Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Food For Though: Skin Care vs. Cosmetics

As many of you know, I am an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International, and I am building a business through that company. My business is still growing though, so currently, I do still work a full time job. For my full time job, I manage a beauty department for a national chain store. Every week, we get our sales reports in, and this tells us how each area of our department is doing. The main areas that I focus on are skin care and cosmetics. I'm not sure how other stores or beauty departments sales figures look, but one thing that I've noticed every week for the past few months now is that cosmetic sales always seem so much higher than skin care sales.

This got me wondering: What is more important to you ladies? The instant gratification of using cosmetics, or the long term benefits of using skin care items?? HMMM!!!!

Now, for clarification, cosmetic items would be considered your foundation, powder, concealers, etc. Skin care is considered to be cleansers, toners, moisturizers, eye creams and such. In the mass market (drugstores, department stores, etc.), companies are constantly coming out with new cosmetics that are formulated to clear breakouts, control oil, hydrate the skin, and fight the signs of aging...basically, watever your skin concern is, there will be a makeup that will cover it up! But what about good old fashioned SKIN CARE?? Do you ladies still find it important to cleanse, tone, and hydrate the skin with cleansers and moisturizers formulated for your skin type and concerns? Do you find it important to simply take care of your skin so that your face can ultimately become "makeup optional"?? Just a curious question that I've been wondering for a little while!!

Personally, I'm huge on skin care. I think its really important to actually care for the skin by cleansing it and keeping it hydrated. I also think its important to protect it by using SPF and other ingredients that will help it during the aging process (I WILL age gracefully gosh darn it!). Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my cosmetics! On any given day, the least I wear is bronzer or blush, mascara, and a good lipgloss (Arbonne Lip Polish in Posh is my color of choice (; ), but I still find it more important to care for my skin so that I don't feel that its necessary for me to leave the house wearing makeup. Plus, I feel that since your skin IS in fact your body's largest organ, good skin is a sign of good health.

So fill me in ladies!! Whats more important to you, wearing cosmetics or having an actual skin care regimen? I'd love to know!!


  1. Skin care is key. I don't care how skilled you are at 'covering up' skin issues, the best way to take care of them... is to take care of them with skin care. Makeup should enhance you, not hide you.

  2. I dont try to be skilled at "covering up" skin issues. My solution is to correct them with the proper skin care regimen.