The wisdom received is that after menopause women have to choose between a slim figure or a youthful looking face.
It's not just an old women's story: hormones increase the likelihood of weight gain, while collagen decreases as we get older, which causes sagging after weight loss.
So, would you prioritize the face or figure? Samantha Brick spoke with women from both sides.
Samantha Brick spoke with women who prioritized her face or figure in an attempt to reduce the signs of aging. Carol May (pictured), 57, revealed that she focuses on taking care of her skin by not sunbathing and using factor 50 sunscreen
FACE: CAROL, SIZE 14
PA Carol May Elementary School, 57, is married to Peter, 61, a chemical engineer. They have a 20 year old daughter and live in Liverpool. Carol has a size of 12-14.
I am 5 feet 10 inches, so having a size 12-14 is healthy for my height, however, other women with my dress size might be tempted to lose weight.
But I do not think it's a good idea to be super thin when you're older. The neck and thorax are the areas of the body of a woman who is more likely to give her age and is the first place where I lose weight if I diet.
I think it makes me look much older when I get thinner, I look skinnier and thinner. As much as I would like to fit into a size 10, I do not look as young as I do if I'm a little heavier.
Another reason why my face seems relatively young and almost free of lines is that I do not sunbathe after a skin cancer 15 years ago. They removed a disgusting mole and now I always use 50 factor sunscreen and I drink a lot of water, which I am convinced that it helps to hydrate my skin.
I am 57 years old and people often think that I am around 40 years old.
FACE: MANDY, SIZE 14
Mandy St John Davey, 57, is single, property developer and mentor. She lives near Brecon Beacons, Wales. She is a size 14.
When I was younger it bothered me that my friends had a size of 10-12 while I was stuck looking at the size 14 rails. But today, having a larger frame has been worth it.
Mandy St John Davey (pictured), 57, says she is more protective of her face than her figure. She uses a selection of cosmetics that are made from natural ingredients
When I reached the middle of my 50 years I escaped with an emaciated look, and many people commented that my face still looks youthful for my age.
That does not mean that he does not watch the scales. I played a lot of sport in my 20s and 30s, but during the last two decades the health problems have meant that I can not do it anymore. As a result, it is very easy to accumulate kilos.
But I am much more protective with my face than with my figure. Skin care has always been important to me. I would never go to bed with my face, my neck or my neckline unbuttoned.
Long before I became a property developer, I qualified as an aromatherapist and I appreciate the importance of natural ingredients. I use eye creams and serums along with face creams day and night, and I always add a product for neck and neckline.
People congratulate me for my skin and they tell me that I look younger than my 57 years, so I guess I have something good.
FACE: SUZANNAH, SIZE 14
Suzannah Hicks, 55, a mother of five, is 12-14. She is a mature, married model and lives in Berkshire.
In the last decade, the dilemma of the face or figure has definitely been in my mind. I realized that if I lose too much weight, it appears on my face and neck, so I had to make a choice.
Suzannah Hicks (pictured), 55, believes that her skin looks healthier and smoother when she carries a few extra pounds in body weight
Until age 40, I was around size 12. But everything changed when I went through menopause, and the size of my dress went up to 14.
I felt that I was losing control of my body, so at the end of my 40 years, I worked hard to lose almost a stone.
However, although I liked to recover my figure, I noticed a loss of elasticity in the area of the face and neck that had not been there before. Everything seemed more saggier.
I realized that deliberately carrying a few extra kilos of body weight would help keep my skin full. My skin looks smoother and looks healthier, and more youthful, as a result.
So I made peace with my changing body shape. While I take the time to take care of my skin by cleansing, toning and moisturizing, cosmetic procedures are not something I consider at this time.
I try to eat a healthy diet and, sometimes, I take iron supplements if I feel tired.
I recently started using HRT that helps with the severity of my hot flashes and my aching joints.
My physical form has not changed and I have not noticed a change in my skin, but it is helping my symptoms.
FIGURE: KAY, SIZE 10
Kay Quillan, 50, is an independent marketing consultant. She lives in Milngavie, Glasgow, with her two teenage children. She is a size 10.
Kay Quillan (pictured), 50, prioritizes her figure over her face, as it increases her self-esteem. She goes to the gym at least four times a week to stay slim
Having a good figure is excellent for my self-esteem and it is definitely my priority over my face.
Today, my body is in better shape than in my 20 years, before having children. In part, I attributed it to a better diet and the fact that I do not drink as much as when I was younger.
But they often ask me if I go to the gym a lot, and the answer is yes! I usually go at least four times a week. Cycle, I do yoga and other classes, including the body pump (active weight lifting). Since I was in my mid-forties, and at the beginning of menopause, I've realized that I have to work harder to keep my figure slim, and being thin makes me feel younger.
I'm less worried about how my face ages. You can always cheat with your face. Some friends have used Botox and fillings with good taste, and in the future it is not something that would be dismissed without further ado.
But I think that exercising and the satisfaction it brings, keeps you looking and feeling younger and happier.
FIGURE: ANDREA, SIZE 8
Andrea Symons, 52, is married and is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She lives in Bushey, Hertfordshire and has a size 8.
In my opinion, being thin is what most compares with looking young.
If a woman in her fifties fattens around her waist, she will look and be perceived as older. That's why I'd prefer to focus on my figure than on my face.
Andrea Symons (pictured), 52, says having a youthful figure is important to her, since she can not stand the idea of aging. She maintains her form through the teaching of yoga and following a healthy lifestyle regime
While I will not strive to look younger, it is important to me that my figure has a youthful form.
I feel like I'm in the best way I've ever been and it makes me feel good, and still young, to know that I can still put clothes in my closet that is more than 20 years old.
My job as a yoga teacher means that I have no choice but to focus meticulously on how my form is. If that means my face suffers a bit, it's a little less plump, so be it.
I recently published a picture of myself in a bikini on Facebook and received many positive comments about my body.
And the truth is that anyone can look like me, but you have to work on it. My body is the culmination of a lot of hard work by teaching yoga and a healthy lifestyle.
Although I know that my body looks fantastic, from the neck up I do not have anything special. I have a simple routine: I use Olay on my face and coconut oil to moisturize. I also apply eye cream.
While I do not want to look like I'm 25 years older, I can not stand the idea of getting old! I want to preserve what I have as long as possible. I intend to keep my blonde hair long.
Davina McCall, who is 50 years old, looks amazing. It is obvious that she works hard to maintain her figure. People have said that their face looks older because it has such a fibrous body, but I do not agree. When it comes to choosing between face and figure, I'm on the side of the figure all the time.
FIGURE: CHRISTINE, SIZE 8
Foster caregiver Christine Taylor, 57, is married and lives in Bolton. Christine has a son Marc, 34, and two grandchildren. She is a size 8.
Christine Taylor (pictured), 57, believes she would look older if she gained weight. She stays slim practicing karate, yoga and walking her dog
I am one of those women who has always been thin, I have been a size 8 and 8 stone for most of my adult life, so it is definitely the first figure, the second person for me.
I have noticed some wrinkles. But I think I would see my age, if not older, if it were bigger because people would assume that I had let go & # 39;
I walk to the dog for something up to three hours a day. I also attend yoga sessions and have practiced karate for the past 25 years.
As a result, I am very flexible and I can divide at 57, which helps me to continue feeling young.
In my forties, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. But even when I was not well, I watched my figure. It's about the only thing I had control over.
Sometimes the aging bothers me. But then I remember that not everyone is lucky enough to get to 57 and it helps keep things in perspective.