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Age: 63

Location: Pacific Northwest

Skin Type: Normal

Skin Concerns: Sagging, wrinkles, sagging

Hi there, I’m Julie Kay -- a verified aging hippie! I graduated from high school in 1969, when I thought “flower power” meant something entirely different from gardening! I’m in my 60s now and keeping in step with Father Time is an organic dance I never seem to be able to learn the steps to long enough to enjoy a good glide around the floor.

BUT! I don’t intend to go softly into the night; I fully intend to look as good as humanly possible and to do so with grace. I lived in the sun and loved every moment during my 20s and 30s, even up into my early 50s. Why I am not a prune today is a mystery. I have ash brown hair and blue eyes from a mainly Celtic-based heritage. I’ve been known to bemoan my Polish background when referring to my eyes. I may sound vain - I’m not vain. What I believe, and believe strongly, is that we women (and men who care - of course I wouldn’t exclude you!) owe it to ourselves to do what we can within the boundaries of our individual realities to look our best - if looking good is a priority.

I live a few miles north of Seattle with my engineer husband and our two cats, Coco and Mina. We were both born here - in the heart of Seattle; true natives, we even like the rain! My “in youth” flower power came in handy, it seems. I’m an avid gardener now and have turned my husband into one as well since we married 23 years ago. My best friend is 17 years younger than me. In the way of Karma, we’re soul kin and age is irrelevant. Last but not least – I have three beautiful grandchildren. I’m telling you, being a grandparent didn’t come natural to me, at first - but I’ve got it now, and I love these individuals like no one’s business. How privileged am I to be their “Gah.”

I referred to looking good being a priority. My husband thinks I’m nuts. Either this is a hard-fast rule or he truly loves me for who I am and who I am becoming. I think “all of the above” is true. Men, our men and significant others (best friends, grandchildren, and others in your life who love you), don’t share our concerns in this arena. They’ll support us in our endeavors, maybe, but when they look at us, they see the person they love, not the wrinkles. My point: This can be a lonely path. We do this for ourselves. This place where you face the mirror and wonder, “What do I do next?” Truth in Aging can help with this; will help you, if you pay attention.

I found TIA and Marta in May 2008 and knew immediately this site was vastly different than other beauty blogs. I love what I’ve learned here - keep learning! I feel the network growing and am so proud and grateful to be a part of the process.

Articles By Julie

  • February 20, 2015

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    Gurunanda Pulling Oil

    Among all the many “ifs” in my life, “if I’d found oil pulling earlier” easily hits the top three given the benefits it’s shown my body and overall health. I first discovered oil pulling at least a decade ago from a friend who lives in Arizona and was knowledgeable in a variety of naturopathic remedies. Oil pulling was merely a side note in a conversation we had one day; one that I immediately Googled when I hung up the phone. I found the whole idea fascinating. It wasn’t a we ...Read More...

  • January 21, 2013

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    Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System- reader reviewed and recommended

    Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new. After 62 years (in three weeks) of waging war with life, I put this simple cliché behind me. And thought that the edict “You can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make her drink” so befitted me. This horse is still thirsty, it seems.

    I’ve been on record and vocal about not liking to wash my face. Somehow over time I believed my unlined, younger-looking visage had something to do with not treating it invasively with harsh cleansers and/or exfoliators. I’m still on board, in general, with ...Read More...

  • October 15, 2012

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    Vespro Regeniskin Regeneration Cream- reviewed and recommended

    A couple months ago, Junko asked me in comments to my Challenged by Hands article what I was using as my current hand regimen; if I’d found anything new that was working better than what I’d found before. We discovered we were both using the same product- ZO Skin Health’s Oraser Day and Night Hand Care. We also agreed that although there was some improvement in both our hands; I could say (after using it for more than 3 months) the improvements had leveled off, and if ...Read More...

  • June 18, 2012

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    What’s Working for Me Now- from TIA contributor Julie Kay

    Concluding my sixth decade with Truth in Aging’s full knowledge array of anti-aging secrets, in-depth reviews, and knowledge base within tapping distance of my fingers took a lot of stress off of turning 60 last year. No doubt about it. But as in all things, it’s possible to become complacent and when 61 rolled around, especially returning from a California trip in February to Disneyland with my grandkids, I realized whatever I was doing wasn’t doing me any favors. I was actually losing ground. I wondered if it was something I was doing wrong, the health concerns I’ve dealt with the pa ...Read More...

  • May 8, 2012

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    Hair Vitality Complex

    Within a few days of Marta’s reveal of Truth in Aging’s ground-breaking product Hair Vitality Complex ($49 in the shop), I was asked if I wanted to test it. It felt like an answer to a prayer, since it had immediately leaped to the top of my priority list. This review is slow to transpire, and I’m certain some have given me up for a goner. To the contrary! I was merely getting all my ducks in a row. First off, I wanted to wait till I’d had my hair freshly colored. I recall when I had use ...Read More...

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