Beauty time-wasters and health hazards.

If I could teach my daughters one thing, it might be that the biggest waste of a woman’s time is fighting her natural hair texture.  Changing the color takes 1.5 hours every month or two.  Changing from curly to straight takes 1-  2 hours every day (depending on how long and curly it is).  Changing from straight to curly takes less time, but flattens out so quickly it’s really not worth any effort.

Or you could try a Brazilian blow-0ut.  This causes your hair to be beautifully and effortlessly straight after one easy treatment.  The problem is that this treatment contains formaldehyde, the stuff they embalm cadavers with.  How good can that be for you when you’re still alive?

Then there’s Botox.  Sorry honey, I’ve written about this before but you’re not fooling anyone.  Botox doesn’t make you look younger. Just smooth for your age.  In some awful cases, it actually ages people who really are young by freezing their faces so that they look old-with-Botox.  Think Lindsay Lohan being mistaken for Debbie Harry, a sixty-year-old.  Botox is not perfectly safe.  In fact, botulinum toxin is one of the most potent neurotoxins known.


Lindsay Lohan


Throughout history women have tried various beauty treatments that are actually poisonous.  Victorian ladies used aresenic to brighten their eyes and whiten their skin.  Corsets displaced women’s internal organs and actually changed the shape of their backs and rib cages.  As recently as my own teens, smoking was still the best diet going, and there was nothing like a “healthy tan” to look your best.  Botulinum toxin and formaldehyde are just the most recent hazards in a doomed attempt to stay young and beautiful forever, or to meet some arbitrary standard of fashion.


As Joan Collins said, “The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer.”

What are some of the beauty time-wasters and health hazards you know?



About womanmdsguide

My name is Dr. Kristen Cain and I'm an infertility doctor with a passion for women's wellness and having the time to live life to its fullest. I write about women's health issues and time management secrets for young professional women because a good life means having the health and time to enjoy it!
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