It’s the little things . . . . I think grooming and preening can become massive chores. Trying out a new lipstick is fun, and so is flipping through magazines/Pinterest looking for fab new hairstyles. But I don’t want to add up the hours I have spent priming, de-fuzzing, cuticle-oiling, eye-lining, and elbow bleaching (well, I’ve never done that – should I?)
And when it comes to beauty and grooming products, lots of promises are made and few kept. I have found, however, a few little things – rituals and products well worth the expense and time. I think they actually make a difference in how I look and feel:
- A good haircut that works with my hair. A blunt cut is best for me. Like all of you, I have had great and horrible haircuts over the years. A cut that works with my fine, curly hair makes all the difference in my day. I get a professional snipping about twice a year, and trim it myself when I think it needs it.
- Along similar lines, keeping my silver looking silver-y is a small but important routine. I haven’t colored my hair in over four years, but I enjoy the color shampoos that give a slight tint of pink or purple (yes).
- Breaking a sweat via aerobic exercise, and lifting weights a couple of times a week. Daily pushups, sit-ups and squats. All this takes some time, about 40 minutes a day, but I feel wonderful when it’s done. It’s got health bennies and all that, and I do like to feel strong.
- For my face and hands: Retin-A at night and vitamin C serum in the morning. Any old cheap body moisturizer will do for the rest of me, with a few drops of my favorite scent added in.
- Good OH, as the dentist likes to say – oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and the occasional whitening strip give me confidence about smiling big.
- A sunblock that would be effective on the surface of the sun. Like SPF 1,000 if they made it. 😊
- For the finishing touch, I can skip foundation, blush and powder, but I always do lipstick or gloss, and some black mascara.
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.–Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
What little things are worth it for you? Even if you’re totally low-maintenance, what do you do that you plan to keep doing forever? I always love to hear your thoughts! And Happy Thursday, all.
Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash (your hands), xo
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