What we put ON our skin matters. Choose wisely, especially for kids, teens and anyone with compromised immune system. Personal care and cosmetics are an easy venue to make small changes to positively impact health.
NOTE: The below blog may contain information that some may find disturbing.
Do safer cosmetics really matter? In light of what I know and now my work, yes, they do. I have found myself lately in great conversations with friends on the topic. I try really hard to not be that annoying friend that always talks about ingredient safety. I often bite my tongue and sometimes it's easier than others. I can truthfully say that I get a lot more excited about a friend or loved one using a pure essential oil or cleaner cosmetic product than for the sale.
Several recent conversations prompted this blog. It is never my intent to scare people; it is always my intent to offer information and make people think.
Hot off the Press:
Beauty Brands Go to Washington - Skincare and cosmetics entrepreneurs will descend on the nation’s capital this week to lobby for more regulation of their industry.
Vanity Fair - Full Story
“I set out to change the world, not just create a beauty brand,” [Renfrew] said.
Well said! Beautycounter is so much more than a cosmetic line; it is a social movement aimed to raise awareness for the lack of sufficient regulation of the personal care industry.
Beautycounter, a Santa Monica, CA-based social movement company on a mission to increase regulation over unsafe ingredients allowed in personal care and cosmetic products, launched today a breakthrough product - COUNTERMATCH!
Countermatch was developed under the leadership of Xavier Ormancey, Head of Product Development for Beautycounter. Xavier's background includes L'Oréal Paris, Chanel Parfums & Beauté, and Yves Rocher Group. Xavier has international reputation as an innovator with environmentally friendly, plant-infused personal care products. Xavier presented Gregg Renfrew with a sample of Countermatch, and told her that if she likes the product and wants a refill, she has to hire him. Xavier is now a part of the Beautycounter team.
"Few other industry leaders are moving the market forward as profoundly as Xavier has so far and is about to at...
Have you tried the Beautycounter masks yet? Do you know which one is best for your skin type?
Read the latest Beautycounter blog post to learn more about matching masks with your personal needs.
I have oily skin and mostly use #3 mask. On a good week, I will use it 1-2x. Occasionally, I will mix it up with mask #2. The masks dry quickly - 10-15 minutes. I always remove with a muslin cloth. I have also used #3 to spot treat 'beautiful' pimples.
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Happy Earth Day! ?
Beautycounter puts the Earth on its priority list! As a B corporation, they consider people, planet and profits and use the power of business to help solve social and environmental problems by voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability and performance.
We can do our part to contribute!
REUSE & RECYCLE
- Opt for recyclable products, reusable coffee mugs & water bottles and reusable cloth grocery bags
- Don't print unless necessary
- Buy quality clothes and products rather than junk
FIND YOUR CITY'S RECYCLING RULES : http://earth911.com/recycling-guide/
- Only running water when needed
- Shorten shower time
- Turn water off while brushing teeth
- Only run full loads of laundry
- Water lawns early AM or later PM
- Turn lights off when they aren't necessary
- When possible, turn AC...
Are you concerned with the ingredients in your personal care products but completely overwhelmed by having to memorize the long names? Is it a good or bad ingredient? Do not fret!
The Skin Deep cosmetic database by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, allows you to look up ingredients. Simply enter the ingredient in question in the search box and obtain a wealth of information. The site provides overall rating - 1-10 range with 1 being safest to 10 being worst, overall hazard as well as cancer, developmental & reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity health concerns, and much else.
Try it out!
Did you find any concerning ingredients in your products? If you are looking to transform your personal care,...