Environmental toxins and safer skincare weren’t always on my radar, unfortunately.
I’ve been really careful about what I put into my body by selecting and eating healthy foods ever since my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and I am painfully aware of how the chemicals in processed foods impact my autoimmune disease activity and hormone balance, so it’s ridiculous I hadn’t been more careful about what I put into my body through the skincare products I used: I had no idea I needed safer skincare!
Had I known what was lurking in my favorite soaps, hair gels, and deliciously scented lotions and the harmful impacts they were having on my health, I would have switched to safer skincare sooner.
Toxic Sunscreen led to Safer Skincare Choices for us.
A scary article about toxins in sunscreens and the reactions these toxins have with chlorine brought this issue into focus for me.
I was horrified that the products I was using to prevent skin cancer were actually doing more harm than good! I hosed my daughter and myself down with sunscreen for years.
I had so much guilt but thankfully I found a safe, effective line of sunscreens so I can breathe easily moving forward.
From this experience, I went on to read more and learned that the beauty industry is woefully under-regulated. Safe skincare isn’t a guarantee.
I had no clue. Zero. I figured that buying products labeled as natural would ensure that I was actually buying quality products, but this just isn’t the case: even some of the most well-known and trusted brands. It’s shocking. The following image says it all.
Take a minute to look up the products you’re using on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database with their free app. Just use the camera on your phone to scan barcodes and immediately check the safety of products!
I can guarantee you’ll be surprised to learn what’s in items you use and how they can harm your health.
The daily products most of us use are filled with endocrine hormone disrupters, heavy metals like lead, chemicals with scientific links to cancer, and more terrifying toxins. It’s a crime, really.
Most breast cancers are environmentally linked rather than genetically connected and autoimmunity is on the rise. We all deserve better!
I wanted to avoid cancer and better manage my autoimmune and menopause symptoms.
Also, my biggest fear is that my daughter will someday be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease so I went on a mission to lower the toxins in our home.
I made and am still making a conscious effort to switch to less toxic cleaning products as well as in all of our personal and skincare products to keep my family safe and better manage my autoimmune and early menopause symptoms.
I wanted to switch my skincare but worried safer skincare would equal less effective Skincare.
thankfully that is not the case.
Fine lines, deep wrinkles, super dry, dull skin, redness, brown spots, these are just a few of my skin issues, so as much as I wanted to be rid of chemicals, I was afraid truly all-natural safer skincare just wouldn’t cut it.
Random brands from the health food store left me lackluster results. I tried making my own, but that was a failure.
I wanted to ditch the chemicals though, so thankfully I found Beautycounter and fell in love.
My skin actually improved.
It turns out the products I was using were making my natural redness, hormonal acne, and early eczema symptoms worse!
Now that I have a regimen of products formulated for my skin it has never looked better. My skin is hydrated, my sun spots have lightened, and the deep crease between my eyes (my 11) has diminished. I actually have a glow.
Best of all, I don’t have to worry about my products being dangerous to us or the environment.
Ready to start swapping out your toxic products for safer skincare?
If switching to safer skincare all at once seems daunting, start small. Look-up your most toxic products on EWG’s Skin Deep Database.
Prioritize swapping out as your products run out or based on what’s the worst-rated and most toxic product you use.
Click here to peruse the products (you will be shopping on my personal website) and get ready to fall in love.
I use the Countertime Line
Countertime is all about aging well. It features an innovative, plant-derived Retinatural complex, designed to visibly firm, brighten, and plump the skin.
Ready to Detox the rest of your Beauty routine?
Looking for more ways to swap out even more personal care products, like toothpaste? Read my post, Five Easy Ways to Detox your Beauty Routine, here.
Need Help with product selection? I am ready to help.
Here’s to safer beauty for all!