From the way society talks about getting older, you’d think aging (a completely natural process) was as dangerous and viral as the plague. Beauty retailers capitalize on the fearmongering by pushing thousands of anti-aging products, which promise to reduce wrinkles, increase collagen, and erase decades of life with just one bottle. Thankfully, not everyone is buying into the fad. Actress Drew Barrymore is teaching her kids that ‘aging is a luxury,’ not a curse.
“I’m now determined more than ever to show my daughters that aging is a luxury,” Barrymore told NewBeauty. “If we’re lucky, we are all going to age. I just want them to be at peace with who they are and not what they look like. If they are good, cool people; that’s all I care about.”
Of course, that’s sometimes easier said than done. Even Barrymore admitted that she has struggled with feeling confident, inside and out.
“I do feel like I’m on an upswing,” she said. “I just went through a couple of hard years, and I can see it wearing on my face. It’s not about aging; it’s about how I am on the inside. There’s also a very long period when you’re raising kids when it takes it out of you. When it depletes your ability to take care of yourself because your new job is doing nothing but taking care of someone else, and you love it. I’m not all about working from the inside out — I’m not big on meditation — but I do think your outside cannot hide your inside.”
While she still loves face masks, serums, and makeup (specifically Augustinus Bader’s rich cream, Flower Beauty skin elixir, Shani Darden’s retinol reform, Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm, and Clinique acne gel), Barrymore said one of the best ways she’s improved her overall health and appearance is by “not being a total A-hole.”
“I’ve realized that even when the little things aggravate you and seem really big and monumental, or even very public within your own circle, and you just wish you could hide your problems, you just can’t lose your cool,” she said. “Be nice through all of it. That’s always when I feel the best, no matter what. Go put it out in some private corner, and then show up and just be good to everyone.”
Barrymore, who founded Flower Beauty, also wants her daughters to know that makeup can be about so much more than hiding imperfections or slowing down the natural aging process; it can also be about innovation.
“I like to think my girls will be involved in Flower Beauty one day,” she said. “Olive would be a chemist, and Frankie would come up with all the marketing.”
Finally, someone who’s giving women and girls permission to have their lip gloss and wear it, too — without the added pressure of looking/being “perfect.”