Poikiloderma of Civatte

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Well, bugger. I'm pretty sure I've figured out what is going on with the skin on my neck and chest, and it isn't simple aging. Well yes, it is aging, but something else added on.

I grew up in the desert southwest, and sometimes used sunscreen. I didn't diligently start using sunscreen until I was in my late teens, although I wasn't an avid sunbather. I have strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, and fair skin, so a deep golden tan just wasn't in the cards for me. But I did get my share of sunburns.

When I did start to regularly use sunscreen, I focused on my face. I really didn't pay any attention to my neck or chest. Weeeell, now I'm seeing the consequences.

My oldest son had a lacrosse tournament yesterday in Santa Cruz. It was a beautiful sunny day in a gorgeous beach town, about 80 degrees with a nice ocean breeze. I was prepared...lots of sunscreen and a very wide brimmed straw sun hat, long sleeves. When we got home around 10pm last night, I took a sho…

Aging and Wrinkles in My 40s

Do I look old now, or just fat? Or does being fat make me look old?

Before I started to gain all of this weight, which was about 10 years ago, people were always surprised when I told them my age. They usually assumed I was at least 5-7 years younger.

I grew up in the hot desert southwest in the 1980s, where tans were ubiquitous (and almost socially mandatory) for teen girls. I, however, had pale Scottish skin, strawberry blond hair, and blue eyes. I didn't tan. So while I got a few sunburns in the quest to fit in with my tan friends, I eventually threw in the towel and heeded the guidance of my Mother: wear sunscreen. I wore sunscreen religiously on my face from the time I was 16. I credit my wise and wonderful Mom for my lack of wrinkles today.

I look at pictures of myself when the twins were little, before I started to gain weight, and I still looked like a hot mama! Has the weight gain aged my looks, or will I still look middle-aged when I lose the weight? My skin is largely wrinkle free at the moment, save for some slight mid-brow furrows (I've never had botox for those). What will the wrinkle situation be when I lose the weight? Will my skin be saggy?

I have an old friend whom I have known since elementary school. She had gastric bypass surgery two years after she, her family, and her doctors decided that her health was at risk due to obesity. She has lost all of the weight and looks phenomenal! However, she has a lot more wrinkles now than before the surgery. She thinks that the extra fat was plumping up her face. But in my opinion, her new wrinkles actually look good on her - she's one of the lucky few where that actually happens! Plus, she looks blissfully healthy.

I was inspired to write this post after clicking through an entertainment website that had photos of female stars back in the 70s, and photos of them now. They all looked like there were ageing naturally and gracefully: Beverly Johnson, Meryl Streep, Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley, Sally Field, Jaclyn Smith, Jacqueline Bisset, Victoria Principal, Kim Basinger, and of course the incredible Helen Mirren! They look amazing, without the plastic surgery-induced alien face that is becoming the norm (cough Meg Ryan cough). Much of it I'm sure is genetics, but also is probably a lifetime of taking care of their skin and themselves. If they have had work done, it is very minimal and subtle. No trout pout for those ladies!

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