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Older Active Rainer Woman Battles Problems of Advancing Age... Can You Help Her ?

Over the last several months... I have been noticing a trend.  Many of the women Active Rainers... and some of the guys, as well, have been "updating" their photos on their Personal Profiles.

Ya see... many of their previous photos... since our Community Pages were "improved"  <dorky smile>  by Active Rain... many of the previous photos have turned into what have been comically referred to as "balloon heads" or by some... as photos looking like the "Blue Man Group."

Wanting to try and be "ahead of the curve"... I have gone through great personal expense... and have come up with a brand new photo of myself.  Many of those not included in my readers, or my subscribers, or on my "Associates" list might say that the above photo is a major improvement.

Regardless of varying opinions on that... I seem to have another problem.  Ya see... some of us women... as we grow older... can end up with small "touches" of facial hair.  In most cases, it is most apparent on the upper lip.  Unfortunately, I seem to be struggling with having a tad more facial hair than that.

Luckily, though, there have been some bright spots to this unfortunate aspect of growing old.  First of all, with the upcoming winter and it's cold weather and icy winds, I will NOT be subject to a frostbitten nose.  Secondly, I think I can save more than a tad... on not having to buy lip balm... again, due to cracked lips from the icy winds that come in from the north.

And... what a windfall this is!  My hairdresser has graciously consented to NOT charge me double for my weekly hair-do's.  Whew... that would have made a definite dent in my winter budget.

But still... who needs all this facial hair ?  Already I am starting to get some pretty funny looks when I go out and about, or on a listing.  Luckily, as far as those "funny looks" are concerned... I can't SEE most of them... cuz of all that hair in my eyes.

So... in a pleading call for help from my Active Rain Wimmin Friends... ummm... errr... what do I do now ?  Any suggestions ?  Now... remember... be nice, now.

Comment balloon 53 commentsKaren Anne Stone • November 15 2010 12:16AM

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Karen, love your sense of humor.

Posted by Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On (Colorado Landmark, Realtors) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne!!!  LOL your posts always make me smile!  LOL    I love this new profile picture....wow!!  LOL  I will send you some nair for the face if you want   !!

(wow...not sure what i did to make that font so big....hmmmm don't know how it changed back either!!!   sigh)

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 7 years ago

Karen, not sure if we need to change pictures on AR profile...(I did mine - and though I lost lots of hair, the new picture is GOOD) but ..how does it matter?

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne... is that really you in the photo?  You changed your hair color?  If so, I like it!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 7 years ago

Vickie:  It's late.  I am tired.  And for some reason, this all made perfect sense when I wrote it.  Oh well... there goes that advanced age, again.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Steve:  Have you noticed ?  No wrinkles.  Pretty cool, huh ?  Noper... same color... prolly just a difference in the picture.  This picture was actually taken during my last visit to CleveBurg... which was this past March.  And no... no color changes have been made.  Now, I know the profile picture looks more red... but maybe that is just the reflection of the sweater.  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

KarenAnne, what a funny post, and I like your hair color.  I am going to be nice and say WAX WAX  :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) over 7 years ago

Deborah:  See... those Halloween Goblins are still around.  They messed up your font, and messed up my hair.  What's a girl gotta do to get a break around here ?

Thanks for the offer of the Nair.  Used it a long time ago... very poopy smell.  Noper.  Back to the picture... I was thinking about using it on my Active Rain Outside blog.  Whaddya think ?  If it's anything... it's "memorable."  <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Oh Karen Anne,  a little waxing can take care of all of that.  It feels so smooth when its done; just like baby skin again.  Besides.... it only hurts for a minute.  :-)

Posted by Cathy McAlister, Sacramento DRE#00648507 (Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento ) over 7 years ago

Praful:  How does it matter ?  Well... it's just another sign that I am slowly losing my mind.  But that is something that those who know me... have known for years and rears.

Hmmm... you lost hair, I gained hair.  Maybe we can do a facial hair transplant ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Rebecca:  I remember I had my legs waxed once... also a very long time ago.  Holy Guacamole did that hurt.  So, thank you, but I think I will just have to come up with a "new do."

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Cathy:  Ahhh yes.  Smooth.  Just like the other side of baby's tummy.  And noper... it hurts for a long, long time.  And that nasty prickly bumpy skin rash... if those are my choices... I will just keep the hair.  Sniffle, sniffle.

Gee... nobody has hit the "suggest" button yet.  <sniffle x 3>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen,  Very funny post.  I still have some years before the half century mark, but I am really really tired of the chin and neck hairs.  Where do they come from????  My sister told me they are displaced eyebrows. 

