As I get older, I have a lot of questions about aging and just body maintenance. I really don’t know what to do or what looks well on me. I am a balding guy with a hairy body and beautiful eyes. I can start to see the age creeping in with the crows feet and the lines on my hands. But, what can I do to look as best as i can for as long as I can?
I honestly don’t know. About a year ago, I started to use a facial cleaner. It was as close as I got to keep my skin nice. I dated a guy who spent almost an hour in the bathroom after his shower. I figured that he had a whole beauty regime that he did. He probably cleaned her ears and cleaned them out. He probably lotioned his body and took care of his teeth with all the trimmings. I don’t know if I can be that person.
Right now, I spent at most 25 minutes in the bathroom. That’s shaving my head, trimming and shaving my beard, and cutting down my chest hair. I shower with body wash, brush my teeth, and use the aforementioned facial scrub. Usually, I cut my bathroom time to about 10-12 minutes just showering and such. I don’t know if I can consistently add things to beautify myself more or keep myself looking younger.
I think about this stuff as I’m getting older, but in reality, I honestly don’t care. I want to keep my body healthy and that does include my skin, my teeth, and my ears, but the kind of extensive maintenance that some people go through seems like too much.
There’s this running away from getting older, which I do not want to get behind. I have spent a lot of time not loving myself, and I am still not exactly where I want to be at accepting my flaws. I do not want to waste time with the ritualistic nature of skin care products to give myself an unnatural shine. Instead, I would rather drink more water on the go as I’m heading out to my next adventure.
I want to find myself accepting the aging beauty in the mirror and smile at the guy looking back. The lines around my eyes are me. The graying hair at my temples shows the anxieties I have went through, all of it is very much apart of me, and apart of the identity I want to have moving forward.
I am not saying beauty care products are bad. If they’re part of who you are, spend the time lotioning up. If you need it to stop cracked or ashy skin, do it. I just have never, thankfully, needed them. I hope to live a long life and love the lines as much as the experiences I have. They’re all me, and they’re all part of my journey. Let’s see the lines, the grays, and the beauty of tomorrow.
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