I totally acknowledge this post may come off as vain or like I am complaining, even though I am trying to make it fairly light and funny. However, I don’t know of any woman who likes the changes that happen to our bodies as we age and especially changes post kid. And what is even more frustrating is men seem to get younger looking as they age which makes women look even more broke down as they get older even if that is NOT the case and they look great. Feminist….back off!! So I am not complaining (maybe a little) because I am OK with getting older, I am just not OK with looking the same age as my husband who is 7 years older and having more facial hair then my husband...
Ok Ladies (and men if any read this blog) let’s talk getting older. Specifically, getting older and your look.
Now let me preface and say by NO MEANS do I think I am old, but I also think I am reaching the age where I can no longer deny the fact that I am getting older and things are changing and I am looking older. My body is changing. My look is changing. I feel different and am noticing things I have never noticed before. And the last time I went to the store I wasn’t carded and she just put in a random birthday, so there is that...
Now I never thought I was someone who cared about my appearance. I very rarely wear make-up, I don’t use lotions and creams, I wear my hair up and messy about 96% of the time, my clothes…well you could say they are dated and ill fitting, I get a haircut once or twice a year, and if I don’t like the way I look I just don’t go out in public….which is OK with me.
I mean honestly, it is too bad that What Not To Wear is ending because I probably could benefit from a makeover. But I just have not put too much effort into my appearance, which I think can be good and bad. I probably should have made a little more effort over the years, I just always felt uncomfortable with beauty and fashion. Perhaps it was because for so much of my life I tried to go unnoticed by my peers, just blend into the background, that for me to wear makeup or fashionable clothing I feel like it would draw too much attention to myself and that makes me uncomfortable. Though I totally get that by NOT doing those things I am also drawing attention to myself, but it is hard to argue with crazy person logic!!
So what does this have to do with changes in my look and getting older?!?!
Well, now that I am getting older I am finding it harder to continue the way I have all these years. I am thinking I need help. I need to hide stuff. Cover things up.
So what is changing, you ask. Well let me tell you.
1. I am growing a beard. Ok, maybe not like this…
….but I have so many little dark and light hairs on my chin. I am going to be that lady that has one really long hair growing on her neck that I don’t see but everyone else sees it and stares at it and thinks “WHY WON’T SHE PLUCK IT” but they never say anything and it is the big elephant hair in the room that no one talks about. UGH.
I am seriously obsessed with trying to pluck every hair and I feel like they are just multiplying and it is so frustrating. I know that most people don’t get close enough to me to really see them, but I see them and know they are there and on really sunny days there is no hiding them. Dim lighting is my friend.
2. I have been getting pimples. Yep, 33 and breaking out on my face and my back like I was 15 years old boy!! I have been lucky that I have not had a huge problem with pimples in the past, but apparently now it is an issue. Sure hormones and stress can be a cause, but it is just weird and annoying that now I am breaking out.
3. My skin. Yes, in general my skin is changing. It isn’t as taut as it once was. It is blotchy and dull and just blah. I have circles under my eyes the size of half dollars and my once wrinkle free forehead now contains a crevasse that I feel I could store my change in. And just wait until the winter months….I will turn my head and half of my face will flake off! Awesome.
4. Hair. Besides losing tons of hair on a daily basis, I am also the proud owner of grey hair. After I had Henry I found my first grey hair. I heard that happened post pregnancy so of course like any normal person I quickly pulled it out and denied that it even had happened. And all was good. Until this weekend when I saw this…..
Grey hairs!!!! WTF?!?! When did those get there?! If having blotchy skin, pimples, and a beard wasn’t enough, now I have grey hairSSSS?! I really thought that being grey free was the one thing I had going for me, the one thing that didn’t make me feel like I was getting older. And then I was bitch slapped by a stray coarse grey hair and reminded that, yes Jenn, you are aging.
5. Boobs. All I am going to say about this is that boobs post kid fuck’n SUCK. Pardon my language, but your boobs should hit you in the face when you jump, not smack you in the vagina or rest comfortably on the post baby jelly belly you still have. But I still have hope for this as I promised Terry that when we were in a better place financially I would get a boob lift and he can get a ball lift. :-) So there is hope!!!
6. Body. My body is just different. Things are jiggling more and sagging more and clothes just fit weird. And I just feel at this in between with clothes. Like, what is appropriate and what doesn’t make me look old but what also doesn’t make me look like I am trying too hard or trying to look like my 25 year old sister. I know working out would help some of this. I will get on that.
There is also just things creaking and snapping that shouldn’t make noise and haven’t in the past. Or soreness that I have never had before. Like today with the weather, I feel and sound like a 90 year old! And don’t get me started on things happening below the belt. That is just a hot mess. Probably literally. Sigh.
Someone at work told me some of this could because I am off birth control and haven’t been on it for 4+ years and my hormones are just a crazy mess and that is what is causing some of these issues. WHAT, YOU THINK ME AND MY HORMONES ARE A CRAZY MESS?!?! YOUR HORMONES ARE A CRAZY MESS!!!
She may be right…..
And while she may be right and getting my hormones readjusted may help a little with some things, I think I have to face the reality that with each decade I enter things change and therefore I need to adjust.
First adjustment is signing up for AARP and bingo night at the senior center Fridays at 6:30.
Second is taking care of my skin. I have always said I need to do this, but just hate the feeling of anything on my face. But it is more than apparent that I need something now. I am looking at different lotions for my face. (What do you use?!?!) I also think my first trip to a dermatologist may be good.
Third, I need to lose weight. Mostly for health, but I also think if I can be happy with my weight I will be happier with my overall appearance.
As for my beard, well I am still trying to figure that one out….
I know that aging is inevitable and though it may not sound like it and this post has sounded totally vain, I think I am OK with getting older. I am just not OK with all these things that seem to be showing up all at once that make me feel older than what I am. I mean, can’t I just have ONE of these as a problem?!
Talk to me!! This is the face of someone who needs advice!! And some strong moisturizer. And her bangs cut. And some concealer.
What do YOU do in regards to aging? Deny it? Use lots of lotions and potions? Seek help from a witch doctor? Use natural remedies? Take lots of vitamins and supplements? Stay indoors and avoid all mirrors or reflective services?! All of the above?