I think women of a certain age, like myself, have got to agree that make-up is our best friend. The puffy, baggy eyes and uneven skin tone can all be minimized by a little time in front of the mirror.
Last week my daughter stopped at my house early in the morning with two of her kids. I had been out exercising so I was just out of the shower where I had washed my hair. When I heard them come in the door downstairs I grabbed my robe, put my wet hair up in a towel, and headed for the stairs to see them. I honestly don't think my grandsons knew who I was. Well, I think they assumed it was me because who else would be coming down from my bedroom but me? But from the looks on their faces, I believe I was fairly unrecognizable. With no make-up and wet hair, I must have been frightening to them.
It doesn't help that I have no eyebrows anymore. I lost all my hair to chemotherapy treatments three years ago, and everything else grew back - bu no eyebrows. So I spend time every morning drawing them in, trying to make them look as natural as possible and not the straight-line arches that some women apply. Some days I do a better job than others, but on this day I hadn't yet applied them at all and that alone makes a face fairly blank-looking. The kids were rather startled by the vision before them, no doubt about it.
Well I vowed a few years ago never to leave my house without make-up, although I break that vow every day when I go for my early morning walk. Fortunately there are few people around at that time of day and so far I haven't caused any auto accidents, but I do try to get home as quickly as possible!