Picture-991The beauty industry has you fooled. They’ve gone out of their way to make us think that we need an inordinate amount of products to keep us looking and feeling our best, yet this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Besides being time-consuming and counterintuitive, spending exorbitant amounts of money on a separate products to treat supposed separate issues makes more of an impact on your wallet than it ever would on your skin.

I’ve had the unpleasantness (though I didn’t realize it at the time) of going through the rigmarole of implementing specific products into my everyday routine to target what I perceived to be a host of skin issues—issues that could only be solved by elixirs and potions whose labels promised to eradicate that which ails me. My regular trips to Duane Reade and Sephora were not only costly, but painfully arduous. Keeping tabs on a melange of products and remembering when and what to replace was more of a headache than it was worth.

It got to a point where my limited budget forced me to downsize and stick to the basics. It was a blessing in disguise, an epiphany that opened my eyes to the inaneness of such extravagance. Did I really need a “nighttime” and “daytime” moisturizer? A scrub only for blemishes? The answer is no. When taking care of your skin, it comes down to two simple things—something that cleans, and something that takes the dryness away. Instead of bombarding your skin with useless, pricey, mostly harmful concoctions, consolidate and purge. The things that work best for your largest organ, are those that are free of impurities, inexpensive, and of course multipurpose. As long as you have these three, you can rest easy:

1. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap The original 18-in-1, it’s been around for decades and has more skin-benefiting organic oils than an apothecary. $15.00 will get you a 32-oz bottle that lasts for months. Use for: shampoo, body wash, face wash, soak, breath freshener, laundry detergent, vegetable cleanser…

2. African Shea Butter — It’s a centuries-old remedy for dry skin that is as rich as a smidgen of La Mer. It has large amounts of unremovable fatty acid which make it the superior vegetable butter. Ranging from $3 to $5 bucks for a tub, you’ll never seem to run out of the pithy stuff. Uses: Skin, scalp, hair, lips, eczema, burns, wrinkles and skin discoloration.

3. Fruits and Vegetables —– They come straight from the earth and work on your skin from the inside out. You are what you eat, and the vitamins and minerals that these foods carry will have a long-term effect on the overall health of your skin. Uses: soups, salads, masks, cleansers, yummy treat—the possibilities are literally endless.

– Princess Glover

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