When I was in college, I took a class called the Biology of Aging. It was a wonderful course, with a considerate professor who was constantly reassuring and informing us about what was “normal” for our aging bodies. When it came to studying the integumentary system (skin, hair, nails and various glands located in the skin) Dr. B said, “The worst thing about skin is that it’s so visible and people are judgmental.” Ha! Ya think? But the wise doctor left us with deeper thoughts. He told us that in Eastern Europe they were proud of wrinkles. They tried to look older because that placed them into a higher pecking order. I’ll bet that’s why we often see pictures of an iconic Eastern European woman with a wrinkled suntanned face and a big huge smile. I believe I saw this type of picture during the Winter Olympics hosted by Russia. Obviously, people think differently in other parts of the world.
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