I admit it….I am easily swayed by marketing and packaging. I have been known to use my Visa card as a stabilizer for a sometimes unpredictable self esteem. My Chinese restaurant place-mat horoscope says that I am “Prone to spend freely.” Yesterday I found myself in the aisle at the drug store with the anti-aging creams and moisturizers. It is afterall my forty-first year of livin’ like I mean it, I prefer blazing sun to shade and it is February in Michigan…..I really need a new moisturizer to help combat my dry skin.
I stood there with a confounded, glazed over look. Do any of these actually work? Should I buy the one with the nicest packaging? Luckily, Sandy walked by snapping me out of it. I thought,” Sherry, you are a careful consumer. You care about yourself and are averse to putting animal proteins and products on your face. Smarten up Buttercup and do your research.” I left the store with a triumphant plan to find my new moisturizer.
Once at home I typed vegan anti-aging cream into a search engine and just started reading. I found a website called, veganbeautyreview.com. That sounds helpful. I put anti aging into her search tool and read that she loves Derma e Peptide Plus Wrinkle Reverse Cream. I am especially fond of the name because of its lack of the word anti, which is too negative for me. I am not anti aging or anti wrinkles….I am pro healthy, luminescent skin. I want my moisturizer to brighten, tighten and lighten while being affordable. Most importantly it must be made without the use of animal ingredients, cruelty or testing. None of those can lead to beautiful skin, hair or nails because beauty at the expense of another living thing is not beautiful at all.
I am on my way out the door to a health food store to purchase a bottle of vegan moisturizer from Derma e. I do wish it contained sunscreen so I could eliminate another step in my morning routine, but I am impressed by the reviews I have read and their ingredient list. I will let you know how it goes and share the results in a couple of weeks.
I am very glad that I walked away from the glitz and persuasion of the drug store aisles to find a moisturizer that was a bit more in sync with who I would like to be. We have the opportunity to make small, compassionate choices every single day. Each one does add up.
Have a beautiful and delicious weekend.
Placemat image courtesy of mypapershop.com