I was fortunate enough to visit Ananda in the Himalayas some years back and to me the place signifies a surrender to just 'being' midst this great peace. That immense stillness I felt will stay with me forever.
I've long been an advocate of the ancient Indian Ayurvedic philosophy. it works at all stages in life, but in my experience comes into its own during midlife when the body dries out and frankly we need all the help we can get.
Shop-bought skin care is rare in traditional Ayurvedic households where women have been mixing their own for centuries, sharing the ancient secrets of a cornucopia of indigenous herbs, spices and oils for generations.