I am addicted to beauty products. I admit it and it feels good to get that off my chest. A few years ago, I knew that I wanted and needed to make the switch to cleaner versions. However, I needed them to work above all else. Let’s face it, as I hit the middle of my 40’s, these fine lines and sun spots aren’t getting better on their own.
Start investigating your products
When I started really investigating what I was putting into my body via food, I started researching what I was putting ON my body. All of a sudden, I realized that I could clean up my diet until it was almost perfect but if I was still slathering chemical-laden, endocrine-disrupting, carcinogenic ingredients, did it matter what I was eating?
I know what you might be thinking…..we can’t possibly absorb ingredients into our skin. But, yes, we absolutely do absorb everything we put on our body. Think of how smoking cessation and birth control patches work- through the skin.
how many products do you use in a day?
The products probably wouldn’t matter if we only used one or two in a day. Stop reading this for a moment and count how many products you use daily…..shampoo, body wash, hair products, lotion, facial treatments, makeup, sunscreen. My number is around 17. Kind of crazy, right? All of that added up daily over our lives is truly a load on our body’s detox ability if we are using products made with harmful ingredients..
As I started cleaning up my beauty regiment, I tried many different brands and products. I ultimately found Beautycounter about 5 years ago and never looked back. Their transparency, rigorous testing and research standards is what sold me at first. Ultimately, though, it was a more vain reason….the products are crazy good. They work!
Our mission is to protect you
I feel good representing a company that puts the health and safety of consumers first, that their main concern is to get safe products into the hands of everyone. Because everyone means everyone. Beautycounter is also a leader in helping to change the laws regulating the beauty industry. We send consultants to meet with representatives on Capitol Hill each year to discuss the regulations that haven’t be changed since 1938. Yes, 1938. We are making headway though!
So that means only about 30 products have been banned for use in self-care products in the US. In comparison, over 1400 ingredients have been banned for use in the European Union. (pssst….Beautycounter has a never list of 1800 ingredients we will never use in our products). Don’t we deserve better? The time is now for change and I know that I want to put my dollars and energy into supporting a company that is working to support what is best for my health.
how can you make the switch easier?
If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of overhauling your bathroom cabinets, I get you! I was there too. Take it one product at a time. As I ran out of something, I replaced it with a similar product with safe ingredients (I’m still looking for a decent dry shampoo and hairspray). There are so many companies advocating for safety in beauty products so give some a try.
Just start being curious and research. The Environmental Working Group is a great place to start (www.ewg.org/skindeep) and contact me with any questions!
Curious about Beautycounter? You can contact me or go here www.beautycounter.com/laurafasl