Posted by Joan Valverde, GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu (Synergy Realty Group Inc) over 7 years ago

"Growing old ain't for sissies." I've heard that attributed to Mae West, Katherine Hepburn and others. And I say 'amen."

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

I'm older and even more bald, but then that's what the hat is for.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, the best fix I have found for the hair is to take off my glasses and I got rid of the magnifying mirror, Voila no more upper lip hair problem!  Very funny post.

Posted by Elizabeth Arduain, Lubbock Texas Real Estate (The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams) over 7 years ago

Joan:  Wouldn't that really be crazy if they WERE displaced eyebrows ?  Then, every time you raised your eyebrow in surprise or suspense, your chin and your neck would move.  Wow... I wouldn't want to see that on video.  Sounds like something I'd rather not deal with.  Good luck to your sister, though.  <crinkly smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Lottie:  Now... if I either looked like Mae West or Katherine Hepburn, or had their money... I wouldn't worry.  Phooey on anyone who had a problem with it... LOL.  I enjoyed both of those women so very much.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Jon:  Not to worry about YOUR hair.  I have heard it said that there are only so many "perfect" heads... and the rest... are covered with hair.  So, little by little, you're becoming perfect... I am guessing.  Cool !  Nice hat, by the way.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne ... looking like "Cousin It" with style ....  wait that reminds me of Lurch ... and at my age, that reminds me of how I walk .... You are  such an upper! (LOL)

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi, The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi) over 7 years ago

Elizabeth:  Two great ideas.  I wear contacts... so maybe I can just put them in backwards.  That might help.  And yes... I have not used one of those magnifying mirrors in a long time as well. 

Maybe I could get a concave one instead of the convex ones normally used.  No facial hair, and skinny.  Not a bad plan.  And thanks for your kind comments.  Heck, if we cannot laugh at ourselves, we're in big trouble.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Jack:  Yer gonna have to 'splain that "Cousin It" remark.  Over my head.  I just hate it when I don't get stuff... <dorky smile>  Luckily I do not walk like Lurch.  But, I am sure that if YOU do... it comes off in an extremely distinguished way, my friend.

I'm glad I made you smile.  Have a great week.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

ROLFL * that is very cute. My photo would have loads of GREY as I STILL need color enhancement to stay blond!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Only you my friend, only you................great funny post Karen Anne, but since you only asked for help from the wimmmen AR members, I'll keep quiet.  :~)

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, you have it under control, LOL. I have nothing to add. I am not changing my photo as I hate having my picture taken in the first place! So, how can I comment to this? I would go ahead and use the new head shot....

No one ever said which side of the head anyway.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

I saw this "as seen on tv" product in line at wal-mart...

Loved the Monday morning laugh Karen Anne- I was a sleeping girl late last night.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

As they say, the "Golden Years" suck.

Any advice for sore knees and a bad back??

Posted by Eric Kodner, Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island (Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes) over 7 years ago

I;m liking Elizabeth's idea.  If I just lose my glasses when I look in the mirror...no wrinkles!   Wahoo!  You could just accept what we all already know...that you are a trendsetter!  Now that opens up a whole new group of possibilities.  Tweezers...ouch!  Waxing...ouch!!!!!   Braids perhaps?  It could catch on.  :-)

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago

 

Karen Anne, Just add some dangly earrings and a little lipstick and...voila! You're all set! :)

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Selling Norfolk County Homes (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, Your post certainly brought a smile to my face.  And Nina's addition to your photo made me LOL.  Thanks for the Monday morning humor.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne - From the Addams Family Photo Gallery:

Cousin Itt:

cousin Itt

Black and white should tell us something about age!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) over 7 years ago

Is that what I have to look forward too? My grandma always had one hair that grew out of her chin and she'd pluck it over the kitchen sink on the farm. Funny stuff... when she moved to town I don't think that I ever saw it anymore. :)

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) over 7 years ago

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Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 7 years ago

Yes to all of those who said, "just take your glasses off." I can't help noticing how well that works for me now that I'm also "une femme d'un certain age."

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 7 years ago

You are so fun Karen - I wish you lived here in AZ.  OMG you make me laugh over and over!!

So now let's get more folks to laugh today too.....

Featured in BananaTude!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 7 years ago

I have one word - threading.  It is big out here and cheap, cheap, cheap.  Your upper lip hair, gone in a jiffy for the grand sum of $5.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne..this is one of the mysteries of getting older..the men lose the hair on their heads, but it starts growing in abundance out the ears and nose...and us woman, that dreaded upper lip and chin stuff..grrrr.  As Jane suggested, threading would be good...not as painful as waxing if they have it in your area and gets the fine hair as well. Thank you for your honest candor of the foibles that we all deal with. You made me smile in a very good way.

