Perusing the interwebs, I came across this Babble post entitled Should We Be More Open About Beauty Treatments Like Botox?
Which got me thinking about the time a few summers ago when I was hanging out with friends in the neighborhood the day after getting a facial. One of my friends said to me out of the blue, “WHAT are you doing to your skin? Did you get new makeup? It looks AMAZING!”
To this day I don’t know why I did this; I’m not in the habit of lying to my friends. All I can tell you is that it was a gut reaction, and but before I had a chance to think, I looked at her quizzically and shrugged. “Nope. I dunno,” I replied.
As soon as it was out, I thought to myself, Why did I just do that? But it was too soon to take it back and come clean so I just played along.
WHY did I not just tell her I’d had a facial the day before?
It’s a funny thing, vanity. We all want the wisdom that comes with age but no one wants the physical deterioration that goes along with it. Lines and wrinkles and gray hairs used to be revered. Nowadays we do everything we can to get rid of them or disguise them.
Of course we have many more options for keeping our youthful appearance in tact than our ancestors did, from cosmetic treatments to full-on surgery. Which begs the question . . . do we tell or not????
Like the author of the Babble article, I have no problem announcing to anyone I meet that I color my hair or that I scored a great pair of designer jeans on clearance at TJ Maxx. I’ve even been known to hike up my shirt and show a friend my secret weapon against the dreaded muffin top – my Kymaro Cami.
But when it comes to beauty treatments, I tend to hold my cards tightly to my chest. If I were to get botox or a chemical peel, I’m not sure I’d make a big deal of it to my friends.
I get that there are certain things that are taboo to discuss in polite conversation – money, politics and religion, of course. And my mama always said that a lady never discloses her weight.
It makes sense that there should be some mystery.
But is there a time when it’s appropriate to come clean about your beauty procedures? Maybe not over cocktails at your next office party, but certainly when you’re hanging out with a few good friends . . . don’t they deserve to know the truth?
Or is it better off to keep some secrets?
This post was sponsored by Smart Beauty Guide, where I’m a regular contributor.