Signs of the (passing) time!


I have been visiting universities in London recently to check out their facilities. Not because I am considering a return (though never say never!); instead,  I was visiting with my lovely – and only – niece.

She has decided that when she finishes her A-Levels that London is the place to be. So, as her mum and dad couldn’t make it over with her, I took on the role of the dutiful uncle. I was happy to – she’s my niece and I’d do anything to help her out.

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I couldn’t help looking at her and all the other young students wandering around the campus and remembering my time at uni. It seems like such a long time ago. Where did I that time go? Just like my niece and all those other students I too was excited and eager and thought that going to university was the biggest most exciting thing that could ever happen (ah the joy of youthful innocence).

I don’t often contemplate the passing of time but in that moment I did. I realised that turning 45 this year marks me out as middle aged and to my niece I’m probably an old man (that even sounds hilarious to me!). I’m not old, am I?

The signs are there though. I like routine, I don’t like when it gets disrupted. I often eat the same foods over and over again because I know what I like! Loud music and noisy bars can make me grumpy and I wake up frequently during the night. Oh no – I am getting old!

More than that, the visible signs are there. If I don’t go to the gym regularly (which I haven’t been lately – in fact I haven’t been for a week) I start to get a muffin top and a spare tyre, I’m actually looking at them as I type (an expression of horror on my face) – how did that happen? When I look in the mirror I see wrinkles, creases and bags around my eyes and when I button up my shirt and fasten my tie all the skin on my neck puddles together just where my shirt collar buttons, and I have to virtually grab the skin on my neck and pull all that skin gathered at the front and repositioning it at the back.

That slackness we often talk about when we are on air with anti-ageing products has finally arrived! It is clearly time for me to make a change into anti-ageing moisturisers and eye creams! If I am being honest, none of this has happened overnight. It has happened by increments over time and I have been in denial about it. Deluding myself that somehow I was Peter Pan, and whilst other people aged, not me! Never!

So where do I start with anti-ageing? How do I stop the skin on my neck gathering together like the folds on a concertina?

Carrie Gross offered me one solution with our Beauty Pick of the Month for February – Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion. It’s a quick absorbing collagen enriched emulsion that strengthens and firms the unique skin under the chin and jawline to help get your neck’s bounce back!

Carrie filmed a short piece with Jackie recently to show you more:

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I have just got some and am about to start using it today. Now that my neck is going to get sorted I just need to figure out what to do about everything else (and there is a lot to deal with now that I have started to acknowledge it!). All suggestions for anti-ageing solutions will be gratefully received.

I have already decided that I will not be growing old gracefully – I will be fighting it with everything I’ve got! Who’s with me?


  1. Michaela March 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal,
    Count me in saying that I think you look really good for your age.There I say you could pass 37.


  2. Patricia March 9, 2016 at 1:53 am -  Reply

    Hi miceal
    I totally agree, age is just a number and it’s all about how you feel inside.

  3. PrinceWintle5 March 16, 2016 at 3:25 am -  Reply

    Yes! Finally something about Spiralizer.

  4. Jenny March 23, 2016 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Miceal,
    I don’t often get a chance to read the presenter blogs but I just loved your blog this time. It was so funny talking about getting old, I have just turned 49 so I am a bit ahead of you but I don’t feel old either. Although I also hate loud music in bars and have to keep exercising to keep the muffin top at bay. My daughter just turned 18 and I cant believe it. I love your attitude to life and you are a great uncle to your niece. Lets agree to not worry about our age and keep spreading the love. Thank you for making me smile, best wishes.

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