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Facing the Truth November 13, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — carlawordsmithblog @ 3:00 am

3Everywhere you look it seems like there’s some new anti-aging product or system. Debbie Boone sings about the “Lifestyle Lift” and star after star appears tighter and stranger by the minute. What gives?


Artist Nickolay Lamm recently created a true-to-real-life Barbie mock-up that looks like this:



I’ve seen other examples of what Barbie would look like today if she aged appropriately.  I think she looks great!




I will admit I was born with good skin. Some people are born with smarts, pretty legs, or gorgeous eyes. I got good skin. My mom has better skin then women half her age and so do both of my sisters. None of us, however, have ever spent loads of money on expensive skin care products. To this day, my mom still uses plain ole cold cream and until recently I used Avon eye cream and night cream. I now use a fabulous product called Nerium (let me know if you want more info on how you can purchase it) once a day (at night) and I really don’t use sunblock except when at the beach, on a boat, or out in the sun for a prolonged amount of time. I do live by the rule of washing my face before bedtime, but I also occasionally slip up. What do I use for that? Neutrogena make-up remover wipes. Seriously.


Two new products on the market that you may have heard or read about are “CC Creams” and “BB Creams.” Every brand – from Clinique to Cover Girl – offers them, but what in the world are they? CC Cream is basically skin care and make-up in one product and BB Cream, or “beauty balms,” combines moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen in one. That’s it! Pretty simple, right? Then why all the fuss about them? To get you to buy them!


I’m not one to look to Hollywood for skin and aging advice, but I recently saw an interview with actress Olivia Wilde (who is gore-gee-us!) and was not only impressed by how smart and level-headed she is, but that she gets it. Don’t take my word for it, take hers.  In a recent article she wrote for “Glamour” magazine, Wilde admitted being baffled by women who chose to “cut their faces.” Ouch, that sounds callous, but when you think about it, that’s really what so many are literally doing.


“I am saddened and grossed out by women who look like creepy, old aliens because of their new Barbie noses and lips,” writes Wilde. “A better approach: take care of yourself, drink water, sleep eight hours, and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth.”


Wilde is right. We’ve all seen them and you don’t need to look far for examples of cosmetic surgeries gone wrong or gone too far. For every Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively or Jennifer Aniston there is a Tara Reid, Madonna, and Nancy Pelosi.


I submit Exhibit A, B, C,  and D:

Poster 3 Poster 4 Poster 2 Poster 1


What’s so frustrating to me is that all of these women were good looking to begin with…some stunning.  Why do they CHOOSE to do this?  I often wonder, don’t they have friends who can and should tell them, “enough!” What doctor on earth would agree to do this to a person? What ever happened to aging gracefully? Why can’t one accept who they are and how they look?  The questions are endless.



It doesn’t have to be as drastic as those above to look unnatural. Huge giant fake teeth (veneers or otherwise) are a dead give-way, as are the ever-present “shine” and puffiness that often accompany injections. Rarely do you see someone who’s had “work done” and think they look that way naturally. As Sheryl Crow once said, “I can always tell when people have had plastic surgery.” Call me crazy, but I don’t think that’s the intent.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware that many a cosmetic surgery can be considered medically necessary, such as breast reductions and eye lid lifting, but come on, the eyes of a 20-year-old on a 50-year-old? No one is buying it honey and no one is saying, “Wow, she looks great for her age!” Nope, they are saying, “Wow, she’s had work done.”




I know there are many who disagree with me and many of them are friends and family who I adore and love.  As I’ve always said, I’d rather take a trip then go under the knife.  I guess we’ll all  just have to agree to disagree.  But, I think we can all agree with classic beauty Audrey Hepburn who said, “For attractive lips, speak kind words. For lovely eyes, see the good in people.”


One Response to “Facing the Truth”

  1. Meg Starnes Says:

    Strongly agree!

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