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Mature Skin Doesn't Mean Mature Me

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Guest blogger Dani Klein Modisett: I'm not gonna lie. Three to four nights a week I fall asleep on the couch watching TV. The kids are finally asleep and I settle in for a little at-home entertainment. Less than half an hour later, I'm out cold. My husband usually nudges me and suggests I get in bed and get a decent night's sleep instead of courting a stiff neck.

woman asleep on couch

I stumble to the bedroom and see the bathroom in my peripheral vision. "Gee, I should probably go wash and moisturize my face and brush my teeth ..." I keep walking and flop myself on the bed. Not a good choice. Because I'm seeing spots on my face lately. Not pimples ... age spots.

Because I'm aging.

But I have a reunion coming up, so I must fight this scourge -- without needles or surgery, because I'm a wimp. I decide to go to CVS in search of what my friend -- who's always been more "girly" than me -- calls a "skin regimen."

Uh oh. What's my skin type? Oily? Dry? Normal? And then I see the one word that describes my current condition: MATURE. "For Mature Skin" it says on the bottle.

Oh sh*t. There it is. I have "mature" skin? When did that happen? And when is the rest of me going to catch up? When am I going to keep track of my checks, for instance? Or make a grocery list? Or plan for my retirement? Or retire?

I stick the box under my armpit and slink to the register the same way I used to hide my diaphragm crème in college.

Dani Klein ModisettDani Klein Modisett is the mother of 1-year-old Gideon (pictured) and 5-year-old Gabriel. She is comedy writer/creator/producer of the show "Afterbirth...stories you won't read in Parents magazine." An anthology of stories from this show will be published by St. Martin's Press., in stores in May 2009.

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jean October 6, 2008, 11:23 AM

this is so true! After kids I suddenly found dark spots on my face that I can only attribute to aging….and not taking proper care of my skin…I’ve decided to get my daughter started early on this process so that maybe she won’t follow in my sad footsteps.

Amy October 6, 2008, 12:08 PM

Don’t feel so bad about yourself. I don’t have any kids, I wash and moisturize every night and I too am starting to get those spots on my skin. It happens.

D.J. October 6, 2008, 1:42 PM

“Taking care” of your skin makes no difference. Keeping it clean, moisturizing it, and using sunscreen outdoors, is all you need to do. Anything else is just profit for the people selling junk like Night Miracle Eye Firming Creme de Snake Oil at $75 a jar. But it is important to show the doctor your weird little bumps and brownies, since only she can tell if they need medical attention.

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