My Face Wrinkle Inspection

by Sherry Riter in Health

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How and when did the change happen? It must have crept in and made the switch while I slept.

I look down at my hands and the skin isn’t taut any more. When I grab the skin on the back of my hand and pull it up, it s-l-o-w-l-y goes back into place. That is a sign that I am losing skin elasticity which means I will be getting wrinkles.

And what happened to my face?!

In the magnifying mirror I can see “older” skin. I’m not covered with wrinkles yet, although that’s coming, but it isn’t supremely smooth and tight any more. I don’t mind aging. Well, maybe I do mind a little bit. I just don’t want to be old. I want to have green eyes and red hair…always. Both fade as you get older. I don’t want to be faded like a t-shirt you don’t want to keep any longer or that you only wear when no one sees you, although I love faded t-shirts and nothing is more comfortable than the “hidden” ones. I guess what I really don’t want is to be discarded-able. That is how our society is starting to view the older generation. It makes me sad and angry! I don’t feel that my mom is discard-able. I absolutely adore the older generation with their wisdom and interesting stories.

Mom is supposed to get older…even old. I’m not.

I was looking at my skin and doing that little pull the skin test. I know that the skin is considered to be very elastic if it goes back flat on your hand in 0-2 seconds. My mother, daughter, aunt and I were together pulling the skin on the back of our hands and comparing the results. We probably looked so silly. Of course, my 16 year old daughter’s skin bounced back, mine was a bit slow, while Mom and Aunt Barbara’s were slower still.

So how can we help our skin be more elastic and less prone to wrinkling?

Collagen is a component of the skin which increases and enhances its elasticity. Proper nutrition, plenty of water and eight hours of sleep per night are necessary to keep and improve skin’s tone, texture and elasticity. In the food ingested as well as the supplements taken, the following can diminish the rapid onset of aging skin:

Vitamin A
Vitamin B complex
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
Omega-3 and Omega-6
Antioxidants (Ellagic Acid, Proanthocyanidins,DMAE, Glutathione, Polyphenols and Alpha Lipoic Acid)

Whether I take good care of my skin or not, if I am lucky enough to live a long life, it is inevitable that I will get wrinkles. I can’t change everyone’s opinion of the value of the older generation, however, this is how I feel about the following:

my wrinkles

How do you view wrinkling and do you add anything to your daily routine to try to slow down the effects of aging?

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Judy Harper November 3, 2009 at 2:31 am

I'm probably up there in age with your Mom and your Aunt Barbara. I drink lots of water and use face creams and lotions that have vitamin E. I also do two exercises, one to prevent chicken neck and droopy mouth (I don't think this one is working or maybe I'm not smiling enough). I don't mind living life to age, I just don't want to get old!


2 Yaya November 3, 2009 at 2:38 am

I'm only 29 and my wrinkles are multiplying already.


3 jenie November 3, 2009 at 3:30 am

truth is…i still am looking at the posts i have missed all those weeks of being away from here (wink)

and right now, still trying to decipher what is redheadriter's name… did you disclose it and i just can't see it?

just visiting…


4 Stacey November 3, 2009 at 3:40 am

I don't do anything, but I probably should! I don't think there is anything out there that truely works.
I have had smile lines and crows feet since I was a teenager, and the skin on the back of my hand is still bouncing right back. for now! I see it more in my cheeks. I have noticed that they are starting to droop a bit. I'm not liking it!


5 Tracy November 3, 2009 at 4:49 am

I just noticed that hand thing recently in my hands – it's kind of weird. I use hand lotion, but that's really just because I don't want chapped hands.

I'm not sure that I'm convinced that various products really work. Or maybe I'm just lazy.

BTW – I'm with Jenie and am wondering if I somehow missed your name?


6 Joanna Jenkins November 3, 2009 at 6:07 am

In a word– Botox. It makes all the difference on my 51 year old face. Not perfection, but a big difference. That and I bob in a vat of moisturizer twice a day 🙂


7 The Redhead Riter November 3, 2009 at 6:56 am

You haven't missed my name yet :o)
I wanted everyone to have time to guess and win the $100 worth of prizes.


8 Jessica November 3, 2009 at 7:15 am

I'm …crap, how old am I? okay, 32. I try to moisturize daily, but that's the extent. I have a galvanic spa that I used to use religiously each week & I loved it. But, I've fallen out of the habit. I probably should take it up again!


9 Mesina November 3, 2009 at 11:04 am

I blame the kids for any wrinkles and grey hairs that may be appearing on my head.

No honest, I do notice the odd change in my skin, I am 32 and yes things are changing, creeping up on me slowly. As if I wouldn't notice. I'm not as glowy and youthful as I used to be, but equally I'm still young. I believe that good moisturising, lots of water and a good diet are the keys to staying young. The most important one of all however is feeling young at heart, not letting go of childish encounters once in a while and just letting life wash over you and soaking it all in like a warm comforting bath. No one has to grow old, just our bodies slow down a little so we can take some time to see the flowers and hear the birds singing.


10 glenna November 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I'm going back to bed and pull the covers over my face. LOL


11 Teresha@Marlie and Me November 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I am glad you are embracing your wrinkles! (which really aren't wrinkles…more like laugh lines to me). Every woman should follow a skin care routine to prevent spotting, discolorations, and dreaded skin cancer. My grandmother swears by Oil of Olay, avoiding the sun, and eating right. She is 89 and does not have a single wrinkle, honest! Her face is a smooth as a baby's rump.


12 Under the Influence November 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I use the oil cleansing method and LOVE it. It works as well as anything I've tried, it's natural, and it's extremely inexpensive!

I have also dabbled in Botox and Restylane, but it is very expensive and I have given it up for a while.


13 blueviolet November 3, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I've done that test too and it looks like I'm elastic, but yet I don't feel very elastic! 😉


14 Unknown Mami November 4, 2009 at 3:13 am

I moisturize because it feels good.

Wrinkles are earned.


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