You probably don’t know this about me, but I’m kind of a skin-care freak.
I was fascinated to learn that in Victorian England, women were obsessed with whiteness and pallor. (Our modern sun-bathing obsession would have been viewed with shock and disbelief.)
In those days, upper-class women wanted to look as white as possible. Gentlemen wore white gloves — both proof that they didn’t have to toil under the hot sun or get their hands dirty to earn a living.
To achieve this translucent beauty ideal, women in Victorian England were willing to do anything, including smearing toxic poisons on their face.
They would get advice from the beauty experts of the day, in columns like “The Ugly Girl Papers: Or, Hints for the Toilet.”
Mrs. S.D. Powers was the beauty “blogger” of the time who made a sensation with her articles!
She suggested Taraxacum (a sort of chemical peel), which “acts like a mild but imperceptible blister, and leaves a new skin, soft as an infant’s.”
Want to keep your face fresh? She advised “coating it with opium overnight followed by a quick wash of ammonia in the morning.” YIKES!!!
Women with sparse eyebrows could use mercury as a nightly eye treatment.
To look even more cadaverous, some women squeezed a few drops of lemon juice in their eyes.
You could also buy products to accelerate the process of whiteness, such as “Dr. Rose’s Arsenic Complexion Wafers.”
Of course, those products were deemed to be “perfectly harmless.”
All this arsenic exposure caused many long-term problems, as you can imagine. Kidney damage, hair loss, conjunctivitis, and nerve damage.
We look at this today and scoff at these primitive customs. “Those poor women didn’t know any better!”
But do we know any better?
Look at the ingredients found in any hand cream found in every pharmacy in America, and take a close look at the ingredient list.
Glycerin, petrolatum, stearic acid, glycol stearate, dimethicone, isopropyl isostearate, dihydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, hydroxyethyl urea, tapioca starch, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, magnesium aluminium silicate, stearamide amp, carbomer, isopropyl myristate, cedrol, triethanolamine, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben.
That’s a mouthful! And please excuse me if I made any typos…
Did you know that many other ingredients don’t even need to be listed on the label?
Do you realize how many of these ingredients are proven carcinogens, or at the very least, chemicals you do not want to put on your skin?
Let’s talk about organic products. Most of the time, they claim to be natural but contain many toxic ingredients that don’t need to be listed.
What’s the solution to this madness?
As you know, I only endorse products I have personally vetted. With skin care products, there are not many to choose from. In fact it took me years to find one that I truly trusted.
I met the owners of this company, tried their products, fell in love, and now am honored to recommend (and use) Annmarie Skin Care products.
They do not contain any of the cancer-causing, skin-irritating chemicals. They’re organic and infused with wildcrafted herbs that will nurture, strengthen and rejuvenate your skin.
You may have heard me talk about them already…if so, you know why I am a raving fan.
They’ve allowed me to offer something really special to you and my entire community.
This offer is sweet. You only pay $10 for any of the three sample kits, based on your skin type, and they’ll ship it anywhere for free. Plus, you get a $10 coupon that you can use for a future purchase!
AnnMarie allowed me to set this up just for my community, so it’s limited to 500 people. Check it out here:
Treat your skin well…you won’t regret it.
P.S. This week only when you order a sample kit you also get the Toxic Free Home Guide (a $24.95 value).