#BeTrueToYou 157-day no makeup challenge #Day18
One of the difficult things about going all-natural with your looks is that you have to be made aware of the products you’re using. With no makeup to hide my blemishes, I am more and more self-conscious about my natural skin and all it’s flaws. But on those days when I want to give in and pour on the Cover Girl, I stop myself. And repeat my mantra, “I will not give in. I will not give in. I am beautiful in my own skin.” Seems to be working so far.
Today, I went to Walgreens to see what natural facial cleansing products they had. The crazy thing is, the aisle with all the makeup and the aisle with all the products to wash off makeup and clean your pores seemed to have the same amount of items (that is to say, a lot!)
Look at all these products that one brand (Burts Bees) offers:
Burt’s Bees claims to be 100% natural. So I bought a bottle of their face cleanser.
Check out the ingredients for yourself!
A lot of that stuff I can’t pronounce, so how do I know how “natural” it is? Well instead of wonder about it, I did a little research. Turns out “natural” skin products simply means that the ingredients are derived, in whole or in part, from natural sources with no synthetic compounds. And for those like me who aren’t really sure what organic means either, “organic” products contain only plant-sourced ingredients that are cultivated without the use of synthetic chemicals, irradiation, or pesticides. Sounds pretty cool, right? But here’s the problem.
“There is no substantiated, published research anywhere proving that organic ingredients are superior to non-organic or synthetic ingredients. There are good and bad ingredients in each category… Many organic and natural products include synthetic ingredients, and many are exactly the kinds of ingredients they proclaim they don’t include.”
So if these “natural” products include synthetic materials, how do we distinguish the difference between the two? And what are we supposed to be using for ourselves?
I can’t give you the answer to this question. But I can tell you my opinion. At the end of the day, you have to figure out what works for yourself and your skin. My focus is rebuilding my self-confidence and reaffirming my belief in true beauty. Whatever way you choose to do that is ultimately your decision. I am here to provide information and options for you to try.
Thanks for reading! Stay beautiful.