Give Your Skin A Break: Why Makeup Is Making You Look OLDER

by Belinda on April 9, 2014

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Today I want to talk about makeup.

Next time you’re wearing foundation….go ahead and take this quick test.

Look in the mirror and smile. Naturally. Now move in closer, so you can see those fine lines and wrinkles.

Let me ask you, what initially draws your attention?

My guess is you see your foundation sitting in the creases. EMPHASIZING not diminishing the wrinkles. Drawing attention to under eye puffiness and fine lines.

The truth is, makeup not only makes you look older but it also PHYSICALLY ages your skin.

I discovered this first hand while backpacking through Central America. For several weeks I lived in a very remote area of Costa Rica called Santa Teresa.. in a little cabana right on the beach. I woke up each morning with the sun, grabbed my surfboard and paddled out to catch waves on sunrise. I was in heaven….

It wasn’t until I got back to my hotel in the capital San Jose, that I realized I hadn’t looked in a mirror for a month! Let alone worn makeup. I still remember the strange sensation of “seeing” my face in the mirror — and being shocked at how young I looked, at least 10 years younger, the change was that dramatic.

I was reminded of my backpacking story this week when I received an email from Ruth, one of my Super Sexy Skin girls..

Listen to what she said:

Hi Bel, I’m a few weeks into the sexy skin program now and I must say the biggest difference is that I don’t need make-up anymore. We have a (hardware) store and before, it was unthinkable that I would leave the house without make-up, even to work. I’m not ugly, but my skin has always been a problem. I have (had!) sensitive skin and every few weeks, I had to go to the dermatologist for antibiotics to cure the red itchy spots on my chin. They didn’t appear yet since I follow the program. Also, my face glows and my pores are acceptable. So now I only wear make-up when I go out for dinner at night. And even then, now I soon think it’s overdone, so I use just a little mascara and some blush on my cheeks. I like the natural me much more (and so does my fiancé). I was always a little vain, I must admit, but now, I can’t but look in every mirror on my way and keep stroking my cheeks because they’re so soft 😀 (you should warn people about that!). I also feel so much more energetic in the morning, and all that delicious food just tastes better.

Think about it..

Makeup doesn’t allow your skin to breathe or exfoliate. It draws moisture OUT of your skin. It clogs your pores.

And what’s worse, most makeup contains toxic chemicals that wreak havoc on our delicate hormonal balance. Pick up any item and check the ingredients. Chances are there’s a list as long as your arm that you can’t even pronounce.

These chemicals cause uneven dryness, oiliness as well as even more blemishes.

(Remember, anything we put on our skin has the same effect as ingesting it.)

If you’re like most women, you feel almost compelled to hide the blemishes, the wrinkles, the age spots with EVEN MORE cosmetics.

But you have to admit that hasn’t worked either, as evidenced by all those partially-used product in your bathroom. Some barely even touched.

Here’s the truth about cosmetics…

Dangers of Chemicals in Our Makeup and Personal Care Products


1) Myth: “If it’s for sale at a supermarket, pharmacy or department store cosmetics counter, it must be safe.”
Fact: The FDA has no authority to require companies to test cosmetics products for safety. The agency does not review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the market.

2) Myth: “The government prohibits the use of all dangerous chemicals in personal care products, and companies wouldn’t risk using them.”
Fact: With the exception of a handful of ingredients, the cosmetics companies can use whatever they feel like in their products. The FDA has banned less than 10 ingredients from cosmetics, the European Union has banned more than 1,000 so far.

3) Myth: “Cosmetic ingredients are applied to the skin and rarely get into the body. When they do, the amounts are too low to matter.”
Fact: Biomonitoring studies have found that cosmetics ingredients — such as phthalate plasticizers, paraben preservatives, the pesticide triclosan, synthetic musks and sunscreen ingredients — are common pollutants in the bodies of men, women and children. Many of these chemicals are potential hormone disruptors and have serious health risks.


Why not try wearing less makeup or at least reducing the amount of chemicals you’re putting on your skin?

To help you, here’s a cool new iPhone app that helps you easily scan a product barcode to quickly discover the potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products.

Think Dirty In The Bathroom 

You Can Download The Think Dirty App Here <<<


I’m not saying you abandon your makeup.

I’m just asking you to stop and think about what you’re putting on your skin — is it really making you more beautiful?


Give your skin a break! You may find yourself pleasantly surprised at what you see in the mirror and the compliments that start flowing again in your direction…


P.S. My new Super Sexy Skin System will eliminate the need to cover up wrinkles, blemishes, age spots and other imperfections with makeup, so you have a choice – and so you look younger, naturally.



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Cheryl Loffeld December 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Hi Bel
I’m with you about not wearing make up, personally I only wear it rarely, when I do they are made up of natural ingredients, but i would like to say that there were some other contributing factors with your month of no make up, you also had cleaner air and had fun. I believe all this would contribute to a more outward glow as well.


Belinda December 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Hi Cheryl!
Yes you are absolutely right re the cleaner air, food and fun. Although it was pretty stressful – traveling on my own for the first time ever, not being able to speak Spanish.. OMG I look back. I was so green. I thought backpacking around Central America would be relaxing..and allow me to recharge – it was the opposite, it was incredibly challenging physically and emotionally…but I am very happy to changing!


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