What do I have in common with the turkey that comes to dinner for Thanksgiving?
No. Not Uncle Jack. It’s my neck – with its fleshy, jiggly wattle.
Lord, I do hate it! I think it makes me look old.
The skin on the neck has less elasticity than the skin on or face. So aging, gravity, weight gain all tend to stretch it out and it just hangs there.
Facial exercises are supposed to be helpful in actually tightening the muscle behind that wattle. Tilt your head back. Lift your chin and press your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Count to 10. Relax. Repeat for three weeks and you will see less wiggle in your wattle.
I manage to remember to do this about every 10 days. Maybe I should write it down on my To Do List.
Other options are botox and surgery. Neither is a viable option for me. I am vain but will not spend $$$ on something as frivolous, and possibly dangerous, as botox. That money is reserved for dinners out and vacations. And surgery on my knees was a no brainer. Surgery on my wattle is brainless.
SO what to do about the wiggly wattle under my chin?
- Always use sunscreen and moisturizer. It may not restore the elasticity but it feels good.
- Invest in beautiful statement necklaces. Attention focuses a bit lower than my neck. I have always believed in wearable art. Now I know that it is a healthy investment.
- Hide my neck. I have recently purchased several very pretty infinity scarves. Big puffs of light weight fabric in lots of lovely colors lifts my spirits and hides that wattle. (Turtle necks are an option for the gentlemen; though a handsome scarf during the winter can be very sexy.)
As I sit down to my Thanksgiving dinner with dear friends, my tongue will be very busy chatting and moving my dinner around. And my neck will be swathed in a soft folds of autumn colors + a statement necklace. Thoughts of my wattle will smothered by stuffing, gravy, cranberries, and very good friends.