The key to great skin that never seems to age is to master your preventative care early on in life. Starting in your early 20s, or even teens, we’re starting to see young girls pick up anti-aging products, brightening serums, and heavy-duty moisturizers. When they’re 45, they want to look 25, right? But what they don’t know is that the products that are made most easily available to them, in terms of proximity and price, are the most hazardous options they could choose. Think about what brands are advertised to them: Maybelline, Sephora, Covergirl, the list goes on. Because the prices on their products are below $15, teens can afford them; but it also means that the companies can make them for mere cents on the dollar making the ingredients involved incredible harmful. Some of the “moisturizers” ironically include drying agents and some of the “natural” products have nothing natural in them. If they were to keep using these products for the next 25 to 30 years, they would be doing more harm than good. Their skin could be dryer, have uneven skin tone, and they would have ingested reproductive toxins or other carcinogens. Isn’t that the EXACT opposite of what they’re hoping for? Of what we’re all hoping for?
Major brands and corporations are starting to realize that Americans are becoming smarter about their skincare and cosmetics choices, so they’re starting to advertise that they’re “organic” and “natural” and they still are not. Even Neutrogena’s new natural ine, Neutrogena Naturals, still have some chemicals that can cause organ system toxicity and they all still have a “fragrance” which means that there can still be parabens or other toxins in the product that they don’t have to disclose, as fragrances are considered a protected trade secret.
If Americans were to keep buying these products, they will find out that later in their lives they will have to spend MORE money either reversing the situation or on hospital bills. In a study in 2004, in 18 out of 20 samples of human breast tissue, they found parabens. Parabens are in almost 100% of drugstore skincare products and cosmetics. There has been no “proof” that there is a definite link but it’s making us think about the lotions and deodorants we use.
What’s so unfortunate is that young women are so attached to their beauty products that they’re willing to risk harming themselves later in life to get the look they want now. But it’s not so black and white. The toxic brands are not the only ones available; they are simply the only ones advertised with major marketing campaigns. There are THOUSANDS of brands available that are high-performance and non-toxic. It just takes a bit of research. You can still be glamorous and healthy. You will find that you look BETTER after switching. So how, does one do that? How does one part with all of their beloved beauty products and makeup?
Once you start using brands like Shea Terra Organics (featured in our January Pearlesque Box), you will notice that your skin is clearer, your skin tone has evened out, and your skin is tighter. With your skin looking that fantastic, you won’t feel the need to put on so much foundation, contour, or concealer. All of sudden, your morning makeup routine takes less time and you look better in photos!
You’ll also notice that you won’t be as transfixed by all of the new products coming out each season. You won’t have a need for samples, you won’t have to spend $60 a bottle to try out each new cream to see if it works for you. You’ll feel content knowing that you already know what works for you and that your products cost half as much as the “quality” designer skincare. You can also save even more money if you have the time to do treatments at home. There are hundreds of recipes for face masks and exfoliating treatments available online. Using ingredients like yogurt, olive oil, oatmeal, honey, coconut oil, coffee grounds, and brown sugar, you can make your own scrubs for mere cents.
While it might seem daunting to make the change, once you’ve done it, it’s liberating. To know that none of the products you enjoy could harm you, that you are looking the best you ever have, and that you’re saving money and time, there’s nothing better than that! If you still don’t know where to start, Pearlesque Box can help you out by choosing the brands for you, and at a huge discount each month. We’re here to help!