03 Jul Why I’m partnering with Beautycounter and advocating for safer beauty products
1. For my own health.
Around 8 years ago, I learned about the potential impact of hormone disruptors in personal hygiene products. I started slowly switching out all my hair products, make up, skin care, etc. At the time I had some pretty severe hormone related issues- cystic acne, very irregular periods and hypothyroid-as well as allergies and eczema. My main goals were to find products free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and fragrances. While I can’t say I noticed a dramatic improvement in symptoms overnight, I know that eliminating these compounds has positively affected my hormones considering these are issues I rarely if ever have to deal with now.
2. For your health.
In the work that I do- primarily with women who suffer from infertility and hormone imbalance- it’s so important that we make a commitment to cleaning up our beauty products. Conditions like PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids and cancers can all be affected by our environment. The ingredients in beauty products not only have an impact on our own health, but the health of our children and grandchildren. The field of epigenetics shows us that certain chemicals can turn genes on or off and these are what affect the health of our descendants. For example, phthalates have been indicated as one of the reasons for a steep decline in men’s fertility over the last 50 years. Read more about that here.
3. Their products are great quality.
I have several favorites so far, and out of the dozen or so things I’ve used over the last 6 months, I’ve been so impressed with all of them. It’s crazy how many compliments I’ve gotten on my skin and make up since switching products over to Beauty Counter. Their eyeshadow actually lasts throughout the day. Their eye makeup remover gently removes every last bit of eye liner and mascara without irritating my eyes or drying out the skin around my eyes. Their shampoo leaves my hair silky and manageable- something I have struggled to tame ever since my first pregnancy and the weird hormonal hair changes that come with it. I’ve bought enough from them over the last 6 months and was at a point where it just made sense to be getting a bigger discount by becoming a consultant.
4. I love makeup- always have.
My mom will tell you that when she was pregnant with me she was afraid to have a girl because she’s NOT a girly girl at all and wasn’t sure how she would teach a girl how to do makeup, etc. Well she didn’t have to worry! By 3 years old I was getting into her rarely used make up stash and playing dress up. I had drawers full of cheap eye shadows and nail polish by the time I was in middle school. Although I try to keep my drawers less cluttered now, I still love playing with makeup and love that I can find clean products that look great too!
5. They have a truly stellar mission: to get safer products into the hands of everyone.
With 3 main goals: education, advocacy and quality products, Beauty Counter is setting a new standard- even sending its consultants to Washington, D.C., to lobby for greater transparency and regulation in the beauty industry. See more here. As a Certified B Corporation, Beauty Counter has to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
6. Someday I’d like to pay off my student loans.
I’m not going to lie and say there’s no financial incentive behind becoming a Beauty Counter consultant. Going to medical school involved a fair bit of sacrifice and racking up an insane amount of debt. I’m grateful for what I’ve accomplished thus far in my life and career but also looking forward to the freedom of not having that debt looming over me.
I’ve shopped around A LOT over the last 8 years. I’ve bought products from almost every “clean” brand, direct sales or otherwise and not always been impressed. This is a company I can stand behind because it stands behind consumers and our planet and makes a great product.