healthy skin

Skin CARE.

Someone complimented my skin recently and asked me what my "skin care regimen" was. I giggled at the thought of skin care being regimented and just smiled and said "nothing". I received a look of shock and disbelief and that was the end of the conversation. The truth is, I could have said what I actually do for my skin but I don't think this person was open to hearing it. When she asked me what my "regimen" was I think she needed to hear that I moisturize in the morning and layer eye cream on top, wear tinted moisturizer and sunscreen throughout the day and then use lift cream at night- or something to this effect. The truth is, if I ever use anything it is Witch Hazel with Rosewater in it which I add 5 drops of Immortelle essential oil (from Living Libations) to for a youthful glow and healthy skin on my face and neck and Best Skin Ever (also from Living Libations) or MSM lotion and straight organic coconut oil on the rest of my body. And no, I never ever ever wear sunscreen. Ever, never. We are children of the sun and benefit from its Vitamin D. I know all of us don't have the luxury to be able to tan well, but we can at least take a walk in the sun. But more on that another day...

I only wear make up on special occasions, really.  If for whatever reason I want to spruce up my look, I wear a bit of mascara (there are some great beeswax ones out there!) or some natural lip and cheek tints (Living Libations also has some great ones!).

In my opinion, healthy skin does not have anything to do with Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Behenate, or Petrolatum (all ingredients found in the VERY sought after and expensive La Prairie skin products). Whatever goes on your skin, goes into the cells of your body. Those ingredients are all synthetic and just wrong. I don't know how women are sold this. There is a need for more women to understand that these disease causing  ingredients have nothing to do with healthy or vital skin and certainly do not "fight aging" or "smooth out wrinkles".

My wish for all women is that more begin to critically think about what they use for beauty and even how they define beauty. I believe beauty is simple and there's nothing a good workout, a healthy meal and some simple organic products can't help!