Did you know that your body could absorb up to 60% of anything you put on it, meaning that thing things you use on your body like lotion, face cream, make-up are all being absorbed by YOUR body. That means that what you put ON your body is almost as important as what you put IN your body.
I have been hunting for safe beauty products since 2013, and have had a lot of trouble finding a company that has a quality product that is accessible. I started this journey a few years after I had cleaned up my food and diet, when we decided that we were going to start a family and I began doing more reading and research on all of the things to avoid while you’re expecting. Which begs the question, why would you use something that is potentially toxic to you even if you’re not planning to start a family or growing a baby! I started down the path of making my own products, but there are quite a few things that I haven’t been able to make or doesn’t work exactly as I wanted it to. Shampoo and Conditioner has been an especially tough one for me!
The beauty industry is regulated by the FDA; however, the latest regulation was passed in 1938….that was a LONG time ago and things have definitely changed since then. How else can you explain products with lead in them still being sold, in beauty products like lipstick, which you know is getting into your body!
I found out about BeautyCounter in the beginning of 2016 and have now had the opportunity to try their products and learn more about the company. Their primary goal is education and safety, along with providing high quality products that are fully transparent. I encourage you to to check out their products, at BeautyCounter. In addition to being completely transparent about all of their ingredients, they also have all of their products tested by a third party, the EWG, and all products are highly rated. They have banned over 1,500 ingredients from their products, with the goal of setting a new standard in health and safety of beauty products. They share the “Never List” with a list of ingredients that you should avoid in any and all products you use – and know that no Beautycounter products has these in them! And the reality is that most people have no idea what they are putting on their skin (and into their bodies) – check out this 3.5 minute video to learn more.
Beautycounter’s founder Gregg Renfrew was inspired to create better products for her and her family, taking for granted that whatever she bought in the store must be safe. When she learned that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the US will be diagnosed with cancer – she was inspired and motivated to create something better – a product line that can be trusted – and one that still performs like a high quality beauty product should.
I decided to check out Beautycounter and joined as a consultant because I believe in the mission and the products are phenomenal. If you’re interested in learning more about the products, becoming a “Band of Beauty” member (which gets your some awesome perks), or even a consultant let me know. If you’re in the Philly suburb area I can work with you to get you to an informal event or try some actual Beautycounter products so that you can see first hand how great they are – check my Facebook page, Laura Pappas Health Coaching, for updates and links for specials, chances to win products, and more.
I haven’t tried everything yet, but wanted to share with you all a few of my favorite things so far. I’m a big fan of their kids and babies (new) line, little people are even more susceptible to chemicals than we are as big people, and you can’t trust the “natural” label – it’s not regulated and basically means nothing….
Mascara – this has been one of the hardest beauty products for me to find a good replacement for, and Beautycounter makes an amazing mascara. You will not be disappointed! Hint, I use coconut oil to take my eye make-up off, you can also use other products but I’ve found this to be cost effective, easy, and nice to my skin – if you don’t have an issue with coconut oil.
Charcoal Soap – this is a favorite that often sells out, it is amazing how this bar really pulls the impurities out of your skin! I use this to wash my face and am a fan of the combination of the charcoal to pull the impurities and the coconut oil base to clean and moisturize the skin.
Facial Oils– if you are afraid of putting oil on your skin because you’re afraid of it getting more oily, you couldn’t be more wrong! I love the facial serums, they absorb quickly, are non-greasy, and hydrate your skin like nothing you’ve ever tried before. All three serums smell amazing too. Try the Soothing Face Oil (#1) with Calendula to help soothe irritated skin and act as an anti-inflammatory (this is the best selling facial serum), Try the Hydrating Face Oil (#2) with Jasmine for dry skin, to improve elasticity, and Try Balancing Face Oil (#3) with Ylang Ylang and Wild Chamomile for help re balancing your skin.
Sunscreen – While I’m a big fan of getting your Vitamin D naturally if you’re going to be out in the sun for a while you will probably need some sunscreen to protect your skin from getting burned. Try the sunscreen or the sunscreen stick – both formulas are lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, so it blends seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays, with an EWG rating of 1!
Tint Skin Foundation – I use this to help even out my skin tone, I’m not a big “make up” person so I am not one to usually go with a foundation. This helps to even out my skin tone and isn’t heavy or feel like I’m wearing a lot of make up – a win-win!
Baby Soothing Oil – I love this, a little goes a long way and keeps your baby or toddler’s skin amazingly soft. It doesn’t leave their skin greasy at all either, which is something I found with my home-made lotions that often happened. This product doubles for you mom and is great on your skin too, and as an alternative make-up remover!
– Learn more about Beautycounter, how to order products, and become part of a better beauty movement here: http://www.laurapappashealth.com/beautycounter/