The Best Skin-Care Products

Posted by Elise Muller on

Yes, that's what the article touted.   Obviously, when I come across an article featuring “the best skin-care products” ... I’m curious to see what promoters are promoting. This particular article arrived via email from The Oprah Magazine (article generated by   Considering that I admire Oprah, I was curious to see what her publication was featuring.  (No, I don’t believe that Oprah actually uses these products; however, they’re being promoted by her publications). I've listed two of the best skin-care products being touted.  (I trust you'll understand why I stopped at two).   As a side note, the tag line on is “real beauty is telling the truth”.   You decide if they're telling the truth ... 1). Cetaphil: cleanser = 16/ounces @ $9.19 I don't mean to sound like a snob, but 16 ounces of facial care for $9.19 scares me.  (I may be mistaken; I have no idea what "methylparaben" or "butylparaben" costs).  Perhaps I shouldn't be scared? Ingredients: Water; Cetearyl Alcohol (stabilizer); Propylene Glycol (emulsifier, stabilizer); Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (cleanser, mainly used in laundry detergents); Stearyl Alcohol(emollient, thickener, emulsifier); Methylparaben (antimicrobial agent); Propylparaben (preservative); Butylparaben (preservative). 2). Cosmedicine Medi-Matte Oil Control Lotion: oil control = 1.3/ounce @ $42.00 I wonder if the "bells and whistles" tagged on to the name gave it the hefty price tag?  (Again, I don't know the cost of "Acyloyldimenthyl Taurate", I could be mistaken). Ingredients: Forgive me, I chose not to deciphyr these ingredients (too many & too confusing):  Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer; Purified Water; Glycerin; C12-14 Pareth-12; Butylene Glycol; Punica Granatum Extract; Tocopheryl Acetate; Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium; Acryloyldimethyl Taurate; Sorbitol.  Note: if you'd like to understand chemical compounds, encyclopedias have the relevant information.  (I lost interest after noting certain compounds were used in vinyals, plastics, and auto parts). Guess what didn’t make the list? Yes, that would be me.  I've listed one formula offered by Mountain Spirit Botanicals - you decide who's telling the truth: Mountain Rose Facial Oil: nourishing facial oil, suitable for all complexions = (2/ounce @ $32.00) Organic (+ 100% pure Botanical) Ingredients: Evening Primrose Oil; Rosa Rubiginosa; unrefined Avocado Oil; Extra-Virgin Olive Oil; Essential oils of Italian Bergamot; Brazilian Rosewood; Moroccan Rose Geranium; Nepalese Lemongrass; American Sweet Orange.  Note: if you would like to know what each precious botanical offers to the skin, as well as to our overall well-being, please ask and I'll submit detailed information for each ingredient. Note on ingredients and pricing: If pricing (vs.) ingredients determines your particular purchase, be concerned.  This concern is appropriate for both "inexpensive" products as well as "if it's expensive it must be good".  As I often write, "the beauty industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and we are its target market".  What targets us is not always in our best interest ... or telling the truth.  Enough said. Oh, and will someone please tell Oprah about Mountain Spirit Botanicals?  I believe it's time for reputable companies - offering integrity and the truth - to make the "A" list. Elise Muller, Proprietor / Artisan

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