Saturday, February 20, 2010
I was impressed today with all the choices as I scoured the shelves at Walgreens looking for cleanser and moisturizer that did not have petroleum products or alcohol in them. It was impossible. Even the ones that are "doctor recommended" have it and it is one of the first ingredients so you know it has a lot. At least that is what they tell us with cereal. If sugar is one of the first ingredients then it has the highest percentage.....anyway I had my reading glasses on and I had a handy dandy magnifying glass that is flat and flexible that I got somewhere so I keep it in my wallet for examining vintage designer jewelry. I kept looking and looking and all of them had it just about. I know from a sales pitch through one skin regime, which is no longer, that mineral oil is basically motor oil processed 7 times. On a motor oil container it clearly says something to the affect : CAUTION CANCER CAUSING MATERIAL when exposed to skin for long periods of time. Or as Wikipedia puts it, "Mineral oil or liquid petroleum is a by-product in the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum based products from crude oil. ..." Ummmm no thanks. I don't want that going on my skin. So I went to my old stand by Neutrogena. My mother was a big supporter of Neutrogena and would stick it in my bath supplies when I went off to camp and people thought it was weird soap. It was ahead of its time I must say. I did not see any ingredient that resembled petro anything. Then I went to look for a moisturizer and could not find any without mineral oil or alcohol which totally confused me as to why they would put alcohol, a drying agent, in moisturizer. So I looked to Burt's Bees thinking ok this has to be all natural. Even the words "All Natural" can be deceiving so be careful. It too has denatured alcohol a derivative of ethanol another type of fuel that is poisonous. What the hec? It also has stearic acid in it which is used as a hardener of soaps and candles. Do I want something that will harden on my face? I still am at a loss and think I should probably just use good old olive oil although it as been known by some to clog pores. What to do?
All this fuss came about when I started to try a new soap called Wonderbar. I am loving the results of the healing process as it sluffs off years hopefully. My dermotologist wanted to do the acid treatment, the 12 day things that hurts like hec, and when you are finished you have "babies butt" skin. It just seems so evasive and harsh. So I am trying this Wonderbar and hopefully getting the same result but in a slower amount of time. The problem I have is that I am not a walking Wikipedia so have just spent a good amount of money on cleansers, potions and makeup that now I find out may not be what I want to use on my skin afterall.
This made me think about the healing balm I have read about in the Word of God. It made me realize how important it is to write His word on your heart so that you are ready to give an answer (my Wikipedia) when you need it or someone else does. I like to think that I am pretty informed about different things especially health issues and how to take care illnesses etc. Over the years that became second nature as I took care of six children which kept our doctor bills down. So should the Word be, like second nature, that we may call upon it, call upon Jesus who is the Word, when we need a question answered. I came to another realization that many times when I pray I just tell God, "Here's what I need Lord, now I give it to you so you can take care of it". I know I can do that with God, but I think He is also showing me in this lesson to tell Him less and ask Him more often, "God what do You think?, God what should I do here?" I have spent a great deal of my time telling people, mostly children, what do to, where they need to go, what to wear, blah blah blah and I forget to ask God and instead I tell Him. So why don't I ask the Lord more often what He thinks because I value what He thinks? Cause I think I know the answer when really He knows the question before I even ask.
So now I know about soaps and lotions which I sort of knew, but now really know. I will continue to really know His Word which I am coming to find out I sort of knew and really want to know more. His Word is pure water to my soul, a healing balm with no additives, poisons, preservatives, fillers, toxins or chemicals. We are all different, our ingredients and what makes us uniquely His, but He is always the same universal moisturizer (if you please) that is the healing balm that brings life eternal as His only ingredient.
Posted by Madre Minutes at 6:46 PM