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When French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir said, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains,” I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about bikini waxes. But Allure’s staff occasionally seems to share the painter’s results-focused philosophy when it comes to treatments—myself included.
For the past month, I’ve been using Latisse, the prescription eyelash-growth serum. My sensitive eyes—which stream like Niagara Falls in the wind and get Sahara-dry in heat—have been itching like crazy after I carefully paint it on at night. But although it’s hard to stop myself from clawing at my lids, I willingly suffer through the discomfort. The prospect of longer lashes outweighs the agony.
Here are some of my fellow Allure editors’ “no pain, no gain” tales:
“I have the most sensitive teeth ever, but I am obsessed with keeping them white. Whitening kits hurt so much, but I’ll still do one every couple months. In between, I’ve been using Arm and Hammer whitening toothpaste which actually brightens without the burn.”—Catherine O’Neill, editorial assistant
“I love to put my hair up in a high bun at night to get volume and waves in the morning, and sometimes the pins will stab my scalp when I shift in my sleep. Usually I’ll wake up enough to pull them out, but sometimes you’re so tired you just deal with it.”—Sophia Panych, associate editor
“I like getting my nails buffed—I think it looks subtle and pretty and lasts so much longer than polish. But my fingers always feel a little bruised the day after. It actually makes typing somewhat painful.” —Elizabeth Angell, articles editor
What about you? What do you suffer through, in the name of beauty?
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