Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Cost of CW Beauty Standards Part I

“What is your beauty tip/secret you can share with our audience?”  - Entertainment Interviewer

“Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen every day.” –Celebrity

BARF! If I have to read/hear this response one more time…I’m going to rant. Sorry to those who believe this garbage, but hanging out in the bathroom all day smelling like coco-nutty chemicals doesn’t make you beautiful. 

You don’t need to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Remember, there is water in food and if you eat healthy food (whole/unprocessed – NOT GRAINS) you will not need as much water as you would if you ate a standard American diet. So where did we get the 8 glasses a day myth? In the 1940’s the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine stated we needed to drink 1ml per calorie consumed while promoting the need for 2000 calories a day = ~2 liters or 8 eight ounce glasses. What was not as widely advertised: most of that water comes from our food. It gets better. The more water sucking grains and carb (sweet tasting) you consume the more water you will need/crave. Drink water when you are thirsty – don’t guzzle it down to make your quota for the day.

You don’t need to apply sunscreen every day.
But the sunscreen companies would like you to. So women are supposed to shower, exfoliate, apply lotion and sunscreen, and then put on makeup? Every day? Hmm, sounds time consuming and sticky to me. How about a real answer: eat foods high in lycopene (tomatoes, carrots, watermelons, and papayas) to protect your skin from the sun rays. 

Over the summer I was out on the lake boating with my family. I’d been consuming tomatoes and carrots for several weeks and while they were slathering on the sunscreen, I was already out on the inner-tube soaking up the sun. No sunscreen. No sunburn.  In fact, I had a nice tan, but that was probably built up from spending time outside walking/sprinting/playing. Now I do think sunscreen has a time and a place. If you have fair skin, haven’t been outside for a lengthy period of time in a while, or are going near the equator for a vacation then sunscreen is a good idea. You don’t need it if you are going to be outside for 10 minutes going to and from work.

You may be investing more money into your food by being Paleo/Primal, but you are saving on sunscreen and your water bill. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but it will definitely help you on my next topic: Makeup.