Mind, Body, Soul

Protect the Skin You’re In

Pop quiz, hotshot. What is the biggest organ in the human body? (No, not THAT one. C’mon.) It’s your skin!

I’m a firm believer that what’s on the inside counts, but let’s face it, it’s what’s on the outside that people see first. So maybe we should take care of our skin. And trust me, don’t wait until you hit midlife to figure that out!

Spring is in full bloom here on the Southeast Texas coast, and for me it’s both one of my favorite and worst seasons. Did somebody say “allergy attack”? I take heavy doses of allergy meds, and I make sure I have my asthma inhaler handy at all times. Yeah, I’m that guy. Sneezy, one of the seven dwarfs.

This time of year my skin also takes a hit with the old allergies. Itchy, dry, cracking, crusty. It’s gross, let me tell ya. So I’m always looking for products to help, and lately I’ve gotten into seeking more natural, healthy products that are, as a little Easter chick would say, “cheap, cheap, cheap.”

For me Burt’s Bees products have been a life saver for my face. I usually get itchy, crusty eyes when my allergies act up. One of the best in the Burt’s Bees line that I’ve been using for a year now is their Radiance Eye Cream with royal jelly, cucumber and chamomile extract. It’s wonderful stuff, and I thank my mom for telling me about it. It has a nice soothing feel to it and has kept my eyes super smooth and crusty free! It retails for around $15, but you can find it on sale and save even more with a coupon.

I’ve also recently discovered the new Burt’s Bees Brightening Dark Spot Corrector line with daisy extract. I’ve been using this for about a month, and I’ve really seen a difference. I’ve been blessed with the dark under eyes of the Clevenger women. It always makes me look tired and a bit haggard when I don’t have any concealer on.

I’ve used Burt’s Bees lip balm, facial moisturizer and cleansing products, and I’ve really liked all of them. I have terribly sensitive skin. So when a product boasts that it’s made especially for “sensitive skin,” I laugh and say I’ll take your challenge, good sirs! You’ve apparently never met my skin.

I’ve done some research (and by research I mean digging around on Google) about Burt’s Bees. The company has an interesting history, and in 2008 to the dismay of many the company sold to the Clorox company. However, as this article in the Guardian pointed out, Burt’s Bee’s has helped the Clorox company change the way it does business with waste management, research and development, even sourcing. Burt’s Bees R&D team has tapped into Clorox products such as salad dressing to incorporate into their own products. Salad dressing? Who knew?? And in turn, some of the Clorox products have helped make Burt’s Bees even more natural and sustainable. That’s some smart people using some serious brain power. And I’ve seen Burt’s Bees products everywhere, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target (my fave) etc… I’ve even picked up some Burt’s Bees moisturizer at HEB grocery store, AND they had a $3 coupon!!

Burt’s Bees boasts if you can’t eat it, then why put it on your skin? Here’s former CEO John Replogle eating an avocado based shampoo. (He’s no longer CEO. He moved over to Seventh Generation, another greenie product line.)

I also love Dove body washes for sensitive skin. And years ago when I was having a lot of trouble with serious eczema on my arms and legs (like going to the dermatologist every other week kind of problems), I was told by a dermatologist to use Cetaphil cream. This stuff is amazing!! I use it every day over my entire body as soon as I get out of the shower, and my skin loves me for it. Although remember I’m cheap, and this can be around $12. So I’ve found Target’s Up&Up version to be even better, and it only costs $8. But I’ve found it on sale for 6 bucks. You can usually find it next to the Cetaphil.

These products may or may not work for you. like I said I have seriously sensitive skin. I have a very pale complexion. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m part vampire! But because I have sensitive, pale…or as I prefer to say porcelain skin like fine china….I need to protect it! I use sunscreen daily, especially on my face, even if I’m not going to hang out in the sun. However, I rarely just hang out in the sun. Vampire, remember?

With all the products out there, be careful of anything that boasts “for younger looking skin.” Sometimes good old Ponds moisturizer can do just as good as an expensive Lancome that costs $100. I mean, if it does it for you, then go for it, but no company has yet found a way to bottle the fountain of youth.

Another pop quiz. You know what’s one of the best beauty products available, all natural and free? (Well, mostly.) Water. Drink lots of it. Keep hydrated. Water is good for every organ in your body, big and small. (See what I did there. Wink, wink.)

 

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