hairAfter hearing about a mom named Phoebe Baker-Hyde who gave up her beauty routine for an entire year, I couldn't help but sit back and ask myself whether or not I'd be able to do the same thing.

And when I say she gave up beauty -- I mean she GAVE UP beauty all together. She stopped wearing makeup. She cut her hair super-short so she wouldn't have to style it. She quit using basic things like moisturizers and face creams. And she also stopped dressing in anything remotely stylish, gave up shaving (yikes!), and even went so far as to cover all of the mirrors in her home.

She made the drastic change in an effort to restore her self-esteem after having a baby, and she even wrote a book about her zero-grooming adventure, The Beauty Experiment.

And while she admits that her year long lack of all things beauty made her realize what's truly important, there is absolutely nothing she could say to convince me to try this experiment myself.

More power to her -- and no offense -- but giving up your entire beauty routine is basically the equivalent of completely letting yourself go. And as a mom, I absolutely refuse to let that happen.

Ok, so maybe, just maybe I could forgo makeup for a week or something like that simply to let my skin breathe a bit. But giving up basic things like shaving, blow-drying my hair, and getting dressed with the intention of looking somewhat polished is simply inconceivable to me.

Taking pride in how I look and taking those few extra minutes each day to freshen and pretty myself up before I face the world is not something I take lightly, because it makes me feel good about myself and boosts my self-esteem as a mom.

And yes, I get what Phoebe is saying and I understand that taking care of yourself from within is what's really important, blah, blah, blah. But if you don't put any sort of effort into what's on the outside? Yeah, you might as well hang a sign around your neck that says, "I don't care about how I look because I really don't care about myself at all."

To each his own, I guess. But in my case? Even on my most hurried of mornings, I'll squeeze in the extra time it takes to run a brush through my hair, throw on a little tinted moisturizer, mascara, and lip gloss, and at least grab something presentable out of my closet before even thinking of heading out the door. And that's something every mom owes it to herself to do.

Could you give up your entire beauty routine for a year?

 

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