TV presenter Tracey Spicer’s article this week about weaning herself off extreme grooming got me thinking about how much I’ve culled my own beauty regime since the days of the corporate office working gal.
All dressed up and ready for the Blogger’s Bruch last Friday, I received a shower of compliments from the daycare teachers when dropping the twinions off.
Feeling a little uncomfortable with the sudden attention, it significantly proving just how low maintenance I have become.
Let’s point out though, that when talking about appearances, low maintenance does not mean negligence.
Back in the day when 90 minute “deep cleansing” facials would also clean out my pocket and eat up my time, I’ll now happily settle with a home beauty mask.
Okay, so maybe it freaks out the boys. Just a bit. (“Mama, why your face so dirty?” “Stop it, Mama! You scare me!”). Hold back the night terrors.
But hey, it’s still skincare, yes?
There are some beauty routines, however, I just can’t skimp on, one being the upper lip and brow wax. It’s 30 minutes of immense pain but worth the satisfaction that I no longer (well, for around 3 weeks, anyway) look like my late moustached grandfather.
Then, there’s the bimonthly, laborious ritual of disguising my greys.
Having broken up with my last hairdresser (the drama was too much), I’m currently in a drastic limbo situation. Meanwhile, the skunk likeness is uncanny.
I’ve tried the home treatments but the mess and stress isn’t worth it. Besides, I like the idea of sitting in a chair, being pampered and escaping the world for a couple of hours.
And that’s plenty for me.
It’s not due to apathy or lack of care in appearance, I just don’t need the other stuff, anymore.
As Tracey said in her article, she now has extra time to spend how she sees fit – play with her kids, strum the guitar.
And I reckon that – invaluable free time – that’s what I mostly can’t live without.
What are some beauty regimes you can’t live without?
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