On not loving the word ‘anti-aging’:
I just picture a vial of oil. I think of all the avenues people take to look younger, to look like they haven’t aged, not look their age, and to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and sagging skin. It seems like such an ugly thing and I don’t think it’s necessarily an ugly thing. Some of the most beautiful women have lines around their eyes.
There are extreme ways of anti-aging. Face-lifts and Botox are very different, one’s more extreme. I’m 30, going to be 31 in a couple of days, and I don’t want to knock that stuff — to each their own. But I also feel like there’s a look. When you start doing that, you start looking the same as everyone else. Because unfortunately, you’re conforming to something and your face doesn’t move. Everybody’s faces blending into each other and the more surgery you do, with the big lips, skinny nose and tight brow — why would you want to look like everybody else [in Hollywood]?
There are a lot of insecurities with anti-aging and a lot of stigmas. I’m terrified of feeling that. But, I think there’s enough products on the market to prevent that kind of stuff. There are behavioral things you can do, like not smoking or not drinking too much. I think it’s easier than people make it out to be. But also, that’s easy for me to say.
I feel like the phrase should be banned. Everyone is aging, by virtue of living another day. It’s impossible to prevent. We are all dying. We’re all marching towards death.
On the connection between wellness and beauty:
It’s absolutely connected. Being healthy is beautiful. Being healthy in the inside, it emits through. Your skin is your f-ing biggest organ. You can see happiness through someone’s skin. You can see someone who is taking care of themselves through their skin. You can see a glow that radiates from within. I always feel most beautiful when I’ve exercised, had a good meal, exfoliated, and washed my hair. I always feel most beautiful after I feel clean. I always feel beautiful after I’ve plucked my eyebrows.
… says Amanda, who is currently pregnant with her first child.