Who says it’s all downhill after you’re 25? For these women, it was all looking up after their youth. Age brings wisdom, develops skills, and builds talent that requires years of perfecting. These women grew their confidence and developed their looks, and they look incredible.
It Can Be As Simple As A New Hairstyle
“From 17 to 22. My hair doesn’t look like a bad wig anymore.” Hair has a way of framing the face that can make a world of difference. It can take a few tries over time to find a hairstyle that works effortlessly.
You’re Only As Old As You Feel
“Life begins at 40! This is the difference between being 25 and 40.” It doesn’t matter how old you are, what matters is what you do to take care of your health and spirit. That can keep you feeling young forever.
It Takes Time To Find Your Identity
“From 12 to 27, I feel like I’m aging backwards.” We thought as little girls that being on the popular cheerleading squad was the only way to happiness.
In reality, personal style, a couple tattoos, and red hair can make you feel much more confident.
Better Than Time Travel
“I suspect that I might be Benjamin Button.” Do you know what’s better than time travel? It’s feeling confident, free-spirited, and comfortable. It beats any time machine by reflecting on how you feel from the inside to the outside.
Dropped Pounds And A Man
From 17 to 24 she went through horrible cystic acne, lost 50 lbs, got braces, and dropped an emotionally abusive boyfriend. You can tell she moved on to a much healthier relationship that even led to marriage.
“The Power Of Makeup And Breakups”
Who needs a boyfriend when you can be your own source of happiness? Get rid of the extra weight and stress of a boyfriend so you can focus on yourself and perfect your makeup routine.
A little Bit Of Physical Activity A Day
“I changed my diet and activity level and I feel like a whole different person. It’s great to be confident. Now I work out at home and chase after my kids. This is life at 33.”
Responsibilities and lifestyles change, but you still need to be your own priority.
Aging Doesn’t Mean Giving Up Style
“Got better at makeup at 32 from 13 and my bone structure came in nicely. Still goth.”
You don’t have to give up your style from your youth to conform to your age, all you have to do is update it so it fits you better.
Patience Is A Virtue
“Only took me 30 years to glow up.” These pictures were taken at 13, 23, and 33. They prove that it’s not a race to feel comfortable and beautiful as we get older, it’s a process of healing and growth. And the power of the cat eye is unmatched.
“A Decade Of Small Changes”
It almost looks like four different people, but they really just reflect the stages of growth of one person.
“I look back and I wish I had been kinder to 17-year-old me. My confidence was so low that I jumped at the first chance I had to be in a relationship, and the guy was terrible about putting me down. Finding makeup boosted my self-image enough that I actually started working on myself, got out of that relationship, and now I’m constantly trying to improve.”
Just Get Rid Of It Altogether
“Surprisingly, my high school crush was not impressed by my hair and makeup skills.” The easiest solution to the problem is just to get rid of the hair altogether. I bet that makes her morning routine so much easier, as well as attract better crushes that will love her in any style.
A Smile Is The Best Accessory
“I lost that baby fat and learned how to smile.” Yes, we can all thank puberty for fixing issues like baby fat, but the real reward here is learning to smile.
It’s such a simple act, but it plays a huge role in boosting our mood and helping our bodies release cortisol and endorphins. Which in turn makes us happy and smile more.
A Little Effort Makes A Big Difference
“The first picture is me in my duct tape dress at 16. The second picture is me now, at 21 after losing 100 pounds, cutting off my frizzy hair, and actually putting effort into my appearance.”
The important thing to realize is that you’re not putting in the effort to please other people, you’re putting in the effort to take make the time and care of yourself. It’s what you deserve.
Can You Guess Which Is The More Recent Picture?
Although she looks younger on the right, the left is her high school photo!
“I stopped being vegan, I got my hormones balanced, went through a bad breakup, went to therapy, and switched my major in college. I began loving myself. I decided that I wanted to become that girl I had always dreamt of.”
13 Going On 34
So much happened over those two decades. She found the power of contact lenses and got rid of her giant glasses, didn’t need her braces anymore, and dyed her hair to reflect her style better.
Shyness Doesn’t Reflect Confidence
“On the left 15yrs old, extremely shy and still not over being bullied in middle school… On the right, 33yrs old, still extremely shy, but on honeymoon with an amazing man who treats me better than I thought was possible and feeling so happy with life.”
Our teenage years shape us, and they can either break us or help us blossom.
Living Life In Color
At 30 years old, this woman realized that there’s no point trying to fit into the “norm.” Why limit yourself to brown hair when you can live life in color?
Stepping outside the box is a risk, but it’s the best way to open new doors and see how far you can go both physically and in life.
“I’d Like To Thank Accutane And Losing 90lbs”
The real transformation here is not the weight loss, but as she describes it, finding “patience and to never stop believing in yourself!” It’s amazing what women can accomplish and what they can avoid with those two magic ingredients.
It’s Not Always About Makeup
Although there’s nothing wrong with women finding empowerment from using makeup, makeup isn’t the only way to blossom with age. This woman is wearing none in both pictures, yet she continues to radiate more as she gets older.
Sometimes Men Can Blossom With Age, Too
Ladies, there’s hope! Some men do blossom with age as well.
“From 16 to 29, I dropped out of college, got married, became a dad, got divorced, and worked my way up to my dream job. A lot can happen over 13 years, let alone learning how to take care of yourself.”