Why Beautycounter? My Story.
When I think of luxurious beauty, I think of glowing skin, beautiful packaging, good-for-you ingredients, luscious lips, and long lasting makeup, lotions, and potions that keep me hydrated without being greasy. Paired with a company that not only allows you to earn income doing something you love, but literally has your back when it comes to fighting for better industry standards (like on Capitol Hill!), I've quickly become obsessed with Beautycounter.
A little over a year ago, a friend from college got in touch with me over social media and introduced me to Beautycounter. She thought I would enjoy their products since I was in the health and fitness industry, and promoted clean eating and a healthy, balanced lifestyle -- why wouldn't I want to add that to my skincare regimen? She made a great point. At the end of the day, I need to practice what I preach. A self professed beauty junkie, I was skeptical to let go of my Chanel eyeshadows, Dior mascara, and other designer staples. So I started with the Kids line, and figured soap and shampoo that had no harmful ingredients would be best for my son, Oscar, who has very sensitive skin and eczema (like me). I loved the baby oil and the conditioner. His curls never looked better! (I've also used Deva Curl for his hair, which works very well! The smell is just a bit strong for me.)
Then, I kept trying products. I started with the facial oil and Countermatch serum. After a month of using it, while my husband and I were apart, the first thing he said when he saw me was, "why is your skin so glowing?! Is it because you haven't been around me for a month?" I laughed and reassured him that it was only my new skincare regimen. Hearing that from him (who hardly notices anything about what I wear or look like) gave me a lightbulb moment. This stuff might really work.
I dove a little deeper into the Company, and stumbled upon the Never List. The list of over 1,400 ingredients that are banned from the company. I saw shocking statistics about how little regulation there is in the US's Beauty industry. Then I thought about all the makeup I wore on stage, and how much of it got into our system. My cast mates and I were in close quarters for years, powdering our faces, spraying our hair all with ALL THE HAIRSPRAY --and now all I can think of is the exorbitant amount of chemicals floating around in the air which would make their way into our lungs and skin -- the largest organ in our body. It's said that we consume about a pound of lipstick per year. A pound!!! And when you work in showbiz - you can bet that number drastically increases. I thought about all these chemicals that must have been in my system for years. Why would I do that to myself when there is a safer, cleaner alternative available to me. Once you have the knowledge, you just can't turn back.
Think about all of the times you kiss your baby, or hold your made up face up against your child or your spouse -- this isn't affecting only you, but your kids as well. I recently switched all of my skin care and makeup to Beautycounter and my skin has never been better, on my face and my body.
My facial eczema is GONE! I have tried everything in the past - steroids, the works. Nothing has improved my skin like my new Beautycounter routine. The eczema on my body has drastically improved as well. I can't speak well enough about the products and the company, so not only do I use it, but now I sell it. And I'm not anyone who has ever done Multi Level Marketing before - nor ever intended to. It's more of a desire to share the knowledge of safer, cleaner beauty, and to practice what I preach: a clean, healthy, balanced lifestyle inside and out.
My Top Ten Must-Have Products (in no specific order):
3. Cleansing Balm (more than just a cleanser, a do-it-all kind of balm!)
5. Body Butter
7. Tint Skin (my shade is Sand)
8. Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Umber
Important Information About Today's Beauty Industry:
Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it's in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don't have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
What's worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies and on our kids' bodies every single day, day after day.
The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.
Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned close to 1,400 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.
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