True Beauty

“…let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:4

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30

Why is the cosmetic and personal care industry so large and continues to grow making billions and billions of dollars every year? How is it that we purchase products looking for the “next best thing” for our hair, skin, & body? There is a lie at war with women that tells us to be more beautiful than others… to work so hard to keep up our outward appearance and adorn ourselves with whatever is of the latest fashion. Perfumes, lotions, scrubs, make-up, make-up and more make-up! But what is behind all of this stuff that we rub on our skin, brush on our cheeks and spray on our bodies? This was an eye-opener for me.

Over a month ago, Ian and I were on a short car trip and listening to NPR where we heard about Skin Deep which is a database of all cosmetics, lotions, shampoos… anything that you put on your skin… and how they have been tested to see what sort of risk level is associated with the product. We have now thrown away all of our old shampoos, many lotions, and toothpaste (we actually made our own recently). I encourage you to take a look at the database and see if there are any products that you and your family are using that are possibly dangerous for you. It might just change your perspective on true beauty!

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