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Healthy Skincare

Healthy Skincare

What we put on our skin matters.

Since I’m new to you all, I want to first tell you a little about myself! I recently moved from a small town in the mountains of North Carolina to the big city of Atlanta. In North Carolina, I had a busy job working at a large non-profit organization working with partnerships and promotional events. I had the opportunity to travel the country and world and work with some great people. (It’s also where I met my husband!). But last year, my husband and I felt like we were being led to a larger city, which is how we ended up in Atlanta last November. It’s been a great move for us, but also been a huge transition for me as I start my own business and figure out what my next steps in a career may look like.

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Several years ago I had my own share of health issues which lead me to where I am today...a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a passion for helping others discover their own version of physical AND mental health. This means that yes, I believe real, whole foods are important in nourishing our bodies. But I also believe health is more than just the food we eat. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health!  Sometimes that means kale, and sometimes that means ice cream on a hot summer night. Sometimes that means drinking water with lemon, and sometimes that means ordering a large mocha latte with extra foam from your favorite coffee shop. Balance is important, and that means figuring out what is going to make YOU feel your best, mentally and physically.

As I continue learning about the importance of focusing on the whole person to discover optimal health, I’ve read more and more about an aspect of health that I didn't think much about until recently. And that's what we put on our body.

I’ve never considered myself to be someone that wears a lot of makeup or someone that uses a lot of different beauty products. I wear a little makeup. I use the normal items in the shower. I occasionally use lotion (when I’m not in a rush!), and an occasional spray of perfume on date night. But then I saw these statistics-

 

On average…

American women use 12 beauty products a day.

There are 100+ chemicals in these products.

It takes on average, 26 seconds for these chemicals to be absorbed into our bloodstream.

There are 13 hormone-altering chemicals in the bodies of teen girls.

There are 200+ synthetic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies.

(Stats from here.)

Those statistics made me think twice. I continued to look into this topic and found that the toxic chemicals from cleaning products, the food we eat, the environment and our beauty products can play a role in serious health issues. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, many of which do not have any safety data. The FDA has very few regulations on the ingredient safety in beauty products, so many of these toxic chemicals are used in our beauty products, and have the potential to disrupt our hormones, or even cause cancer!

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Despite these crazy statistics, the U.S has not passed a federal law regulating the cosmetics industry since 1938. The European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals from cosmetics, and the U.S has partially banned…30. Thirty!?!

 

Wow. For so long, I never thought twice about what products I was using. I wanted something affordable (and many times the cheapest!), and I wanted something that worked well enough.

But as I work to improve my hormonal health, I want to do what I can to support my body properly. I know I cannot control all toxins, but there are a number of things I do have control over, one being the products I put on my body.

 

All of that to say, I’ve slowly started transitioning to safer products. It’s not easy or cheap to replace everything all at once, so I’ve had to take it one step at a time. In the beginning,  I started making some of my own skincare like toner or moisturizer with essential oils. I also tried more “natural” skin care options that I could find at the store. Some products worked okay, and some didn't. (And now I’ve learned that even products deemed “natural” or “organic” can still contain toxic ingredients since the FDA doesn't regulate the cosmetic industry!) Overall, I just tried to pay more attention to the products I was using, which was exhausting when I was constantly looking at ingredient labels.

 

But then I discovered Beautycounter, a company with the mission to get safer skincare into the hands of everyone. Beautycounter chooses to ban 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals. I no longer felt like I had to spend half my life looking up the safety of ingredients- Beautycounter did the work for me! And you know what? The products actually work really well. (I was definitely skeptical in the beginning.) My face seems brighter and smoother. If I get a pimple or two, I can usually treat it overnight and then it’s close to gone in the morning. I was in a wedding the other weekend and people thought I got my makeup professionally done-nope, just my makeup from Beautycounter! I seriously love it.

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And through this process of trying to clean up my skincare products, researching on the topic, and falling in love with Beautycounter’s mission and products, I decided to join Beautycounter as a consultant to get the word out about the need for safer skincare and by providing a solution. I truly believe in what they are doing for consumers and the health of our families.

 

My goal is never to convince you that you should buy Beautycounter products or convince you that what I am saying is right for you. My goal has and will always be to to educate you on all aspects of health, make you aware of the effects they may have, and empower you so that you can determine your own version of mental and physical health.

 

So, I encourage you to think about the products you or your family uses and think about how you can reduce the number of toxins you use every day.

 

Not sure where to start?

Think about what you use the most often and what stays on your skin the most...lotion, foundation, mascara, etc. Like I mentioned above, I first started out making some of my own products when I could. It saved me some money, and I enjoyed it...until life got too busy. But find something that works for you! Start small. It’s about progress, not perfection. And your health is worth it!

 

If you are interested or intrigued by what Beautycounter has to offer for you or your family’s needs specifically, feel free to reach out to me at simplyheathbyjenn@gmail.com or visit www.beautycounter.com/jennifermpschroeder. Take as much time as you want to do your own research. Make your own decision, and do what is best for you. I want you to feel empowered in the decisions you are making for your health. But know that I am here to support you, answer questions, offer safer options and educate as you discover your version of optimal health.

 

Want more information?

-The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a great resource for determining the safety of the products you are using or buying. They do the research, and provide consumers with the findings. Their website has some great articles and information, but the EWG’s Healthy Living app is also great. The app provides ratings on more than 80,000 food and skincare products by evaluating each products’ ingredients to let you know of their potential hazards and health concerns. Ratings are from 1-10. The lower the score, the better! I seriously use this all the time.

-This short video from Good Morning America about the effects our beauty products can have.

- This article from Prevention magazine with LOTS of good information for you to know about the beauty industry

-This video about Beautycounter and why they do what they do

 

Some of my favorite Beautycounter products:

-Cleansing Charcoal bar: One of Beautycounter’s best sellers and is great for cleaning out those pores. Also great for acne prone or oily skin.

-Nourishing Cream Cleanser: Super gentle and makes my face feel so soft.

-Brightening Facial Oil: I add this to a little of my moisturizer each day and my face seems to have a natural glow...and no, I’m not pregnant. :)

-Tint Skin Foundation: It’s not super heavy, and I love how smooth it feels and looks.

-Volumizing Mascara: Works well and non-toxic. Enough said. (My previous organic mascara used to make my eye twitch, so this is soooo much better.)

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**Beautycounter offers a 60 day money back guarantee. If you try something and it doesn’t work for you, you can send it back within 60 days for your money back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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