When asked in a survey by Skintimate 57% of women said they prefer small daily luxuries (like a special bath soap or linen spray for their sheets) than an occasional “pampering day.”
As Christian women we know that Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Does that mean we have to give up our favorite bronzer that makes us feel better?
Not necessarily. We just need to remember its place and not to let the bronzer be something we worship. Sure, we can all use a healthy glow, but when you don’t feel like putting on the makeup on those rough days, don’t feel guilty!
On the other hand, should you feel guilty when you want a bit of pampering? Nah. Enjoy it while you can. For example, with my fibromyalgia, massages are out of the question because they are quite painful. I had a few between my diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and I remember feeling like a massage gave my body a chance to “start over” a little bit. A grieved the day I became allergic to the glue used to apply my fake fingernails. After years of beautiful nails I now deal with stubs (and my confession? I use “Press on Nails” for speaking engagements.)
What healthy people consider pampering, we with illness may call necessities! For many of us, without the massage or visit to the chiropractor, we many not be able to function. don’t think so. If our body is a temple, that means that no matter how badly we may feel, we need to bathe now and then and use some soap! And if it is special scented lavender soap that makes you feel relaxed and better able to take on the day, go for it.
What do you think? Would you rather have a day of pampering or a few little daily forms of “something special.” What do you do (like a massage) that some would consider a luxury but that you consider a necessity?