don't you just hit yourself in the face with a shovel?"
CHECK YOUR LABELS! for
Plastic surgeons can perform
reconstructive surgery leaving no permanent damage if you'd been smacked
in the face with a shovel. What they can't do is repair what you've
done to your skin by applying most of the skin care and cosmetic products
on the market, because most of them contain mineral oil, bees wax, borax,
paraffin and other cheap filler ingredients which cause permanent, or near-permanent
damage. For over 100 years unhealthy, even dangerous substances have
been sold for skin care on a veil of transparent fabrications, feeble rationalizations,
omissions and outright lies. So if you want to look good today and
look youthful tomorrow, beware of these:
OIL -- What is it? Nothing more than filtered 10-weight motor oil,
it's the most commonly-used base for skin care and cosmetics.* A heavy
hydrocarbon derived from petroleum, it cannot be absorbed by the body.
Said to "seal" the skin (as if that were a benefit!), it's actually "comedogenic"
(it clogs pores, attracts dirt, and causes blackheads and eruptions). It
constipates the skin's elimination process, hinders its healing, and hastens
its aging. It hardens the outer keratin layer and repels water, making
exfoliation difficult and real moisturization impossible. It may
also choke sebum gland production, causing an ever-worsening dry skin condition
in some areas. This sets up the vicious cycle where the user thinks more
and more greasy oils are needed. Motor oil belongs in cars, not skin.
*The manufacturers pay 97¢
a quart for this and have you pay as much as $540.00 a quart ! .
PETROLATUM -- Axle
Grease. This is another comedogenic filler that suffocates the skin and
strangles its numerous functions, including controlling temperature. Skin
needs to breathe, not fry.
PARAFFIN -- Petroleum
wax. Used in many creams and cosmetics, it is yet another non-absorbed
skin-clogger that impedes health and accelerates aging. Wax belongs on
floors, not skin.
LANOLIN -- Wool
Wax. Another widely used (it's cheap) ingredient that clogs pores and chokes
skin (in humans). It may cause sensitivity reactions, or even the development
BEE'S WAX -- Common
in eye creams, cleansing creams, and cosmetics, it has the same smothering
properties as other waxes and is very hard to remove without harsh solvents
such as Isopropyl Alcohol.
ALCOHOL -- Although a few alcohols are safe and mild, the isopropyl
is one of the penetrating and poisonous ones often used in attempts to
dissolve some of the "grayish waxy buildup" of petroleum in the skin. Anything
harsh enough for that also dissolves the skin's natural moisturizers,
destroys its pH balance, and leaves it vulnerable to infection. It often
stimulates some sebum oil glands to overproduce, resulting in chronic
oily skin in those areas, and setting up yet another vicious cycle where
the user thinks more and more isopropyl or other harsh astringents are
BORAX -- (Sodium
borate, Boric Acid) Often used as a preservative, this is another rapidly-absorbed,
permeating poison. The AMA has warned about its extreme toxicity.
Very common as a (non-listed!) surfactant preservative in shampoo and soap,
it is also used in nail polishes and hardeners, hair and scalp treatments,
and perfumes. Another permeating poison that accumulates in the body, this
is a proven mutagen and dangerous carcinogen.
BE A LABEL READER
... and check the contents of personal care and skin care products. The
hundreds of manufacturers who use one or more of the above ingredients
include the so-called "prestige" brands at the exclusive department stores.
So now you know "the emperor is naked!"