When did you first realize you were getting older?
From the first smile lines to gray hair: four editors share their experiences with aging and care tips.
Our Brigitte editors have already discovered the first signs of aging in themselves. They share their insights and personal light and shadow sides.
Ilka Alves Goncalves: My special gift
Many have warned me long before my 30th birthday and told me with a wink that, in addition to all the lovely gifts from family and friends, that day will bring me another gift: namely, first wrinkles. Of course, I didn’t really want to believe it, but the day came and I was quickly taught otherwise. Now I have small wrinkles around my eyes, which I love very much, and the first lines of thinking that I still have to get used to.
Nicole Lötters: Sleep patterns stay longer
I was in my late 30s when the teacher at daycare asked me about my sleep pattern on my face – those wrinkles on my cheeks that appear when you take a nap – and I realized: My skin wasn’t letting the pattern go away as quickly as it did earlier. Today I schedule more time, work with hyaluron serum and have even put eye pads on cheek creases. Age also makes wise.
Sarah Liedtke: I get an anti-wrinkle tip
You could start with Botox. The sooner, the better” or “Hyaluron would be something for you too!” There are sayings like these from my immediate environment: They let me realize that I’m just not sweet 16 anymore. Very soon the 3 will be in front – and now one or the other laugh line is showing on my face. But I also think that’s a good thing. It would be a pity if I had nothing to laugh about in life and no traces of joy to be seen.
Alexandra Zykunov: There was this silvery shimmer
Botox in late 20s? Terms like anti-aging? What a misogynist world do we live in? I used to chant. Until I recently stood in front of the mirror and patted my head wildly myself: Was that the gleam of the lamp or a shimmering gray hair? The panic made me reach for the tweezers. But soon a glimmer was there again – and with it a smile. Today there are so many fantastic women who proudly wear wrinkles, silver hair and the like and flout beauty ideals. And now I’m one of them!