Hi everyone. I’m writing this post the morning after I returned from a trip to Washington D.C. with 99 other Beautycounter Consultants. Beautycounter sent their most powerful voices to Capitol Hill to ask our state Senators for stricter health-protective laws through the endorsement of the Personal Care Products Safety Act. This Act would allow the FDA to regulate the largely unregulated personal care industry in America.
While 80,000 chemicals exist in the marketplace, the U.S. government has only partially banned 30 of those while the European Union has fully banned 1,300. Beautycounter has taken it a step farther to ban 1,500 harmful or potentially harmful chemicals. We are asking our government to do the same.
Can you imagine if our food and water were this unregulated? Or if companies were allowed to lie to us about what’s in their packaged products? Well currently, the companies responsible for making your dry shampoo, deodorant, baby lotion, kids’ body wash, toothpaste, hairspray and nail polish do NOT have to tell us what’s in those products. They don’t have to tell us when their products have been contaminated with a dangerous bacteria. In fact, they don’t even HAVE to recall those contaminated products. The FDA isn’t even ALLOWED to tell them to do them. They have to issue those recalls voluntarily. We can’t reply on global corporations to dig into their profit margins to keep us safe. We need our government to be the ones protecting us. It’s their job at the end of the day.
Companies are NOT required to recall dangerous or contaminated products. Companies do NOT have to list their ingredients, their sourcing or their manufacturing procedures on packaging. Companies are NOT required to keep us safe from environmental toxins in any way.
On March 5th, 2018, over 100 representatives from Beautycounter descended upon Capitol Hill to speak to our state legislators about the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Here is what we taught them:
* A major federal law has not been passed since 1938 to protect consumers from their personal care products
* The average women puts 168 chemicals on her skin everyday. Many of these chemicals absorb into our bloodstream and contribute to diseases with environmental and toxin origins such as autoimmune disease, infertility, cancer, childhood disorders and obesity.
* The FDA currently cannot recall dangerous products. Those products can continue to be purchased by Americans and absorbed into the organs of American women, men and children. We need their help to protect to us.
* Cosmetic industry factors are not inspected by the government.
* Companies do not need to disclose ingredients to the government.
* The government has extremely limited ability to protect its’ citizens from harmful products.
On March 5th, 2018, our state legislators & staffers met face to face with over 100 women asking for their endorsement of the Personal Care Products Safety Act which as currently offered would allow the government to:
* Create a list of ingredients deemed harmful and illegal in American personal care products.
* Complete a safety review of 5 ingredients every year and immediately a review of formaldehyde and long-chain parabens linked to cancer and hormone disruption.
* Require companies to disclose ingredients to the FDA.
* Require companies to produce products in a clean satisfactory facility.
* Require companies to report serious adverse reactions to the FDA within 15 days.
* Recall dangerous products from the marketplace to effectively protect consumers.
* Require companies to apply specific warning labels for products that contain ingredients that may not be suitable for all populations such as children.
Can you believe that this Act has been sitting with Congress for a year yet many of the staffers we met with knew little about the Personal Care Products Safety Act. In fact, two staffers I personally met with were personally shocked to hear that this industry is largely unregulated & the government does not have laws in place to protect Americans from harmful chemicals.
Does this post make you angry?
I was angry for a long time. In 2008, I was a scared, hurt, angry 19 year old who felt powerless in the face of a lifelong autoimmune diagnosis & a heartbreaking diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. I didn’t feel like I had a voice, interestingly as that butterfly-shaped gland in my throat was literally & figuratively blocking me from speaking.
I spent the next 5 years in this same space. Scared. Hurt. Angry. Powerless. It wasn’t until I founded Grazed & Enthused to share my autoimmune journey & help others move through their own with more compassion & joy than I did that a sense of self-power began building up in me. It wasn’t until I left an unfulfilling career in advertising to pursue pediatric occupational therapy that I felt like I could change the lives of children.
It wasn’t until I joined Beautycounter that I truly found my voice again by lobbying for more health protective laws in the personal care industry, an industry drowning in unregulated environmental toxins responsible for everything from autoimmune disease like our own to cancer like my beloved grandmother’s to asthma like my sister’s, infertility like my own and millions of other women.
