Monday, February 15, 2016

b e t t e r b e a u t y

Over the years, I've tried to learn more about health and how I can be taking care of my body. It began when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis several years ago. After a tedious bout with medication, my husband and I began researching more natural ways to go about treating my illness. If eating healthier could drastically (and positively) affect the way I feel, what other changes could I be making? What about those every-day, 'can't live without' products I put onto my body? Did that matter? 
"The average person puts 12-20 products on their body every single day." 

"The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients; the US has only banned 11 to date."

"Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data."

"The United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938."

These statistics caught my eye. A friend started selling Beautycounter a while back and I was curious to see how the company and it's products were any different from products of A, B or C. No doubt these products work, but are they all safe? (There was a season, er, multiples seasons, where I would be gung-ho about consulting with a skin care company, but it would fall through. Trying to sell something scares me. No way.)

I was already convinced about the "you are what you eat" motto. Eventually, that started to shed more light on the other things I was putting into my body that could be affecting my health.

::insert 'ah-ha' moment::

::insert ALL 10-15 skin, hair, and health care products I use daily::

Beautycounter has banned over 1,500 ingredients from their products. Why? There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today and many of them are without safety data. The FDA allows many of these products to be used in skin care and beauty products too - products that are proven harmful. There isn't an efficient way to monitor what goes into products yet.

It's easy to become frustrated and confused about why this would be allowed in a business industry. My experience with medications, doctors, alternative medicines and lack of options in the medical field have definitely fueled these frustrations with health in general too. So, why did I join Beautycounter? 

Walking with the Lord through difficult health issues has made me more passionate about pursuing healthier options. Something I admire about Beautycounter is their dedication to educating people and striving to make a change within the skin care industry. They go to great lengths to screen and research ingredients or chemicals too. The education behind the skin care industry is what intrigues me most, and it's encouraging to see the strides Beautycounter has made in promoting safer products. "Getting safer products into the hands of everyone" is their motto and that was something I could stand behind.

I'm always thrilled to see my friends and family investing in Beautycounter products, but it's not my aim to scare you into throwing everything in your house away and only buying Beautycounter products. I would encourage you to research more about what goes into the products you use and start small in making changes within your own home like I did. (Skin Deep is a handy app you can use to look up information on specific cosmetics and skin care products.) It might be swapping a certain lotion with coconut oil or a natural oil in your hair rather than a harsh conditioner. It might be cleaning out your medicine cabinet and giving essential oils a try. (Thieves and Peppermint do wonders.) Whether it's skin care, cleaning products or food, there are always healthier choices.

I do know that our bodies will fail us. I could be the crunchiest person on earth, but my hope shouldn't be in my doings or my body. We are far from perfect and that's all the more reason to rely on someone greater. I am challenged to be a better steward of the body God has given me though. I'm excited to be learning more about the industry and healthier options I can be making. 

"This is about progress—not perfection. Because every little bit counts." #betterbeauty #beautycounterdoesDC