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) over 7 years ago

Well I think the hair do looks great...and I love red hair....but upper lip facial hair, nope, no way.

So I wax mine, and I also "pluck" them as they start to grow out. Not painful after you do it for a while. Waxing is the same way the more you do it the less it hurts. And it make me look much younger!

I swear sometimes after a waxing it looks like someone washed my face for me...yes I do my entire face too!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 7 years ago

What a great laugh, Karen Anne.  You are agreat writer.  I am pretty hairless but what do I do with my wrinkly turkey wattle neck?  I guess I share this with Nora Ephron who wrote a book, " I Feel Bad About My Neck and your post reminds me of her book so much! Youd love it!

Posted by Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor (The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI) over 7 years ago

I have changed my picture three times over my nine years of being in real estate. I still have people telling me I look much younger in person. Will this still happen to me when I am 60? Please continue to share your experiences. Grandpa always told me "Be proud of who you are at all stages of life." Wise man

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 7 years ago

Karen, This is funny. The older anything gets … the more it costs to maintain it. I do not understand why, as we age, hair falls out where we want it … and grows in places we have never seen it before. Wax-on / Wax-off.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 7 years ago

Ok Karen - here's the story: As women age, estrogen goes down and testosterone goes slightly up.  That's where the hair comes from. Here's what they don't tell us:  the food you eat dramatically influences the hormones in your body.  Switch to mainly fruits and veggies ( esp. dark leafy greens) and go easy on meat, fish and eggs.  Cut out altogether white sugars (breads, cakes, pastas and anything processed) and see if that doesn't make a difference.  It absolultely will.  It did for me and many others.  After a time, unwanted hair growth will be minimal or gone. Plus, you'll feel great and have tremendous amounts of energy which you can then use for selling real estate or cooking up a storm of foods that only other people (read competition) can enjoy.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 7 years ago

Ah yes...men or women, hair falls off where you want it and grows where you don't. My hair cutter doesn't even ask any more before doing my ears, nose and eyebrows. I am greatful.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 7 years ago

Karen, your new picture is Great.  As for sympathy on an abundance of hair.......not getting any here Girl.  :) :)

Posted by Michael J. Gallo, Florida Luxury Realty - Gulf Home Sales Team (Florida Luxury Realty) over 7 years ago

My girlfriend and I have made a deal.  Whomever dies first is assured that the other will remove all facial hair before the funeral.  Yes, that's a true friend.  :)

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) over 7 years ago

Oh! Karen! you make me laugh!!!!!!! I was just telling a friend this evening, the maintenance a woman has to go through>>> THE NAILS, THE TOES, THE WAXING, THE HAIR COLOR (SINCE I WAS 23- HEREDITARY, THE GRAY) AGH!!!!!!!!!!

TRUST ME! I KNOW!!!

Posted by Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) over 7 years ago

Karen, You made me chuckle! As I get older I find myself looking more like my Dad all the time....not necessarily in a good way, if you get my drift! There's no substitute for a healthy diet and a good esthetician. Personally, I love what a bit of waxing will do for me; both removes my unwanted hair and exfoliates my skin....and all of a sudden I'm looking more like Mom again!

Posted by RhondaHeaslip NanaimoRealEstate (RE/MAX of Nanaimo) over 7 years ago

Karen it always fun visiting your blog since I know a healthy laugh awaits me.  Yes growing older can be challenging, especially when hair pops up in those unexpected areas.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 7 years ago

Karen Anne, At our age we need to realize how blessed we are to have so much hair.  Anyway I keep telling myself that as I fight with big hair in Texas.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 7 years ago

Karen:  I've been so busy as of late, that I've lagged behind in reading my favorites here on AR!  All I can say is ... I've sure missed you!  Where else ... and who else ... would write such a post????  As for extra hair, I've been encouraging mine since shortly before Halloween.  It had to do with my costume.  After receiving decidedly poor polling results as to whether I should keep the beard ... I shaved.  Too many telling me I looked older.  But, I can't even imagine plucking or waxing it off ... yikes!

Have a great Thanksgiving Day ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 7 years ago

Karen, I just love your posts.. You never cease to surprise me.. As for help?? well, Tweezers work well... And there is always the painfull waxing!!:)

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 7 years ago

Karen, You are the best. If we cannot laugh at ourselves we are really done for.

Even at my tender age I see the future could be a bit scary. Turns out that aging is not for sissies.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) over 7 years ago

I loved this Karen!  Thanks for making me laugh!

Posted by Christine Pappas - REALTOR®, eXp Realty - The Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage (eXp Realty) over 7 years ago

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