OnlY 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.
The European Union bans over 1,400 ingredients from THEIR personal care products. Canada has ONLY banned 600 and the USA has banned only 30.
Did you know that many of the skin care and beauty products you use on a regular basis contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues and hormone imbalances? No? Don't worry, I didn't know about these disturbing facts until recently either. Like most people, I assumed that the products on the shelves must be safe. Otherwise how could they get approved for human use? Well the answer is simple, when it comes to the personal care industry there are very few regulations, so products don't have to be tested for safety. Scary isn't it?
Companies are allowed to use known toxins and carcinogens, without even disclosing those ingredients on the labels. Yes that's right, let that sink in. They don't have to disclose the ingredients in their products on the labels. So you could be being exposed to numerous toxic compounds without even knowing it. And this doesn't just apply to products marketed to adults. This applies to baby and children's products as well. It makes me sick just thinking about it.
What's even worse is that some of those chemicals you are putting on your skin get absorbed into your bloodstream in less than 30 seconds. So it's not just your skin that is being exposed to those harmful chemicals, but the rest of your body as well.
Luckily the news isn't all bad. There are companies out there that are actively working to change the personal care industry. I have spent a lot of time researching these companies, and I am excited to share what I have learned with you to help you and your family make safer, healthier choices.
In an effort to clean up my own beauty and skin care routine I am excited to announce that I have recently partnered with Beautycounter. Beautycounter has banned over 1500 ingredients from their products, all while ensuring that their products perform well, and are as indulgent as any luxury beauty brand. I didn't only fall in love with Beautycounter because their products are safe and work well, but I wanted to work with a company that is working on making real change. Beautycounter is dedicated to making changes at the legislative level and creating a safe skin care movement. They are actively working on reforming the current laws regulating the beauty industry, in the hopes that other companies will follow their strict safety guidelines. I am extremely proud to represent Beautycounter and everything they stand for. To learn more about this amazing company please click here.
Here is an interview with Gregg Renfrew, the founder of Beautycounter. Listening to her talk makes me so proud to be a part of this company and everything they believe in. Please take a few minutes to learn more about this amazing brand.
Like many of you, I have struggled with a few different skin issues in my adult life. Keratosis Pilaris, otherwise known as chicken skin or KP (or those annoying little red dots on the back of arms), and adult acne. Changing to the paleo diet, learning how to take care of my skin through exfoliation and cleaning up my skin care products allowed me to heal my keratosis pilaris completely within 3 months. You can read how I did that in this post here.
Unfortunately, my adult acne has been much harder for me to cure. Any of you out there suffering from acne know how frustrating, embarrassing, and just plain annoying it can be. I can't tell you how much money I have wasted in the last couple of years trying to fix it (we are talking thousands of dollars for sure). I have tried so many things from your generic over the counter products, to prescription agents, to many different natural brands that have worked well for so many others. Sadly, my skin just never responded. But, within a few weeks of switching to Beautycounter face products my acne has started to improve. I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am about this. Here are a few of the Beautycounter products that I have been using to help clear my skin:
Nourishing Cleansing Balm. I cannot sing enough praise for this product! While being acne prone, my skin is also extremely dry. Think flaking skin everywhere. This also has a lot to do with the dry climate that I live in. And unfortunately, many acne products (including natural ones) actually work by drying out the skin even more, which has only exacerbated my problem. The Cleansing Balm has quickly become my favourite Beautycounter product. I have been using it as my cleanser, and night time moisturizer. I clean my face with it first, and then apply a thin layer to my dried skin as my face cream. This product can be use for so many things: as a cleanser, hydrating mask, overnight moisturizer, spot treatment, hair mask and it is also great at treating keratosis pilaris, eczema and rosacea. Plus it lasts forever! I know some consultants who have had their first jar for over a year.
The Lustro Face oils. Now I realize that many people are nervous about putting oil on their face. But when it comes to acne, especially adult acne, in many cases it is an overproduction of oil that is part of the problem. So by applying face oils, you actually help your skin balance out its natural oil production. And in my case, I have pretty thick, dry skin, so that oil often gets trapped, leading to some pretty painful acne lesions. I have been using the Balancing Oil as my daily moisturizer. I apply 4-5 drops onto my skin after toning. That helps seal in that hydration and balance my skin. I also apply this oil to any acne lesions that I have on my back to help them clear up even faster.
The Purifying Charcoal Mask. Oh I love this stuff! I use it as a full mask 2-3 times per week and as a spot treatment every night on any acne lesions that I have. The charcoal mask is a mineral-rich mix of kaolin clay and charcoal, and works to gently exfoliate, draw out impurities, and soothe the skin. The formula helps improve skin's overall condition by refining the appearance of pores and increasing elasticity. My skin feels so smooth after I wash this mask off.
