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7 Painful Things We’ve All Done In The Name Of Beauty

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When we look our best, we feel our best. Unfortunately, looking our best is often painful.

Regularly practicing personal grooming, good hygiene, and beauty indulgences help us all to feel more confident on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many of these things we do can often be painful or irritating to our sensitive bodies.

However, there are plenty of ways to achieve the beauty results we crave without compromising our comfort. Beauty doesn’t have to be painful!

In the name of beauty, we’ve…

1. Worn high heels.

Despite knowing the damage high heels can inflict to our joints, we still wear them on a regular basis. Heels make you feel tall and powerful. They’re confidence boosters, even if they do hurt after a few hours.

Of course there are ways to remedy that, and yet a little bit of pain won’t stop us from wearing our favorite pairs (for a few hours, at least).

2. Had something pierced.

There are very, very few people I’ve ever met who don’t have at least their ears pierced. And most people have something other than their earlobes done. I currently have three holes in one ear, two in the other, and my right tragus pierced. In the past, I’ve had numerous cartilage piercings, the industrial, and my helix pierced. Some of these never fully healed and we’re painful not only during the initial piercing process but afterwards as well.

3. Had something waxed.

Eyebrows, bikini lines, armpits… oh my. Waxing is a popular method of hair removal, however, it isn’t painless. Most people say it’s not that bad, but waxing can definitely irritate sensitive areas or leave you with unsightly redness for a few days.

4. Whitened our teeth.

Since our smiles are one of the first things people notice about us, everyone wants a brighter, whiter smile. In fact, according to a survey by the makers of Sensodyne®, 43 percent of women reported regularly using some form of whitening treatment. But strips and toothpastes can be too harsh or abrasive for sensitive teeth and cause discomfort following the treatment.

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5. Accidentally burned ourselves. 

If you’ve ever heat styled your hair, you’ve probably burned yourself in the process. Between straighteners, hair dryers, curling irons, and curling wands, chances are you’ve touched a hot metal surface to your skin. While most of these instances are minor and are rare now that we’re older and more experienced, they have happened in the past.

6. Plucked our eyebrows. 

Always chasing that perfect arch, am I right? Well-shaped brows help frame your face, and stray hairs need to be plucked every now and again. The skin near our eyes is sensitive and pulling at it often stings a little. For the most part, you’re probably used to it, but if you’re anything me, plucking your brows definitely makes your eyes water every now and again.

On the same note, waxing or threading your brows is often painful as well. Even still, totally worth it for the perfect arch.

7. Worn a body shaper.

Body shapers help clothes lay flat and help you create a smooth, seamless silhouette underneath your clothes. Unfortunately, these spandex undergarments are also incredibly constricting and can prevent the flow of blood and oxygen to vital organs and limbs. Many times after wearing these things I’ve been left with red marks and indentations all over body, and I know I am not alone in that.

While we’ve all done at least some of these things, the truth is that beauty does not have to be painful. You can achieve things like a brighter smile without the pain — it’s beauty without compromise.

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About the Author

Nicole Booz

Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty, GenThirty, and The Capsule Collab. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the author of The Kidult Handbook (Simon & Schuster May 2018). She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, eating brunch, or planning her next great adventure.