We’re in this together because we have to be. One voice is loud enough for a ripple but we need millions of voices to make a clap of thunder loud to change how companies do business. Many of you here have been in that helpless place of chronic illness diagnosis. You’ve experience the fear, the loneliness, the loss of your voice. You don’t know why this happened to you. I don’t know why this happened to you, but I know that we can control OUR WHY.
If your WHY doesn’t feel right, or you can’t tell yourself WHY you do what you do, I urge you to change that. Turn your anger into action, your passion into protection for all & your helplessness into hopefulness for future generations. Consider joining a movement like Beautycounter to make your voice heard.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
TODAY: Text “BetterBeauty” to 52886 to ask Congress to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Be sure to click on the link you receive and submit the pre-written form to Congress. Beautycounter’s Social Impact Team told us legislators said they need to receive TWENTY messages a day to consider an issue important.
TOMORROW: Write a Letter to The Editor for your local newspaper asking your state legislators to support health-protective laws in the personal care industry. Tell them WHY this is important to YOU. Make it personal.
THIS WEEK: Consider switching your personal care products over to Beautycounter. We vote with our dollar in this industry & one of my state legislator’s staffers told me that our Senator bases his decisions on the consumer. The consumer needs to ASK and shift the market demand towards safer products. You can do this by allowing me to help you switch your products on my website and also by emailing me at email@example.com so I can directly help you choose the best products for your skin.
THIS MONTH: Support Beautycounter’s mission to get safer products in the hands of everyone. Please consider joining our movement as a Consultant on my Beautycounter team. As your Mentor, I will give you the tools and support you need to make a difference in your community and pursue a career you are passionate about. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss this opportunity together.
THIS YEAR: Choose to support companies who have a social mission you can get behind. Some examples of fellow mission-driven companies include Southwest, ButcherBox, Primally Pure and Warby Parker. Follow up with your Senators to see where they stand on this issue. Stay informed. Contact your local news outlet to see if they’d be interested in running a story on the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Talk to your community about the importance of using safer products & informing ourselves on which companies we choose to support.
HOW I’M HELPING YOU TAKE THE FIRST STEP
FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MARCH, all of my Beautycounter customers will qualify for ALL OF THESE gifts from me to you. I want to make switching to safer products accessible to as many people as possible.
Switch to $125 of Beautycounter Products (before taxes, shipping and Band of Beauty) & choose between a 5-pack sample of our Rejuvenating Skincare Line (anti-aging), Nourishing Skincare Line (hydrating) OR
a 3-month sample of our Charcoal Cleansing Bar (detoxing). Charcoal Bar Sample has run out!
Switch to $250 of Beautycounter Products (before taxes, shipping and Band of Beauty) & receive one of the above gifts PLUS a Limited Edition Beautycounter RED Lip Stick that you see me wearing in these photos! Not a Red Lipstick Girl? Choose another color in our Lip Sheer or Lip Gloss!
Join Band of Beauty, our yearly membership program and receive a FREE $49 detoxifying Charcoal Mask with your first order of $50 or more. You will also get 15% product credit on all orders to be used in the next 60 days + free shipping on orders of $100 or more (a $5.95 savings). You order of $250 will earn you $37.50 product credit you can use immediately on your next order!!
VISIT MY BEAUTYCOUNTER WEBSITE. PLACE YOUR ORDER. EMAIL ME YOUR ORDER CONFIRMATION WITH YOUR CHOICE OF GIFT! I WILL PERSONALLY MAIL YOU YOUR GIFT IN A SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC COTTON MUSLIN BAG WITH A PERSONALIZED NOTE ON YOUR NEW PRODUCTS!
What is Oil Cleansing?
If you survived the 90s, you’re all too familiar with harsh cleansing methods like Noxzema Pads and Clean & Clear. Those products do the exact opposite of what oil cleansing does. They strip away necessary barrier oils that keep skin plump, hydrated and free of breakouts. Contrary to what we believe, stripping away oil from our skin with harsh astringents and acids can lead to MORE breakouts, redness and fine lines.
When you’re making the switch to safer products, choosing a face cleanser can be tricky. You want one that removes dirt, oil and makeup but doesn’t leave skin irritated. It helps if it feels luxurious, smells amazing & leaves skin looking vibrant. Well, I finally found the cleansing method that works best for me & many other women: OIL CLEANSING!
