Own Your Own Beauty

Secrets for Looking Fabulous at Any Age

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Ageless Goddesses Beauty

An ageless goddess rejects ageism and owns her beauty. One way you can do that is to adorn yourself with your own personal style. Don’t be embarrassed about developing a style that’s right for you right now—and asking someone to help you if that’s what you need. Agelessness means being daring and courageous, so take some chances. You don’t have to invest a lot of money in clothes, hair, and makeup to feel good in your body if you expand your ideas about what constitutes beauty. There are many simple things you can do to look better and boost your confidence in your beauty.

Ageless Hair

With hormonal changes, hair can change texture and color. A lot depends on your state of health and nutrition. There is a lot you can do to have healthier hair and nails—from the inside out. (See below.) In the meantime, why not experiment with dye, wigs, extensions, and chemical or natural curlers or straighteners to change your hair if you don’t like it. If your hair is breaking off easily, or not growing past a certain length, it could be that you’re under a lot of stress or not eating and sleeping well. It could also be that your hair can’t handle the amount of punishment it’s taking.

Consider taking a break from the chemicals and hairstyles that put stress on your hair follicles. Make sure you take a good pharmaceutical grade multivitamin. And also add some kelp tablets for iodine. You can also enhance your personal style with hats, scarves, or a radical short haircut. I always find that look really stunning!

Shoe Beauty

For me, beautiful shoes are key to feeling good about how I look. High heels make a woman’s legs appear longer, and the right pair can be incredibly sexy. That said, I consider wearing high heels an “athletic” event. I can keep them on for about two hours, tops, which is long enough to dance the tango until I feel full of pleasure.

No woman should wear heels all day long because they’re awful for posture and pelvic health. If you enjoy heels, there are exercises you can use to keep your feet in good condition so they support you and make those problems less likely. For example, after dancing, I always do a self-massage of my feet in the bathtub and a series of foot stretches and exercises while soaking in Epsom salts in the water.

Ageless Skin

Whether it’s the skin on your face or anywhere else, you can make it look younger by making it healthier. In fact, your skin is simply a reflection of your overall health. And that means that the things you do to maintain optimal heart health, for example, will also show up as radiant skin.

  • Most skin damage is due to cellular inflammation caused by too much sugar and trans fats in the diet along with too much of the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine. The levels of these hormones increase when you eat poorly, which interferes with the self-healing mechanisms of the body, including the mechanisms that keep skin looking healthy and vibrant.
  • In the long run, a low-sugar, nutrient-dense diet with healthy fats will promote healthier skin. This can help with rosacea, as can eliminating sugar and alcohol.
  • Quality sleep will improve your skin’s health and appearance too. “Beauty” sleep is no joke.
  • The production of the collagen that provides the underlying structure of skin is reduced as we age, thanks to years of stress, poor diet, environmental toxins, and gravity. Support your body’s ability to manufacture collagen by eating a low-glycemic diet, supplementing with antioxidants, and keeping your vitamin D levels optimal.
  • Skin discoloration from sun damage can be reversed. The most effective method is IPL, or intermittent pulse laser, a treatment you can get from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. This procedure also works beautifully for spider veins, too.

An Ageless Smile

As a dentist’s daughter, I know that you can tell the state of someone’s health by looking in her mouth. Our teeth naturally fade from a bright white to a more ivory tone as we age, but it’s possible to whiten teeth somewhat through peroxide treatments at home or at a dentist’s office. As you enter your ageless years, you might want to think about doing the dental procedures that will give you a better smile that you’ve put off because it felt frivolous to invest in your own beauty. Veneers, caps, and whitening can all make you feel more confident as you smile. Ultimately, the most beautiful smile is one that’s genuine. It is an expression of sheer pleasure that comes from the heart.

As you let go of constricting ideas about beauty and the cultural shaming that affects almost all women, your smile will come more easily. You’ll laugh heartily, without fearing that someone might think you’re too brassy or that you shouldn’t draw attention to yourself. You won’t care about what anyone has to say regarding your personal style because you will have owned that you are a gorgeous, powerful, and ageless goddess—an expression of the life force that can’t contain its joy. That is your birthright. Claim it and celebrate it, and you’ll be ageless!

