I'll be hitting the Hawaii number in March (50), so I figured it's time to revisit the ancient wisdom of - if you're a woman and 50, it's time to hang it up, rent the walker, invest in blue hair dye and put a rocker on the porch. Extra points if you get more than one cat and a corncob pipe.
There's probably something wrong with someone my age who shops at Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Loehmann's (I do Target too, but they're getting awfully clone-ey lately and prices never good for the quality - i.e. not so good). Also, T.J. Maxx is coming up there - their buyers are getting very competitive with Loehmanns, especially for jeans and certain casual lines.
So, because the President turned 50 earlier this year, there were a rash of articles about "the new face of 50." Also - I guess I get to be a junior AARP member. Thanks, but no thanks . . .
This picture of President Obama appeared in the NY Times article on this topic. The article covered all the physical signs of aging and the reasons for them. It offered the wisdom that "black don't crack" and discussed various age-related complaints of white people.
Now, I will be the first to state that it's true - "black don't crack." Black people do look younger longer than people with lighter skin on average, and it is due to melanin in the skin which protects from sun damage.
But how does one explain that, while the "black don't crack" article refers to white people looking every one of their years and then-some, and hard-living, too - and then . . .
I took that picture yesterday, it is completely unretouched on the automatic setting of my webcam. I did dye my hair Friday (it turned out the same color as my jacket) but not to cover gray. I have a small amount of gray hair, and it's visible on my right temple as a light streak.
If you look at my eyelids, this is a sign of age. Eyelids will droop and fold. I noticed this a couple of years ago. I have very insignificant lines around the corners of my eyes, and I have "bags" under my eyes in this photo that I can easily get rid of through proper eating. I've been eating holiday foods and some have a small amount of dairy. Instant eye bags. I did not smooth or photoshop anything on my face. Anyone who knows me knows my teeth are crooked, and that in particular, my lower right incisor is off-line, so that's why my lower lip is slightly uneven. I also have a scar under my lip that no one notices. It is actually a big scar but it mimics the shape of my lip - I've had it since I was 7 years old and bit through my lip falling off the monkey bars.
Now, another untouched photo. I have on no makeup, but I will say that I follow the same skin care regimen morning and night. I do not deviate. I use simple products, I always cleanse, I always exfoliate, and I always make sure my pores are clean. In these pictures, I am wearing only a small amount of mascara, no eyeshadow, and a small amount of lip gloss. I always use brow gel. But it's clear. I have never plucked my eyebrows.
Now, you tell me - regarding cosmetic surgery (NONE) - what are these young girls, of any race, doing getting nose jobs? Love the nose you have! Work it!