I care about what foods I eat: organic, properly grown, local and especially glyphosate and pesticide free. Why am I not as diligent for my skin?
In a way, since my skin is so sensitive, I had to find products that would not make me break out. When I found one, I stayed with it, more from fear of reacting than a true loyalty. I was introduced to Beauty Counter about two years ago, and slowly, I learned about the cosmetic industry and all the chemicals they use – and don’t have to declare on labels.
It makes me angry that the perception from a brand, because it is popular or expensive, must be good quality. Whether we talk about body cream, eyeliner or shampoo, made in the USA particularly, they can be full of Benzalkonium chloride, BHA and BHT, Phthalates and Parabens, to name just a few. And consumers don’t know because the chemicals don’t have to be declared. The list of chemicals used in the USA is about 1400, many of those considered carcinogenic. In Europe, those 1400 additives are banned and/or restricted. In Canada, the number is 600. In the USA? There are only 30 that can’t be used by the industry. There hasn’t been any new legislation regarding chemicals in cosmetics since 1938.
Our largest organ is our skin. Twenty years ago, no one believed the skin could be the body’s biggest protection, or the biggest open door to environmental poisons. Today, we administer morphine to dying patients with a transdermal patch, avoiding needles and stents. If our skin can absorb medication, it can also absorb unhealthy chemicals.
You might think, but the products have only trace amounts of these chemicals. But if you add up all the beauty products we use, everyday, sometimes twice a day, like moisturizers for both face and body, shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, hair sprays, deodorants, shaving creams, soaps, all the make up products (mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, foundation, lipstick, lip balm, etc), it is said women use almost 168 different chemicals daily.
And we also use trusted brands for our children, containing those same chemicals.
I became a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner because I believe food quality equals better health. It was time for me to extend those beliefs to what I apply on my skin. That’s why I became a Beautycounter Consultant.
Beautycounter has a Never List when they make beauty products. The Never List is made up of more than 1500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use in their products. This includes the 1400 chemicals banned/restricted in personal care by the European Union, plus others they screened and found to be of concern.
I’ve been using BC for the last 2 years. I started with the hair care products, then I added the skin care, and my skin has been happy. I’ve just recently started to use their makeup products, which I rarely did in the past with other brands, unless I was in a social situation, because my eyes would get irritated too easily.
If skin care is something you care about, please contact me. I have received as a new Beautycounter Consultant, a rather large introductory kit and I’ll be happy to share all the products I have on hand with you. Try them for a fews days and give me your feedback. I also have kits for babies and young children!
Yours in Health,