A friend recently shared the quote “Knowledge is NOT power. It’s the APPLICATION of the knowledge that creates change.”
I’ve found this to be true in many areas of my own life. Hello, Diet Coke and tanning beds! I’m proud to say I’ve kicked the bad habits…but I’ll admit that even though I knew these things were not healthy, I ignored the facts for years— proof that I am human!
Throughout my own recent health journey I’ve witnessed the benefits of eliminating toxins from my diet and I’ve started to make a more conscious effort to read labels. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to have the occasional pizza and dinner out with friends —I am just more aware of the things I choose to consume daily.
When I finally realized how much of an affect my diet and lifestyle had on my health and the way I felt, I started to do more research on skincare and products I put on my body. Our skin is a big deal – literally. It’s the largest organ in the body. I’ve always been conscious of the products I use on my own son’s skin, so why have I not been more concerned with what I’m putting on my own skin.
Did you know the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938? Let that sink in for a minute. I don’t know about you, but this is concerning to me.
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day.
There are so many things out there that we know are not good for us but we continue use them even though decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals.
We shouldn’t wait until we have a crisis in our life to get educated and apply what we know. It’s better for us to start paying attention now. Don’t know where to start when it comes to making the switch to safer skincare? I recommend Beautycounter.
I prefer Beautycounter because they are committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States. The Never List™ is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use as ingredients in their products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern. I also admire and respect that they are using their voice as a leader in the cosmetic industry to change these outdated laws that are currently failing to protect us from harmful chemicals commonly found in personal care products.
I know it’s crazy for me to actually admit this, but I always wondered if clean products from Beautycounter would work as well as other high end beauty brands I’ve used in the past. The answer is yes, my skin looks better than it’s looked in a long time. The biggest difference that I’ve noticed is that my skin looks and feels more hydrated and I don’t experience the annoying dry spots. I’m sure this is because what I was using prior was stripping my skin of its natural oils.
My personal results using the Countermatch Regimen
If you are thinking about giving Beautycounter a try, I recommend purchasing a regimen and sticking with it for a couple of weeks. This way you can tell if the product is really working for you.
To find the right skin care regimen for your skin type, take the skincare quiz.
I hope by sharing my experience I can encourage others to pay more attention to the products they are using daily and make the switch to safer products.
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