We've got something serious to talk about...
I know many of you can relate to this... In the past I've struggled with the fine line of wanting to purge my entire home of anything toxic but also wanting to have gorgeous hair and flawless makeup. Are the two mutually exclusive? Can you have your cake and eat it too?
The reality is this:
In the United States our laws and regulations regarding cosmetics are few and far between. They are also very loosely regulated. This makes me so upset because health and wellness is a passion of mine. It's appalling to me that most body and beauty products at the store contain a slew of toxic ingredients that contribute to a wide range of ailments and disease. I can not be the only one outraged about that, right?
So, me being me, decided to get rid of everything toxic in my home (this was years and years ago- sometime between my undergraduate years and starting my Master's in Oriental Medicine). I threw away my Mac foundation, my Bobbi Brown mascara, and my Victoria's Secret shampoo.
I tossed out my toxic deodorant (yes, your deodorant is probably toxic too- read about that here) and started to make my own (you can easily make your own too- read here).
The journey has taught me so many healthy habits and it's also taught me to start paying more attention to what I was putting on my body, as well as in my body. Our skin is like a sponge, it absorbs everything you apply to it- including that chemical ridden scented body lotion you love so much that will disrupt your endocrine system! Including that lipstick that's filled with carcinogenic ingredients! Including that... ok ok.. you get it, the list goes on.
I adore making my own products, like deodorant, because it's easy and healthy and empowering. But I won't lie to you...with homemade replacements sometimes things can get a little, well, dull. There is nothing luxurious about most of my homemade replacements, like applying coconut oil to my legs after I shave. Don't get me wrong... Coconut oil is the cure all and I use it for all aspects of my life but sometimes a girl wants luxury- without having to worry about a tremendous toxin exposure. Sometimes I want to smell like fragrance (without having to actually apply fragrance).
Fast forward to Spring of 2017 when I was first introduced to Beautycounter, a company dedicated to creating a luxurious beauty products (including a baby/kids product line and hair care as well) with safer ingredients. A company that refuses to use 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients, no matter what (compared to the 30 banned by the United States alone).
Beautycounter is also dedicated to making change in legislature while using safer ingredients with complete transparency. Because of this they are exponentially better than what you would buy at the spa, salon or store.
I'm excited about Beautycounter because:
Beautycounter opens up the opportunity for us to use cosmetics, bath and body products in a more responsible way. Lets take a step in a better direction. Lets reduce exposure, lets demand change in regulation with beauty products.
So the QUESTION remains:
Are the two, health & beauty, mutually exclusive ?
There is a spectrum...and I've found my place on it. I use Beautycounter and I feel good about it. I feel luxurious about it, actually. And I want you to feel that way too, without a million toxic exposures. So with that...you'll have to find your place on the spectrum!
It is so important to me that the women I know and love take steps closer towards safer products. Below are some of my most adored and recommended Beautycounter products!
This is a fantastic replacement for St Ives apricot scrub which was rated an overall score of 6/10 (1 being the best and 10 being the worst in regards to a health hazard) for toxic ingredients according to the EWG (environmental working group, an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability) database. This exfoliator rates at a 2! Take that toxic exposure!!
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