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Skincare has Limitations

Andalou Luminous Eye Serum
Andalou Luminous Eye Serum

Nooooooooo, please say it isn’t so!!!! Skincare has limitations??? That’s it – my hope for a miracle cure has been dashed to pieces forever.

The only people over age 18 who will be looking their age are those in their 20s to 30s because the rest of us are trying to look 20 years younger. I’m paraphrasing here but this was the summary of something I heard or read last week.

It seems that gone are the days of wrinkles and gray hair symbolizing a badge of honor for a life well lived. These days, with the exception of a few remarkably self-assured people, the masses are striving for everlasting youth.

I made a personal vow to not put myself through any invasive procedures to erase wrinkles though I do get hair coloring every now and again to cover my stray gray hairs. Lately I’ve been pondering the idea of getting my hair colored gray (depending on the shade it looks so sharp) thus this will put an end to masking my gray.

If you recall last Monday I did a post on my under eye bags/shadows and how I was using an eye cream for 12 weeks in an effort to minimize the issue. In response to that post a friend of mine from high school pointed me to a great resource. Thank you Janet!!

Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle 12 Percent
Ulta Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle 12 Percent

My friend Janet referred me to a very comprehensive skincare/makeup website that going forward I will use as a resource. The following excerpt is what got me:

Then at the age of 25 (and I’ll never forget this moment), I read the ingredient label on a skin-care product I was using and the fourth ingredient was acetone. That’s nail polish remover! From that moment on I began reading all of the research I could find on skin care and eventually I was able to put together a skin-care routine that completely transformed my skin ~Paula Begoun

In addition to her personal philosophy on skincare, I like Paula Begoun’s (Founder of Paula’s Choice) no-nonsense approach. “Skin care has limitations” is attributed to Paula as is this bit on eye cream:

Unless eye creams contain cosmetic ingredients (like mica or titanium dioxide) that help conceal their appearance, there isn’t an ingredient in cosmetics that can eliminate or even reduce genetically dictated dark circles, puffy eyes, or sagging skin around the eye area. ~Paula Begoun

Telling it like it is makes Paula Begoun my kind of person. When you take in account that the worldwide cosmetic industry pulls in over $170 Billion* dollars a year, it takes guts to make a comment about a product to which so many use as a treatment for their issues.

The 5 other qualities I like about Paula’s Choice are:

  1. They have a “No Animal Testing policy” and are members of the Leaping Bunny Program.
  2. They are strong community stewards by supporting a number of charitable organizations.
  3. They are dedicated to being an environmentally conscious organization.
  4. The Beautypedia section of the site contains over 45,000 expert reviews on skincare products. The 2 products pictured are rated as “Best” the highest rating. They even explain how the rating system works.
  5. And lastly on Paula’s Choice “About” page they even have a section on Accessibility along with instructions.

Ultimately, each of us should be concerned about what we put in, on or to what we expose our bodies. And since it really does take a rocket science degree to understand the ingredient labels and subsequent interactions, we must rely on trusted individuals to provide us with accurate information.

As for my baggy under eyes, since I am genetically predisposed to have them it’s back to the drawing board.

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” ~Samuel Ullman


10 thoughts on “Skincare has Limitations

  1. […] Monday I talked about the limitations on skincare (you can view the post HERE). In summary I mentioned Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia product reviews which I will be using as a […]

  2. You rule, my friend! I am a skin-care cynic. I’ve tried expensive creams and cheap lotions and never been impressed with any of them. I’m glad to have a resource for skincare products that may steer me in the right direction. Thanks!


    1. Thanks Alicia!! Yeah I hear you. I’ve been checking out some of the products I’ve been using for years on Paula’s site and it’s not good but since the site reviews so many products I’ve found others that I’m hoping will work out better. My skin care regimen needs adjusting and I was able to buy trial sizes to try them out beforehand.

  3. Hi Steph,
    That’s great you do so much research and I agree with Paula, you should know what’s in it. Nail polish remover! Yikes! I receive a lot of literature on stopping testing products on animals, not only rabbits, either. I am totally against that! So, that’s key before choosing a product. I loved the quote you used to conclude your post: “Years may wrinkle the skin but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” Great quote!

    1. Thank you Amy!! I’ve been looking at all the reviews on the products I currently use and I’m going to make adjustments as needed. And don’t even get me started on animal testing (I’m disgusted with some of the stuff I’ve used that was tested on animals unbeknownst to me).

  4. Hi Stephanae, lovely lady. Sorry I have not been around as much My disease has been rather mean lately. I always have a hard time knowing what to pick out when it comes to skin care. I am using AMBI which was recommended by my dermatologiest for some age spots, but other than that, my genetics have been relatively kind and I dont have many wrinkles. My mom turns 70 tomorrow and looks great. So I apprecaite this post. Hope you are doing well my friend.
    stop by if you can

    1. Hey Jess, Oh my you never have to apologize. I feel so bad for your situation but at the same time I find encouragement whenever I visit your blog because you always look your best. I’ve been scattered a bit lately but I will be visiting you this week. Hope your mom had a nice birthday!!

  5. arghghgh – – so this experiment is ending prematurely? Just like my eye bags began?

    1. LOL, yeah, sorry Steph. I knew I should have just stuck to my guns and trusted my guts but noooooo I had to buy into all the hype. Bummer, but hope isn’t completely lost. I’ll keep you posted.

      1. Please do….
        Sagger, Bagger Blogger

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