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The Hours

Letter From the Editor: February '12

Some women swear by the benefits of pore excavation, collagen plumping, and muscle kneading as if they're a religion. I am not one of them-or I wasn't, until my friend Laurie ordered me to go to Tracie Martyn, her facialist. While I sat there in the waiting room, I flipped through a photo album of Martyn's celebrity clients, all with clean, shining skin. As if on cue, the door to the treatment room opened, and out walked Julianna Margulies with clean, shining skin. She was radiant, a beacon. When I told her it was my first time, she warned me: "Watch out, you're going to get hooked." And that was exactly my fear. How do I justify a facial when your emails go unread and you haven't seen your best friend in months? What with the Spinning classes, the haircuts, the pedicures, the brow grooming, the lash tinting, and the waxing, something had to go. Julianna texted me the next day: "Lose the waxing!"

I used to think I was low-maintenance. And I was-once. But every year, my own list of nonnegotiables grows. The time I spend on grooming is more than the national average (which, at 47 minutes a day, is a number I find hard to believe) and less than that of a model or actress. When Linda Evangelista told a judge recently that working on her appearance is as time consuming as professional athletic training, I wanted to call and thank her. On a scale of zero to Linda Evangelista, I fall somewhere in the mid-range. Sure, I want to do what I can, but then it's time to put down the mirrotr, stop fretting over every pore, and return to my best friend's email.

Linda Wells, Editor in Chief

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