The aftermath of a blistering day of skiing
Beauty is only blister deep. Or is it blisters are only skin deep?I’m sure a dermatologist would know. I can only hope that if beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, my beholders don’t notice the big mess on my chin.I’m sure my intellect and personality will be the first thing they see.Since last week’s exposure-to-UV-rays-gone-bad incident, I now have a quarter-sized scabbed-over blister thingy on my chin. It’s really cute, especially when I try to cover it up with makeup. Most women know trying to conceal anything larger than a dime is about as effective as tying a sweatshirt around your hips to make you look skinnier.When it comes to problem areas on my face, I can be as self-conscious as a 33-year-old shopping at Abercrombie and Fitch. Being a bit of a worrywart (no pun intended), I can’t help but wonder what people are thinking as I’m talking to them.Are they looking at it? Does it resemble flesh-eating bacteria? Are they afraid it will jump off my face and bite them?I’m sure I’m overreacting. Looks aren’t everything, unless of course you’re trying to break into Hollywood. Or trying to date Hugh Hefner.I try not to focus too much on body image. But nowadays that seems practically impossible with more and more beautiful women everywhere I look. Jessica Alba, Jennifer Anniston, Jessica Simpson, Mischa Barton, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie – all on magazine covers looking incredible.I know, PhotoShop can work miracles on poofy eyes and wrinkles. I wish PhotoShop could work a little magic on this chin of mine.Body image is a huge issue for a lot of women, so I don’t feel too bad wondering if my chin is going to cause people to publicly point and laugh. As part of Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, the product’s makers partnered with Harvard to conduct a study on women’s relationship with beauty. The report concluded that only 2 percent of women describe themselves as beautiful.I have to wonder who comprised that 2 percent. Paris Hilton? Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends? The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders? The girls on that “My Super Sweet 16” show on MTV?The study also found that 45 percent of females feel women who are more beautiful have greater opportunities in life. I can agree look at super models. And Hooters girls. They get all the guys.But then look at the other side; take, for example, the Wicked Witch of the West. She had a green face and warts, but she was the talk of Munchkin City and commanded a workforce of creepy flying monkeys.If I only had a bunch of creepy flying monkeys, my plan would be complete.Also in the study, 85 percent of women said everyone has something about her that is beautiful. I definitely wouldn’t say my chin is very pretty right now, although for the majority of the year, it works just fine. My broken second toe is longer than my big one which can frighten small children and scare away bats but my feet are narrow and small which I personally think is a beautiful thing when wearing pointy heels.If I really fixated on this temporary issue with my skin and didn’t show my face in public, that would be a problem. But I can dab a little concealer on it and deal. My mom would say, “if all people care about is how you look, then they probably aren’t worth hanging around anyway.”If I didn’t believe that, you wouldn’t catch me dead in a pair of open-toed shoes or flip-flops.I know looks aren’t everything, and I can’t be perfect. If I cared so much about my chin I wouldn’t have gone out in Denver Saturday night surrounded by enough cleavage and straightened hair to confuse the scene for an NFL cheerleader tryout.Unlike a diamond, a blister from the sun is not forever, but my crooked skinny second toe is.I can live with it.April E. Clark is hoping her face will heal up by her birthday on April 20. She can be reached at 945=8515, ext. 518 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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