No matter what our lifestyle is, we all know we should be taking as much care of ourselves as possible. Even if it be the bare minimum or a weekly self-care day, we know we should be doing it. Living in such a rural setting, surrounded by woodland and farmland, means I notice a huge difference in my skin depending on the seasons and the weather! So, I thought I’d share my beauty essentials for other’s living a rural lifestyle.
For a long time, I just focused on getting the bare minimum done. A shower, wash my face and hair, bing bang bosh. Done. This was also the time I was absolutely killing myself with housework and literally did nothing else for 9 hours straight every day.
I definitely wasn’t putting self-care first. The few small things I did do for myself weren’t enough for me to actually be taking care of myself. I was clean, but that was all. I didn’t moisturize my face at all. I didn’t care for my hair as much as I could have, which lead to even more of it falling out. I felt “meh” about myself quite often, simply because I wasn’t putting in the effort. I barely looked in the mirror most days!
So, I decided it was time to stop those habits. It made me feel horrible about myself, and my skin, hair, and nails were getting worse because I wasn’t caring for them properly. There was no benefit to continuing that way, and if it meant I started cleaning at 9 am instead of 7 am – or even earlier – then so be it. It wasn’t the end of the world.
I used to buy the cheapest shampoo and conditioner I could find, and that would be it. I was growing my hair out at the time and noticed more and more of it falling out and it was getting shorter, not longer. I knew the cheapest thing definitely wasn’t the best thing, so I changed what I used.
Vo5, Tresemme, Aussie
Since then, I have mainly been using these three brands. Vo5 did wonders for my hair, and when I started using caffeine shampoo alongside it, I noticed a huge amount of growth in very little time. I do believe it’s what helped bring my hair back, as having PCOS can affect hair growth – or lack of.
Related: Self care for rainy days
I used to message in the caffeine shampoo into my scalp really well and leave it to sit for a couple of minutes before I washed it off. I then shampooed and conditioned my hair as usual with the Vo5 Moisture set.
I now switch between Aussie, Tresemme, and Vo5 as and when I feel like it, or when it’s on offer. I do use masks occasionally, but I’m still on the lookout for one I really love. Any recommendations?
Skincare has always been something I’ve struggled with. I don’t know why, but I never remembered to exfoliate or moisturize and my skin suffered for it. When I moved in with B, and we were living on a farm, I quickly found that exfoliating was regularly was pretty much the only way to keep my skin clean.
I don’t use anything particularly fancy, I mainly use Aldi’s own products. It’s inexpensive, and it definitely works! I use their fash wash, face scrub, day cream, night cream, under eye cream, and I’ve picked up their charcoal face mask when I’ve seen it in there. I use a serum and Spray when I remember, but these are usually presents from my Mum, who is a big skincare lover.
That sounds like a lot, but really it’s a lot less than what some beauty gurus advise. I haven’t got time or the budget to spend money on extra items that I really don’t see a difference with. My skin does well on the items I just mentioned, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get. I’ve spent a lot more on skincare before, which lead me to not want to use it as much as I should have to make it last longer.
Makeup isn’t something I wear every day, but I do like to have the option for when we’re going somewhere that isn’t the farm. Sometimes I just want to dress up at home too, it helps me feel a little more motivated on lower days.
I don’t spend a lot on makeup either. I think in total I spend around £20 – £30 a year! I only replace items once they’re either completely finished or have gone past their dates. I also buy mid-range items or cheaper options. I don’t spend £40 on a palette, simply because I don’t use it that often to warrant it.
Rimmel London & Primark
Rimmel London and Primark own are pretty much my go to’s for makeup. Primark sells some nice small palettes and nail varnish, along with tools, for really good prices. I love Rimmel London’s waterproof mascara, which I have learnt is a must for me now I live in the UK! I completely forget I’m wearing any makeup and it runs down my face if I get caught in the rain. Lovely.
I have treated myself to more expensive bits and pieces, but I don’t do it regularly. I’m definitely not a makeup master or that skilled, so it doesn’t make sense for me to spend more than the minimum from our budget.
For years I never even thought about moisturizing the skin on the rest of my body or even exfoliating. I used the body wash and the body scrub puff and that was that.
I started using body lotion not that long ago, but my skin already feels so much better. It looks healthier and feels healthier. I can get patches of red skin – I’m just naturally red toned rather than golden! – and I have eczema on my hands. Using body lotion has helped both of these. I don’t do it every day, because I hardly remember to do it, but as long as I do it once a week I still see a benefit.
Drinking lots of water is also a great thing. I know I know, it’s not like I discovered it, but I was severely dehydrated without even realizing! I’d barely drink 100ml of water a day, or of anything if I’m honest. That’s really not good! Especially when working outside or doing any kind of activity that makes you sweat, I was losing even more water.
So there you have it, My farmers’ wife beauty essentials. These probably don’t seem very specific to farmers wives, which they’re not, but there’s a whole new set of reasons why to do things when you live in such a rural setting! Dust and mud get everywhere, including your hair and face. You dehydrate quicker, since being outside and working very physical jobs does that to you. Plus, who doesn’t want to look and feel good, and maybe pop on a little makeup every now and again?
What are your beauty essentials? Farmer’s wife or not!