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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Glistening with Glycerin




Skin.

The biggest organ in our body.

Skin problems, even if not life threatening, can be uncomfortable, unpleasant, and/or can cause serious mental suffering due to shame and self-consciousness.

I lucked out with having relatively dry skin as a kid, I never had much acne. Unfortunately, dry skin becomes more problematic as you get older, at least from an aesthetic perspective: it looks sallow,  dull and shows lines! Even worse, is when, like me, your skin is super sensitive. Ugh!

Finding facial products and cosmetics are tough for me because I need stuff geared towards dry skin, but according to the dermatologist, because my skin is so sensitive, I need to avoid anything heavy, or containing oils. Hmm, great!

Experts say a basic moisturizer is the last thing you should spend a lot of money on, because just coconut oil will do as good a job. Having finally used up the $400 worth of Arbonne products I was swindled into buying 2 years ago, I decided this winter I would try coconut oil. Honestly, I consider the worst part of every morning, the point after I get out of the shower, before I've put on my moisturizer, when my skin feels super tight and dry. I hate that feeling! I figured, coconut oil, if anything, would grease me up good. But I kept hearing my dermatologist's voice in the back of my head telling me to stick with oil-free products. I did start to worry it might not be the best choice for me.

One day as I was grabbing something from the cupboard under the bathroom sink, I spied the bottle of vegetable glycerin I bought a few months ago at the health food store. It is an ingredient in a lot of the recipes from the Compassionate Chick's Guide to DIY Beauty, so I wanted to have some on hand for when the girls and I got busy making stuff. But I figured, if its a good, all natural moisturizer on its own, why don't I try it as is?

So I tried it, and I love it! It moisturizes and protects my skin in the harsh winter weather, but isn't heavy or greasy. It absorbs quickly, so I can put on my makeup immediately afterwards. I haven't experienced any of the usual irritation and redness I get around my eyes in the winter from the cold and wind. My skin feels less tight after the shower and, in general, just less dry.

Yay, finally I found the perfect, non-toxic, inexpensive solution for dewy, gorgeous, glowing skin! Okay, I exaggerate, I am not sure I ever look dewy but my skin definitely looks a lot better than before!!!

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