With apologies to the Bard, just because I plan on retiring does not mean I plan to look old. Unfortunately, the older I get, the more not looking old is costing me! I’ve always been a believer in good skin care, and I wear sunscreen every day, so the “fine lines and wrinkles” have been somewhat kept at bay. But – as I was looking at my reflection in my smart phone the other day I saw – horror of horrors – that sagging skin at the chin line. Yikes! Better find something to get rid of it (the sagging, not the smart phone). Unfortunately, short of a facelift, which is not going to happen, my options are limited:
· Chin exercises – most of which involve looking up and moving your mouth like a fish. So if you catch me doing this, please be assured I have not completely lost my mind – just trying to prevent a double chin.
· Double Chin Firming Serum. Yes, they really do make this. Does it work? Reviews are mixed. I am a devoted user of Mary Kay cosmetics, and they make a serum. I’ll give it a try.
And then there are the grey hairs. Why is it that grey hair makes men look distinguished, but makes women look old? Totally unfair. But again, remediation is possible with a little time, a little money, and a gifted hairdresser.
And while we’re not looking old, we can’t be feeling old, either. Remediation for this is often a good thing – eating right, exercise, and of course, the “silver” variety of vitamin supplements.
So let’s add this up. My approximate annual spend: Cosmetics, $460.00; Hair color, $400.00; Vitamin and herbal supplements, $780.00. None of these expenses go away after retirement. Yet another line item for the budget.