If all the systems in our body are naturally interdependent, it makes sense to have a wellness system to cope with the challenges of aging. One of the simplest solutions to looking and feeling better is to make changes that don’t cost a lot of money and don’t require changing habits! We all eat, so we can buy organic when it’s available. We all use skin care and cosmetics, so we can buy products that support natural balance, decrease our exposure to estrogen, and help our skin look younger!
So how do we do it? For the most part, cosmetics in this country have been chemically based, not botanically based. From the most expensive brands on down to drugstore varieties, retail or mail order, we really didn’t have much choice. There are, after all, only a handful of companies that manufacture for, or own, all the others! (See Paula Begoun’s book Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, in which she lists the major corporations and their subsidiary brands.)
I’d like to tell you a little bit about the global cosmetic industry. According to The Economist magazine of May 24–30, 2003, it is a $160 billion dollar a year industry. Much more today, surely! Two to three percent goes to research and development and 20 to 25 percent goes to advertising.