Natural beauty

My marriage recently split up after my husband (their father) left me for a younger woman...

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Dear Wendyl, I’m in my late fifties and have two beautiful daughters in their twenties. My marriage recently split up after my husband (their father) left me for a younger woman. I have been

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finding it really hard to cope with but I’m picking myself up, putting my shoulders back and am determined to get on with life – and part of that involves getting a bit of a nip and tuck to my face.

A couple of my friends have had it done and I think it is just the lift I need to get out into the world of dating. But my daughters are horrified and say my friends look unnatural and that I’m a

very beautiful woman as I am. I disagree. What do you think?

Sylvia, Auckland*

Dear Sylvia, I think a woman with wrinkles and lines reveals a life well-lived. There is nothing better than an older woman laughing her head off and all her lines and creases showing. I know you don’t feel you are beautiful and part of that is because we are told by ads – and I hate to say it – and other women that old is unattractive.

Your daughters are telling you that it’s about the whole package – not just how you look, but also how you act, talk and engage with people. If need be, wait until you get your confidence back before embarking on something major you might regret further down the road.*

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