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8 Embarrassing Beauty Treatments That Women Lie To Their Partners About

waxing hurts like a mofo

According to a survey of 2,000 women, most of us are not only physically disgusting repugnant beasts, but we also love to deceive men about it. The average woman keeps several parts of her beauty routine totally secret from her romantic partners.

“Researches found women hate the thought of their other half knowing their beauty secrets,” says the Daily Mail. “As a result, procedures such as hair removal from toes, chin, body, and bikini line remain hidden.” Hmm! I wonder if that has anything to do with the way our culture drills into our minds that we have to be effortlessly flawless!

The survey results show that women lie most about 1) shaving their toes, followed by 2) plucking hair from their chins or faces, 3) removing body hair from “odd” places, 4) waxing or bleaching mustaches, 5) removing hard skin from feet, 6) wearing shapewear, 7) plucking their eyebrows, and finally, 8) waxing or shaving their bikini lines.

Among other things, this Mail article is extremely committed to being depressing as hell:

A third of women think their partner would be absolutely mortified if he knew the true extent of what took place behind the bathroom door for half an hour every day. A fifth of women say it doesn’t matter how comfortable they get with a partner, they will never ever let him know how much effort goes into looking good.

It looks like I totally fail when it comes to keeping the mystery alive and maintaining the mystique, because I’m pretty sure everyone I’ve ever dated has heard my monologue about how Spanx always cut off my circulation. Also, leave my Lebanese mustache/eyebrows to their own devices for longer than 7 hours and they’ll grow big enough to form a militia and overthrow me. It’s hard to keep that under wraps.

I’m all for discretion and ladylikeness if that’s your style, but it’s pretty exhausting to spend an hour plucking and waxing every week just to pretend you popped out of the womb looking faultless. I vote that we all start shaving our toes directly in front of our boyfriends. I vote that we all start shaving our toes on dates.

Via Daily Mail / Photo: Shutterstock

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  • Kaitlin Reilly

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with telling your partner “BRB going to get my eyebrows waxed”.
    I’m always a little sad for the people who go to sleep wearing a full face of makeup so their partner never sees them without it.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      It makes me sad because then I think about how stressed out their complexions are from never being cleansed :( My skin feels awful whenever I sleep in makeup by accident.

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      I actually have a huge pet peeve with sleeping in my makeup. It makes your pillow gross and skin hate you.

  • JennyWren

    Maybe this would be less depressing if we phrased it as “8 beauty treatments that are none of you’re partner’s concern” instead of pitching it as some kind of diabolical deception (although I wouldn’t expect anything less from the DM)? I mean, I’m pretty darn comfortable around my partner, but I probably wouldn’t tell him about my blackhead-removal techniques, not least because they’re as boring as hell. Likewise, it’s not really his business if I feel the need to wear spanx or whatever under a specific dress.

  • CMJ

    My husband knows about all of these things….I think he’s even told me to shave my toes once or twice. True Love!

  • RH

    That’s the difference in dating and marriage–these things don’t come to light until you’re hitched! http://thehaircarepro.com/coconut-oil-for-hair/

  • Fabel

    My boyfriend plucks my eyebrows AND the rando chin hairs that have started popping up lately in my post-25 years old life. And he also knows about the toe shaving, because I always cut myself on my toe with the razor & I’ve never been creative enough to make up another reason for why my toes always bleed from the same spot every couple days.

    • Futuralon Futuralon

      A friend recommended plucking toe hairs and I’ve never looked back. Lasts a lot longer and no weird ingrowns!

  • LynnKell

    I see no wrong in telling your partner in a light hearted manner that you undergo certain beauty treatments, it’s nothing from outer space talking about some waxing in odd areas. (they do it too!! two words: ear hairs!!)

    I personally don’t feel like letting him watch me do this stuff because it is ME time and I like listening to tacky music and dance around the bathroom and let my inner Shakira take over and there’s no way I’m giving that precious time up for him. But I don’t mind him watch me pluck my eyebrows or apply a green face mask or so.

  • wonderland

    But, what do the partners of women who lie about shaving/waxing their bikini line think happens?

  • kartah23

    I use the Lift Wand which is a high frequency machine that i got from Amazon, it helped me greatly improve wrinkles. Here’s pretty positive review of the product too.
    http://highfrequencymachines.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/reviews-of-high-frequency-machines/

  • Chuck

    But women bitch and complain about those things men do! Hypocrites! For the record, most men already know..and don’t give a crap. We do crap to impress the ladies.