Hottie makes his own soap. He’s pretty into skin care and questions the things we put on our bodies. He’s told me for years that I need to find a skincare regimen that works for me and that I should be taking better care of my skin in general (“it is your largest organ, you know.”). I’ve always been told that I have great skin, that it’s the “peaches and cream” skin that people wish for. I don’t really understand what “peaches and cream skin” really means and although I know that my skin isn’t horrible, I also wouldn’t consider it great. Others disagree with me, especially when they ask what I do for my skin and I say, “Nothing. I don’t even wash my face at night.”
My grandma had great skin. When she died, she barely had any wrinkles. My aunt swears I have her skin, and if I do, that would be terrific. But I do know that my grandma took great care of herself and probably nurtured that fabulous skin of hers. It didn’t just miraculously end up that way.
Hottie had made some face soap that I was using and just about two months ago, I said, “we need more face soap made. We’re out.”
“We’ve been out for 6 months.”
“What have I been using every day?”
“What? You’re using that on your face? That’s straight Dr. Bronners.”
And so began my quest for a skin care regimen all my own. Hottie told me it was time, time to do the research and figure out what I needed for my skin type. He was right, but damn… I didn’t want to take the time!
A month ago, I went to my sister’s house for a visit and she had a friend there. Her friend kept mentioning some skin care product that she sells and I blew it off because I despise nothing more than a multi-level marketing product. We talked about all sorts of things and I realized that we were pretty similar in our approach to health (eat pretty clean, don’t drink much, lots of exercise, made all of our kids’ baby food from scratch, want to be dairy-free) and wondered, “what is she selling?” Right before she left, she asked if we wanted to see her stuff and I said yes. She gave me some samples and was on her way.
That night, I researched. I dug deep into the safety of skin care products and re-enforced my decision to avoid the ever-so-popular skincare product out there that is nothing but chemicals and things you can’t pronounce. My cousin actually sells that stuff and when I said that I don’t want chemicals on my face, she said that her product was not for me. We joked about giving yourself a daily chemical peel with her products. HA! I found an incredible cosmetics safety website that I used to look up every makeup item I use on my face as well as our sunscreen and body washes. It was enlightening. It was scary. It was time for a change.
The stuff my sister’s friend sells is so incredibly safe, and after a week of researching it and other alternatives, I jumped in and bought the standard skin care regimen. I absolutely love it and my face has never looked and felt better. All this time, we thought I had my grandpa’s rosy cheeks but it turns out my skin was just irritated. I still get some acne but it’s nothing like it was and when I do get it, it doesn’t hurt like it used to. It clears up quickly and leaves no trace.
Replacing my makeup was a different story. There are so many items out there and finding them locally is difficult. My powder and eyeshadow scored well/safe in the cosmetics database so I kept those. I had to replace my blush, foundation, and lip gloss and did so with products from the maker of my skin care regimen. I also needed new eyeliner (both liquid and pencil), an eyebrow pencil, mascara, and additional eyeshadow. After a lot of research and review-reading, I settled on a few cheap products (but scoring very safe) for the eyebrow and eyeliner pencils, and high-end mascara, liquid liner, and eye shadow. I just got the eyebrow and eyeliner pencils yesterday and love them!
I now wash my face every night before bed and every morning with a very gentle cleanser. I use various moisturizers depending on my needs and the time of day, and I use my eye makeup daily.
I feel so much better about what I’m doing. I feel good knowing that the products I’m using are deemed safe by a highly-regarded non-profit rather than the vendors of said products. My face just feels better, not a size too small like it used to feel.
Change… it’s a good thing!