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It’s been almost a freakin’ decade since I’ve been working on my health issues. It started out with digestive discomfort, then quickly grew into adrenal fatigue, losing my period, then stress induced hypothyroidism (the worst!).
Throughout my healing journey, I worked on my diet, exercise, and stress management, but the one thing I overlooked until the recent years was all the crap I was putting on my skin. Little did I know that the skin care and makeup products I was using was filled with harmful chemicals and worsening my hormonal issues.
What’s Wrong with Conventional Skin Care?
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and absorbs whatever we put on it. Ingredients and fragrances in most conventional products are filled with endocrine disruptors and even lead, which can cause muscle and nerve disorders (seriously, wtf). Not only that, decades of studies indicate these ingredients are linked to serious health issues like asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility. As someone with hormonal issues like adrenal fatigue, losing my period, and thyroid problems, THIS MATTERS.
And the last time the federal government passed a law regulating cosmetics is 1938. The US is especially way behind on their laws and it’s time to catch up. For example, the EU has about 1400 chemicals that are banned from cosmetics, while here in the US? 30. And to make matters worse, only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.
This really shook me. If I was so careful about the quality of food I was eating, why wouldn’t I do the same for my skin?
My Crunchy Granola Days
So I went full force in the opposite direction. That meme about coconut oil solving all your problems? Yup, that was me. I have a naturally dry skin so I was ready to cover myself in beef tallow and olive oil. I started DIYing everything, oil cleansing, concocting potions in my kitchen, and using baking soda and and vinegar to wash my hair.
However, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, my skin started drying out, my hair was forming dandruff. Feeling defeated, I started trying out some more natural, toxin free products, but I just didn’t feel that they were as effective as the toxic goop I was used to using prior.
I was pretty much ready to go back what I used to using, toxic chemicals and all, until I heard about Beautycounter from my fellow blogger friends. I was told that it was a beauty company that provided safer products without going 100% crunchy granola. They found a balance between toxic goop and going entirely natural, and the products actually worked.
Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard— all while ensuring that the products perform. They are also dedicated to making changes on the legislative level and creating a safe skin care movement.
The first time that I used their products, I don’t think I’ve been more excited about anything since I found about the existence of gluten free bread. Not only were they effective, they were better than the over-the-counter products I used to buy!
Of course, there were a few that were just meh, and I just didn’t care for, but many of their products seriously transformed my skin and actually made me enjoy putting on make up and getting into my skin care routine.
After using Beautycounter for over a year, there are some of my favorite that I go back to over and over again.
- Charcoal Mask – Seriously a game changer for my acne!
- Dew Skin Moisturizer – If you don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, this one is amazing! It’s a tinted moisturizer with SPF. So great for everyday wear.
- Red Color Intense Lipstick – I seriously never thought I could pull off a red lipstick until I found this product! The first photo of this page shows me wearing and I absolutely love it.
- Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist – Finally, a sunscreen that’s a spray AND nontoxic! It’s not greasy at all and it’s smells amazing.
- Concealer Pen – As someone with dark spots after going to tanning salons all through my teen years (ugh), I love how well this concealer works!
- Anything and everything in the anti-aging Countermatch Collection – These products transformed my chronically dry skin overnight. They use bio-mimic technology to match the composition of your skin!
Check out all that they have to offer RIGHT HERE. They also have a shampoos, baby products, and some amazing makeup!
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