Raised by a man
Sad but true, that probably impacted my beauty routine. I don't have any memories of watching Mom put on her face cream or whatever.
Dad's idea of pampering was a Bubble bath.
Dad had care of me pretty much from my birth to age 5. Then he married a woman who had a 10 year old girl, an 8 year old boy, and a toddler boy.
I knew how to bathe myself, toilet, and brush my teeth so I don't think she was too worried about it. I might need a reminder to brush my hair but I knew how to wash it. She still supervised my bathtime for a couple of years, though.
That would be awful to let your kid drown in the bathtub. I know it's happened.
Anyway, growing up, I would wash my face with body soap and scrub with a washcloth. I might use a little perfume in my teen years but I had terrible skin.
Along came the acne soap. By the way, the cure for my skin trouble? Vitamin A and E supplements. According to the FDA I can't use the word "cure" but my troubles ended when I started a Vitamin A supplement.
That's the first time I realized I needed a special soap for my face. So I did that. Sometimes I used astringent. I was given Retin-A, which made my skin peel. When I was in the hospital for depression, Doc prescribed a course of Tetracycline for my acne.
I guess you could say my whole beauty routine, for years, was about managing my acne. Now I finally have that under control (mostly, I had a pimple on a cheekbone last week), I have developed my own routine.
I wash my face with Neutrogena Acne soap, found in the "teenager" section of the skin care area. I'll remind you here I am 42. I inherited my Dad's oily skin, which means I will probably be using the acne soap for decades to come.
I wash my hair with Suave. I have various products I use. I use one for a while, get bored, try another. I am currently using the Keratin shampoo. It does help with smoothing my frizz, which can be pretty bad on humid days.
While I do have a tremendous weakness for "nice" body soaps, I am currently using "Moisture Blast" Irish Spring. It doesn't dry my skin the way the other soaps can. I alternate between that and Coast, one I remember from my childhood. I think they used to have a Lemon Coast, which was great, it has a very nice lemony scent. I would love to find that again.
And that's it. I don't use lotion. When I shave my legs, I just use regular soap. I don't use any powders and I seldom use perfume.
It works for me, but looking at my routine I have to laugh and say, yes, I was raised by a man.