How do you look in the morning?

I just turned 45 and to be honest I scare myself if I look in the mirror right after I wake up. I awaken with watery eyes especially this time of year and then I have puffy bags from the fluid build-up. I take a hot shower before I look which improves my outlook for the day as it diminishes some of the puffiness.
I tend to get puffy, too. But I found it's not nearly as bad if I don't use a heavy eye cream at night.

My hair sometimes is crazy in the a.m., but other than that I'm not too scary.
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Like an escapee from a madhouse, hair and all.
I try not to look at myself until I'm in the shower.
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Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
I wash my face at the sink before I take my shower, so I kinda have to look, and I also put eyedrops in then. Let me just say, not too attractive...but my husband looks worse than me if that says anything!
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I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)

Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
When I saw the thread title my first thought was "puffy" too.
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I look sick. My face is pale and my eyes are more purplish underneath. My hair is pretty wild like the cowardly lion's pre-perm.
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I look sick. My face is pale and my eyes are more purplish underneath. My hair is pretty wild like the cowardly lion's pre-perm.
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Is this before or after your all-night job cleaning office buildings?
I'm hot!
Don't let your heart be broken. Let it love.
I like to think I look like myself, just without make up. The hair is always pulled back in a pony-bun. If the band isn't tight enough then hair escapes and look out! Bozo wings.
There's no such thing as global warming. Chuck Norris was cold so he turned up the sun.
Depends on the time of the month. I'm 46 and just entering perimenopause. The 10-14 days prior to my period is hell - puffy, broken out and my hair is a frizz bomb from the night sweats.

The rest of the month I actually look better then I ever have.... but I'm sure part of that is acceptance.....
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All I see is my crazy hair. Its so bad sometimes I just laugh like a crazy person. Usually its not very amusing. If it weren't for the hair, I'd be analyzing something else.
cg Dec 08
fine to med texture w/ some coarse / high porosity 2c to 3a

Hmmm .. puffy, watery, bloodshot eyes; a bushy tree growing off my head; skin as pale as the snow - I'm glad my DBF doesn't put his glasses on till after his shower.
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Seek not to change the world. Rather seek to change your mind about the world.
I probably look like I do the rest of the day. Sadly.
Minneapolis, MN
i avoid mirrors until ive had a shower and everything goes back to where they were b/4 i went to sleep.
A bleary-eyed wreck clearly in need of more sleep than she gets, with a pineapple on top of her head.

However, I've learned not to put my spectacles on until I'm wearing some makeup - and as I use a small hand-help mirror for that task I don't see all of my face at once.
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Wash: Anita Grant babassu bar
Leave-in: Body Shop cotton seed curl boost with manuka honey mixed in
Gel: Umberto Giannini Curl Friends scrunching gel
Odds & ends Lime juice, honey, Anita Grant cafe latte
I brush with a Tangle Teezer & love Flexi-8's
I look like my mom, my dad, and the crazy lady who pushes a shopping cart full of god-knows-what around town all day. Not so pretty but hey, crazy hair sets me apart at any time of day and my face has had a good time getting to this point.
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--I found NC in late 2004, CG since 2-2005, started going grey in late 2005.
--My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
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Pretty rough. I have shocking dark shadows and hate to really look at myself until the concealers gone on. Hair's just wild. It's not good and I doubt things will ever get any better, unfortunately.
3b in South Australia.
BAD! To put it simply.

My eyes don't look awake until I've been up about 3 hours.

Of course, this was true to some extent even when I was younger..... but it is not getting better.

Fortunately, though, I'm much smarter, funnier, and cooler than I was back then.

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