It is truly amazing how After Affects has taken me to places where I have met some truly fascinating people and had some interesting conversations on the subject of natural skin care. Through the many vendor and farmer’s market events I found that the most common thing that I was asked by many customers of all races is “Are these products for my skin?” I first thought people were pulling my leg, trying to be funny but as I further talked to many I found their thoughts were convoluted with alot of what they had been programmed to think by many of these big named companies. Companies that had been around for many generations, teaching them that there was a divide in skin care products. A separate but equal product so to speak.
This in turn, I think, had people of lighter tones including Caucasians believing because they didn’t see the dry skin that they needed a product that wasn’t full of alot of moisturizer ingredients. Now I know to many
they would probably just look at those two commercials and just think, “Oh well the company is trying to show that they are appealing to all races. Which is good marketing sense. Ask yourself this, if you see a commercial with an actor/actress of same race as you using that product what pop’s into your mind, “Oh this product if for me”. As if to say there are products specifically for of that particular race. But in truth, WE ALL have dry skin and in truth there are some lighter toned people who need more moisturizer products than some darker toned people.
Take a look at the ingredients on the back of the bottles of lotion below. The top pic is an “Original” lotion then look at the one for “Extra Dry Skin and Ultra Healing”. You will notice the “Original” doesn’t have Petroleum or Mineral Oil as one of the main ingredients in its list of ingredients a its counterpart does. Even those with Shea Butter, they may use that without adding the pore clogging Petroleum ingredient but it is still drowning in a sea of toxic ingredients. What many fail to see is the only difference is our skin tones, our body’s skin craves the same moisture need as the next person. And with the mineral oil/petroleum we get sucked in to believe it must be for those with really dry skin, and seeing that stuff sitting on your skin gives you a sense that it is giving you extra moisture…not true. I found that even there is Age-Defying lotion that uses Mineral Oil in it too I guess give more moisture too. This having the opposite effect that you want, it is drying and clogging pores and actually speeding up the aging process. And I believe these manufactures bank on your ignorance of this to continue pumping ads to you with misinformation about your skin care needs.
These companies bank on you using this logic with regards to products that are lab induced, only because some chemicals have different effects on different people of different races. But seeing as many times when we purchase a product from these companies that we are driven by that commercial and what the actor sold us on and we don’t stop to think what else is in that bottle/jar etc. of lotion, shower gel, facial cream,shampoo,conditioner, or body scrub. We don’t read the ingredients on the back to see what other “wonderful” benefits this product will offer us. We don’t question what Propylene Glycol is,or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Quaternium-15 and oh lest not we wonder what exactly is a Paraben and what do these do for my skin and my health.
With the age of technology that we are in and we can get information just by pressing a few buttons on our phone, why not Google these ingredients to see exactly what these ingredients for which you can hardly pronounce let alone know what they could possibly be doing to your internal organs.
It seems there are more questions for those who create true natural products then those who don’t. And that is ok, that means you are thinking and want answers to your questions regarding, “Is this product for me, is it safe, will it cause me to break out”. I welcome all those questions and hope that the information I provide will cause you to think further and eager for answers from the larger companies that use synthetic toxic ingredients that can lead to many health issues. Yes there are some people who are allergic to certain natural ingredients due to nut or floral allergies, there are some essential oils that people with certain health conditions shouldn’t use due to side effects. But for the most part natural should be used by natural don’t you think?
Let me say this, true natural products are just that from nature. Think about it, we are ALL from Nature; Black, White, Hispanic,Asian, Indian(India), etc. We all have skin (just in different shades), we all have pores, we all get itchy dry skin from loss of moisture. So if we are all from nature would it not be prudent to think that true natural products made with true natural ingredients would stand to be a perfect fit for our natural skin?
We must remember this, no matter what our skin tone our skin cells have 3 things in common, the need for moisture, the need for protection and the need for cell regeneration.