Okay, okay. Sure, I haven’t painted my toenails in — well, I can’t even remember how long it’s been because I figure, why bother? This time of year, I’m always wearing boots, closed-toe shoes and/or socks.
Same goes for shaving and my legs. I think the last time was a month ago? Something like that, and now it’s like I’ve got built-in boots with the fur from my knees down.
I’m usually pretty good about my beauty routines — tweezing my brows, waxing my ‘stach, painting my nails — but come winter, many of my beauty habits fall by the wayside.
I didn’t realize how lax I’d become until about a week ago, when I had a shower revelation.
I was lathering up the pelt of fur on my calves when it occurred to me that the hairs were long enough to weave a small (yet tasteful) wall tapestry.
Yeah, that long.
As surprised (and appalled) as I was, excuses to leave well enough lone kept springing to mind, like, “It’s soooo cold. Who’s gonna see my legs anyway? People didn’t even used to shave back in the olden days…”
Thankfully this time, I ignored the excuses and decided enough was enough.
My mission: to embark upon a five-day winter beauty boot camp, of sorts, to get my beauty groove back.
Each day, I committed to doing one little thing to break myself out of my beauty rut. I thought it would be easier than trying to do it all in the same day.
First, I drafted my plan, identifying its major components and dividing them up among the days.
If you also feel like you’re stuck in a winter beauty rut, here’s a copy of my plan. Maybe you could use it as a template to draft one of yours.
Day 1: Time to polish the silverware, or the benefits of exfoliating
There’s something so, I dunno, rejuvenating about exfoliating from head to toe in the shower. Like, “Out with the old, in with the new.”
On day one, gently buff and polish away dead skin cells from your face and neck with an exfoliating face scrub. Then, scrub your bod for smoother skin with a moisturizing oil and sugar scrub.
Day 2: Moisturizing mania!
Nothing like a little extra hydration to help dry, winter skin.
Quench your skin’s thirst on day two in the shower with a luxuriously rich bath or shower gel like Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash ($5.99 for a 23.6-ounce bottle). Then, after stepping out of the shower, slather up with a thick body butter.
Day 3: Sasquatch legs, be gone!
Say it with me: “I am not a Sasquatch!”
Dedicate day three to eradicating wayward winter body hair with your favorite shave lotion and razor.
One to try: the Venus + Olay Razor. It’s $8.99 and comes equipped with hydrating Olay Moisture Bars and five blades (!) for a smooth, close shave.
Day 4: TLC time for hair
On day four, treat your tresses to some extra TLC with a repairing shampoo and conditioner.
No need to spend a ton of money, either. Check your local drugstore for budget-friendly options, like Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner. Each 14.2-ounce bottle is just $4.99.
Day 5: Root rescue
Roots, meet hat. Hat, meet roots.
I tend to let my roots go in winter because I figure, “I’ll just wear a hat,” but no more excuses, right?
If you get your hair professionally colored, you might also make an appointment to get your roots done.
Or, save some time and money with an at-home kit, like Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch-Up. It’s only $6.99 and takes a cool 10 minutes.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,