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josephwrightofderby Mon 02-Nov-15 08:45:22

OK, so at the weekend I got an invite from a very old school friend to his wedding in mid December. Haven't seen him for years, but he used to be a very good mate and I do need to go.

I'll be catching up with loads of people I haven't seen in years. In fact, it will be a bit like a high school reunion. My exP will also be there.


I know everyone will say 'Just be yourself'. But here's the thing. Last time I saw these people I was well, fit, thin, happy and pretty. Since then, I have been ill (long term, 2 years out, now better) and I look fat, frumpy and distinctly a mess. I am in my late 30s, and my combination skin is traced with fine lines, while also still getting the occasional spot.

I know that it's too little time to do much, but I would like to just look a bit better to salvage a little bit of dignity. What can I do?? I am completely clueless and own almost nothing make-up and beauty wise that isn't 4-5 years old.

WhataRacquet Mon 02-Nov-15 09:31:52

Just don't forget that everyone else will have aged as well!

Hopefully Mon 02-Nov-15 09:53:08

Yes, remember they will all be older too! But if you really want to make some changes you could:
- probably lose 1/2-1lb a week without particularly killing yourself, more if you do a dramatic diet (lots of advice on the weight loss boards)
- drink lots of water - skin plumping and flushing of toxins etc
- eat your 5 a day, or preferably more - my skin is always miles better when I do this (probably because of the crap I am not eating rather than any actual benefits from extra fruit and veg)
- get into a decent skincare routine if you don't have one - doesn't need to take hours
- sort your hair and eyebrows
- buy an outfit that makes you feel good at the size you are, not one that you need to lose 5lb a week to get into.

josephwrightofderby Mon 02-Nov-15 10:46:35

Oh, I do realise about everyone ageing (in these days of social media, that's easier to follow!). But there's a difference between the natural process of sliding from your early to your late 30s and the havoc that is wreaked by medical drugs, surgery, loss of hair - not to mention that I had two years of comfort eating before I even started treatment because it was literally the only thing I could actually do!! People who meet me after a long absence do a doubletake. I look so different now.

I realise I can't turn back the clock. I really do. But I want to appear with dignity, and it would do my self-esteem a lot of good just to feel a bit better about how I look. I am completely clueless about beauty, which doesn't help. I would love to have that flawless alabaster look on my skin, but I have no idea how to achieve it.

I hear you on the diet and the water - I have started both of those today, and I will do a bit of gentle exercise every day too, gradually building this up. Eyebrows are done, but hair needs doing.

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