7 Years Younger

04-11-2013 7:05 AM


I’ll never forget the very first time it happened. I was at a grocery store. I had a bag of overpriced lettuce, some blueberries and one of those half cakes that always seem so tempting because they lessen the shame of buying a whole cake to eat by myself.

Anyway, I was checking out and the cashier said it. “Ma’am, do you need any assistance to your car today?” I thought to myself, “Did that just happen?  Did she just use the M word? Did I just get ma’amed?”

I really tried to chalk it up as politeness, but it kept happening over and over again. People were dropping ma’am on me. “Hello ma’am.” “Can I help you ma’am?” “Yes ma’am.” Ma’am! Ma’am! Ma’am!  I fought it as long as I could, but I had to finally accept the fact that I was a ma’am. Ugh.

Since the “ma’am” incident, I’ve become more diligent about using my age-fighting products. And by diligent, I really mean obsessed. I even keep a bottle of the TimeWise® Targeted-Action® Eye Revitalizer in my nightstand so I can put it on as soon as I wake up each morning. It gets rid of the eye puffiness before I’m out the door to work.

Honestly, I really don’t mind aging gracefully as long as I look my age. Ok, actually slightly younger than my age. Ok, 5-7 years younger than my age to be exact. Needless to say, when I stumbled upon the book 7 Years Younger, I finally understood why someone would curl up with a good book on a rainy Sunday afternoon instead of just taking a nap. (I place a high value on sleep.)

7 Years Younger is published by Hearst and is a New York Times Best Seller. The book takes an in-depth look at anti-aging, addressing common concerns like skincare, makeup and fitness. In the skincare section, Mary Kay® TimeWise® Replenishing Serum+C is recommended as a top anti-aging serum. It was tested by women volunteers in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute beauty lab and at home.

We all grow older. I get that. And I truly see the blessing in having some decades in my rearview mirror.  And, yes, it still breaks my heart just a little any time someone calls me ma’am. But thanks to Mary Kay’s age-fighting products and the pictures that many of my classmates are posting on Facebook, at least I know that I still look pretty good for my age.

What’s your best beauty secret to looking younger?

 

KathrinaToday’s post is from Kathrina McAfee, Mary Kay’s corporate communications manager and managing editor for the Beauty That Counts blog. Counting the years before and since she turned 25, Kathrina has been 25 for 19 years. Follow her on Twitter @kathrinamcafee.