Crazy beauty rituals and calming beauty moments. When I was much younger I used to devour the pages of fashion magazines – especially Glamour and Vogue – hoping for the magic, the secrets, that would make me more beautiful. And the headlines promised it: “Seven Steps To Perfect Skin”, “How To Have Farrah Fawcett’s Hair,” “Get A Bikini Body In Ten Minutes A Day.” Though I never experienced a transformation, the articles kept coming every month, with new crazy hopes.
The lady-mags were/are savvy about their clever promises. And they weren’t the first. The quest for magical beauty is eternal and ancient, as revealed in these bizarre practices:
- Crocodile dung baths. The ancient Greeks and Romans would slather themselves with dirt and croc feces to beautify their skin. I never saw a wrinkly Ancient Roman, so . . ?
- Dimple machines. This one didn’t catch on. She looks bored, like “Where are my dimples already??”
- Tapeworm diet, I am not making this up. Apparently, the tapeworms had to be removed at a later date in “an unpleasant fashion.”
There are a few odd beauty treatments I’ve dabbled in, that aren’t offered at the Ritz Club Paris. These include the Pepto Bismol facial mask for oily skin (I miss my oily skin) and Preparation H for under-eye bags. I have taped my hair down to straighten it, and splashed my face with ice water – it worked for Paul Newman.
As I age, though, life in the beauty lane is actually getting simpler. I choose routines that are basic and soothing, and mostly inexpensive, supplemented with bi-annual, expensive, Botox treatments. I’ve saved lots of $$$ during shelter-at-home by “coloring” my own hair with Manic Panic, and trimming the ends regularly. Don’t ask to see my pedicure-free toes, though. 😊
I make a habit of slowing down to enjoy some of my beauty rituals, like:
- Moisturizing my body and hands with something that smells good.
- Fingernail polishing, in a soft pink shade that doesn’t quickly show chips.
- Hair washing, to include a good head massage. Always with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo or shampoo bar.
|But my outfit is not this glam.
- Steaming my face over a hot cup of tea.
- Perfuming myself at my wrists and back of my neck (no lingering croc dung odors for this petite flower), even at bedtime.
- Massaging my face with argan oil for a minute or two. I use gentle, upward movements, like this.
Have you experimented with any unusual beauty rituals? Please spill your story, especially if it works. And do you enjoy calming beauty routines too?
Stay fabulous and safe, and wash and wash and wash, xo
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