A Response To The Woman Who Thinks The Skincare Industry Is A Con

A Response To The Woman Who Thinks The Skincare Industry Is A Con

Does skin care fall under the category of vanity and materialism?

On January 31st, 2018, Time Magazine ranked the article "The Skincare Con", written by Krithika Varagur, as one of the best "idea" articles circling around the web. It categorized trendy skin care brands such as Glossier and Drunk Elephant to be "New Skin Care", claiming their products are chemical induced problems being marketed to woman. The author writes, "Perfect skin is unattainable because it doesn’t exist. The idea that we should both have it and want it is a waste of our time and money. Especially for women, who are disproportionately taxed by both the ideal of perfect skin and its material pursuit"

I understand criticizing makeup as a materialistic waste of money. I can wrap my head around that argument, even though I am a happy makeup addict. But why are we going after skin care products? Is it because it's becoming more popular than makeup brands? Is that a bad thing?

I grew up with cystic acne (large, painful acne) and I never believed I would find a cure. I was fortunate enough to not have it as bad as others, but my teens were not enjoyable years because of it. I remember being about sixteen years old and telling my dermatologist that I have accepted the fact I will always have acne. I tried everything, honestly, and I wasn't getting very far with results. It began my fascination in skincare. Was I seeking "perfect" skin? No. I was looking for relief and self-confidence.

After working with dermatologists and estheticians, as well as conducting a heavy amount of self research, I was able to find my own solution for healthy, clear skin. Is my skin perfect? No. I do have minor scaring and the occasional break out, but overall my skin improved dramatically. I sometimes shake my head at myself for giving up on skin care when I was in high school and throwing my hands in the air.

I think about how early I used to wake up to put on makeup to try to make myself feel better. It wasn't until recently that I have felt comfortable enough to not wear makeup in public. The root of my better skin, believe it or not, was the "New Skin Care" products that Krithika Varagur shakes her head at.

Krithika Varagur talks about how many chemicals and acids are featured in these new products. Yeah. We know. Chemicals such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, used in variation based on your skin, can prevent effective results without harming the skin. Chemicals in your skin care products aren't as scary as it sounds. The key is using the right ones for your skin.

A product that may not work for you, could help someone else. Your skin is heavily effected by your environment and your hormones. The stress in your life can reflect on your face. Eating habits and hydration can also shown off on your skin as well. Someone who has dry, sensitive skin would not respond well to products that show success for oily skin. Is every cosmetic brand ethical and proven to work? No.

I do have a handful of brands that I feel live up to the reputation that Krithika Varagur talks about. Selling the idea of the impossible "miracle" products for the sake of giving people the illusion they could finally get the skin they have been dreaming about, is a clever marketing tool that isn't unheard of. I call it "selling the dream" and skin care isn't the only industry that does it.

If you want to know the truth about achieving your own version of perfect skin, here it is:

1. Know your skin, understand your problems (acne, dry, sun exposure, etc)

2. Do your research. See what's out there. See what has worked for other people. Look into skin care lines that have products to help your skin type and concerns. The best products don't always cost the most money.
3. Talk to professionals. Estheticians and dermatologists are skin care experts, ready to guide you down the correct path.

Taking care of your skin isn't about vanity or materialism. It's about taking care of yourself and feeling good about the person who is looking back at you in the mirror. Women should not be ashamed or criticized for having a skin care routine that works for them, even if that means its nothing at all. If you have skin concerns, don't be like me and throw your hands in the air because it seems like nothing will help you. Seek help. There will be some trial and error, but I promise you will find an amazing amount of confidence in your results.

Cover Image Credit: Tanja Heffner

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Times Princess Mia Understood Curly Hair Problems

Here are five curly hair problems as told through Princess Mia!


Growing up I always wanted to be like the girls in my classes that had stick straight hair. Instead, I had a mass of frizzy ringlets that more often than not resembled a birds nest (Fun Fact: It still does some days).

Getting ready in the morning was always a struggle. I did NOT want my hair brushed so I ended up wearing my hair in a ponytail almost every day for years on end because I just simply didn't want to provide my hair the care and attention it needed. Who can blame me? I was more focused on playing with my friends than how I looked.

Of course, once I got older I realized that I was going to have to make more of an effort because ponytails weren't cutting it anymore. Here are five curly hair problems and tips to go with on how to combat them.

1. The dried out, broken-down curls 

If you are someone who washes your hair every day then you must know the dried out broken down curls feeling. Washing curly hair too often actually strips it of its natural oils and can cause it to dry out quickly and lead to breakage. Dried out curls also contribute to frizzier hair. No thanks!

Tip: Try washing your hair every other day or honestly even every two days. I obviously shower daily to get the days dirt and grime off but instead of washing my hair each time I throw it up in a bun and keep it from getting wet. Usually, I use a bit of dry shampoo in there too which can help as well to remove some of the oils at the roots close to your scalp.

2. Straightening

If your hair is as thick and as curly as mine then straightening it is an ordeal. Shower, blow-dry, straighten. Seems simple right? No, blow drying takes at least an hour and a half (if not two hours) and straightening takes roughly two hours depending on what kind of straightener head you have. All that work and time only to have the ends still slightly curl anyways. Not to mention the identity crisis you have looking in the mirror and seeing straight hair instead of curly.

Tip: Don't straighten your hair… at all. Besides the heat dries your curls out anyways and can cause breakage. Just don't do it. Your curls will be happier and healthier being their true selves.

3. Sleeping on wet curls

I HATE sleeping with wet hair. Not just because it's uncomfortable and makes me cold but because in the mornings my curls end up all sorts of crazy weird shapes forcing me to just throw it up in a bun. I know you're probably thinking "just blow dry it before bed" but an attempt to blow-dry my hair creates a layer of frizz thicker than the ozone layer.

Tip: I also am not the biggest fan of waking up super early so… sometimes my showers are at weird times of the day. Whatever fits into your schedule that allows your hair to air dry, or even blow dry if that works for you (lucky ducky) before your head hits that soft pillow for a night of sweet dreams. I often shower in the afternoons and do homework while my hair dries.

4. The frizz

No, not Mrs. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. I'm talking the layer of frizz that surrounds our hair like the fuzzy halo that it is. On days where there's lots of moisture in the air, it can look like we've been electrocuted and some of our hair is fried. It's a constant battle trying to tame it all down - a battle I usually end up losing.

Tip: Most days I just embrace the frizz but if I really need to look presentable or it's just gotten to be too much I use Living Proof Instant De-Frizzer on my hair. It's a lightweight spray that helps tame those pesky flyaways. Just a few sprays and a run of your fingers over the frizz and it makes a noticeable improvement!

5. Fun hairstyles

Sometimes it can be hard to have some variety in hairstyles. Curls aren't always the most conducive for updos or braids. I still to this day struggle with simple braids for my thick curly hair let alone attempting updos. Not only the struggle but the time it takes!

Tip: For special occasions pay the money to get your hair done. I did that for both my proms. It was a once a year thing and saved my pretty much my entire day, plus a lot of stress and tears when it would turn out lopsided and wonky.

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