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"The face you have at 50 is the face you deserve"..............

(49 Posts)
PuffTheMagicDragon Tue 17-May-05 10:16:42

What do you reckon then?

victoriapeckham Tue 17-May-05 10:18:58

Is that a quote from someone? It s great.

fastasleep Tue 17-May-05 10:19:23

Well my mum's a &%^&*&^%& and she looks like a haggard old witch with a body too small for her masses of wrinkly skin I know that was cruel! But it's truuueee. She's 55. I dread to think what I'll look like! Especially if I keep making comments like the above!

fastasleep Tue 17-May-05 10:19:41

Good quote lol

aloha Tue 17-May-05 10:19:57

I think it was Coco Chanel.
The modern mantra is 'the face you have a 50 is the one you can afford'.

dinosaur Tue 17-May-05 10:20:56

Well, fastasleep, my mum's very wrinkly too - and she's a really sweet gentle person!

Sadly, for us, I think that probably means we'll end up pretty wrinkly too - unless you take after your dad!

fastasleep Tue 17-May-05 10:23:47

My mum's smoked for a good 35 years though and drinks like a I'm hoping I won't be quite as bad!

aloha Tue 17-May-05 10:24:05

Yup, Chanel.
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.
  -- Coco Chanel

dinosaur Tue 17-May-05 10:25:59

How unfair - my mum did neither!

She also had to have a triple heart bypass despite having no risk factors for heart disease other than heredity.

victoriapeckham Tue 17-May-05 10:26:46

Haha, it s a good incentive to be a sweet and kindly person throughout your 40s, rather than grumpy old battle-axe which is way I'm going. Altruism cheaper than La Prairie.

fastasleep Tue 17-May-05 10:27:17

Aww life's not fair is it, but at least she's a lovely person and she's still here to be lovely! that's the most important thing

Twiglett Tue 17-May-05 10:27:53

my mum smoked for a decade I think, never been much of a drinker - she's 67 now and if I look half as good as she does now when I reach 50 I'll be ecstatic

Rhubarb Tue 17-May-05 10:28:04

I can think of a lot of people who are gonna be MINGING when they reach 50 then! Nice one!

Twiglett Tue 17-May-05 10:28:47

she is funny but egocentric, generous but intensely selfish and believes the world revolves around her. she goes barking mad regularly

fastasleep Tue 17-May-05 10:29:24

I think I've met more bitchy people with unhaggard faces actually, maybe because the nice ones worry about things more?

PuffTheMagicDragon Tue 17-May-05 11:20:28

The marketing men did their job on me when I was about 7, with the Atrixo handcream ad (it was rubbed in to one leaf and not another). Leaf without cream shrivelled and disintegrated.

I've always thought if I don't slap some moisturiser on regularly, I'll shrivel up and disintegrate!

Gobbledigook Tue 17-May-05 11:36:49

If I look like JT I'll be ecstatic - she's always told how young she looks and how she doesn't look old enough to have 3 kids aged around 30.

snafu Tue 17-May-05 11:40:24

Are you after some babysitting then, gdg?

Mothernature Tue 17-May-05 11:54:11

This will be me then ! at 50

Gobbledigook Tue 17-May-05 11:54:54

Ooh, Snafu, what a marvellous idea! I hadn't thought of that

handlemecarefully Tue 17-May-05 11:59:09

I reckon it's mostly true - you will generally get more winkles if you have been exposed to much sun / alcohol / smoking, and generally less if you eschew all three.

But I think a few wrinkles are a small price to pay for the old bottle of wine or 3.

soapbox Tue 17-May-05 12:08:11

I'm with Aloha on this one!

The richer you are these days, the less wrinkled!

I don't think the rich deserve to be unwrinkly at 50 anymore than I do

WideWebWitch Tue 17-May-05 12:11:45

And who was it who said a woman gets to an age where she has to choose between her face and her arse? Meaning that if you are fatter than you should be it plumps the wrinkles out nicely I think! I'll be ever youthful then (in my dreams).

Gobbledigook Tue 17-May-05 12:15:23

I think smoking, sun and stress are probably the key factors - not alcohol so much unless it's really excessive.

Comparing dh's 2 nans is amazing - one who has smoked all her life and the other who hasn't. The one who has smoked has a face like an ordnance survey map () and the other has a face that is so unwrinkled you wouldn't believe it if you saw it. She swears by Oil of Ulay.

Even at age 32, myself and my SIL I would say have got quite different skin - she's a smoker and I'm not and I think mine looks significantly healthier. And dh's Mum looks quite a bit older than my mum - again, MIL smokes, my Mum doesn't.

handlemecarefully Tue 17-May-05 12:38:40

Good genes have a part to play too. We have fat genes in our family sigh, however my parents (mum is a chubber, dad isn't) both look young for their age

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