One of my goals for this year is to fully make the switch in my beauty regime. I’ve always known that the ingredients in our face and body products we’re not the best, but I have always prouded myself in using products that were “all natural” or “paraben free” thinking that I was using things that were good for me, that were not harmful. News flash! I wasn’t.
Months back I was offered some free samples from Beautycounter and I started doing some research on chemicals that were put into products that we all basically use. I was blown away! Blown away with the fact that the U.S. hasn’t regulated what goes into our products since 1938!! My grandmother was eight years old the last time the U.S. banned chemicals; and since then 80,000 new chemicals have been introduced and some have gone untested! Craziness. Europe has banned the use 1,300 toxic chemicals through the years and Canada has also banned the use of a lot as well, but not the U.S. I was also blown away that companies are not entitled to list all the ingredients that go into our everyday products that we put on our skin (our biggest organ) daily and fun fact: our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on our bodies immediately, that means there’s no washing it off before these toxins cause harm. The toxic chemicals that are put into our products have been scientifically been linked to things such as ADHD, infertility, thyroid function (which I suffer from and take medication for), cancer in people that have no pre-exsisting conditions or family history. That’s scary! And as a mother, I want to do all I can to be around for my kids and to educate them on safer alternatives.
I decided to download an app called Think Dirty that tells you how bad or good your products are based on their SKU number. I scanned everything I use daily and from a scale 1-10 (ten being the worst) most of my “all natural” “paraben free” products were all between 7-10! I couldn’t believe it. This was mostly due to the fact that they all had “fragrance”. Fragrance is an ingredient that’s listed, but what they don’t tell you is that behind that word, are toxic chemicals that are put into the product to make their fragrance. Oh, and let’s not talk about my toner (Simple Micellar Cleansing Water) that had clearly says “no harsh chemicals” that has FORMALDEHYDE releasing agents amongst other things! In the garbage it went.
All the meanwhile, I using my Beautyounter samples and LOVING them! I kept telling my husband, that I felt like my skin looked and felt better than ever. Beautycounter prides themselves in safer products and getting their products into the hands of everyone. They’ve banned more than 1,500 chemicals all while making sure that their products preform just as well as any luxurious makeup/skincare line out there. Are their products organic? No. Do they use chemicals? Yes. But they have the strictest screening of chemicals in the industry and only use SAFE ingredients.
I’m still going through all of my products and will be sorting through all of my things, but am determined to start now and stop using things that are harmful for my body. I’m sure it will take a while to get fully there – but I’ve started and am working towards my goal. You can learn more about Beautycounter by going to their website. They are completely transparent on the chemicals that they use and have a list of things that should NEVER be in your cosmetics/skin care.
I’m going to do a post soon on my new skincare routine, but I’ve been using Beautycounter’s Face Collection. I’m also completely obsessed with their lip sheers and concealer. And you know that’s big – I’m extremely picky with concealers and this one really works and covers up my dark circles! I promise to go more in detail soon on everything I’ve been using. I also love the packaging and love seeing them on my bathroom counter, they look so pretty! Right now, they’re having their Winter Sale, its the perfect time to try some products and start slowly making a change in your daily routine.
I’ve loved Beautycounter’s mission and products so much that I’ve decided to become a consultant. I’m not one to sell things to people, be preachy or have parties; but I love this company and love what they stand for. I believe we all should know what things we are putting on your bodies. I urge you all to join me on this new venture and to start using products you know you don’t have to worry about.
I’ll leave you all with these videos that convinced me to switch to safer: