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Beauty push comes to shove

Worth it ... beauty therapists are great motivators.

Worth it ... beauty therapists are great motivators.

Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration. That is why it's good to get out and about and splurge on some treatments now and then.

We can all do our own nails and feet and body scrubbing - even hair colouring and brow tinting thanks to the excellent retail products now available - but there is nothing like a professional treatment to focus the mind as well as improve the body.

There's a lot to love about smooth heels, shiny hair and moisturised cuticles. 

After a visit to the dentist, I clean my teeth more carefully. After a visit to a salon or spa, be it for mundane grooming (waxing) or luxury pampering (massage and steam), I do what has been done to me more often. I take the advice on board, at least for a while.

For example, when I had a pedicure a few weeks ago the the therapist suggested I use a foot paddle once a week for maintenance. So I am. A manicurist said I should be applying cuticle oil at least once a day to my dishpan hands. I had cuticle oil in the bathroom cupboard but had never bothered with it. But I am now. Still. For now, anyway, I'm doing what I was told.

After a hair appointment I'm inspired to use a deep conditioning treatment once a week (ish). A facial has me employing massage techniques when I cleanse. All these little things take time. The body creams, loofahs, cellulite gels and masques are all added extras to the usual beauty essentials. You really need a bit of a push to do them. I find that push comes from a session with a therapist.

It's not only what she says, it's the result she gets. There's a lot to love about smooth heels, shiny hair and moisturised cuticles. Some people - Princess Diana springs to mind - had the time, inclination and, arguably, the need to attend to these details all of the time.

Some days, with work and kids, I'm lucky to get a shower in the morning. So it's good to get a bit of a push now and then, to be reminded of all the other stuff and how it's worth it.

To me that makes going for the occasional treatment worth it. Do you?

4 comments so far

  • With two small children I've recently made the decision to stop stressing about it all and just deal with the basics: hygiene and whatever body part is exposed to the public i.e. my face.

    I'm also lucky if I manage a shower, it's easier to jump in the bath with the kids at the end of the day right now. Being winter I can cover up my feet, legs and armpits with clothes.

    I use a facial spritzer and jojoba oil on my face in the morning, deodorant and brush my hair (or wear a hat if I'm flying out the door).

    I figure this stage will only last a year or two and then I'll be able to give myself a bit more attention but right now it's fairly low on the priority list.

    But don't come between me and my haircuts - they're my treat and I LOVE them!

    Miss D
    Date and time
    June 26, 2012, 9:58AM
    • Great Attitude Miss D!
      I hope the hairdresser gives you extra attention during the head massage (my favourite part)

      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 11:45AM
  • That Therapist didn't do a good job of application of nail polish on that little toe...

    Date and time
    June 26, 2012, 12:56PM
    • My luxury is to have a hair cut and foils (@$130-$160 a go) every 3 months ($160 is twice a year when I have a full head of foils and the $130 is the other times when I just have the crown done) - expensive I know but having had disasters with cuts and colours in the past, I have a hairdresser that I will pay whatever she charges to get it done properly. I walk in, she knows better than me what looks good and suits me and I give her free reign on my head.

      My other luxury is eyelash tint, eyebrow wax and eyebrow tint - when a girl is blonde, the eyelashes and brows need tinting.

      That's it for me... everything else I do myself - if money wasn't an issue, I'd be at the beautician every month for the works as well as the hairdresser.

      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 10:29AM

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