pOST Author: Rachel
Have you ever heard of Beautycounter? I hadn't until recently when a family friend, Tracy, suggested I give some of their products a try.
Just over fourteen years ago, Tracy was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, the most serious and life-threatening stage! However, I'm overjoyed to report that today Tracy is CANCER FREE! Praise the Lord!
Since receiving her diagnosis, Tracy has adjusted her lifestyle, educated herself and others on healthier choices and is always on the hunt for safer products.
After learning how important it was for her and her family’s health and well-being, Tracy started working with Beautycounter and spreading the message about safer beauty products. After all, our skin is our largest organ, shouldn't we know what we’re putting on it?
I never really thought about the ingredients in beauty products or the effect of using them from head to toe. Now that Tracy has me thinking in a whole new way, I have to say, it is comforting to know these products are safe.
I spoke with Tracy recently to find out more about Beautycounter, their mission and their products. Plus, she shared some of her favorite picks that she uses daily. And, I'll add that my favorite is the Color Intense Lip Stick - I use it every morning and love the look of it!
RACHEL: For someone who has never heard of Beautycounter, what is it?
TRACY: Beautycounter is not just a beauty company, it is a movement. The goal is to get safer products into the hands of everyone by fighting for more regulations in the personal care industry. Beautycounter created a solution for safer products by building a company that sells personal care products that are screened rigorously and tested for over 1,500 ingredients that we will NOT put in our products. We provide safer, healthier products for consumers looking for high performing and safer skin care solutions. We have three skincare lines with more coming, as well as makeup, hair care, body care, kids products and baby products.
R: Why did you start using these products?
T: I started using Beautycounter after a friend of mine reached out and offered me samples. She knew that I would be interested in safer healthier products because I have been searching for this since my Stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis over 14 years ago. I strove hard to eat healthy and exercise because at the young age of 33, at the time of my diagnosis, I was determined to be around for my kids. In addition to doing everything the doctors told me to, I began researching ways to live healthier and that's when I had the “aha” moment of “I’m doing this all wrong!” Here I was worrying about what I ate while I was slathering harmful chemicals all over my skin, which happens to be my largest organ. That's when I began trying to find products that I liked how they felt, smelled and performed. I never did until Beautycounter. Once I tried the products and learned about their strict screening processes and their mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone, I was hooked.
R: How does Beautycounter keep those chemicals out of their products?
T: In order to ensure that every product meets our high performance standard without compromising health, we have established a health-protective Ingredient Selection Process.
These are the principles we uphold with the selection of every single ingredient:
1. Ban Intentionally
2. Screen Rigorously
3. Learn Constantly
4. Source Responsibly
5. Share Transparently
There are major data gaps on most cosmetic ingredients. This is because it is perfectly legal for chemical companies to bring a chemical to market with no information on how it might impact health or the environment. We do not assume that the absence of data means a chemical is safe. It simply means we don’t know about the potential health impacts. So, we review emerging data regularly and will even commission our own studies when we are not able to turn up enough information.
R: Which product(s) is your favorite?
T: That's a tough one because I have many, but right now my “go to” faves are Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer with SPF, Citrus Mimosa Body Lotion, Color Intense Lipstick - First Date (pink) and 9 to 5 (mauve)- and Citrus Mimosa body wash.
R: For someone who wants to begin using these products for the first time, what do you suggest they start with?
T: I suggest they look at their beauty products and see what they are almost out of and start there. I have customers that add one product at a time as they replace/swap out their old products for safer ones. I also have other customers that just want to start from scratch with safer products and buy the whole set of a skincare line.
Our lip sheers are a great place to start as well because everyone falls in love. They have sheer color, a nice vanilla scent/taste and are super moisturizing.
Do yourself a favor and give these products a try. I love them all!
Tracy is your go to gal for safer products and would be happy to answer any questions. She is sweet as can be and passionate about getting exceptional and safe products in everyone's hands. Click here to start shopping or connect with Tracy.
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