Truth in Beautypublished
other day while flipping through a favorite celebrity
fashion magazine, a letter to the editor caught our
Written by an admiring fan of a recent celebrity
cover, it went something like this, "Superstar's"
skin looked so incredible in your September cover
story. I'd love to know what products she used." Naturally,
the reply detailed the various products used by said
superstar, but they failed to mention what "product"
did the most work: digital airbrushing.
Actually, the star in question probably does
rely on certain products to help her look great. We
love to peek into the stars' medicine cabinets-after
all, in terms of products, they get the pick of the
litter. But after flipping through page after page
filled with women airbrushed literally beyond recognition,
we started to wonder: How's a girl to find the products
that truly work without some truth in beauty?
Let's start by banning a few blatant beauty fibs:
No models with false lashes in mascara commercials.
No collagen-enhanced models in advertisements for
glosses that plump lips.
And please, no
ridiculous claims about wrinkle cream results. We
know there's no miracle cure. A slight improvement
would have us doing cartwheels.
way to find your beauty truth is to try before you
buy. In department stores, start by sampling products
and taking advantage of free, professional advice
from consultants that are well versed in the lines
they represent. What some consumers don't know is
that they can request take-home samples of any product
they are interested in purchasing, and most often
Navigating the drugstore product department can be
tougher with few testers and less assistance. Beauty
expert Paula Begoun, widely known as the Cosmetic
Cop, aims to help. In her book, Don't go to the Cosmetic
Counter Without Me, she reviews over 30,000 products
of the drugstore variety and beyond. Much of her advice
is also available online at www.cosmeticscop.com.
Her monthly best and worst product awards are an intriguing
read with upscale products and drugstore products
alike receiving their just "awards."
fatal error many women make is trying multiple products
at the same time and mixing and matching lines. That
can create some serious beauty woes. The lesson here
is to be loyal to brands that work for you. Also consider
doing a patch-test of new products before you buy.
To make sure that the product in question won't do
more harm then good, apply the product to the inside
of your wrist. Things to watch out for are redness,
itchiness, dryness or any other adverse reaction.
Reading labels can be difficult since cosmetic ingredients
are usually listed by their chemical name, for example,
tocopherol is simply Vitamin E. What you can do is
keep an eye on active ingredients and be aware of
ingredients that don't agree with your skin. Products
that are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic are a
We all want to look our most beautiful without breaking
the bank. Combine research, expert advice and common
sense to find products that truly help you look your