Thursday, October 27, 2016

skincare, makeup, being a grownup

I am 36 years old.

Things I do that are vain:

1) get my hair Japanese straightened
2) waxing (mainly eyebrows)
3) get pedicures, roughly half as often as I should
4) get manicures, almost never but I really do like it when I do
5) wear makeup (quite minimal though really: eyeshadow.  mascara.  sometimes some Benetint on my cheeks.  I'm mildly interested in upgrading my routine for better results but . . . only mildly.)
6) have a skincare ritual

Of all of the above, numbers 1-2 are annoying/painful (the hair is painful because of the price + the time involved!), numbers 3-4 are fun but inconvenient, and number 5 I find boring (probably because I am not good at it).  Number 6 is the one I have never really gotten into.

Until now!

This is not a sponsored post, FYI, and these are not affiliate links.  I bought the products and the companies do not care that I exist.  But I am happy enough with my current routine (and now into more ideas) so I wanted to share.  I actually find that my current skincare rituals make me feel good on several levels:  I enjoy doing them, I feel very pampered, and I love the way my skin feels/looks afterwards.  So, without more rambling, here is my current routine:

AM:  Nothing, unless I am going outside for any extender period of time.  Then: Aesop's Sage and Zinc Hydrating Cream.  I will also layer stronger SPF (usually the kids' California Baby) if I'm out for more than 45 minutes or so.

PM:
Cleanser - Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser

Toner - Aesop B&Tea Balancing Toner

Serum - Aesop Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum  

Mask (weekly or so) - Estée Lauder 3 minute Detox Mask

These products are definitely not cheap, but they do last a long time.  I have been wearing the serum daily for several months and there is still a lot left.  I am in no way arguing that products like these are necessities; it's total indulgence.  But as indulgences go, skincare is one that I have been enjoying in my routine lately, so I thought I'd write about it.  

That said . . . I do feel a bit conflicted about all of this.  My mother (hi mom & sorry!) is probably horrified.  My childhood upbringing was frugal and practical.  I washed unruly very un-straightened hair with Suave shampoo -- or actually sometimes it was more like generic CVS brand "Compare to Suave!".  Spending on beauty products was not something that was supported, nor was it subsidized.  So it took me a long time to feel like it was okay to spend out on cosmetics and skin care.   Honestly, I feel a little guilty even writing this post and admitting to the world that I do.  There's also environmental impact to think about, and the simple fact that I don't want a bathroom cluttered with 348728372 things.  But if I use them . . . and they spark joy . . . 

Do you have a skincare product or routine that you love?

Is it okay to buy indulgent skincare products when there are far more important things to care about in the world?

Questions to ponder . . . and kids to put to bed, and serum to apply.   Good night :)