I’m extra excited about today’s post because it includes a special announcement: I’ve joined Beautycounter as a consultant!
If you know me very well at all, you might be surprised to hear this considering I HATE selling (not an exaggeration) and that I’ve made it known that I never wanted to be a consultant of ANYTHING. So why would I change my mind? Here are the two reasons why:
- I found something that I’m passionate about: safer skincare. Beautycounter, as you’ll read below, is a pretty awesome company that only sells skincare and beauty products that have been thoroughly tested and are free from over 1,500 harmful ingredients that aren’t currently banned in the beauty industry but should be. If you’ll remember from previous posts I’ve written on this blog, including this one, I am all about knowing what’s actually in these products we use on a daily basis and have been making the switch to only using safe products in my home and life.
2. The goal of becoming a Beautycounter consultant is not to sell, but to educate. Most of us don’t know that a lot of the ingredients in the current skincare products we use can have long-term damaging effects on our health. I didn’t know this until recently either, but now that I do, I want to share and educate others so that more of us can make better choices about what we’re putting on and into our bodies.
Finally, let me share a bit about what Beautycounter is:
Beautycounter is, in short, a safer skincare company. As I mentioned above, what sets Beautycounter apart from others in the industry is that their products are thoroughly screened before ever becoming available to consumers, and this is all taking place in a very unregulated personal care industry in our country! Did you know that the last time the U.S. passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients in personal care products was 1938? In the past twenty years, the European Union has banned the use of nearly 1,400 chemicals in personal care products, while the U.S. has only partially banned 30 to date.
Beautycounter has taken it upon itself to provide safer skincare products to consumers even when others in the industry won’t. You can read through the Never List on their website, which consists of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals you will never find in any Beautycounter products. Here are three chemicals from the Never List that stood out to me:
Formaldehyde: What? Gross! Yes, currently formaldehyde is commonly used in many cosmetics as a preservative. Not only is this clearly disturbing, but formaldehyde has been linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity.
Parabens: I cut out all parabens from my haircare routine after being warned about their adverse affects by my hairstylist a few years ago, and now I’m happy to cut them out of my skincare routine as well. Parabens are basically fillers that are used as preservatives in shampoo, body wash, face cleanser and foundation and have been found to contain endocrine or hormone disruptors.
Synthetic Flavors & Fragrances: This far-reaching term includes an “engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000 + stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens.” Even worse, federal law’s classification of trade secrets currently protects fragrance formulas, meaning that companies don’t have to disclose them to consumers, so most of us don’t actually know what ingredients are making our products smell the way that they do.
I hope this post hasn’t scared you but instead that it’s motivated you to take a closer look at the skincare products you use and what is actually in them. I encourage you to go and check out Beautycounter for yourself. And, I’m going to start my launch off with a giveaway! Using any of the links in this post, make any purchase of $40 or greater between now and June 30th and I will send you a free sample. All you have to do is send me a screenshot of your order!
And, that’s about it for today! I have so much more to share about Beautycounter, including specific products I love and why I love them, but this will wait for future blog posts. Thanks for reading along all the way to the end. 🙂 Happy Friday!