Plan to look your best in old age

The secret to looking your best in old age is to plan it all along, according to Gervaise Gerstner, dermatologist to the stars.  This isn’t a cryptic glimpse into the world of Peter Pan, but advice from an expert that planning to undergo a programme of Botox, laser hair removal skin peels and other non-surgical cosmetic procedures, is the key to growing old gracefully. Of course eating healthily, moderating your intake of alcohol, exercising regularly and quitting smoking will help you to look and feel younger, but dermal fillers and the like are a sure-fire way to keep your skin plumped up and wrinkle-free when used in the right way, at the right time. Based on the requests she receives from women, Gerstner has put the ideal ‘face age’ at 36. In an interview with the Guardian online, she said: “Some people wake up at 42 and realise they need to return to 36, but the people who end up looking best have been planning for it all along”. In America, 20 per cent of Botox procedures are carried out on patients aged under 34, but the problem comes when wrinkle treatments are used as preventative. Overdoing Botox can have the opposite of the desired effect, in other words it can make you look older, and Lindsay Lohan is the perfect example of this, a 24-year-old who looks, well, about 36.