Day 20–Wrinkles, aging and such

Day 20 without non hygienic beauty products

Let’s move from my obsession with makeup to my obsession with lotions, creams, and anti-aging products.  Over the last 20 days I have noticed a difference in the way my face feels.  It definitely doesn’t feel as soft as it usually does when I wake up in the morning.  My eyes feel puffier.  In general my face feels tighter.  All of this leads me to believe that after Easter I will pick up right where I left off using my 12 products at night. To be honest, they’re not all creams to help my face feel better.  I really love a product called Revitalash that has helped my short stubby eyelashes to become really long.  I also like the glycolic peel that I use about once a week that burns off all dead skin cells.  It’s pretty harsh and I have to carefully watch how long I leave it on my face, but hey…what’s a little facial burn in the name of beauty.

It’s one thing to use creams to help your face genuinely feel softer and smoother.  It’s another to use anti-aging products to stop the aging process.  Even I’m smart enough to know that I’m in the process of aging and have been since birth.  Nothing I do, short of having my face surgically stretched, will remove wrinkles from coming.  Rest assured, I’m not having my face stretched because I’ve seen way too many pictures of women who end up looking like cats after their face lifts.  That is definitely not beauty.

An incredibly beautiful friend of mine, sent me this quote that made me reconsider all of those lines and wrinkles that have started to gloriously show themselves on my 40 year old face.  Perhaps this will speak to you in the same way.  Read it slowly my friends…perhaps you’ll even want to read it daily.

“You could see the signs of female aging as diseased, especially if you had a vested interest in making women to see them your way. Or you could see that a woman is healthy if she lives to grow old; as she thrives, she reacts and speaks and shows emotion, and grows into her face. Lines trace her thought and radiate from the corners of her eyes as she smiles. You could call the lines a network of ‘serious lesions’ or you could see that in a precise calligraphy, thought has etched marks of concentration between her brows, and drawn across her forehead the horizontal creases of surprise, delight, compassion and good talk. A lifetime of kissing, of speaking and weeping, shows expressively around a mouth scored like a leaf in motion. The skin loosens on her face and throat, giving her features a setting of sensual dignity; her features grow stronger as she does. She has looked around in her life and it shows. When gray and white reflect in her hair, you could call it a dirty secret or you could call it silver or moonlight. Her body fills into itself, taking on gravity like a bather breasting water, growing generous with the rest of her. The darkening under her eyes, the weight of her lids, their minute cross-hatching, reveal that what she has been part of has left in her its complexity and richness. She is darker, stronger, looser, tougher, sexier. The maturing of a woman who has continued to grow is a beautiful thing to behold.”
― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women

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