Even though I work as a makeup artist for many years, I still love to read beauty and makeup books. This remains one of my passions. I love to see how different makeup artists perceive their work, beauty, how they use their tools, etc. In the near future I intend to write a post about my favorite makeup books as well.
In these days I received a makeup book and I soon started to read it. Usually, I almost skip the chapters about skin, because every make-up book has the same old story concerning skin care routine (apart specific books about organic cosmetic), which sounds like playing an old CD again and again. No real solutions for decades, claiming that sun is our enemy, that we have to pull on a ton of products (that’d be better avoiding them),… In short, there is more focus on negative rather than positive aspects of ourselves. Basically, we are “old, ugly and dirty” and “we need to correct every single thing on our face and body”, instead of celebrating our own beauty. That’s why I avoid reading skin care chapters.
But this time, I checked more accurately this book. Suddenly, I was shocked by a few statements – in a book written by a very famous makeup artist! In a paragraph (about which moisturizer to choose) it’s written that
“petroleum oil based moisturizers are much more effective than vegetable oils, even though they may block pores.”
OMG! Furthermore, is stated that
“chemically enhanced products containing urea,…improve the moisture of the skin and are recommended for dry skin”.
OMG again! I understand and accept the fact that this makeup artist also sells her brand and therefore stands behind this marketing philosophy and petroleum driven industry. But going so far to blame vegetable oils being “not good enough” is simply too much! Nowadays, there is a lot of knowledge that has already (finally!) enlighten the situation regarding harmful toxic petroleum-based ingredients. Moreover, organic vegetable oils are among highest quality ingredients providing us a full spectrum of benefits not just for our skin. When ingested they are holy grails for our health (with natural omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, minerals, vitamins,…). They boost our immune system, heal, soothe and prevent diseases,… These oils are however expensive as an ingredient. And here is the clue why the industry has to blame them in this case. Those who live by old paradigms, won’t go out from its own comfort zone, because is easy to earn money with old recipes, cheap ingredients and old way of thinking. But in contrary, it’s not “so easy” to change, to look for improvement and the whole wellbeing. What is the most sad about this is that many people just agree with this. It’s the same story as with corporations who force GMO (because of their own “wellbeing”) and literally claims that poisoned vegetables are better than natural ones. I believe that what goes around comes around and that these people are just playing down themselves at the end. Other people who are willing to think with their own head, will live by their own rules and not by those imposed by others. The statement about cosmetic oils that teased me can be compared with junk food. Comparing petroleum as good for our skin is the same as saying that a processed hamburger is more healthy and delicious than organically grown vegetables/fruit/homemade dish. So bon appetite with petroleum gourmandise!
In general, I am not radical about certain things and I accept things as they are, but those kind of words that mislead the consumer with certain one-way statements make me speak out loud.
I will update soon my category about cold-pressed oils with a new one. Until then you can read more about cold-pressed organic oils in my following posts: Sesame oil , Wheat germ oil , Olive oil, Coconut oil , Rice bran oil.