You’re turning 40. Sure, you hear about the hormonal changes and the weight gain and the shift in eyesight, but do you know about the thinning hair and loss of eyelashes and more?
No one told us either. That’s why we’re going to take a few minutes to warn you so at least you’ll be prepared.
Once you hit 40 it’s like everything you’ve done to yourself and your hair over the past years shows up all at once. According to More.com, over 50 percent of women over 40 experience hair loss. Changing hormones like estrogen, your weight, the foods you eat, pregnancy, and yes even how you treated your hair over the years really does affect your lovely locks. So, you may start to notice that your hair is thinning and see some bare patches in your hair.
OK, I seriously had no idea about this until it started happening to me. I always had long, thick eyelashes until about a year ago. And then? I noticed that my mascara wasn’t accentuating long eyelashes because I no longer had long thick eyelashes. GAH! What happened?
As you get older, everything on your body gets older too — including your hair follicles. (See above.) This means your follicles start to age and die off and create hair and eyelash loss. Sucks, right?
You may already be familiar with this if you’ve had a baby, but it can also happen naturally as you age. Actually, it’s not the aging that makes this happen, but different health issues (pregnancy, loss of estrogen with menopause, surgeries) that weaken the pelvic floor and bladder that make this more prominent as you get older.
According to What Your Female Patients Want To Know About Bladder Control, 1 in 4 women from 30 to 59 suffer from urinary incontinence, or the loss of bladder control.
You know how you sometimes see older women with big, gaudy lip liners drawn in around their lips? There’s a reason for this. Sadly, no matter how great your lips are, as we age the lips start to lose their plumpness and it makes it seem like the line around your lips starts to disappear. Then, you start to notice more wrinkles around your mouth and your lips are losing their color. Nice, huh?
Yep, it really is true. Those are hairs you see sprouting from your chin, and yep, you may even be growing a moustache. (Sexy, right?) According to Oprah.com, “testosterone, unopposed, causes us to grow more hair where men have it — more on our faces and less on our heads.” So, once again, those pesky hormone fluctuations that happen as we get older are causing crazy things in our bodies–including facial hair.
As we age, our gums start to receded from the crown which makes it seem like our teeth are actually getting longer. So, if you feel like you’re getting “long in the tooth” it’s because you really are.
What weird things have you noticed as you’ve gotten older?