I woke up this morning and as I was applying moisturizer with spf15 (Olay) I thought-wait, my Mom is 70+ years old and she doesn’t have wrinkles. My aunt who is 91, also has very few wrinkles and only when she smiles. My grandmother who passed at 94-had some wrinkles-but not many. Her backstory is she was educated in Japan in the early 1900-s (which was a rarity for a female in Japan) and came to Hawaii as a picture bride. She and her husband moved to California and as an educated woman, she worked in the fields picking tomatoes. Hard work and a lot of sun exposure. Still, before she passed, she had more smooth, wrinkle-free areas on her face than wrinkled.
I have good genes.
My epiphany this morning was, since it’s pretty clear I’m going to have pretty good skin as I age, I should get back to work on the bod!
A week or so ago, I met a woman who was in her 50-s(as I am) and she had a fantastic tight body with gorgeous arms. Not a bodybuilder look, but the look of someone who ate no fat, did a lot of cardio and did real weights.
I sat there in envy.
But of course I was checking out her facial skin quality. This woman obviously enjoyed her life and worked on her body, but neglected her face and hair.
When people ask me, I ask them “what kind of sunscreen do you apply? how often do you apply? how much do you apply?”
More often than not, even here in Hawaii, people rely on the minimum application. Some go for high spf, but don’t reapply. Some think the sunscreen in their bare minerals or in their liquid foundation is enough.
In fact, I commit my own sin. I read this morning, that sunscreen should be applied first with treatment after. It’s interesting and will spark a debate with the beauty counter people-they always say put the treatment first, starting with serum, then moisturizer etc.
Seal it all in with sunscreen. (For me, on dry skin days I actually do all that, and pat on moisturizer around my eyes and nasolabial fold(around the mouth).
When someone notices you-what do they notice first? I’m newly single, but having been out of the dating pool for awhile, I am not up on the “moves” anymore. I have noticed people smiling at me, but did they check the body first, or the face?
I’ve read so many articles about “men don’t care what your body looks like, and their preferences are different than what women think are important.” For example, they like a little more junk in the trunk while women think that same junk needs to go away!
Oh well, I guess I’m looking for someone who ultimately likes me way past the exterior package.
But I do want to work on my arms a little-and improve my upper body strength. My recent move proved proof positive (PPP) that I am a major weakling. My dancer’s legs can strangle someone, but only if I can jump up and grab them like Jackie Chan!
So right now, I think I have to face it, so I’ve brought out the hand weights to do during tv, and plan to do crunches during the commercials and 20 reps for biceps, shoulders, lats and triceps.
Be back with an update!