June 08, 2010

What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change

A few months ago Meredith Vieira from the The Today Show did a great interview with two former models-turned-therapists named Vivian Diller and Jill Muir-Sukenick who have written a wonderful book called Face It- What Women Really Feel As Their Looks Change. The book is also about aging with grace and switching our internal dialogue about aging from one of fear, to one of optimism.

Face It coaches us to accept growing older and be happy about it. The challenge the authors put forth is: “Can we keep youthful optimism in our hearts and minds while letting our faces follow their natural course?”

What do you all think?

I think we can.

Forbes has an interesting & very useful excerpt from Face It on their site about the six steps to resolving the beauty and age paradox.

I think one of the important things to mention about our generation is that we can’t look to our mothers as role models in one sense because they didn’t age during a time when society was asking them to try and be eternally young. For one thing our mothers didn’t have to an option to use botox and all the other face freshening options that are available to us now. For another, many of our mothers didn’t have careers and have to worry about how aging was going to affect their place in the work force. The authors of Face It say that we owe it to ourselves, and our daughters & nieces etc, to provide a better role model for growing older.

I couldn’t agree more.

Thank you doctors Vivian Diller and Jill Muir-Sukenick for your wisdom, and for writing such a thought provoking and optimistic book. Thank you for jumping on the bandwagon to help change the conversation.