The Fountain of Youth

Today CBS This Morning ran a story on the effectiveness of anti-aging products. The general consensus among scientists is there really isn’t a huge difference between a $12 moisturizer and a $150 cream. All they recommend is a moisturizer without parabens and phthalates, which are ingredients that have been linked to cancer and may wreak havoc with growth and reproductive hormones, and a good sunscreen. Dermatologist Dr. Fayne Frey said, “They’re [consumers] looking for a fountain of youth in a bottle. It doesn’t exist. Anti-aging is a marketing term. Science has never yet found an ingredient that slows or reverses the aging process.”

This got me thinking. Anti-aging? What is that? Nothing stops time. We all age. Some of us attempt to stall this march with creams, Botox, and even plastic surgery, but the clock is still ticking. 

I believe the key is how we live our lives. Do we smile? Can we love? Have we looked at life with joy? Do we dance with abandon? When we glance in the mirror, do we like who we see? Do we move our bodies daily? Have we surrounded ourselves with quality people who enrich our lives? Do we drink more water than wine but still enjoy the wine? Can we fill our stomachs with healthy food, yet splurge occasionally on marvelous treats? Have we forgiven past transgressions? Do we accept differences in others? Can we laugh at ourselves and with others? Are we constantly learning? If we are lonely, do we reach out to others? Do we seek out new experiences? Are our homes filled with music and color and fun?

Those are the the true blueprints to aging gracefully, so forget the expensive products. Slap on some cheap moisturizer and sunscreen, and face the day with verve. (Oh, and my yoga instructor said today we need to squat more. So I’m squatting, Connie, I am squatting.)

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw

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