The Nourishing Rose Water Mist as a toner. I must admit that I have never really used toners before, but after some much needed education regarding proper skin care I have now incorporated this item into my daily routine. I spray my skin with this after washing and patting my skin dry. Not only does it smell amazing but it leaves my skin feeling so soft. I have also been using it on my back and it has been working wonders on clearing my back acne. It also works really well at setting your makeup.
Some of my other favourite Beautycounter products include:
The Daily Shampoo and Daily Conditioner. Truth be told I never thought too much about what I was washing my hair with. I had been using the same brand for years, and I thought it was working well enough. That was until my hair stylist recently told me she had never seen my hair so unhealthy, and had to chop a good 5 inches off of it. Now I don't have a huge emotional tie to my hair, but I figured it was time for a change. And oh my goodness! Honestly I was shocked the first time I used these products. My hair was so soft! And I didn't have to use any products to make it look good. Well it wasn't a fluke, every time I wash my hair with the Daily Shampoo and Conditioner I get the same results. And even better? My back acne has started to clear since I switched to these products! For that reason alone I cannot recommend these products enough! And because they aren't filled with any extra ingredients, a little really does go a long way. These bottles last for months.
The Beautycounter Makeup. Now, I am not a big makeup girl. But, I do like to wear a few things everyday and I have fallen in love with a few makeup products. I wear the Tint Skin Foundation in Linen everyday as my foundation. It is so light and doesn't feel like you are wearing anything on your skin. Trust me, I wouldn't wear it if it did. I then use the Touchup Concealer Pen in light to conceal any dark spots, under eye circles or acne spots. This Concealer Pen is the best I have ever used. It has a little paint brush type end that allows for really great application. It also has great coverage.
I also wear the Powder Blush Duo in Tawny/Whisper as my daily blush. This gives a subtle, flushed appearance that is great for everyday use.
The Lengthening Mascara. Now, I tried a lot of "safe and natural" mascaras before this one and they were all a disaster. Think black under eye circles and black flakes everywhere. This is the first safe mascara that I actually like. Now, it is also one of Beautycounter's most controversial products in that people either seem to love it or hate it. It seems to work really well for those with dryer skin, but I have had clients with more oily skin say it does leave circles under their eyes. Everyone is different.
The Sheer Lipstick. I have seriously never worn lipstick before this. I just hated the way it felt on my lips. But I have been converted. These lip sheers feel more like a moisturizer and they have a really beautiful vanilla type smell that I just love. I have a few colors so far and really like Petal, Currant and Plum.
Now there are still many products that I have yet to try, so I will keep posting updates as I use them. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about Beautycounter or trying any of their products please click here. If you have any questions about specific skin conditions please let me know and I would be happy to give you some advice.
If you are interested in some product recommendations I suggest filling out my Skin Quiz and I can help you out!
If you would like to be kept updated about what's happening with Beautycounter, when I post about clean skin care information, or do makeup/skincare giveaways, simply leave your email address below and I will keep you in the loop!
And if you would like to get more involved with this amazing company, there are a few other opportunities you should know about:
1. Join as a "Band of Beauty Member"
This annual $29 membership includes:
Free shipping on all orders over $100 ($125 for Canadians)
15% back on all purchases in the form of a product credit
A free welcome gift (it changes every month so contact me if you want to know the current gift) if you spend $75 CAD or $55 USD with your first order
2. Become a Consultant
If you are passionate about safe skincare and want to help other people clean up their beauty routines, you can become a consultant. Beautycounter Consultants enjoy many benefits, including the ability to purchase products at a 25% discount. The Career Plan pays up to 35% commission on retail sales and allows Consultants to earn bonuses and override commissions based on sales and recruiting requirements. Consultants also have the ability to earn special incentives, including trips, exclusive Beautycounter items, and access to invitation-only events. It’s entirely up to you how you work with customers – you can spread the excitement of Beautycounter on your blog or social media (like this), just with your friends/family/coworkers, host at home Beautycounter Social Parties, etc. The sky really is the limit and the opportunity to earn some extra money is huge. Plus you get the opportunity to join my team and work with me! I promise I will provide you with great support and a lot of fun along the way too.
Click Here To Become A Consultant (scroll down to where it says "become a consultant" and enter your information and ensure that Erin Carter is listed as your mentor. I will offer you great support in starting your own business and help you every step of the way).
3. Host a Social
Do you live in Calgary? Want to try some of the Beautycounter products first hand while enjoying a fun night with your girlfriends? Send me a message and let's plan a gathering! Also be sure to check if there are any Beautycounter events happening in your area by checking the schedule here.
4. Join my beautycounter facebook group
In this group I post information about skin care products and also let everyone know about current Beautycounter deals, events, and offerings. Simply click here to join.
Please let me know if you have any questions!