Let’s first discuss, WHY YOU MAY WANT TO START OIL CLEANSING:
Your skin is very oily & you have to use powder & oil blotting sheets throughout the day
Your skin is prone to redness, irritation or eczema
Your skin is acne-prone and seems to over-produce oil in certain areas
Your skin is dry, lacking in plumpness and seems lifeless
What are the benefits of oil cleansing methods for my skin?
Heal skin’s barrier so it is less prone to irritation, eczema and breakouts
Balance skin’s oil products so it is less prone to dryness, acne, large pores and blackheads or milia
Remove makeup, dirt and oil without the use of harsh abrasives & acids
Restore hydration to skin so it is firmer, fuller & less prone to fine lines and wrinkles
My history with oil-cleansing began many years ago. I would use coconut oil to remove my makeup. Yes, it did the trick, but my skin was rough and red and my pores were always clogged. It works for some people, but for those of us with specific skincare concerns, there are better oil cleansing options.
I came to find out coconut oil is MAJORLY COMODOGENIC (it clogs pores!)
Instead of using the standard coconut oil cleansing method you’ve seen a million times, I’m giving you my top oil picks for all skin types! You can use any of these 3 methods in place of your AM or PM cleansing routine!
Primally Pure’s Cleansing Oils
FOR NORMAL, OILY OR DRY SKIN
Primally Pure has a collection of 3 oil cleansing blends designed for Normal, Oily or Dry Skin. I personally use the blend for Oily skin since my T-zone gets shiny by lunchtime & I tend to get breakouts around my nose and chin. Primally Pure’s products are not only gorgeous, come in glass bottles and are fairly affordable ($18 for 2 ounces which lasts me 3 months), but are made with really simple ingredients.
WHO’S IT GOOD FOR: All skin types including normal, oily and dry skin!
HOW TO USE IT: Massage a quarter-size amount of oil into your skin, avoiding your eye area, for 60 seconds. Steam away with a warm cloth until dissolved. Follow with toner and moisturizer of choice. I love Primally Pure’s Beauty Cream. At first, it caused me breakouts but I’ve reintroduced it during dry winter months & I’m doing great with it! I use it in combination with the ACTIVE ingredient products in my routine below!
NOTE: Primally Pure explains on their website that you should allow 2 weeks for your skin to adjust to their oil cleansing method to allow for detoxification. Our skin is our largest detoxification organ & if we’ve been clogging up those pathways with harsh abrasives, comodogenic products and chemicals, we need to allow some extra time for it to adjust.
Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm
THE CADILLAC OF OIL CLEANSING
Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm is the Cadillac of oil cleansing. It contains not just a few plant oils but over 10! In an independent study, 100% of women using this Cleansing Balm reported more hydrated skin within 8 hours.
Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm contains apricot, sunflower, jojoba, avocado, raspberry seed, davana, chamomile, sweet almond, grape seed & joy tree perfume oils.
This high potency mix of plant compounds is blended into a smooth balm with mango and shea butters. It’s thick, rich and decadent and removes heavy makeup like a CHAMP.
WHO IT’S GOOD FOR: ALL SKIN TYPES, ESPECIALLY SKIN PRONE TO DRYNESS, REDNESS, ECZEMA, PERIORAL DERMATITIS
HOW TO USE: A little goes a long way with the Cleansing Balm! A jar lasts me at least 6 months! Massage a pea size amount into skin (avoiding eyes if you are prone to irritation, but I personally use this to remove eye makeup). Steam off with a warm wash cloth several times. Apply Toner & Moisturizer of choice.
OTHER USES: Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm can be used for multiple skin concerns including: sunburns, dry knuckles, elbows, knees and soles, as an overnight mask for very dry skin, as a cuticle balm, and a deeply hydrating hand cream. For an at-home foot softening treatment, rub a quarter-size amount of Cleansing Balm on feet and cover with cotton socks overnight.
NOTE: Beautycounter has an amazing 60-day 100% refund policy on new and used products! You can try these products for a couple weeks to see how your skin does, and then decide whether or not you want to add them to your skincare routine!
Store-bought oils like jojoba & emu oil
FOR THE BUDGET-CONSCIOUS WITHOUT SPECIFIC SKINCARE CONCERNS
Coconut oil can be comodogenic for some people, meaning it is likely to clog pores and make breakouts worse. I do not recommend coconut oil for most people with acne-prone skin. In fact, coconut oil ranks FOUR out of FIVE on the comodogenic rating scale (highly likely to clog pores). It can also disrupt the skin barrier, making it more prone to dryness. Yes, even oils can make your skin dry!
