A little background…
I have been involved in the healthcare industry for almost 15 years. Not as a medical professional or as a skincare consultant, but in finance. I started my career in public accounting and had a variety of experiences during those first few years. I found I always preferred my not-for-profit and healthcare clients, they felt the most rewarding during those long work weeks. As I transitioned out of the public accounting world I took a job with a major local hospital organization. I have been there for almost 10 years. While I’m not providing medical care, I love feeling my work contributes in some way to a worthy cause.
What does that have to do with skincare?
Despite access to a ton of healthcare information I didn’t think about how skincare related to overall wellness. I’ve been plagued with eczema, and dry, sensitive skin my whole life. I’ve used so many different products over the years to help moisturize and try to heal my skin, with varying degrees of relief. It’s always been something I just managed and figured was part of life.
And then I had kids. My kids (especially my son) have eczema, and dry sensitive skin. I’d just dealt with my own issues, but when it came to my kid I started searching for the best possible solution. I bought creams, lotions, oils and more to try to help his itchy rashes. I figured if the label said ‘organic’ or ‘for babies’ it had to be safe, right? Well the more research I did the more disturbing information I found.
I stumbled on to Beautycounter more than a year ago. The information I was learning about the personal care and cosmetics products industry in our country was disturbing. I was on the hunt specifically for skincare products we could use and found this company called Beautycounter. The information I found there changed my whole perspective.
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. That’s 80 years! There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, many with no safety data whatsoever.
- The European Union bans approximately 1,400 harmful chemicals and ingredients, meaning they cannot be used in personal care products.
- Canada bans approximately 600.
- The United States? 30.
Those numbers honestly shocked and disappointed me. As a member of the healthcare community I would’ve hoped that we recognized the need for regulation and product safety. It made me start to think about what I was putting not just IN my body but ON my body. And my kids’ bodies.
Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. The company’s commitment to going beyond what is required by current standards is what initially drew me in. They have developed a Never List including approximately 1,500 potentially harmful ingredients that will never appear in their products. Beautycounter also focuses on transparency, fully disclosing ALL the ingredients used in their products. This means we can make informed decisions on which products we choose to use.
THAT’S ALL GREAT BUT….
All that information is great, but using safer products is pointless unless they actually work. I started experimenting on myself, replacing products I’d been using with safer alternatives as they’d run out. And I’m happy to say, my skin is actually healing. I’ve seen so much improvement I’m changing my kids’ products over as well. And they are seeing the same great results.
I’ll be sharing some of my favorite products here soon. Beautycounter is constantly testing, developing and releasing awesome new products so feel free to browse the website as well. In addition to skincare products, Beautycounter has fantastic lines of cosmetics, hair and body products, sunscreen, baby items and more. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have, so please message or leave a comment if I can help!