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I am addicted to all things beauty and skincare related. You will often find me surfing the intrawebs in search of new lotions, potions, and glitter. At any given time, I have 7 different cleansers in rotation, serums, essences, toners, peels, masks…. The ritual of a skincare routine is a relaxing and satisfying addition to my day.
For me, having a lengthy, pampering skincare ritual is one way to steal a little “me” time from my busy day as a working mom with too many children. Rather than viewing beauty rituals as subscribing to patriarchal dictated norms of how women should look and behave, I embrace the time I spend on makeup, hair and skincare.
Adeline Koh’s blog post on beauty as self-care resonated with me:
“I’ve started to view beauty as a form of self-care, instead of a patriarchal trap. One of my deepest inspirations, the writer and activist Audre Lorde, famously declared that “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
Society tells me I should be hyper-focused on work, relationships and family. There is an expectation that women should be constantly caring for the needs of others. In an equitable world, taking a few minutes to put one’s own needs first wouldn’t be seen as selfish or even radical but in our society it can be. Something as simplistic as spending a few minutes each day on skincare and beauty rituals, for me is an act of radical feminist self-care.