Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that July is the time to think about the art of not looking your age by booking a mid-winter facial and eyelash tint.

Camilla Morton in her book How To Walk In High Heels: A Girls Guide To Everything explains how to achieve perfection by maintaining yourself. She admits that while appearances are not everything , ensuring you have a regular MOT is just part of being a lady. Although waxing hurts it ensures finer regrowth, lasts longer than shaving and gives a smoother more feminine feel. Exfoliate two days before your waxing appointment, it frees follicles ensuring hair is pulled from the roots and makes it less painful. Take a pain killer the day of the appointment and allow yourself a couple of days afterwards for your skin to calm and to stop looking like a plucked chicken.  These are basic no frills essentials. Alarming but true and ideally everything should be done by a professional in a salon. Individuals should asses need and budget accordingly. You budget for upkeep of your house and car so why cut corners on yourself. Copy the following schedule into your diary /planner and ensure you keep the system smooth and purring.

The Bare Essential Ladies’ MOT

Bikini Line: Never shave here get waxed every 3 weeks

Underarms: Wax every 3 weeks or shave or shave every second day

Legs: Wax every 4 weeks, half leg in winter and full leg in summer

Eyebrows & lashes: Shaped and tinted every 5 weeks

Pedicure & Manicure: Every 5 weeks to maintain shape & colour

Lip Hair: Don’t bother bleaching, get it waxed every 5 weeks

Facial: Every 6 weeks to purify, detox skin & relieve stress

Hair cut & colour: Every 8 weeks to keep well maintained.

Dentist: Every 12 months


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