So you stay attractive with 50 plus
The hair gray, face wrinkles, the eyelids victims of gravity. The look in the mirror shows: It is no longer 20. But where is the problem of getting older? From the age of 50, new standards of beauty simply apply.
Young and beautiful? Old and ugly? The pairs of concepts seem to be inseparable. For many people, beauty and youth are synonymous. “One likes to confuse one with the other,” says Frieder Lang, a gerontopsychologist at the University of Erlangen. Yet our picture of age and our idea of ??beauty are actually very different things.
Women are getting older, men are becoming more attractive?
The prejudice that beauty gradually decreases with age, especially women. “While aging is perceived as ugly in women, it is initially considered to be more appealing to men.” This has been proven by numerous studies, says Lang. Double Standard of Aging – researchers call this phenomenon.
In old age, refinement and style are particularly nice
The psychologist, however, contradicts the thesis that this is a real problem for all women. Most see aging as a challenge. They notice that at a certain age the standards are shifting. “Attractiveness is no longer measured by looking as youthful as possible, but rather by the scrupulousness of the external appearance,” says Lang. Cosmetics, style and care come to the fore.
New standards: If you did not like 20, you might love 50
Many women who in their youth did not live up to the common ideal of beauty even experience these new standards as liberating. “We know from numerous studies: Anyone who was dissatisfied with their own appearance at the age of 20 or 30 can suddenly feel very attractive at the age of 50 or 60,” explains the psychologist.
Self-assured aging: the target group “50 plus”
Style consultants, women’s magazines and beauty blogs have discovered the target group “50 plus” for several years. They promote a self-confident approach to aging. “The number 50 is no longer the fear factor, as it was ten years ago,” says the style expert Martina Berg, who runs the fashion and lifestyle blog “Lady 50plus”. Her credo: “If you’ve been in the world for a little bit longer, it’s important to get the best out of yourself and not run after any youth ideal.”
Older women should not aim to change clothes with their daughters, they should emphasize their own strengths. Everyone has it – no matter if dress size 38 or 48. “Even with curves or short legs, you can achieve a lot with the right cut,” says Berg.
Courage for color, but less is more
When it comes to clothing, the style consultant generally recommends more courage for color. The lips can tolerate a stronger red. Basically, one should not exaggerate when applying make-up in everyday life. “Less is more here, glitz and glamor should be avoided.” Berg advises lipstick, mascara and rouge. If you do not like make-up, you can put some color on your face with tanning powder. Very important for the style consultant: do not let go. A certain physical fitness and of course health are important requirements for beauty in old age.
Cosmetic surgery is no longer taboo
But even with the best care you can not make any wrinkles disappear. Some women manage to accept them as signs of maturity. Others have difficulties with it. Anyone who is bothered by their own wrinkles, the modern medicine offers possibilities. Cosmetic surgery is much more natural today than it used to be. “The general acceptance in the population has changed,” says Riccardo Giunta, chief physician of plastic surgery at the University of Munich.
Beware of unrealistic expectations
The patients are now very self-confident and enlightened in the consultation. The Vice President of the Federal Association of Plastic Surgeons, however, warns against unrealistic expectations: “With aesthetic surgery, one can mitigate individual aging phenomena and achieve a much fresher appearance.” But a 70-year-old will certainly not be a 20-year-old.
Check carefully the choice of your plastic surgeon
Since the term “plastic surgeon” in Germany, in contrast to the “Plastic Surgeon” is not a protected job title, Giunta advises urgently, the qualifications of the attending physician to see exactly before. A reputable surgeon can be recognized by the fact that he has completed a multi-year training, clarified exactly about opportunities and risks and not downplaying the procedure. Every general anesthetic carries a certain risk. If cuts are made, vessels and nerves can be injured, resulting in scarring and wound infections.
Nice despite wrinkles
Even those who can only be injected with hyaluronic acid to bolster a few facial areas a bit, must know: The effect disappears after six to seven months, as the body absorbs the substance. “And filling in too much creates unnatural faces that look like a balloon,” explains Giunta. It is important to find a good balance between restocking and tightening. And not every surgery is the right one, says the surgeon: “An old person can be very beautiful, even if he has many wrinkles.”