Guest Post: Feel Beautiful In The Skin You're In ♥

Today's post is brought to you by the lovely Gwen Lewis. She has provided many great articles around the web and I feel honored she wanted to write a post to my blog. So, if you are into skincare stuff, keep reading!

Feel Beautiful In The Skin You're In

Every woman wants to feel beautiful. And while many times that beauty starts with what's on the inside, the outside has to feel it as well. For instance, if your skin is dry and itchy or oily and not clean, it can be hard to feel as beautiful as you truly are.

Additionally, to really feel great about yourself, you have to feel good about what you're putting both in and on your body. As we all know, a healthy diet full of natural foods can do wonders for you both inside and out. And just as important are the beauty and skin care products you're using -- if they're full of ingredients that are not good for your skin, then you're wasting your time and money, and possibly causing your skin to not be its best.

So how can you make sure that skin care products you're using every day are worth your effort? That comes from knowing both what ingredients to avoid, and what ingredients are
worth the splurge. Here's a look at a few ingredients in both categories.

Ingredients to Avoid

Parabens -- Parabens can be found in a number of beauty and skin care products. The FDA says parabens are used in these products to stunt the growth of microbials. However, according to an article on Huffington Post, parabens act like estrogen in a woman's body and a study in 2012 found parabens in almost 100 percent of all cancerous breast tumors.

Formaldehyde -- Formaldehyde and FRPs (formaldehyde-releasing preservatives) can be found in quite a few beauty products, as they help stop bacteria from growing. However, the ingredients can cause skin irritation and there has even been a link between formaldehyde and leukemia.

Artificial Colors -- Color additives are regulated by the FDA, however that does not mean you necessarily want to rub them all of your body. These synthetic colors are normally made from petroleum or coal tar, and a study in 2007 linked artificial coloring to ADHD in children.

PEGs -- According to the David Suzuki Foundation, PEGs (or polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds found in a variety of cream-based cosmetics. When made, PEGs may be contaminated with other substances that are possible human carcinogens and are harmful to the human body.

Ingredients Worth the Splurge

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) -- Dr. Oz names this one of the top 5 ingredients to look for in skin care products due to its powerful anti-aging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. ALA is also 400 times stronger than vitamins E and C combined!

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) -- Naturally derived from the sugars of fruit or milk, AHAs help your skin shed their dead skin cells to reveal a healthy glow and the new skin underneath, according to an article on Plus AHAs can help fix discoloration and shrink pores.

Ceramides -- Ceramides naturally occur in our skin, however our body's production decreases as we get older. Scientists have found a way to take ceramides from whole grain wheat that can be used by humans for their skin, providing moisture, firmness and protection.

Hyaluronic Acid -- Also naturally occurring in the body -- it keeps joints lubricated -- hyaluronic acid is now being used to help plump up and soften the skin.

Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in sunny California. She has been in the makeup and fashion industry for 10+ years. She loves to write articles in the beauty field to help others from her own experience. 


  1. This is so informative! I'm going to start looking for products that contain 'worth the splurge' ingredients.


    1. Good to know you enjoyed this! I also loved reading about the ingredients, it's always good to learn things :) ♥


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