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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