While I do use this product , it is here to illustrate
the post, and should not be interpreted as an endorsement.
At the beginning you may jump to
three conclusions, and they would all be incorrect. The assumptions would be that this is not a
paddling article, that this just involves women, and it must be some type of
advertisement. Again, ‘NO’ on all three,
so please read to the end. It could save
you thousands of dollars and also reduce your likelihood of suffering
pre-mature aging or cancer.
On the CBS morning program for
March 30, they did a very good investigative piece on skin care and
cosmetics. The Senate is considering a
bill designed to increase regulation of the ingredients that go into
cosmetics. These regulations have not be
updated or revised since the 1930’s, which has been much to the advantage of
the industry’s $60-billion annual income.
There are over 60,000 ingredients that go into cosmetic creams for blemish
removal, smoothing, wrinkle remover, eye cream, moisturizer, anti-aging cream,
and much, much more. Many of these
ingredients are a health hazard in themselves, attacking growth and
reproductive hormones, and some are even cancer causing. On the cost side of the issue, women on
average use twelve cosmetic products each day containing 168 unregulated
ingredients. Men use on average six
products containing 85 unregulated ingredients.
Not only are the ingredients unregulated, but so are the claims about
what they will accomplish for the user, and what the costs of the products
should be. For example, they showed two
containers holding the same product. One
was a tube for $10, and the other was the same product put in a small jar for
$170. Another related issue was using
the same product for multiple applications, such as a cream that is used as a moisturizer,
or which is put into very small tubes with greatly inflated prices and sold as
an eye cream.
For the paddler, fisherman, or
anyone that spends time outside, time and the sun are the two greatest elements
that attack and age the skin, the body’s most important defense system, and the
one everyone sees. To combat these
problems, many people turn to anti-aging cosmetics. Unfortunately, science has never found
anything that stops or reverses the aging process. Plus, not only does the sun try to give us
cancer, but the products we use to supposedly reverse the clock may also introduce
dangerous or cancer-causing chemicals into our bodies.
However, all is not lost. Now that you’ve scratched all the cosmetics
counters off your shopping list and saved thousands of dollars from trying to
buy false hope or a magic potion, the good news is that there are two products
that do work, and those are the only two you need. “The most biologically active anti-aging
products on the market today, bar none, are moisturizers and sunscreen, and
they are not expensive.” For men, it has
been said many times that the first thing a man should reach for after shaving
is sunscreen. While they don’t reverse
the clock, moisturizers and sunscreen both help the skin, slow the effects of
time and sun, and keeping the skin healthier.
It is important to remember that both are temporary, and so should be
used repeatedly. You also don’t need to
buy products with French names that sell for $105 and make wild claims. Inexpensive or reasonably priced
over-the-counter products are just as effective as the expensive products found
in department stores and salons, and can be found at the local drug store. Especially for those spending the day
outdoors, don’t start your day or leave home without them.