Would you eat your cosmetics? If not, don’t use them.

Living a clean lifestyle is about more than just your diet.

“If it doesn’t have the chemicals in it, it won’t work.” That’s what the gal at Sephora told me when I asked her about some of the ingredients in a product I was considering. Indeed, this is what the beauty industry has trained woman to think. We have to apply these chemicals to our skin in order to see results. It’s just not true.

A few years ago I stopped wearing anti-perspirant. It was my first real decision to really walk the talk. Why? Because it’s not just the toxins in our food. We have to worry about the environmental chemicals we come into contact with several times each day. Fragrances are toxic. Companies are allowed to use the word “Fragrance” to disguise environmental toxins that are not tested for safety.

Educate yourself. Educate your family. Educate your friends. If I love something, I want you to love it, too. That’s what Beautycounter is about to me.

Scary facts about the cosmetic industry:

  • The US has not passed a federal law regulating the cosmetic industry since 1938

    60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream. What goes on your skin is as important (if not more) than what goes in your mouth.

  • The FDA does not require that cosmetics ingredients or products be approved before they go on the market, and FDA has no power to recall a product from the market

    There are over 10,000 chemicals found in personal care products. Only about 10% of these chemicals have safety data.

  • The European Union has banned 1400 ingredients from cosmetics; the US has banned or restricted 11 ingredients from cosmetics

    The FDA allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies, and on our kids bodies, every single day.

  • More than 85,000 chemicals are registered for use in commerce and about 10,500 are used in the cosmetics industry

    There are 216 identifiable chemicals that are registered as potential causes of cancer.

Why I Use Beautycounter

I have close friends who are my age and are getting sick. They are getting all forms of cancer, without having any of the risk factors. They don’t smoke. They are fit and healthy. They are young. There must be some kind of connection between the chemicals in our environment and how our body reacts to them.

We know that these toxic chemicals are getting into our bodies. For the most part, one toxic chemical in just one product is not likely to cause harm. But because many are building up in our bodies over time, we can never know which exposure pushed us from being seemingly healthy to being ill. Chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA), fire retardants, and nonstick and waterproofing chemicals have all been found in the bodies of average Americans and even in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies. By making a few simple changes, you can begin to reduce your family’s exposures.

Women use an average of 12 personal care products per day, containing 168 ingredients. In many ways our skincare and makeup is more important than our diet. I live in a household where we think not only about what we eat, but what we put on our skin, and what we wash our bodies with. My daughter will grow up knowing that this is important.

We assume skin care is regulated like food, but it’s NOT.

I have been shopping at Whole Foods and online outlets for organic skincare for years, but organic ingredients don’t necessarily mean safe ingredients. I’m thrilled to find an ENTIRE LINE of products that contain no parabens, no sulfates, and no toxic chemicals. Products that meet my entire family’s needs, that are safe and effective for my aging skin, and that are affordable.

I am so excited to be involved with the Beautycounter movement and I’m looking forward to sharing knowledge with you that I simply can’t not share.  Do what you want with it. That’s what I did. The products speak for themselves.

My Favorite Products