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Botox, Fake Tans, and Tatooed Eyelids: The Price of Beauty Is Too High

botox injectionNow that summer is here, the shorts are out of the closet, sandals are back on the shoe rack, and my fleece coat is taking a break for a couple of months.  While this season does mean I’ll have to shave me legs more than once a month and keep toenails painted, there are some things I just can’t believe women and some men do to look good.

In most cases, I’ve accepted the fact that as a woman, there are certain things I have to do to look professional and feel like I fit in with society. I realize I could be a crazy granola hippie, but I choose not to be. I’m pretty basic for a girl. I’ve never even plucked my eyebrows, but I have resigned myself to the fact that I need to wear some makeup, style my hair, and put on something other than flip flops or athletic shoes to go to work. However, there are some things I will never, ever do for the price of beauty.

Bake in the Tanning Bed-I have to admit, I used to tan. This was in high school and college. I was taught that you look pretty with a tan, and beginning every spring, I got on the bandwagon. Forget wrinkles or suspicious moles. I can’t believe I did that and am super paranoid now about skin cancer. I am the first one to lather up with the SPF before going outside, especially since I live a mile closer to the sun that when I grew up. I am amazed that tanning salons still exist.  Even in our little town with nothing much more than a Wal Mart, there are at least three places I can think of that have a tanning bed. Wake up people. I’ve seen older women who have tanned their whole lives. Think rawhide. Not pretty.

Have Botox in Your Mid 30’s– I am opposed to most cosmetic procedures, but I guess some might argue that Botox is no worse than coloring your hair, and maybe it’s not.  However, my sister is licensed to give Botox injections, and a good portion of her patient base is around 35 years old. You do not need Botox in your 30’s unless maybe you work in an industry where your livelihood is based on looks. Paying someone big bucks to shoot botulism toxin into my forehead seems like insanity to me. I’ll just have to be wrinkly.

Permanent Eyeliner– Maybe I’m a little biased. When you look at eye makeup under a microscope all day, it colors you view. When I see tatooed ink along someone’s eyelid margin, it almost makes me gag. What did your poor eyelid ever do to you? Do I really want to wake up with bed head, pajamas, and perfect makeup? I’ve seen this procedure become infected and have heard of people having it done in a back room on the cheap. Could I please have a dose of Hepatitis C or HIV with that tatoo? Think twice before you let someone stick a needle into your skin, especially near your eye.

Diet Pills– Did you know that Americans spend about $18 billion dollars on appetite suppressants     annually? Get rich or get thin quick schemes are everywhere. The same rule applies to both. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no pill that burns off the pounds while you sleep after eating a whole pizza and bag of Cheetos for dinner. Just like getting out of debt requires you to spend less than you earn, losing weight requires that you consume less than you burn.  It takes work and permanent lifestyle changes to lose weight. Any Kardashian that tells you different is lying.

We all want to look good, but paying money and risking your health for supposed beauty is not a good move. If only the world favored middle aged women with a few gray hairs, wrinkles, and love handles, it would be lots easier to accept ourselves and never have a need for quick fixes. Since it doesn’t, please take care of yourselves and don’t worry about getting crow’s feet or not having a great tan. The price of beauty is not worth it.

What crazy things have you or someone you know done for the price of beauty?

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48 Comments

  1. I used to be a high-maintenance girl, spending $200+ every 4 months on blonde highlights and I always wore grey colored contacts. My nails were always ‘did’ and you would never catch me without makeup. Nowadays I embrace my natural dark brunette hair and dark brown eyes 😛 Sometimes you will even catch me without makeup 😉

  2. Definitely agreed. That said, there are some interesting photographers who have gained traction over the past decade who are committed to capturing natural beauty in the way it can be respectfully portrayed.

  3. I work in health care and I see the damage sun does. Tans are not so pretty when the doctor snips a piece off of the end of your nose or creates a giant divot when he cuts out a piece from the highest point on your cheek. Then people realize that all of their tanning was a bad idea and I try and convince them that the missing skin is not that noticeable.

  4. I am super pale, and have always felt pressured to be more tan, especially in the summer. For this reason, I hate wearing shorts/tank tops, but I have never given into the pressure. I burn easily and I would not fare well in a tanning bed. I’ve had several guys tell me they prefer the “porcelain” look as opposed to the heavily tanned, which surprised me and made me feel a bit better. I’ve just come to accept it, though I wish I could get SOME color at the beach! And self-tanner just makes me look absolutely orange.

    I color my hair maybe once or twice a year depending on how I feel about it, and I paint my nails myself. I do a full make-up routine, but I don’t go for the cake-face look at all. I like neutrals.

    1. I do feel for you there. I am not pale, but always felt pressure to be more tan, especially when I lived in the South. I honestly had people tell me I looked pale. I can’t imagine if I really were. You’ll be laughing all the way to the bank, though, when you have few wrinkles as an old lady.

  5. I cringe when I think back to my teenage days and the tanning I did. At that time, it was the thing to do and I lived in SoCal but still… And since I do live in LA, there are lots of things people do to stay forever young that don’t always make a lot of sense to me.

    1. I bet the pressure to stay young is really tough in that part of the world. At least in rural Colorado, we don’t have that many people who care.

  6. I’ve been to a tanning bed a few times over the past several years but I’m not going anymore. It’s not worth the risk and I prefer healthy skin to tanned, diseased skin! Oddly enough, my 80-something grandma had the eyeliner tattoo procedure done. I agree that our societal standards of youthful beauty are pretty out of hand.

    1. I can actually understand it more in older people. One recurring complaint I hear is that they can’t see to put on makeup without their glasses, and it’s hard to put on eye makeup when wearing glasses.

  7. I’m guilty of tanning. I don’t go too often, maybe once every 5 or 6 weeks, but that is still too much! I need to start just slathering on self tanner instead!

    1. How on earth do they do that? Do they have to put the perm solution on the eyelashes? I’ve never heard of that. You learn something new every day!

  8. as a woman in my 40’s I totally understand the desire to get things like fillers, because you do start to see your face droop a bit, but I would never spend the thousands it takes to get these procedures. And your’e right in that if every woman didn’t do it, the world in general would be more accepting of what aging really looks like. I don’t do anything crazy. I color my hair and get paint my toes (and when I can afford it get pedicures-the sand does a number on your feet). I also get my hair cut regularly because it’s short, and I do like testing out the latest anti-aging creams and whatnot from the drug store, but that’s about it. I used to tan too when I was in high school…so bad for you!

    1. My sister has offered me Botox at cost, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I guess I’ll see where I’m at in 5 or 6 years. I totally hate looking older, but I guess not enough to do anything but color my roots!

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