Monday, June 4, 2012

Beauty Booty at the Farmers’ Market

Hello, my lovelies!  As you know, entering into the warmer months of summer means beach time, BBQs, waterproof mascara, and lots of SPF. But summer also means that you can find a Farmers’ Market in almost every city (Click here to find your local Farmers’ Market)!  Farmers’ Markets are rich with treasure troves of skin savers, and I’m not just talking about the leafy greens and brightly colored vegetables you can eat to get your skin glowing (though it’s 100% true).  At most Farmers’ Markets you’ll find vendors offering various natural skincare products from cleansers and masks to toners and moisturizers:

The Good:

– Most Farmers’ Market skincare products are made with all-natural, organic ingredients.  Cutting out the artificial ingredients and chemicals you find in most skincare products means even the most sensitive skin can benefit.

– Most Farmers’ Markets skincare products are insanely affordable. Considering they are using all-natural ingredients, it’s surprising that almost all products I’ve found at the Farmers’ Market are priced below $20.  For example, in my photo you’ll see I bought three gorgeous-smelling toners for $10 all-in (Lavender, Spearmint, and Antique Rose ) from All Star Organics, a local company who grows and distills all the plants and flowers about thirty minutes from my house.  Anywhere else, these little organic toners would have cost at least $10 each!

The Bad:

– Most Farmers’ Market skincare products are made with all-natural, organic ingredients.  It’s not all good. Organic, all-natural ingredients mean products can turn quickly. Make sure you ask the vendor when the batch was made, how long it will last, and check the other jars and bottles for discoloration.  Then, once you buy it don’t let it sit on your shelf.

– You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get.  Just like Forrest Gump’s famous quote about a box of chocolates holds true for buying beauty products at the local Farmers’ Market. You’re buying organic skincare products from a small, local producer which means you kind of just have to trust what the vendor says is or isn’t in the product.  I’m not saying that these vendors lie, but if they are, whose going to tell? And to whom?  If you have sensitive skin or skin allergies, make sure you test a little on the inside of your arm before you buy.

Personally, when I’m at the Farmers’ Market I stock up on essentials oils, toners, and mud masks since these are products that I know are going to last a long time and are the least likely to give my sensitive skin something to bitch about. Happy Summer!

 

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