Being so connected we really don't say much or communicate clearly.
There are many fish faces now a days and it appears we showing signs of backwards evolution. Are people turning into fish?
Communicating with pictures can be deceptive. Sideways words in marketing has created a world where being a "person of your word" has taken on a pirate like meaning. How did we come off the rails so much that one can say whatever they like on social media with overtly deceptive marketing?
When I see claims made about the SORCERY any one soap can do, I want to rail yell at the computer screen, and to my canine's dismay.
Who wouldn't want a magic bar of soap to remove body fat, clear the skin to perfection and thwart aging? How many people just want to believe so strongly they purchase that soap or cleansing agent?
Afterward, what happens? Does that person see the world as untrue? Do they know this on a conscious level or simply ingest this deception and become altered in unclear attitudes?
I recently read a post about the benefits of particular beauty product and soap.
Some common claims made by the manufacturers:
- Lightens freckles
- Nourishes skin
For those of us who know how soap works we can see these claims are impossible. Lightening freckles or skin discolorations is possible, but not without using harsher chemicals. And not with soap.
Some chemicals used for skin lightening:
- Kojic acid
- Glycolic acid
- Vitamin C
Do those ingredients survive saponification?
There is a deep response, shrouded in anger, to these statements that I cannot deny. Why would I have this response? Because it goes against my experience, knowledge and all things I understand to be true. Just because I have this response doesn't validate or invalidate this marketing, however, I don't need to be a scientist or even partially educated, to know there is no such thing as anti-aging. If the advertiser slips this little deceptive tidbit in what other slight-of-hands are they doing?
I can't see a magician's slight of hand, but when they pull something out of thin air I know I've been tricked.
I am a proponent of Occam Razor, the simplest way or answer is generally true.
William of Ockham, a Franciscan friar who studied logic in the 14th century, first made this principle well known. In Latin it is sometimes called lex parsimoniae, or "the law of briefness". William of Ockham supposedly (see below) wrote it in Latin as:
- Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.
This translates roughly as:
- More things should not be used than are necessary.
Let's keep this as simple as possible.
Anti-aging... Where to begin? Let's considering anti-aging for a second... This very idea goes against the universal laws.
Things age: people, plants, everything ages, transforms, changes and eventually ceases to exist. Anti means "not" or "opposed" or "against." We can be against aging in our beliefs, but that does not mean we thwart the aging process. We CAN affect our skin to APPEAR as if it is not aging. We can wear costumes. The person inside the costume is still the same age. How we perceive their age is observation relevant. This change is only a temporary appearance, and over all, we all know that we ARE aging.
I have often heard, "she/he looks great for their age." What this really means is, "my judgement of someone that age should look different."
Why strive to appear younger than you are? What would be the benefit? Why would one want to live un-true, inauthentic, out of sync with your existence?
Our age is an example of our lives - lived well or lived poorly.
Let's revisit some establish laws of our existence:
- Zeroth law of thermodynamics: If two systems are in thermal equilibrium with a third system, they are in thermal equilibrium with each other. This law helps define the concept of temperature.
- First law of thermodynamics: When energy passes, as work, as heat, or with matter, into or out from a system, the system's internal energy changes in accord with the law of conservation of energy. Equivalently, perpetual motion machines of the first kind (machines that produce work with no energy input) are impossible.
- Second law of thermodynamics: In a natural thermodynamic process, the sum of the entropies of the interacting thermodynamic systems increases. Equivalently, perpetual motion machines of the second kind (machines that spontaneously convert thermal energy into mechanical work) are impossible.
- Third law of thermodynamics: The entropy of a system approaches a constant value as the temperature approaches absolute zero. With the exception of non-crystalline solids (glasses) the entropy of a system at absolute zero is typically close to zero, and is equal to the natural logarithm of the product of the quantum ground states.
Essentially, energy is not created or destroyed, but merely transformed.
Are skin care products changing these laws?
If someone wants to change their costume, or their body, in a caring manner or in a vain manner, is not my intention of this post to point either side out. What is my objective is to point out that misleading marketing is now common practice. That is a core reason I no longer practice esthetics. It is, in part, why I'm attracted to the hand made community. I find this community much more down-to-earth, grounded and sincere. I have found a greater level of self-responsible people willing to share their knowledge and understanding in the soap community, with people they don't know and may never meet. At the core of this behavior I have found truth seekers.
The over-all desire is just to know.