Adapted with permission from Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-being. (Hay House, 2015).

Last Updated: March 16, 2015

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.

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  1. Dr Anita Jetnikoff
    3 years ago

    Thank you Dr Christianne Northrup for your beauty, wisdom, wit and for the inspiration you share with all women. You truly are a radiant and practical Goddess. I read all you write and watch your performances with such joy. Many many tips you share have been gratefully incorporated into my life. This box is too small to list them all. The avoidance of wheat advice has proved so effective that it almost precludes me from belly dancing. Not that that will stop me. Go the joy dance!

  2. Dr Anita Jetnikoff
    3 years ago

    Thank you Dr Christianne Northrup for your beauty, wisdom, wit and for the inspiration you share with all women. You truly are a radiant and practical Goddess. I read all you write and watch your performances with such joy. Many many tips you share have been gratefully incorporated into my life. This box is too small to list them all. The avoidance of wheat advice has proved so effective that it almost preclude me from belly dancing. Not that that will stop me. Go the joy dance!

  3. Adrienne
    4 years ago

    Hi,
    I recently found you through A Hay house I Can do it interview and have since downloaded all of your talks .you have come into my life at a very Difficult time for me as there’s a lot of change happening ,and you have helped me enormously , I have laughed and cried as I can relate to so much you have spoken about . Your wit and knowledge are a breath Of fresh air .Your an inspiration to all the women on this planet and I hope you continue to spread the word in your Wonderfull way.Wishing you and all Ageless Goddesses everywhere love and light.

  4. Anne
    4 years ago

    Saw the PBS special. shared it with several friends. Bought your book today as birthday present for myself. Love your approach to living fully alive and with pleasure. I just added to my life roles. My beloved, beautiful daughter had a baby ten days ago. when sharing my wonder filled news with a neighbor, he asked if I felt older! I responded, “I feel younger!” I can’t wait to start the 14 day Ageless Goddess Proram!

  5. Wendy
    4 years ago

    I was blown away by your PBS special and promptly bought your book to add to my Christiane Northrup collection. I’m turning 45 this year and you’ve given me a great head start in ageless living. Thank you!

  6. Linda
    4 years ago

    I saw your show on PBS and found it to be very informative and uplifting! I had a birthday in March, turned 72, but I refuse to get old! I know my body will continue to age, but with a good attitude, good food, and good exercise, I am going to have a quality life as long as I am privileged to live on this earth!

  7. Linda Haddow
    4 years ago

    Thank you for your writing on Ageless Goddess. I found your words empowering and uplifting to read and think about as `The Invisible woman“ is not just a myth in Canada. Best regards and Appreciation, LH

  8. Arleen
    4 years ago

    I loved your being on PBS. I caught it accidentally and thoroughly enjoyed it. I just turned 70 and feeling old as I continue looking for employment and am met with comments about how I should be retired. Charming idea, but not possible. Anyway, your show gave me a lift of inspiration for pursuing.

  9. Antoinette
    4 years ago

    I have been listening to your amazing book “Goddesses Never Age” and have fallen in love with your methods. I have always taken very good care of my health so I look about ten years younger than my age (which I am not ready to reveal at the moment). I have also ordered your book in written form and will start reading it this weekend. Just now I also signed up for your “Goddesses Never Age” online course because I would like to connect with like minded women of every age. As you mentioned in your book, ageism is so very prevalent here in the United States. It was much easier for me to remain ageless while I was living in Paris, France for ten years because most French women are not fed the garbage about aging that we have to endure in this country. When I got back stateside some 12 years ago I noticed the difference in how we Americans view aging and I have tried to deal with it in the best way I could. I think you have started a marvelous revolution of sorts!!! I applaud you and I hope to learn much from your ageless wisdom.

  10. Diana Davis
    4 years ago

    I’m excited to learn from you and your wisdom to be the beautiful woman that I am. Thank you for your books.

  11. Sandi Rubie
    4 years ago

    I saw you on tv this week and have ordered your program which I am very excited and looking forward to receiving. I am 65 years old and started feeling old. Your information is perfect for this young gal! In the meantime, I have thoroughly enjoy your email information. I read it immediately. Thank you so much-Have an awesome day.

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