Raw beauty ~ spending less on beauty products

Spending less on beauty - raw beauty

At 17, I was swiping my face with Clearasil face cleansers, imagining my spotty oily ugliness being wiped away. I would then tone, and my face rung with the current of cleanliness and purification. Once the pores were tight, I would smooth in a moisturiser, bringing back my skin’s softness.

And yet that pimple remained.

I asked a friend one morning what her secret was. Her skin was pimple-free, fresh and peaceful.

“Water,” she said. Just plain old water. Apparently, she’d splash it on in the morning and that was that.

I tried it. The pimple went away.

A week later, still pimple free. Wow. I never looked back.

My beauty routines have only become more sparse as I edge over the cliff of 30. I have two hair cuts a year (and maybe squeeze in a couple of fringe trims so I am not looking through a curtain).

I wax my legs myself using Nads body wax strips. I do this watching the girls in the bath, and it takes me approximately 10 minutes a time. I have also started waxing my arms. After years of waxing, it no longer hurts.

Occasionally I tweeze out those little raggedy hairs that insist on joining my eyebrows.

Each morning, I wash my body (or parts of) with Castile soap, and use a natural deodorant.

In the evening, I splash a bit of water on my face. That’s it.

The longest part of my beauty routine used to be washing my hair every morning. I loved the massage, and the hot water running down my back. But I gave up using shampoo and conditioner last August on a friend’s advice. Told you – just getting more sparse.

Even brushing my long hair takes less time now, as it’s no longer knotty from being washed.

Reading this, you might think I am a bit unpresentable. Scruffy – perhaps a bit smelly. But I beg to differ. My skin glows, as much as skin without foundation can. My legs aren’t perfectly waxed. My eyebrows aren’t perfectly shaped. My hair has a natural-ish, oily sheen. But I am clean, and presentable.

The thing with being 17 and obsessed with skin care products was that I was trying to purge everything about myself. Get me out of me, please, and take that disgusting pimple with you.

In my fourth decade, I am wiser, less pimply and spend way less time, money and energy on beauty. Simple. Raw.

What’s your beauty regime consist of?

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(By the way, this is not a sponsored post – just giving a shout-out to the handful of products I actually use and believe in.)

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Here I am again. On the computer.

I love my work, and am lucky I get to work from home. I sit in my little office, while the world happens around me. I work hard, and fast, and am rewarded by a sense of achievement.

For me, it’s the perfect balance between motherhood and productivity. But…

The computer can be draining. It sucks my energy. Describing it to friends the other night over vino and wood-fired pizza – it bleeds my maternal energy. After a day tap-tapping and staring at a bright screen, I feel all brittle, like driftwood. I miss my sap.

Gregor worked most of the weekend, and as much as we like having him around, I have to confess I was liking the time I had to dwell with my girls and get re-sapped.

We lay on the grass in the late afternoon sun, while the sun did great things with the sprinkler.

Elfie and I sewed together.

We chatted. Made up stories. Did some cooking.

The next morning, we pottered some more. Danced. Ate together.

I liked the simplicity of our days, and the feeling of soaking it all up. It didn’t take much to feel all motherly, and earthy, loved-up and connected.

Do you know what I mean? Do you get this too?

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