'It's all going south from here!': Gwyneth Paltrow opens up about embracing her age

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US actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives for the 26th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration in Beverly Hills, California, on October 14, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, is opening up about embracing aging. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Gwyneth Paltrow has no plans to join the war on aging.

The 49-year-old actress recently opened up to People about learning to love her age and to be less critical of her own image. 

"Unfortunately, we're always looking at ourselves with a critical eye," she said. "I would love to get to a place where I don't do that anymore. I want to show up for myself in a more loving way, because it's all going south from here! There's nothing we can do about it."

The mom of two noted that the first noticeable signs of her body changing came after she welcomed her first child, Apple, now 17. 

"I was just coming out of my 20s when you're in that sexy, young girl phase," the actress explained. "And then you're like, 'Well, how do I reconcile who I am now with that?' For me, it was really about giving myself time to be a mother, and letting my body dictate where it was going."

Paltrow added that a significant part of her journey to self-love has been accepting the changes her body makes and managing unrealistic beauty expectations.

"We have all these expectations," she pointed out. "Some women feel when they have kids that they don't feel sexual because their body isn't back yet. But it's like, 'Who said our bodies have to look a certain way?' It's hard as you age and change. But it's about bringing a wider spectrum of acceptance."

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She went on to say that now, instead of fixating on the superficial components of beauty, she tries to focus more on her inner beauty. 

"I am focusing more on the fundamentals of wellness, like meditation, hydration, nutrient-dense foods and not having tons of alcohol, which I had way too much of during the pandemic!"

The Goop founder also opened up about how she's grown as she's aged.

"I would never want to go back to my 20s, or even my 30s for that matter," she said. "I know myself, I like myself and I am so grateful for the wisdom that comes with age."

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