A woman who used to do my nails many years ago would excoriate someone in the grocery store whose nails weren’t finished. First off, that’s expensive. If you spend $40 a month, that could be food, gas, or medicine for some folks.
Second, and I can’t speak for anyone else, I m not walking around with a makeup team hovering around me. Third, since I spend so much time doing sports, I frankly don’t give a shit. When it’s time to dress up I will rock my outfit.
I knew a girl in Australia during the. Eighties right at the height of the aerobics craze. It took her nearly an hour to layer on her makeup, which she would wear to class. Sweating while wearing that kind of makeup is murder on the skin. While it’s entirely possible that she was trying to cover up a defect or birthmark, think of the jail this creates.
At some point I think it makes enormous sense to ask why it’s so damned important? Yes, we want to be vibrant and healthy. However we don’t need products for a lot of that. And to your point, there are just days, situations, life circumstances.
At what cost are we driven by our need to look a certain way? Keeps the economy going. But at what cost to us? Good stuff.