WHY was I not informed of this sooner? The answer was so simple- literally! I could have started using this years ago and reaping the benefits, if only someone had told me… Rosewater and Glycerin.
I am a cosmetic hound. I’ll admit it. I love make-up (mostly eye make-up and hair dye) and I am always on the lookout for new and better products. Drug stores are wonderlands of hair dye and eyeliner, and Sally’s…haha, that’s like Mecca. I could happily wander around for an hour or two in there, reading labels, smelling lotions, and spending money. And with more regular internet access than I’ve had in a long time, well, the world of cosmetics is my oyster…almost.
Because I’m also pretty poor. And that makes me a bargain shopper. I would love to be able to drop hundreds of bucks trying different products. Alpha hydroxy lotions and anti-aging serums. Products for clarity and elasticity. But I can’t afford to. And it turns out, I don’t really need to. The perfect product has been there all along.
Now, I am referring to rosewater and glycerin as the perfect product for a number of reasons. Like I said, I have loved cosmetics for as long as I can remember. That’s not to say that I apply so much make-up that I look like the Jersey Shore version of Frankenstein’s monster. I just love to experiment with different looks and make myself “beautiful.” This little bit of vanity brings me (in a leisurely, roundabout way) to how I discovered my new “magic potion.”
About a year and a half ago, my beautiful daughter was born. I have nursed my child since she was born. Skip ahead about a year to when the nursing starts to decline in frequency and the baby starts to sleep longer at night…and here I am, a thirty year old woman who has just started her period again, and is without The Pill for the first extended time in fifteen years. Guess what I get on top of the stretch marks and extra ten pounds…oh, yeah. Acne. I get to experience the acne of my adolescence, that I thought I was too genetically blessed to have the first time around. Whether it’s the acne of my youth come back for revenge or just my permanently changed chemistry due to pregnancy (please, God, no), I now have some form of acne almost all the time. Before my period each month, I’m especially lucky to experience a surge in large sub-cutaneous zits that, with a little gentle prodding on my part, end up being huge red mountains that I try desperately to conceal and that take a good two weeks just to heal…just in time to start the cycle all over again the next month.
So, in the course of battling these eruptions, I became rather diligent about online research. And I discovered a disturbing fact. Many of the products- MOST of the products- sold online and in stores contain a number of highly comedogenic (that’s pore clogging, to all you lay-people) ingredients in them. Even products slated especially for acne. While these ingredients do not cause acne in everyone, they are potentially problematic for people with acne-prone skin. Probably the worst offender, and you may have heard this chemical mentioned in passing- is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, (and its sister chemical, Sodium Laureth Sulfate.) And it’s. In. Everything! Your bodywash, your shampoo, your handsoap. Even your toothpaste may have it. It’s a detergent, often used to create lather. It is considered irritating, drying, and highly comedogenic. Now, like I said, it does not bother everyone, but take a look at the list below and compare it to your facial product, cleanser, or lotion. How many of these chemicals are in your product?
I’m not saying you should junk every one of your cosmetics, but it is something to consider.
Also in the effort to fight acne, we often are brutal to our skin. Toners and creams and all manner of…stuff…goes onto our faces. And then we end up with very dry, irritated skin that makes us look older…and we still have pimples. One ingredient that’s in many products, even supposed high-end, expensive ones, is denatured alcohol. This is basically alcohol that has been made to taste bad so we don’t get drunk on our face toner, and it is so bad for your skin. Aside from drying your skin out, it has been suggested in some studies that denatured alcohol actually contributes to apostasis (that’s programmed cell death! Yikes!) in skin. http://truthinaging.com/ingredient-spotlight/alcohol-in-cosmetics-is-it-safe
I’m sure many of you can relate to the back and forth battle that then ensues, between oily, over-moisturized skin, and scaly dry skin.
Soooo….(I’m getting there, patience, my friend)…enter Rosewater and Glycerin. Someone online suggested this to me as a moisturizer. Let me just highlight the fine points and then I’ll wrap this all up:
1) NO detergents, unnatural chemicals, or alcohols- all natural ingredients.
2) inexpensive- you could even make it yourself, if you were so inclined
3) absorbs fully into skin, not oily or over-drying, and it smells nice and light
4) Glycerin helps regulate the water balance in the cells. It attracts moisture towards the skin and keeps it moisturized but not oily
5) Rosewater has anti-inflammatory, astringent, and anti-bacterial properties and also consists of components that have the ability to stimulate blood circulation in the blood vessels (READ: more cell renewal for younger looking skin.)
6) there are even aromatherapy benefits in using rosewater and glycerin
So I ordered some online. (I use Heritage Products Rosewater and Glycerin.) Four ounces in an atomizer sprayer was about 5 dollars plus shipping. And it’s worth every penny! It is everything it’s supposed to be. Moisturizing without being oily, nice smelling, non-comedogenic.
I also came across a great organic cleanser- no sulfates, all natural- with cucumber and Tea Tree oil, another great anti-bacterial and astringent oil.
If you are unsatisfied with your current face care regimen, I urge you to check out this website. http://www.bubbleandbee.com/index.html (BTW, I have no personal affiliation with these people or their business. I just sincerely like their product.)