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When I first started On my real-food healthy journey, I didn’t really care what I was putting on my skin…
When it came to face wash, creams, hair care, and makeup, my approach was “whatever’s the cheapest at the drug store.” Boy, have I come a looooong way! I now know that our skin absorbs almost everything we put on it. It’s our largest organ and we need to choose the products we use with the same health-minded consciousness that we do with the food we eat.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I love making my own skin care products because it’s really hard to trust the shady ingredients that are in the typical store-bought stuff. It’s hard to believe, but companies are allowed to use known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption—without even disclosing these ingredients to us!
Finding the balance in skin care
Over the past year, I’ve become passionate about researching the safest products so we can limit our exposure to these toxins. As much as making your own lotion and face wash can work out well, I understand that some people need a balance between going completely crunchy-granola and resorting to all chemical-laden products. For me, this is true for makeup. I don’t wear much makeup, but when I do, I would rather not try to concoct something in the kitchen that won’t stay on for longer than an hour (believe me, I’ve tried it all!).
Luckily, there are some companies working hard to create safe skincare products and to change the industry, and I am excited to share what I’ve learned with you and to inspire you to make safer choices! My new findings, along with help from my fellow health bloggers, lead me to being introduced to Beautycounter, a company that not only provides safe skin care and makeup that WORK, but also walks the talk with their mission to change the law so that all of us can be protected from the harmful ingredients often used skin care products.
How awesome is that?
First, let’s talk stats
(If you want to skip the numbers talk and want to go straight to check out Beautycounter products, click HERE!)
How crazy is that? Are you shocked as I am by this?
And wait for it…
And only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.
Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health published a study in 2013 that detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals in many popular brands of lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores.
The study also noted that children are especially susceptible to heavy metal accumulation and should not play with make up. Think of all the young girls that apply make-up daily or even multiple times a day?
This is why I turned to Beautycounter.
We deserve better and we can do something about it! This is why I partnered with Beautycounter. Three things I absolutely love about this company:
- First and foremost, their products really do work! I was a little skeptical at first because I can be quite picky about what I use on my skin, but I’ve been amazed at how great my skin feels and looks after using some of their products. My acne is reduced, my skin feels more moisturized, and the makeup I’ve been using from them looks fabulous!
- Every single Beautycounter product is rated between 0-2 on EWG’s Skin Deep database, which is one of the most trustworthy, go-to resource for product safety. Their commitment to product safety is unparalleled in the industry.
- They are committed to providing safe skin care not just in their products but in ALL products. The Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew has been meeting with Congress, asking for an updated law to prioritize safe beauty. Beautycounter believes in reforming the laws to protect public health, which shows that they truly do walk the talk!
Are you excited as I am about what you are hearing? CLICK HERE to check out their product lines, ranging from hair care, skin care, sunscreen, makeup, and even products for kids and babies!
My favorite products
I haven’t tried all the products yet, but these are some that I have tried and absolutely fell in love with. You can click on the name or the product image to purchase each item:
Tint Skin Foundation
This foundation is awesome. I usually go for liquid foundation because my skin is on the dry side and this goes on so smoothly, evening out my uneven skin tone and covering up my dark spots beautifully. I use the Retractable Complexion Coverage Brush to apply and it blends into my natural skin tone extremely well.
This charcoal bar is like magic for acne! I still use my oil cleansing method to wash my face, but have also been using this soap 2-3 times a week and the combination has been awesome. Charcoal has a powerful detox effect for the skin and charcoal itself can be a bit drying, but the special formula in this bar soap makes it gentle for dry and sensitive skin like mine.
Protect All Over Sunscreen
You know how much I value my time in the sun, and I believe that you don’t need to put on sunscreen if you’ll be out in the sun for no longer than 30-60 minutes. However, with the summer coming and beach trips planned, I do need a safe and effective sunscreen to protect me when I know I’ll be outside for hours. This sunscreen has EWG’s Skin Deep rating of 1 and I love that it goes on smooth and clear without leaving any white marks!
I love stick blushes because they are creamier and more moisturizing than the powder kind, and I like that I can rub it in with my fingers. I love that you only need a little bit of this sheer blush and it goes a long way and lasts for hours. It also has a bit of a shimmer to it for a bit of a bronzing effect, and you can also use it on your lips! I’m obsessed with this cleansing balm. If you are an oil cleanser like me, this stuff works wonders to soften and moisturize your skin, remove makeup easily, and my usually dry skin has been feeling so hydrated and smooth. It’s a wonderful way to deep clean your skin while nourishing it at the same time.
If I’m even a little bit tired, I show it the most around my eyes. This stuff does wonders to reduce the puffiness and dark circles, it’s so luxuriously creamy, and a little bit goes a long way! I even gifted this to my mom who can’t stop raving about it.
I love stick blushes because they are creamier and more moisturizing than the powder kind, and I like that I can rub it in with my fingers. I love that you only need a little bit of this sheer blush and it goes a long way and lasts for hours. It also has a bit of a shimmer to it for a bit of a bronzing effect, and you can also use it on your lips!
I’m obsessed with this cleansing balm. If you are an oil cleanser like me, this stuff works wonders to soften and moisturize your skin, remove makeup easily, and my usually dry skin has been feeling so hydrated and smooth. It’s a wonderful way to deep clean your skin while nourishing it at the same time.
I will keep this list updated as I try more stuff but I’ve heard great things about all their products and can’t recommend Beautycounter enough.
Ready to love and beautify your skin high quality, natural products? CLICK HERE to check out all that Beautycounter has to offer, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about them! If you want to receive occasional offers and updates about Beautycounter, sign up here.