Remember a couple of years ago when my postpartum anxiety got the best of me, and I freaked out about chemicals in beauty products? Well, I have relaxed my stance because my aging face needs more help than this natural bullshit can offer. Seriously, I have been observing classes this week, and I feel-- with my SPF a million all over my craggy face and neck-- like the evil stepmother drowning in a sea of Snow Whites.
For the record, the kids and I still only use California Baby body wash and lotions (Ben, too, I think, but he pretends not to). I still use a non toxic tinted moisturizer (Tarte Smooth Operator-- it's freaking awesome), but the rest of my products are trending toward hazardous.
A couple months ago, I started using Ben's Degree deodorant because the Toms of Maine was just not cutting it. The other day, I actually bought my own Degree stick. But I am still keeping it in Ben's drawer because it makes me feel better that way.
I am not washing my hair as often (2 or maybe 3 times a week), so I don't feel as terrible about the toxicity of my Kerastase product regiment or my Aveda shampoos (that stuff pretends to be natural, but read the label-- chemical city, lovely hair-smoothing, shine-boosting chemical city). I was using some Dr. Somebody's mascara from Whole Foods, but it was smeary and awful (because it lacked coal! and heavy metal! near my eyes!), so I switched to a --gasp-- drug store brand that was supposed to not kill me. It, too, was dreadful. I spent the summer in Sephora brand waterproof because I lived at the pool, but everyone knows that waterproof mascaras are hideous. Long story short, I am back in Laura Mercier, and I look about 65 times more awake. I also added back in my Benefit Eye Bright stick, Laura Mercier poison lipstick, and a bunch of other chemical goodies. Because I am 34 and not fucking around anymore.
The whole point of this ramble is this: Rice is killing us and plastics are disrupting our hormones and making us fat. So, don't worry too much about your makeup because poison is all around us. Duh. I mean, OF COURSE obesity is not about bad choices. OF COURSE horrible behavior disorders plaguing our kids are not caused by a one-shot vaccine. OF COURSE of course of course plastics are bad for us; GMO foods are bad for us; conventional farming techniques are killing us.
WE MIGHT AS WELL LOOK GOOD.