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Beauty: In the Eyes of the Beholder for Women 60 and Over

Can Women over 60 be Beautiful and Sexy?

The simple answer is... It is in the eye of the beholder. I'm assuming we are referring to physical beauty here.

Guess what...people's views are biased by the ideas and prejudice learned from society and the pervasive culture in which they live in, in addition to their personal experience. As such, to some, the answer is 'yes', and to others the answer is 'no'.

Now, in my own biased opinion, the answer is 'yes' provided the 60 plus woman maintained certain habits and activities to keep their physique.

She Needs to be Active

To maintain the young look, a woman would have to maintain some exercise regimen designed to maintain muscle mass and some level of fitness.

In my own experience, one would have to work out at least 3 times a week in order to see some fitness gain. The workout would have to include some form of the following:

  • Aerobic exercise (jogging, bicycling, swimming)
  • Strength exercise (some form of weight lifting drills, covering the major body muscles)
  • Flexibility work out (like Yoga)

It is a well know fact that a body that has more muscles burn more calories. For example, a standing woman who works out will typically use up more calories than a similar standing woman who doesn't exercise.

Besides, someone who works out will have firmer looking physique; and if we are talking about women past 60 years of age, the muscles will help keep the body looking firm, and as such looking young as well.

She Needs to Stay out of the Sun

I've personally seen women who regularly spend time sunbathing. The sun can certainly cook skin so that it has a darker color. When one is young, it does tend to look good. But over time, the skin starts to develop light and dark spots. I've seen this on old women and it doesn't look very pleasing nor sexy.

Skin that has been exposed to the sun over the years looks like leather and are freckled. You've seen how they look, and they aren't pretty, nor sexy. Basically, aside from increasing ones chances of getting skin cancer, the sun accelerates the ageing of the skin.

On the other hand, skin that have been protected from the sun over the years tend to look younger.

She Needs to Eat Right

The human body is in constant need of things to repair and build itself. And to do this, it needs nutrients, minerals, proteins, and other cell building blocks. Deprive it of certain nutrients, and the body starts to react.

For example, a woman who fails to take in enough calcium will find herself with weak bones which lend itself to easy breakage or deformation.

Thus, for the 60 plus woman to maintain beauty and be considered sexy, she would have to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Note that older people typically have a harder time getting what they need. And in most cases, would have to supplement their diet with over the counter vitamins.

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In summary, beauty and sexiness for women over 60 really lies in the eyes of the beholder; but if you ask me, the answer is "yes" provided she:

  • exercises,
  • protected her skin over time from the aging effects of the sun,
  • and maintains a well balanced diet.

OK. What do you think? Let me know, by posting comments below.

Your Comments?

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 05, 2011:

Excellent tips, forlanda! I especially appreciate the notes about sun, and the necessary combo of cardio with strength and flexibility. So many folks don't realize that all three elements must be present in a good workout regimen!

J Forlanda (author) from US of A on July 01, 2011:

You are welcome.

seriousnuts from Philippines on July 01, 2011:

I hope that when I do turn 60 after some decades, my future husband will say yes to that question. I'll surely stay away from the sun, as it is one of the main culprit of premature aging. Thanks for the reminders. Very nice hub.

J Forlanda (author) from US of A on July 01, 2011:

Thanks for visiting and the move up!

GracieLake from Arizona on July 01, 2011:

Interesting. This isn't a topic I see much about, and I appreciate that you've taken a look at it. I rate this Up!

J Forlanda (author) from US of A on July 01, 2011:


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