Since we were little girls watching our grandmothers or mothers sitting or standing in front of the mirror putting their ‘face’ on, staring in awe at the event of it all, we hope to mirror them. Splashing brown and blue eyeshadows from cheek to ear, pink or coral lipstick from chin to eyebrow. We always checked our progress in the mirror as we watched how our hero’s applied this magic potion… the one that makes us ‘beautiful’.
I wear makeup approximately once a week and yesterday my daughter who is three, asked for her own make-up set.
I used to slap a whole face on on a daily basis when I went into ‘the office’. Though I didn’t have a night-time routine, most women who create their ‘face’ for work will come home, remove the make-up before bed and then immediately put more creams and lotions and potions on that will make them younger, less wrinkled and more beautiful in their sleep.
Because you’re worth it, you can buy an anti-aging cream that includes these ingredients – Water, Glycerin, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Coco Betaine, Triethanolamine, Tea Lauryl Sulfate, Coco Glucoside,Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Menthol, Benzophenone 4, Polyquaternium 47, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint Leaf Extract), Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Butylparaben,Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Ci 60730 (Ext. Violet 2), Ci 42090 (Blue 1), Fragrance, Limonene
Some of these ingredients are relatively harmless. Then there are the ingredients whose components are used in embalming dead bodies (Imidazolidinyl urea – formaldehyde ).
But then it is ‘anti-aging’ cream right? There are also only six of the above ingredients that are classified as skin irritants.. but then, we only put them on our skin every day right? Hopefully the skin itself will protect us from the chemicals we place onto it to make ourselves stay dewy and beautiful each day…right?
Skin protects us from the external elements, yet it is semi-permeable and does allow chemicals to reach our bloodstream, our organs and our brains. Any smoker desperate for a chemical high, who whacks a nicotine patch onto their shoulders will tell you that skin lets all the chemicals through. And pretty quickly too
Because we are blinded by ads of 60 year old woman shaking their glossy hair and smiling at us with their wrinkle-free eyes, we seem to forget that to get these ingredients onto the shelf in a pretty little white and glossy tub, they need to undergo rigorous testing. For an anti-aging cream filled with formaldehyde and skin irritants to reach its desired place in your bathroom cupboard – in between the $20-250 you pay for it – a company needs to make sure that the skin irritants themselves will not irritate your skin so much that you notice it, because… like… that would be really bad.
Thank-goodness for small furry animals whose eyes and skin and bodies can be tested on to make sure that we don’t get an itch or a red patch from our miracle creams that will preserve us before we are dead with the same ingredients that are pumped through our veins after we die.
Our lives and heads are busy places. We often cannot see further than the hand we reach with to pluck something off the shelve. We are not conscious of the processes anymore. We often cannot see past our desire to believe what shiny advertisements and airbrushed models tell us is possible to ‘fix’ us or to help us not become ‘less than’.
A new resolution for you may be – as mine has become – to only by natural beauty products, make-ups and skin creams, not tested on animals and not filled with chemicals designed to ‘preserve’ you.
To continue to eat well so that health shines through the skin from the inside, the way it was designed to.
Please look out for a post I will share on top natural beauty brands in the coming week and share this post with your mothers, sisters, friends and colleagues if you think it could be of benefit to them.