Things That Are Taken For Granted

26 Jan

I just had a severe “duh” moment this morning at the store that made me feel both a little sheepish, and a bit embarrased.

I spent half an hour in the beauty products aisle of Walmart staring at moisturizers and creams. I was completely lost and out of my element.

It has literally been years since I’ve purchased anything like this. Typically the only “Health & Beauty” category items I buy for myself nowadays are shampoo and conditioner, soap or bodywash, deodorant, and feminine hygiene items. I buy face wash and acne treatment items for my teenage daughter, but I don’t buy special cleansers or similar types of items for myself.

I realize these are things most women get, but I just don’t; partly because I don’t want to waste the money, and partly because I’m not really all that girly. I don’t wear makeup – except on the very rare special occasion, and I don’t use lotions and creams.

However, the winter weather has been exasperating my already dry skin to the point where I had to do something. It’s been pretty bad for over a month now, but I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to spend the money on something that I typically see as frivolous and unnecessary. So, when it got to the point where my skin was looking so bad that even I had to admit I needed to do something about it, you know it was pretty severe.

I’d just run to the store real quick and grab a cheap face moisturizer for dry skin and be right back. Simple, right?

I had no idea…

First of all, to all you other ladies out there, I have this to say: HOLY CRAP! Do you all really spend $10, $15, $20 or more on teeny-tiny little ieensy-bitsy bottles and tubes of random serums, creams, treatments, or whatever they’re called? There were hundreds of products in that aisle with different names and labels, but most of them seemed to do the same thing, so I’m not sure why you would need five different types of products by the same company for the same treatment. I understand anti-aging and fighting wrinkles and looking younger is a concern for many women, but really? Really? Really?

Not only did it take me forever to find what I was looking for – a simple facial moisturizer for dry skin, not anti-aging, not renewal serum, not wrinkle guard, not defense cream, not eye treatment, or any other random name put together by a marketing department, just something to help moisturize me – but when I did finally find it buried amongst the other products, I had to look for another one, because there was no way I was going to pay that much for a tiny bottle of what is basically glorified lotion.

Eventually I found one that didn’t make me want to cringe at the thought of spending the money on it, and I left.

In the end, I paid $7.47  just so I will no longer feel like a leper. (I’m exaggerating of course, but still…) That may not sound like much, but I could have bought four bottles of shampoo and conditioner (two of each) which would have lasted me for approximately 3-4 months with less money as my 1.7 oz of moisturizer cost.

It really got me to thinking about all the little small things that are taken for granted that most people shell out money for on a daily basis without blinking an eye, and how these things become so ridiculously out of reach when you’re on a limited income. To me this was a luxury I would not have bought except in this extreme circumstance, and I felt silly that I was putting so much thought and effort into it.

What do you think? Do you think women spend too much on health and beauty products? Ladies, do you feel they’re worth the extreme prices that are paid out for them? Do you use them daily? or not at all? What other little items do you probably have that you think are taken for granted?

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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Health & Beauty, Money


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