In many TV newsrooms, the term “face time” refers to when an anchor is on camera in a single shot. There are anchors who crave a lot of face time. But I never keep track of such things. The biggest priority is conveying whatever news we’ve got to share in the most effective way.
Nonetheless, I need to spend time caring for my face in order to be ready for face time. And every time I get a facial, I’m reminded that I don’t get them often enough. I probably should get one at least every 3 months. But since I’m always so busy and facials can add up, I get them rather haphazardly.
Women who work in television obviously wear far more makeup, far more often than the average woman. Most days, I am eager to race home and clean off what my kids call my “TV face”. I’ve had enough facials to know the importance of proper skin care. It improves collagen production and elasticity, reduces lines, eases your woes over yet another losing year for the Cubs and spares your kids from seeing you in a scary facial mask. A makeup artist once told me, “Facials are like maintenance for your car!”
So like my car, I am in for “service”. But it’s actually on my schedule only because of a spa event put on by a girlfriend. Just the mere description of the facial is worthwhile – deep cleansing, exfoliation, hydrating mask and massage. Any massage always makes me recall what an esthetician once said while I was away on a vacation. She didn’t know I worked in television news. She asked, “What do you do? You are so stressed out, you’ve got knots on your knots!”