If doing a basic cleansing method at home that does not target specific skin conditions, I recommend choosing Emu Oil which will not clog pores.
WHO’S IT FOR: If you’re looking to clean up your skincare routine & don’t have any major skincare concerns like severe dryness, eczema or acne, play around with store-bought single oils. My skin doesn’t look “WOW!” with this method but it’s certainly a budget-friendly way to cleanse skin and remove dirt, oil and makeup.
HOW TO USE: In the AM & PM, apply a quarter-size amount of Emu Oil to your face. Massage into skin for 30 to 60 seconds. Steam off with a warm wash cloth. Follow with moisturizer of choice (my current favorites are below).
My Current Cleansing & Moisturizing Routine
Most of my skincare products come from brands I trust like Beautycounter whom I am a Consultant with and Primally Pure. I also use a couple products from Skin Actives & Skin Obsessions (two online skin retailers). I love the transparency of both of these companies and how HEALTH is the forefront of their business model and product development.
Cleanse with Primally Pure Cleansing Oil for Oily Skin – I find it doesn’t remove face makeup as well as Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm, but I love how it’s made such a difference in my pore size and breakouts.
Moisturize with Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – this lightweight, all-day moisturizing lotion adapts to your skin’s cell structure to match its optimal level of hydration throughout the day. If you tend to get oily by 12 pm, this lotion counterbalances that tendency to keep skin hydrated but not shiny.
If your skin tends to be dry in some areas and oily in others, Countermatch adjusts itself in each of those areas to provide the optimal level of moisture! IT IS INCREDIBLE! I also apply the Countermatch Eye Cream to increase hydration around my eyes and help with puffiness.
Cleanse with Beautycounter Cleansing Balm – This balm is a nice, thick paste that doesn’t absorb too quickly into your skin, so you can really give your skin a good lymphatic massage without it drying up or absorbing! It removes all my face & eye makeup by steaming away with a wash cloth.
Moisturize with Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum then Adaptive Moisture Lotion & Eye Cream – this serum is even lighter than the moisturizer (didn’t think that was possible!) yet provides SO much hydration! Since using this combination, my skin has been free of redness and breakouts and my pore size has decreased noticeably!
WEEKLY ROUTINE ADDITIONS
Beautycounter No. 3 Balancing + Charcoal Mask
If you’re following a nightshade-free diet or want to get more veggies in your kids without using sugary store-bought ketchup, this is a fun & easy make-at-home Veggie Ketchup option!
Will someone please explain to me why my Archie comic books from the 70’s called ketchup catsup? And is that pronounced “cats-up” or “cas-up”? Archie comics taught me how to read but it also taught me some really antiquated words for a 90’s child. Like “going steady” and “bee’s knees”.
Well, this catsup-ketchup is my recipe of the week! Not only is it AIP-friendly but I also made sure to make it sweetener-free… including natural sweeteners like honey and maple sugar! While I include those in moderation, I’d rather not pair my daughter’s vegetables with even a little sugar.
Thankfully, beets are crazy sweet on their own, especially when combined with carrots and butternut squash. The veggies are cooked in bone broth, coconut aminos and two different vinegars. I made sure to not make this recipe too vinegar-y though. You can easily adjust the recipe for your palate though!
If you’re looking for more kid-friendly healthy meals & lunches, I’ve been trying to post more of those on Instagram! Here’s an example of what I pack for portable, finger-friendly school lunches & snacks.
US Wellness Plain Shredded Beef that I seasoned with Primal Palate Garlic & Herb seasoning in the cast iron + roasted sweet potato + roasted broccoli. Snacks were fruit-based with some protein: clementines, collagen + coconut bars, freeze-dried blueberries & bananas & a chopped up That’s It Bar! I LOVE those fruit bars!
You may be wondering what those yummy looking chicken nuggets are in the photo? They are a recipe by my friend Michelle Hoover of Unbound Wellness! They’re so popular & I’ve made her other popper recipes which Grace has enjoyed! They need to be served with a little something-something and this Veggie Ketchup is perfect!
If you make the poppers, your babe (or you) will be getting 4 different vegetables in one sitting: sweet potato, butternut, carrots & beets… AND bone broth! That’s what they call a win-win-win-win! Get Michelle’s Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers recipe on her site!