Where wrinkles are admired, tolerated, and required

It’s the fifth annual Beauty of a Woman Blogfest hosted by August McLaughlin. This year, I offer a meditation in pictures on something women have a big problem with, on our faces and sometimes other parts of our bodies.

Waterolor beautiful girl. Vector illustration of woman beauty salon

Be sure to stop by the fest to read the posts and possibly win some prizes! But first, please continue reading mine. It’s short on words and long on pictures if you’re feeling verbally challenged.

Wrinkles are acceptable on many living creatures

ElephantELEPHANTS – By Aaron Logan via Wikimedia Commons

Dave Shar Pei

SHAR PEIS – By Dave from New York via Wikimedia Commons


TORTOISES – By Adrian Pingstone Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

AGING MALE ACTORS – Michael Keaton in Spotlight.

Even some inanimate objects are fine when wrinkly


UNMADE BEDS – By maxronnersjo via Wikimedia Commons

One living thing is not culturally acceptable in a wrinkled state

Wrinkled Nepali Woman

OLDER WOMEN’S FACES Via Wikimedia Commons

One part of our human anatomy absolutely must be wrinkled

This reinforces the old “beauty comes from within” adage. It turns out that these numerous wrinkles or folds are one of the human brain’s distinguishing characteristics. Mice, for example, have smooth brain surfaces. Now when I look in the mirror and notice the crow’s feet and crazed crackles on my cheeks I will think Hooray! Now my exterior matches my interior.

In case you are young and interested in preserving your smooth, elastic skin, here are some things you should avoid. Alas, in my youth, I slathered on the baby oil and sat in the noonday sun. And smoked.

Or I could just blame my mother.

Five years of beauty

This is the fifth year I have participated in August McLaughlin’s Beauty of a Woman Blogfest. I am honored to have the opportunity to write on a topic I might not otherwise consider, but which always causes me to reflect deeply. My posts from previous years:

27 thoughts on “Where wrinkles are admired, tolerated, and required

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  1. I think wrinkles on a well lived face, regardless of gender, tell a terrific story. Why would anyone want to get rid of the landmarks that show laughter, smiles, kindness, heartache…. They tell the story of who you are!

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    1. I absolutely agree. If only the culture could catch up with that idea, which we often pay lip service to but then idolize the 70-year-old actresses with retouched or surgically enhanced faces.

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  2. Just watched Spotlight last night. It was pretty funny about the men versus women. We had an old editors, publishers, owners, but the one woman in the ‘spotlight’ was young and beautiful.


  3. I so love this, Audrey! How crazy is it that as a culture, we’re so accepting of “certain” wrinkles, but not others? Precisely your point, I suspect. 🙂 And it’s so lovely.


  4. Truth! I’m always surprised at my face with each passing year. But, my mind also grows more tolerant of aging and I feel like society will soon catch up with us. We don’t need no stinkin’ surgery. 😉


  5. I have not aged well, many wrinkles and much sagging. Some twenty, maybe thirty, years ago I saw the signs. I have had decades to adjust and for the most part I have. Every once in a while, however, I am surprised by what looks back at me from a mirror. 😉

    Loved this, Audrey! 🙂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. That mirror image can surprise us–highlighting the disparity between our inner sense of self and what appears physically. I remember my mom remarking on that as she entered her late sixties. Said she still felt like she was twenty on the inside.


  6. You know, sometimes I think it’s REALLY unfair… wrinkles aren’t tolerated in an older woman’s face…? But a man can walk around with a face like a roadmap – and it’s “interesting”. HAHA…
    I love your post and pics!! 🙂


  7. Yesterday I retweeted a photo of Helen Mirren in a purple dress. She looks stunning in all her naturalness, and it’s refreshing to see. (Well, as much ‘naturalness’ as the effects of make-up and good lighting allow, of course.) Wrinkles are going to come; we might as well embrace them. The key is surrounding ourselves with wonderful people who love us on the inside and out. But yes, the double standard sucks.

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    1. I love that picture of Helen Mirren, though I do think they makeup and lights are contributing something. She looks less wrinkly than I do, and she’s 20 years older than I am!


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