Just like the finest automobiles, women need tune ups from time to time. Our bodies are complex machinery and need to be treated as such. Taking care of yourself should be for no other reasons than selfish ones. Do not do it for a man or for anyone else. Do it for you.
When cars aren’t serviced they don’t run as well. They get all rusty and sputtery and they just aren’t as fun to drive. When I wasn’t taking care of myself, I just did not feel good, let alone sexy. Chances of me feeling frisky and wanting to skip around the apartment in my birthday suit was slim to none. This made my fiance sad. Very, very sad.
I finally pulled it together and got myself back on the road (I used my blinker, of course). So what exactly should we be doing to make sure we’re in tip top running condition?
Ripped Off: Every four weeks or so I head in for self inflicted torture of the nether regions. The first time is by far the worst and the longer you wait between waxes, the stronger the hair gets because the root has a chance to really grip in there. However, the more regular you are with your mangrove maintenance, the thinner the hair gets and the less painful the experience is. Even when I was not tied down with a mate, I still took care of my special place because I just felt better about myself. Besides, we don’t need any “spill over” at the pool.
Save Face: I never realized the importance of a facial until 1) I reached 25 and 2) lived in a house with mass amounts of natural sunlight. As we get older, our cells turn over slower. This can make your skin look dull, increase the amount of blackheads present, and lead to more breakouts. By going to a facial professional every 6-8 weeks you’re having an expert rid your skin of all the gunk so you can be just as glowing and gorgeous as you were as a baby. Between facials, you can try out one of my favorite products from Murad:
Splitting Hairs: Recently, a gal pal told me that her hair was finally growing. For years she’d been under the impression that her hair would never grow past a certain length. Her former hairstylist had been chopping her locks off every time she came in and letting her think that was as far as it would grow. While getting a trim about every eight weeks is needed, make sure that your stylist is only removing the straggly ends rather than getting all scissor happy on your ‘do.
Check Under the Hood: Every single year you should be going to visit the lady doctor to get your little princess checked out. You should start doing this the minute you become sexually active or when you hit 18 (whichever comes first- hopefully 18). I am horrified to hear girls say that they don’t go either because they are “scared” or just lazy. There is absolutely nothing to be scared about except for what could happen if you don’t go. With things like HPV, ovarian cancer, and endometriosis, you’ve got to be careful. There is some serious pipework down there and you want to take good care of it.
Find a Spot: While we are being serious, let’s move on to another health concern. Skin cancer. Even if you think you aren’t susceptible to melanoma, it’s probably a good idea to have a dermatologist check out your skin once a year as well as any time you notice a bizarre mole of freckle. The best way to avoid serious health problems is prevention. Check out this slideshow of skin conditions to look out for. It’s a little gross… but so is skin cancer.
Twinkle Toes: While this may seem trivial and on the verge of diva-like, hear me out. One of the least expensive ways to put some pep in your step is by pampering those tired toes. Adding a bit of color can brighten you day as well. If you can’t spring for a professional pedi every two weeks, try giving yourself an at home version. You can also keep your tootsies soft by using this awesome moisturizing duo from bliss:
By taking better care of yourself, you’ll feel like a whole new woman and you may even keep the “new car” smell.
Now, hit the road.
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