Make-up, beauty, and skincare products are something I’ve long been obsessed with. From owning every new scent of Bath & Body Works body spray to Lip Smackers to my now more refined palate of anti-aging creams, concealers, and lip glosses, I’ve tried it all. But ever since I “changed my life”: starting giving a crap about what I ate, moved more, and realized coconut oil cures everything (I’m mostly joking… sort of), I still was largely using the same ol’ mainstream products for my hair, skin, and make-up.
Now, I’m not sitting here trying to tell you all that I have completely, 100% swapped everything in my skincare and make-up routine, but what I will say is I’ve definitely become more aware of the things I’m lathering on my skin. Did you know that it only takes about 20 minutes for the things you put on your skin to hit your bloodstream? Yikes. I regret all of those times I let my friends in middle school give me Sharpie tattoos… but I digress.
The United States does a really crappy job of regulating the beauty industry. In fact, the last law passed by the Federal Government regulating cosmetics was in 1938. We only ban about 30 harmful ingredients from beauty products (compared to 1,300 in the European Union and 600 in Canada). If you thought we lived in a highly regulated country, think again. Companies are allowed to use ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption. We are constantly exposed to toxic chemicals in the products we use, the food we eat, and the air we breathe. It is important to limit our toxic exposure whenever we have control over it.
Cue Beautycounter: a company working to create safer skincare products and influence legislation to change the industry. They have banned 1,500 ingredients from their products. And the best part – their products actually work.
Yes, there are “natural” skincare lines that use only organic or natural ingredients. However, oftentimes the performance is lacking. While Beautycounter uses both organic and synthetic ingredients, they have a rigorous ingredient screening process that looks for data on skin irritation, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, cumulative exposure, and more.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
My P.M. Routine:
1. Cleansing Balm
2. Overnight Resurfacing Peel (4 nights/week)
3. Rejuvenating Eye Cream
4. Rejuvenating Night Cream
5. No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil
My A.M. Routine:
1. Splash of cold water
2. Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream
3. Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
4. No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil