Some days, I just smile more than others. You know why? Because on some occasions, young boys behind the cash register at Harris Teeter card me when I buy wine. Seriously, that makes me so happy. Now, please - don't think I don't know that's just a tactic....let's make this old chick feel good by carding her. Sure, that crossed my mind. And don't think I didn't read the sign "we card age 30 and younger" ... so it's not that I am sneaking by with a ton of years (though, I'll take the seven, thank you). The honest to goodness truth is, the token carding doesn't matter. The way it makes me feel does.

"Age is only a number" - we've heard a million times. For the first time in my life, I am actually starting to believe it (cashier boys have nothing to do with it, either). A recent study by Dr. Frisen revealed that most cells in an adult's body are as young as 7 to 10 years old. Many of the cells in your body renew themselves constantly, meaning that while you may be 40, most of the cells in your body may be less than 10 years old. Fascinating. Have you taken the Real Age test? I have. According to my healthy lifestyle, my real age is 29. Love it - keep it coming! So, is age that big of a deal? Is it more important to feel young than be young? My friend Kay would say so. She truly embraces her age. She often claims she is "almost 40" (come on, you are not almost 40 - you are my age ... never mind that 40 is only three years away!!). Impressive.

Please note: I have never been more comfortable in my skin than at this point in my life. I love being my age and everything that comes with it. And honestly, I feel more sexy now than when I was in my 20s. I certainly didn't know what "sexy" was back then. I know now that "sexy" is not a look, it's a feeling.

My point to all of this is that while the way you feel may override the number that you are, other choices you make in life have an impact. A healthy diet and exercise program for starters. Truth be told, if you are not eating right and staying active, it will show up in your skin (and most noticeably on your face). Too much sun exposure and too little sleep are other contributing factors. How you care for your skin - both body and face - can have positive short-term and long-term effects.

And remember ... confidence, a healthy attitude and good skin will get you carded. ;)

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