I recently cried when I saw what I'm about to share with you. I was flipping around the channels looking for HGTV and I heard the word "Rosacea." Wait a minute! It was a woman talking on a very popular news show chatting about her brand of makeup. It's a very successful brand, has a huge following, and has a special marketing angle to it. It is a makeup brand formulated to cover up Rosacea. I could hardly blink while watching and listening to it. And then the tears started to form (and no, not because I wasn't blinking!).
While watching the interview, it hit me hard and made me sad and emotional. I've had the flare-ups, I want to cover things up when the skin is reactive, but I also know that I need to keep my skincare and routine clean as well as what I eat every day. That interview made me angry, sad, and frustrated. Why? Because it's putting a band-aid on the wound instead of healing it. It's because it's all about covering up an issue, rather than helping it.
We get it. I know how self conscious I get when things flare up. Finding a makeup that covers lessens the pain... until you wash your face and wakeup and look in the mirror. Aargh! Let's get to the root of it!
This particular brand, as well as many, many others out there, contains very harmful ingredients according to the EWG Skin Deep database. Eck! Just on one label alone there is a huge ingredient list (over 120 various ingredients in their most popular product), many extracts (which may be too harmful to sensitive skin - we use zero extracts), and a wide variety of animal parts in their formulas. Can you image using just three products like this on your skin? You've just allowed hundreds and hundreds of ingredients to enter your body.
Animals and/or their by-products are used in many makeup and skincare brands. One such animal part used in many skincare brands that is a big 'trend' ... ready? Snail mucus. I guess it's not as much a 'part' as it is a 'secretion,' but really? Sometimes called snail secretion filtration, it's a way to make it sound a little more scientific, and it can be found in large amounts in various expensive cosmetics. Eeew. What other animals are popular donators for their parts in many expensive brands, you ask? Here they are:
These are the most popular animals whose by-products are squeezed, scooped out, cooked up, or extracted. We wouldn't eat those parts; why should our skin?
We are 100% plant-based. Our Honey Cream Mask is the only product that uses honey. It is Manuka honey from New Zealand ~ a blissful skin detoxifier ~ because of the bush the honey is derived from.
Compare the list above to some of our most popular products in our brand:
- evening primrose
- matcha tea
There are many more that we love and use, but you get the idea.
Note: There are also synthetic forms of plants that can be harmful. Retinol (Vitamin A), and Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate) are both ranked a "9" out of a scale of 1-10, with10 being the worst when it comes to having a high hazard potential. Remember, these are the synthetic forms of the real plant. Rather than use these Vitamin A synthetics, we use the real deal, such as our organic rosehip seed oil in this case. Our plant ingredients already carry so many vitamins and antioxidants. No need to shovel in a little extra from an animal part.
Beauty and healthy skin should never hurt us or anyone else.
My horse (Brillante Fina) and I enjoying a fresh afternoon.