I wish I hadn't done, but a few things I would certainly do over :)

  48. says

    Well, I can certainly relate to the somecard that I have seen floating around that says: I miss being the age where I thought I would have my s*#t together by the age I am now. I am 31 and it is honestly hard to believe because I do not feel like I should be that old, so I suppose that I am ok with it! I have a house and a job and a family and all of the things that come with being an adult, but I just don't see how it's possible! I guess thats a good thing, right!?

  49. says

    I thought by the time I was 26 I could be in a totally different place of just getting married, thinking about kids. Instead I have been married for 5.5 years, have a 4 year old and have bought then sold 1 house. I am always told that I act older then my age, but attribute that to the way my parents raised me. Any age can look GREAT on any one when they reach that age – ONLY if they act said age.

  50. says

    Even though my daughter tells me the picture on my badge is not me but daddy's girlfriend ( it is a 10yr old picture and in her defense I was his girlfriend when it was taken) I don't feel 35. Best part of 35 was when my 16year old told me I looked 10years younger than Brittany Spears, although that's not too hard.

  51. says

    I was just talking to someone about my age because I turn THIRTY in 12 days!!! Yikes!!! However, I am excited to be reaching this milestone…I feel settled, accomplished and young still. Now that we have a baby and good jobs, all of the things that "mattered" before aren't as important anymore. I love getting older and learning more about myself; it makes me laugh to think back on my 20's and see how much I have changed!

  52. says

    I'm stepping into another big milestone in a couple of months and I'm definitely proud of my age! :) At least, I'm feeling and looking younger than my real age.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  53. says

    I started using Olay when my girls where young. Their school needed a crossing guard and I was the lucky mom to do it. Living in Florida the sun was brutal. So I read some reviews and started using Olay because it also had sunscreen. Now (still using Olay everyday) I am 47 and when I tell people about my daughters wedding they always say they didn't think I was old enough to have grown children!

    ~Brenda

    http://www.9teen87sPostcards.blogspot.com

  54. says

    I am proud of the knowledge I've gained in the past 34 years and excited about everything more I will learn! So I suppose I'm neither proud or ashamed of my age.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  55. says

    I just turned 30 a few months ago, and I blogged about how I felt like I finally had "street cred." I feel more empowered somehow, now that my age starts with a "3" instead of one of those crazy "2's."

  56. says

    I honestly forget how old I am sometimes. I'm only 28 and getting proud to be close to 30, but I truly just don't care a ton!! Sometimes I have to think what year I was born to remember my age :)

  57. says

    I'm 72 and proud of it. I'm not as active as I used to be but, even so, I'm doing much better than many others of my age. I'm still working full time and most of my co-workers think I am much younger than my calendar age.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  58. says

    I'm proud that at 35 I have such and amazing family and business. The years have brought so many of my goals to reality and I cherish each year.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  59. says

    YES! I am 39 and proud of it! My life has not been an easy ride, so the fact that I am still alive and kicking and moving forward without letting what's behind me hold me back is something I am very proud of indeed!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  60. says

    Off topic…your children are gorgeous and I love their names!

    Am I proud of my age? Hmmm, i am proud of the person i am, but expected to be more, have more by the age of 31.But i also didn't expect to encounter all the obstacles that transformed my life. I am learning not to compare myself to other 31 year olds because they didnt experience the life I did

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