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Women can be very shortsighted about their beauty and their bodies when they’re young. We nearly put yourselves in the hospital with all the Pilates and the CrossFit and the juicing and the hot yoga and the waist trainers. We will devote hours a day to a body and an aesthetic that, honestly, we can only keep up for about a decade of our lives aka somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of our lives. That’s not a very long time to enjoy that look, considering how much time, energy and money we put into it. We throw our little savings at expensive gyms memberships and workout clothes. We devote our little free time to exercise. We don’t enjoy the foods we want, all so that we can perfect this body that we will inevitably lose soon. That’s why our beauty priorities change drastically towards our 50s. Here is how a woman’s beauty priorities change as she gets older.

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You want to look healthy instead of hot

It’s not about looking out-of-this-world hot. It’s about looking healthy. It’s more about not looking certain things (not looking tired, not looking sick, not looking run down, not looking old) than it is about looking “hot.” Words like “vibrant” and “radiant” come to mind more than “sexy” or “cute.”

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