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How to Take a Vacation from Your Face
In a world where you have opportunities to check yourself out at every turn—in a store window, a rearview mirror or a particularly shiny piece of cutlery—it's hard to imagine not seeing your reflection for a day, let alone a month. But that's exactly what Marianne Power did—she describes her experiment in the Daily Mail as "mirror detox."
[Read more about why it's worth it to take a vacation from your face]
Tired of the self-deprecation that occurred every time she looked at her own image, Power vowed to give herself a break (with the exception of a small compact mirror she used to put on makeup in the morning). The first day into the challenge she says, "Usually a reflection that looks okay would put a spring in my step, while a bad hair/clothes/figure day will ruin my mood. Today, I don't know what kind of mood I should be in."
Four weeks later, however, she was left wondering whether all the primping was really necessary, but what she did know was that she received more compliments from her co-workers on how relaxed she looked. Powers also discovered that the toughest critic she'll ever meet will always be waiting in the mirror and that far too many women share these same feelings—consistently associating their own image with the negative rather than the positive. After a month-long break, she no longer focused so intently on her flaws but found looking at herself similar to "bumping into an old friend."
O's beauty director, Val Monroe, once put herself to the mirrorless challenge 10 years ago for a long weekend. Here's what she learned "without the constant companionship" of her own reflection. (And she didn't give herself any leeway—no compact mirror, no peeking.)