Though you might recognize the name *Kate Somerville from the bestselling skin-care brand, the woman behind it is a force to be reckoned with in the beauty world. The aesthetician launched her brand after her skin-care treatments, offered out of her clinic in Los Angeles, became a go-to for Hollywood A-listers. Today, her impressive clientele includes Demi Moore, Eva Mendes, and Kate Hudson, among plenty of others. And unlike the staunch beauty standards they and other women are held to, Somerville would never tell a client they "look old." Quite the opposite, in fact.
You wouldn't expect one of the industry's leading aestheticians to say this, but to the 50-year-old Somerville, aging is a gift more than anything. "I'm proud I'm 50," she told a room of women during Glamour magazine's Women of the Year retreat, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz in San Francisco earlier this month. "I don't know how I made it to 50. I'm proud. I can’t understand the person that can't say 'I'm this age.' Hollywood is harsh on age — but not so much anymore. I feel like it's changing."
Whether or not people are ready to embrace age as it comes, Somerville encourages everyone to face the facts: Getting older — and looking older — is inevitable for everyone. But that's not a bad thing, she says, because with age comes knowledge of yourself.
"You will be 80 someday, hopefully," she said. "Hopefully, right? Hopefully, we will be walking with our little walkers and our saggy little everything. I always talk to a lot of my clients who are in their 70s… These people have seen so much, they have so much knowledge, and they're so precious. I love getting older."
Somerville's advice is just to enjoy youthfulness because no one can have it forever. "Your looks right now in your youth, enjoy it. It's a commodity. It will be gone. Right now you guys can walk in a room and turn heads. At my age, you don’t turn heads as much anymore. And you know what? If you’re okay inside, it doesn't matter."
And that's because, according to her, what matters most in life is doing whatever makes you feel fulfilled and doing it as much as possible. Somerville pointed to several editors and influencers in the room and said, "Your lipstick's on fire, you work out, you’re telling amazing stories — whatever that is, keep cultivating it and enjoy your youth and your health because it will be gone."
So, there you have it right from an aesthetician's mouth: The secret to maturing beauty is not to take it too seriously and just enjoy the ride, baby. Of course, there are always Somerville's beloved skin-care products to help along the way.
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Originally Appeared on Allure