Friday, 11 July 2014

Ageless Beauty

Beauty: The New "Age" from The Future Laboratory on Vimeo.

This fantastic video was filmed by The Future Laboratory and includes interviews with inspirational women, such as Linda Rodin, Caryn Franklin and Anna-Marie Solowij. 'Beauty: The New Age' is a discussion that we've all been having for quite some time: the blurring of boundaries when it comes to age and gradually changing attitudes within the beauty and fashion industries. Coincidentally, I was invited to sit on the Handpicked Future panel at the Esteé Lauder Media Forum 2014 this week discussing Ageless Beauty too. It would seem that brands are finally addressing the grown-up demographic.


That's me in the middle.


Let's say I got into a mini-debate when a much younger male panelist insisted that, 'Botox and fillers, all of this stuff is just new technology. It's like buying the latest iPhone and you'd do that, so why dismiss this?' Obviously, I disagreed. What are your thoughts?



24 comments:

Claire said...

Well, you look great! I think youth finds it really hard to accept that some of those with 'more life experience' are quite content to accept the ravages of time, without the intervention of fillers and botox, because we think natural looks better. Of course, that could just be me being my usual perverse self.

Vix said...

I don't give a toss about the latest technology any more than I do about miracle skin treatment.
Maybe its an age thing?
Loads of my friends have turned 50 this year and still look absolutely gorgeous. I don't know anyone who has had Botox. x

That's Not My Age said...

None of my friends have had Botox either, Vix, and when I see people who obviously have had it I just think it looks odd.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

No one in my immediate circle uses Botox or fillers and I can usually tell when someone does. I so want to look natural and not frozen. Let me give you a line from France to check out...I have used it for over a year and consider it amazing. IOMA-Paris. In the US, it is only sold in six Saks Fifth Avenues. Plus in involves some cool technology...yet, not fillers or Botox. I love it when people are surprised I am in my 60s. I applaud you for speaking out!

foodchik said...

That guy's argument is ridiculous. Upgrading your phone to facilitate communication is not the same as injecting your body with poisons to conform to some arbitrary idea of beauty. And truth be told, cosmetic surgery and the like only look good when you're young enough to need a slight lift. When everything on your body starts going south, a few perky and unwrinkled bits here and there make you look like a freak!

bettina said...

I can't make a blanket statement about botox and fillers. They are not right for me, but they might be a godsend to someone else.

Something I learned at a very young age, when my hair started going prematurely gray, is that we all age differently. One serious illness or trauma can also accelerate the aging process, making you feel not like yourself.

I think it's great that technologies are available to keep us from looking older than we feel. For me, that was hair dye. For someone else, it might be botox or fillers.

The Girls at Artichoke say said...

I am absolutely addicted to your blogs as are more and more of our customers. This piece yet again is intelligent & thought provoking. Although if I am honest,I am still uncomfortable in my increasingly wrinkly skin I look around and love others in theirs.

dulcy said...

For me.... I've never felt that cutting, burning, or injecting equals beauty. I think there is a look that's a bit strange to faces which have been "retouched" or lifted. But.... as I've aged I've tried to really bump up my daily skin care regime, get enough sleep, and drink gobs more water. I love hearing from all these gorgeous natural women! Very inspiring!

une femme said...

While I wouldn't condemn an individual woman who decides to use botox or fillers (or other cosmetic procedures) I do think we need to continue to examine and change attitudes about age and beauty and try to change the younger = better assumption. Would have loved to hear your response!

Polly in Palm Beach said...

I am not an advocate for botox ( never had it) or fillers (have) . To each his own. Anyone reading this who may want to TRY out a filler (it does get absorbed and disappears in time, so it's not permanent) may want to benefit from my experience. I have seen bad fillers too. As with any procedure you must go to a highly rated dr. -a dermatologist, to have it done. One who is an artist and "sees" where to correctly place the filler so it lifts your particular face, not just puffs it out. The lifting reduces the shadows created by sagging and results can be totally natural looking. It's not about just filling in the indents! Anyone can do that! If you do decide to try it go to the best.

susan burpee said...

Great Post. The video discussion was really interesting. I loved the comment made by the man who was discussing ads which use older models who "look great" but then upon closer examination can be seen to have "a new face, " as he puts it. His comment that using older models has to be done with "some integrity" was great!
I remember seeing an episode of an American TV show last year (I think it might have been "The View"... anyway not a show that I normally watch) and it was VERY uncomfortable to see Sharon Osborne (totally remade face) tell Ali McGraw (lovely and aging face)how great she looked. Sadly,(for her) Osborne looked surreal. And McGraw looked, well, wonderful.

Style At Every Age said...

I honestly think if I could afford it I would have botox or fillers, but sadly prefer to spend my money on clothes, shoes and bags - can't do both. I just wish there really were products out there that worked from an anti-aging point of view and that creams from Aldi didn't contain the same ingredients as those which are much more expensive making it all a bit of a con really x

Amy Johnson said...

Wonderful. TFS!

trysweettalkcom said...

Botox and fillers are technology? What a random argument. My iPhone doesn't fill, cut or mutilate my skin. Nor does it jeopardize my self-esteem.

Melanie said...

Yes, but we don't inject iPhones into our bodies!! - although we're pretty close to it the way some people clutch them so tightly. It's a personal decision. It's slightly easier for a man to ask this question since greying temples on men are "distinguished."

Judy said...

Wonderful video! Thank you for posting. Loved witnessing the vitality/individuality alive in the participants. The younger is better anti aging thing feels very tired and from another era in a way??...as if we are or could ever be our "image"...instead of the animated presence of LIFE. In the way that technology does get passé so do ideas that aren't actually true and don't serve that truth.

LPC said...

Not on my watch either.

What a great video - this is exactly what we've all been saying. And what intelligent women. Wonderful.

Annie Green said...

Botox, fillers...all just pretence. Like taking speed and saying you keep weight off by rushing about all the time with your busy life and general craziness. But then, I tire of older women who still bleach their hair when it is obvious that they are not naturally blonde at all. I like near Ilkley where this is rife. True test of real age is your arse. Old bums droop. Fact.

sofia said...

He has an interesting perspective - innovation should be embraced. But when that innovation seems so completely unnatural then it's not a given that it should be adopted. Innovation in anti-ageing products is good, innovation with using poisons to freeze a face is not good.

Personally, I wouldn't have botox or fillers. I would be too worried that all the areas around the botox or filler will end up ageing even worse and my skin just won't know what to do. Grace is the key here.

PS I love your blog. Very inspiring :)

Lesley said...

One word. Madonna. #Irestmycase

Deborah said...

Enjoyed the clip immensely. I think Botox and other beauty procedures are down to personal choice but I don't see myself traveling that road. As we know beauty takes many forms and some of the most stunning woman are over 50. There is something incredibly attractive about a woman whose face reflects her life. We forget that healthy eating, exercise and sleep goes a long towards our "beauty"... and they are a lot more budget friendly.

Denise Sutton said...

I love what the people are saying on the video about beauty. Boomers really are redefining "middle age." It's inspiring.

No elastic-waist pants or asexual short poodle perms for me!

denisehsutton.com

anonymous 52 said...

Love my i phone, a thing of beauty if ever there was one. Botox? Naah, makes you look weird . The comparison is an insult to Apple .....

editor of that blog said...

Thank you, thank you for speaking against it.