Age is Just a Number

Beauty at Every Age

Eight Women Go in Front of the Camera to Prove Beauty Comes From Within

Photography by Jenn Cady
 

Kathryn Dennis 

Kathryn Dennis, 26

On skin care:
Kathryn protects her fair skin with CeraVe sunscreen and an under-eye cream, both of which her dermatologist recommends. And she swears by Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum. “It smells like roses and it feels great,” she says. 

How she embraces her age:
“I feel like now that I have a daughter, I don’t talk negatively about myself,” Kathryn says. “I want her to grow up confident. I don’t have a scale in my bathroom any more.” 

 

Zandrina Dunning

 

Zandrina Dunning, 36

On skin care:
Zandrina drinks a lot of water to stay hydrated and uses Dove- and Aveeno-brand products “from head to toe.” 

On embracing her age:
“The 30s is the light bulb, so I can only imagine how your 40s are going to be,” Zandrina says. “There’s this voice inside that’s so much louder than it was. It’s so cool following that path … I’m so much more unapologetic. It’s a beautiful thing.” 

 

Erin Kienzle Erin Kienzle, 38 

 On skin care:
Erin depends on Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. “It feels like silk on your face and is a great primer for makeup.” She also loves True Botanicals Radiance Oil. “It’s pricey, but it lasts forever and gives you such a healthy glow.” 


On embracing her age:
“As I get older, I feel more comfortable than ever in my skin. Sure, I have fine lines, and the gray hairs are starting to sprout, but after years of searching, I finally know who I am –  and I’m just grateful to be happy and healthy. Those laugh lines were earned and those stretch marks are the reminder of how lucky I am to have two little girls.” 

 

Andrea Serrano

Andrea Serrano, 42 

 On skin care:
Andrea’s skin care regime includes Germain Dermatology’s retinol cream and under-eye serum, as well as the tinted sunscreen. She looks stylish and protects her skin by wearing a big hat, big sunglasses and a lot of sunscreen when she’s outdoors. “My skin is my top priority,” she says, and proudly says she’s Botox-free. “I don’t want to stop time but I want to age gracefully.” 

On embracing her age:
“The 40s have been a really empowering time of my life,” Andrea says. “I’m always trying to spread a positive message.” She says she thinks more about what she wants to teach her children. The biggest lesson she wants them to learn? “Whatever you want to do in life, you can make it happen.” 

 

Helen MitternightHelen Mitternight, 58 

On skin care:
Helen applies the highest SPF Neutrogena sunscreen she can find and wears “big, funny hats” when she’s out in the sun.

On embracing her age:
“I feel sexier now than I ever did because I don’t care anymore who finds me sexy,” she says. Helen says she looks back at pictures of herself when she was in her 20s. She recalls thinking at the time that she was fat. Now, she wonders what she was thinking. “I was beautiful.” 

 

English Drews

 

English Drews, 58 

On skin care:
English’s secret to beautiful skin? Maya Chia Super Couple. “It’s the thing I can’t live without,” she says.  

On embracing her age:
English’s tries to live by her favorite quote by author Roald Dahl, which is displayed in a special place in her home: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” 

 

 

Sharon Bruner

Sharon Bruner, 65 

On skin care:
Sharon, who had melanoma removed from her arm, applies sunscreen and often wears long-sleeve shirts to protect her sensitive skin from the sun.  

 On embracing her age:
“I’m much more patient than when I was younger,” Sharon says. She says she’s also developed better listening skills and tries to be less judgmental. 

 

 

Zandrina Riley

Zandrina Riley, 66

On skin care:
“I really maintain my skin by eating well,” says Zandrina, who admits she was once a junk-food addict and now takes a holistic approach to wellness.  Aging, she says, is not a given. It’s a gift. She says she focuses on resting, relaxing and restoring. “I think I’m healthier now than I was in my 30s.” 

 On embracing her age:
“I’m still getting used to it,” Zandrina says honestly. “I notice my hair getting grey quick,” But, she says, “When I see my grandkids and my children, I’m just so grateful to be alive and well.”