// Love Your Skin
As I learned in nursing school, the skin is the largest organ in your body. It provides so many vital functions – and deserves to be taken care of! As I prepared for our wedding day this past year, having healthy skin became a high priority for me. I’ve enjoyed learning about this aspect of health and self care.
// Beautycounter Philosophy
I discovered the company Beautycounter this past summer. You may have heard of it, as it is gaining popularity and as more people become educated about the importance of safe skin products. I used some of their products prior to our wedding, and I’ve never felt more radiant than that day. My skin was so happy!
Beautycounter is a leader in clean beauty. And for me, the products I’ve used have exceeded my expectations.
As explained on Beautycounter’s website, I learned that the US hasn’t passed a major federal law regulating the cosmetics industry since 1938. Every day American families are exposed to harmful ingredients commonly found in the products they use on their skin and Beautycounter is working to change that. They are on a mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone Currently, the US has banned 30 ingredients in the cosmetic industry. In Europe, the European Union has banned more than 1400 ingredients! But not to worry – Beautycounter has created it’s own “Never List” of 1500 harmful or questionable ingredients prohibited from their products. A few other facts about the company:
As a nurse, who focuses on educating people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, I find it incredibly important to share my knowledge with friends and family on the impact harmful toxins found in many products have, what exposure to theses toxins can lead to, and to encourage everyone to switch to safer ones.
// Other Resources & Tips
Another great resource I’ve used often is EWG’s Skin Deep Database. This site is an online guide with safety ratings that allows you to search the products you are using to give you a more detailed look at the potential toxins you’re exposed to.
// One Step At A Time
Switching to clean products can be daunting. I started by adding one product at a time. As soon as I ran out of something – say facial cleanser – I replaced it with a new product that I knew only had safe ingredients.
// My Favorite Beautycounter Products
Charcoal Cleansing Bar – Seriously – it’s amazing! This cleansing bar has helped so much since I started using it. I noticed that my skin was clearer right away. It also doesn’t dry out my skin the way other products have in the past.
No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil – I started using facial oil about two months ago. I didn’t know what I was missing! This facial oil has helped my skin stay hydrated even during these cold winter months. It definitely makes my skin feel like it’s glowing. It also smells delicious. This is my favorite product and is 100% worth it!
Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – I wasn’t convinced that this provided enough hydration for my skin at first. However, after using in combination with other Beautycounter products (that don’t dry out my skin with harmful ingredients) I’ve come to love this lotion. It doesn’t feel greasy, and truly locks in moisture. I have used this both during 90 degree humid summer days and 15 degree frigid winter runs. It has helped my skin stay hydrated regardless of the weather!
I hope you are able to begin your own transition to safer skin products and can start by adding just one product into your daily routine!