Responsible Consumerism

Last year, I was diagnosed with Rosacea. As an Irish/English/Northern European mutt, it was probably to be expected. I’ve always had a problem blushing when I get embarrassed, and god forbid I actually drink a glass of wine with dinner – I positively glow! It may sound cute, but job interviews are hell – have you ever sat across from an interviewer with a bright red face? Not attractive.

I don’t have a severe case by any means, (thank god!) but I do have a daily medication I put on my face to control the flushing. I’m not sure if it’s because of the medication, or the rosacea in general, but I’ve found in the last year that I’ve become much more sensitive to make up and lotions. On the flip side, I’ve also started to try and become more aware of the ingredients of things I put on my skin – looking for organic, all natural, cruelty free products when possible.

I have to admit, it’s been a challenge. It’s hard to find a decent moisturizer that doesn’t irritate my skin and is natural. Sunscreen has been a huge problem. Either it’s dry and chalky or it burns my skin. Even the all-natural ones don’t quite work. And don’t get me started on mascara! I still have yet to find one that doesn’t make my eyes burn.

So with all the new focus on environment and health, why is it so hard to be a healthy, responsible consumer? You’d think there would be more companies out there with products geared toward people like me. I don’t mind paying extra, if I know it’s good quality and it’s going to work. The best I’ve come across so far for my skin is Philosophy face primer and powder – and even that isn’t entirely organic (or inexpensive). But if it works, I’ll take it! Any thing to keep that embarrassing flush at bay!

Is responsible consumerism something you worry about? What are the things you’re willing to splurge a little on for quality or convenience?