Recent studies (mostly conducted by skincare companies) seem to indicate that we look five years older at the end of the day due to fatigue and stress. I would add to that, the disappointment of promises made first thing in the morning to the mirror and broken by lunchtime (nothing serious, just the odd bit of chocolate. Although I am pretty serious about my chocolate!) Plus, when we’re exhausted, few of us care how we look; I know I just go ahead and rub my tired, mascara bleary eyes and I wear my wild hair like a trophy when I come home, as a sort of sign to my family that I did the most work today.
Is that the rub? Particularly as women, do we own the pain too much (she sighs as she kicks off her shoes and notices the dirty dishes still there since breakfast, while she heads towards the laundry room); I want them to see me looking exhausted, I’ll admit it.
But there must be a hundred other reasons why we look older in the evenings; make up worn off, the day is done, that sense of get up and go no longer exists, and thoughts turn to ways to wind down and relax. Perhaps we are supposed to look older at the end of the day. I’ve no problem with that, but I certainly don’t want to carry those five years with me onto the next new day.
So look after yourselves at the end of the day; know how to rest. Maybe the dishes can wait, maybe someone can be bribed to put on a wash. Eat a light and healthy dinner (salmon is excellent for good skin health), have a glass of wine or a cup of herbal tea, turn off the phone, apply your ANU Night Balm and allow your body to absorb the benefits while you sleep. Wake up, renewed and refreshed, looking five years younger!