Aging is both an exciting and terrifying process — at least for me. Now don't get me wrong, I am excited to grow old and become more wise but I am terrified of advertising's perception of older women's looks and the bevy of skincare products that come with that. From serums to collagen, where does one even begin? It seems like some women have the whole aging process down, like for example, some moms on Facebook. This mom responds perfectly to a sales associate who says she needs anti-aging cream.
Canada based mom, Annick Robinson took to Facebook on April 9 to spread her important message about anti-aging with her Facebook friends and a lot of people around the world, as the post quickly picked up on the social media site and was shared 35,890 times as of Friday.
Robinson tells a story about walking through the Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Canada when she was suckered in to walking into a store by a salesman with a free bar of soap. The interaction starts off pretty civil with the salesman about Robinson's age, but Robinson admits that the conversation isn't exactly verbatim.
Man: "Your skin is so natural looking, you aren't wearing any makeup, right?"
Me: "Um, nooooo?"
Man: "Let me guess your age..." Proceeds to pull out a number 12 years younger than I am
Me: "I look my age and that's okay actually."
Its great that Robinson is a no-frills kind of lady, and embraces the aging process. The conversation continues between the two.
Man: Unsure how to handle that.."Let me show you our face serum because if you aren't careful to maintain your skin now, these wrinkles on your face will get much deeper, by 45 creams won't help anymore."
Me: "whats wrong with a woman looking 40?"
Man: "Well let's talk about the bags under your eyes, and smile lines, my eye cream could improve those in 15-minutes."
Me: "Whats wrong with my eyes? I have a miracle baby at home and haven't slept in 2 years, so if I have bags, I'm grateful to have them, and my husband and I laugh a lot. Those are his fault. He loves how I look...I don't think I need your cream."
Robinson is not wrong. Her skin, aging marks and all, is a sign of living her life. It is a sign of having a child, a loving husband and the love and the pain that comes with it all. To be proud of your skin is to be proud of your life and confident in the person you have become.
The conversation continues between the two, with the salesman offering her three creams for $199, or in his words, "cheaper than botox."
But Robinson ends on a positive and confident note, "I look fine now, and when I'm 45 I will look fine, and when I'm 50 I will look fine, because there is nothing wrong with a woman aging. Old age is a privilege to many, and I don't appreciate you marketing youth instead of your products, and denigrating age as a sales tactic. Thank you, but I don't want or need your cream."
Robinson's message is simple. Embrace aging and love the skin you're in, because it is the only skin you have.