Do you ever get just the slightest bit weary of your beauty rituals? I do. I really, really like the finished product: groomed brows, neat nails, smooth legs, lack of visible silver streak at root-line, etc. But sometimes I would like to take the opposite of a spa-vacation, and let everything “go”. No, not in that terrible sense of, “Have you seen Patti? She’s Letting Herself Go.” Just a wee break from the routine.
Scholarly research has determined that American women aged 18 – 64 spend an average of 6.4 hours per week on personal care, and many countries’ averages are much higher (Italian women spend 7.2 hours, with French women lagging at a surprising 5.4 hours). I reckon I am right in there with the US average, but it’s hard to be sure, when one brushes teeth while reading blogs, or files nails while doing yoga stretches.
If we were the type of family that went camping, I can imagine putting all those rituals away for a week. I wouldn’t look scary, just a little pale and perhaps a touch hirsute. My nails might be raggedy and my elbows rough, but all my friends would still recognize and (hope!) love me.
The dread pandemic and associated quarantine cut into my grooming and beauty rituals, as no one would see me for days at a time. For eighteen months I had quit makeup except for lipstick (then said lipstick smeared under my mask) and brow powder. An odd combination of face paint, eh? But we are going out more now, and we don’t want to scare the horses.
“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.”-Naya Rivera
Perhaps I will give beauty-light routines a try for the weekend. Non-negotiable: thorough daily wash, teeth scrubbing, sunscreen. (Hey, that sounds suspiciously like my husband’s complete beauty routine, every day, except add a shave). OK to skip: makeup, leg shaving, facial masks and jade rollers, nail polish, CoolSculpting (kidding!) and hair spray.
“I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?”–Jean Kerr
Have you ever had the urge to take a break from maintenance? Are you already a low-maintenance woman? Or does the very thought give you the shivers? As always, I love to hear your views!
Stay fabulous, xo
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