Overall wellness is the main focus of Y&R and I am constantly looking for ways to live a happier and healthier life. While I consider myself to be well-versed in the topics of fitness and nutrition, one area I cannot say I’m as knowledgeable of is beauty. Today I’m calling in some reinforcements to talk about why using safe and quality beauty products should be a step in our “better everyday” approach to improving wellness.
I’m the girl who didn’t start wearing make up on a daily basis until my senior year of college and who to this day washes her face with a bar of soap, but when my friend Natalie asked me if I was also into health from a beauty stand point, I was very intrigued. The more she told me about it, the more I realized that this is actually perfect for Y&R and takes care of a need that I myself am not able to speak on. I’m excited to welcome Natalie Bullock to tell us more about Beautycounter and how using natural products in our daily beauty routines can improve our health.
I am beyond excited to be here on the blog today as a guest post! Margaret kindly let me share her fabulous fitness and health blog to talk with you about a side of health and wellness that may not always be at the forefront of our minds… skincare and beauty products. You may be thinking, I follow Margaret to hear the latest news and tips about running, great gear and three-ingredient paleo pancakes (they are delicious, I can vouch), so how do we tie in skincare and cosmetics to this conversation about taking care of our bodies?
Back in the fall, my wheels started turning about the makeup and skincare and what I was putting on my body each and every day. Most people do not realize it, but women on average use 12 beauty products a day that equate to 100+ chemical ingredients that we put on our body. So, let’s pause here for a moment. You may be thinking, well, I surely do not use that many products per day, but if you are using shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shave cream, deodorant, lotion, tinted moisturizer, concealer, mascara, lip gloss, eye shadow and eye liner, viola!, there are your 12. Perhaps I am the only one who uses all of these products (and maybe more, who is counting?) in the morning to make me look halfway presentable at this place where they pay me money to work, but hey, I am going to go out on a limb and guess you use a few of these products too. Just nod and agree here to make me feel better about myself.
If you are using products like these, did you know that 60 percent of what you put on your body is absorbed into your bloodstream, and would it disturb you to know that the US has not passed a law about what can be in our personal care products since 1938? Casual. Also, our friends in the EU ban 1400+ ingredients from their products because ingredients in personal care products have been linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, and immune issues. Of the ingredients the EU bans, the US bans 11! I mean come on people—this is slightly terrifying/confusing/crazy/(fill in your adjective of choice here)!
Perhaps like me, you have been working on exercising, drinking more water and eating more whole foods. However, I did not suspect that the products I was using every day could be affecting my health and my body in ways I did not even know. After researching, I stumbled upon a company out of L.A. that provides a wonderful solution to this very real challenge: Beautycounter. Once I knew ingredients in products I was using were linked to cancer, reproductive problems, immune issues and more, I made a decision to change my patterns and my products. Just like I experienced a mini food revolution once I saw what eating whole, less process foods can do, I decided to make the same decision for my skincare and makeup needs.
For too long, we have been asked to sacrifice safety for beauty, but I put my foot down and said no more and I invite you to do the very same thing! Also, I made it my mission to share this information with everyone who I know, love and care for and those I come across in this path called life… that’s you dear friend.
Three years ago, Beautycounter committed to filling a gap in the market to provide wonderful, non-toxic skincare and make up products that actually work to you and me sister, and boy am I thankful they did. Beautycounter has banned 1,500 harmful ingredients from their products that have been linked to a slew of health problems. In addition to providing fabulous products, their CEO, Gregg Renfrew, takes this mission seriously by lobbying in Washington for safe skincare and cosmetics because she hopes that one day, her children will not have to read labels every time they go to buy a product.
If you would like to try products or learn more about it, I would love nothing more than to talk with you personally. If you would like to discover what is in your products that you are using now, check out ewg.org/skindeep. Reviewing the products I used was an eye opening experience for me, and I’m sure it will be for you too!
For this post, Natalie sent me tiny samples to make sure it was a product I felt comfortable sharing (definitely was!), but this is not sponsored content, just filling a topic that I’m less knowledgable of.
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