Jaycee Lee Dugard barely looks older than 11 years, report her relatives. Carl Probyn, stepfather to Jaycee Lee Dugard, told ABC, “She looks almost how she looked when she was kidnapped. She looks very young. She doesn’t look 29 at all.” Probyn said that Jaycee Lee’s mother told him that the younger Dugard looked practically the same as she had the day she was kidnapped by Phillip Garrido — who, by the way, looks every bit of 60 years.
It may evoke good feelings to know that Jaycee Lee Dugard looks so incredibly young. The youthfulness of Jaycee Lee Dugard’s skin has been preserved. Though Jaycee Lee Dugard’s behavior may be somewhat juvenile or underdeveloped, this is not why she looks so young. I’m sure that Jaycee Lee Dugard truly has youth-preserved skin.
And there is a tragic reason for that. The fact that Jaycee Lee Dugard still looks like an adolescent is very disturbing. WHY would Jaycee Lee Dugard’s skin look so amazingly young? Because she lived much of her life confined to tents.
Perhaps in later years, Jaycee Lee Dugard ventured outdoors more. She helped run Phillip Garrido’s printing business and would meet clients at their cars parked outside the house. But how much time did Jaycee Lee Dugard spend outdoors between the ages of 11 and, say, 17? She probably hardly spent any time outdoors for much of her stay on Phillip Garrido’s property.
The absence of sunlight will preserve the skin. Look no further than your own buttocks. Your butt is baby soft and smooth, right? “There are two types of aging: intrinsic or genetic aging, determined by your genes, and extrinsic or outside aging, determined by environmental exposure,” says Dr. Monica Halem, MD, a dermatologic surgeon practicing in NYC at ColumbiaDoctors Eastside (www.dermatology.columbia.edu).
“The sun is the number one cause of extrinsic or outside aging. Every time the ultraviolet radiation from the sun hits your skin, it causes DNA damage, leading to loss of collagen and elastic tissue, thus wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. The fact that she (Jaycee Lee Dugard) stayed out of the sun since a young girl can definitely explain why she appears so young.”
Jaycee Lee Dugard not only missed a lot of sunlight: “…exposure to harsh elements such as pollution and wind can lead to collagen breakdown as well giving the skin a rough wrinkled appearance,” adds Dr. Halem. Plus, Being outdoors exposes the face to irritants that can cause it to itch in various places. Itching makes you scratch and rub. And scratching and rubbing the face promotes wrinkling and loose skin. Jaycee Lee Dugard was free of this as well.
So now you know why Jaycee Lee Dugard looks so young. But it also means she was cooped up inside tents and sheds, and I’m looking forward to hearing Phillip Garrido’s defense of that.