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Shocking! Expensive Skin Care Products May Not Always Be Better

Shocking! Expensive Skin Care Products May Not Always Be Better

With all of the beauty products available to women (and men) today, it’s hard to determine what brand you want. Do you go with something super cheap or extremely expensive? If you go with the cheaper stuff, are you really getting your money’s worth? There are so many questions that men and women have, yet never ask. Thankfully, we had the same questions as you did and found the answers. Read on to figure out what will work the best for you.

The truth behind high-end brand names

More than 95% of the time, you’re paying extra money for the design of the bottle and brand name. Because the product looks fancier, our brains assume that it works better. Crazy, right?

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Think of this as the “Red Velvet Cake Analogy”. Joyce De Lemos (a cosmetic chemist) says “Giant brands will often take a formula from one brand that’s doing really well, and they’ll just decorate it and repackage it for another brand. If you have a red velvet cake and everyone likes it but one particular company makes it with a cream cheese frosting, then that frosting is signature to that brand.”

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According to Joyce, larger companies will take a formula they love and make it their own by adding something new to it (hence the cream cheese frosting analogy she gave us). While this is a great way for larger companies to make a profit, is it worth the extra few dollars that you have to pay? Probably not. The cheaper stuff will give you the same results while saving you some money.

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Look for proof

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    While you’re going over the ingredients in each product in your hands, look for scientific proof stating that the more expensive one will do more for your skin. Lemos says “Look for tried-and-true ingredients that work. Retinol is one of them—so much science has been done on the value of it. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid have all been proven by science to work.” That’s great information! While a few lower end products do contain Vitamin C (such as Avalon Organic Vitamin C Revitalizing Eye Creme which you can purchase for $14) you won’t find too many under $30.

    What do you think?

    Now that you understand a little more about high-end skin care products, do you think you’ll start buying them?  A lot of the time you’re paying for fancy bottles and print with the higher-end brands. If you look into their ingredients a little deeper, you’ll see just what you’re paying for. Make sure that you find something with Vitamin C inside of it, too! Vitamin C halts aging in its tracks.

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    Last Updated on August 4, 2020

    8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

    8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

    Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

    What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

    By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

    I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

    Less is more.

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    Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

    What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

    Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

    1. Create Room for What’s Important

    When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

    2. More Freedom

    The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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    3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

    When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

    Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

    You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

    4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

    All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

    We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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    It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

    5. More Peace of Mind

    When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

    The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

    6. More Happiness

    When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

    You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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    7. Less Fear of Failure

    When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

    In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

    8. More Confidence

    The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

    What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

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