5 Beauty Lessons We (Unexpectedly) Learned From Our Dads
Though fatherly advice often elicits an eye roll and a hearty "Daaa-aaaad," we do have to give our dads some credit for the valuable guidance they have doled out over the years—specifically the (very) occasional beauty tip, which never fails to take us by surprise. (Who knew Dad had such strong opinions on eyebrows?) We're recalling the unexpectedly great wellness, health, and beauty pointers we've culled from the OG men in our lives. Keep reading to see them all below.
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"My dad is this big, burly, scruffy guy, so his beauty advice is very limited. But health-wise, he's always been super concerned about my eyes, and whenever I would read or work on my computer in dim lighting growing up, he'd always chastise me that I was ruining my eyes and turn on all the nearby lights. He was also big on eating foods that are known to strengthen your eye health, like omega-3s.
"We also always had to have veggies with every meal, so even if we ordered a pizza, he'd break out the salad or the celery (even though celery has, like, no nutritional content) and demand that we eat them. Now, every time I cook a meal or even if I order takeout, I have to have some veggies with it."
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"When I was 9 or 10, my dad told me I have great eyebrows and should never touch them. Given that he tends to be pretty oblivious about appearance-related things—not to mention that it was the early aughts when skinny arches were still in their heyday and I was already counting down the years to when I could pluck my eyebrows into oblivion—this came as quite a shock. Clearly he was just a boss trend predictor, but needless to say, I ignored his protests when I finally got ahold of those tweezers. I so wish I hadn't—it has taken years to restore my brows to their virgin status again.
"But this is just one example of my dad surprisingly being ahead of the beauty curve. While my mum always cringes whenever I dye my hair a new crazy colour or get another piercing or tattoo, Dad is always the first to say, 'Cool!'"
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"My dad is a yoga teacher, so he's done SO much for me in terms of health and wellness advice. My favourite, and perhaps the easiest to follow, is to remember the notion, 'You'll never regret going to yoga.' I am certainly not a person who likes working out, but every time I wake up exhausted and feeling lazy, those words ring in my head. It works like a shot of espresso in getting me up and ready to go. It's true: No matter how annoyed you feel about waking up early, strapping on workout clothes, and making your way to the studio, you'll always be glad you went once it's all over. For me, I usually reach that incredible feeling of euphoria somewhere around the 45-minute mark during my practice. Just go."
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"This sounds so cheesy, but it's the truth: The best beauty advice my dad has ever given me is that true beauty comes from within. He's always taught me the importance of handling everything that comes my way with grace and—his favourite descriptor—'elegance.' Sure, that may not always be realistic (tell me that when I'm in the middle of a particularly stress-filled week and low on caffeine), but it's something that's stayed with me over the years. And for a more practical (albeit just as cliché yet true) dad beauty lesson: Embrace your natural beauty."
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"On the drive from my hometown up to New York City to drop me off for freshman year of college, my dad gave me one piece of advice that I've never forgotten. He said, 'Don't wait for your life to start. Don't live your life waiting for the next great thing to happen. Because your life is happening right now.' My dad is an absent-minded professor type—not exactly the most intuitive. But somehow he could tell that at 18, my mood, my personality, everything was driven by this mind-set that my present wasn't good enough. It's not good for your mental health to spend every day wishing it was tomorrow, wishing you were older, more successful, more beautiful.
"In the six years since that drive, I feel like I've really followed my dad's advice. I feel more present in my life than ever, and that plays a huge role in my happiness. Instead of wondering what I'll look like in 10 years, where I'll live, where I'll be in my career, I try to strike a balance between planning for the future and appreciating everything happening in my life now. Thanks, Dad!"
What's the best beauty advice you've ever received from your dad? Sound off in the comments below!