confessions of a modern mom

Is Beauty only Skin Deep?

Let’s talk turkey. OK, I mean beauty.

I don’t know about you, but since I was pregnant with my first kid, I have been very aware of the things I have put in my body. I try to avoid processed foods as much as I can. I buy organic fruits. I cook real food. I also made sure that the products I use on my girls are natural and/or organic – from the soaps to shampoos to sunscreen. How did I miss this for myself?!?

Every single day, I apply lipsticks with lead in them, lotions with mercury, shampoos with endless toxins. If I’m so careful with what I am putting inside my body, why have I been so dismissive of what I put ON my body?!? Our skin is the largest organ in our body and, because it is porous, absorbs everything we put on it. It is easy to see that what we use on our skin ends up inside our bodies, in our bloodstream and our various systems.

Today, I am introducing you to a whole new way of thinking and a new line of beauty products.

Last week, I had a visit from Michelle Nadel from Beauty Counter. We had a lovely morning, got to know each other and she opened my eyes. I had an “Aha!” moment and then I had a “Why didn’t you think of this before?” moment. Ugh, so many toxins, so little time. Apparently, with no regulation on ingredients used in the cosmetics industry, the list of toxins present in our beauty supply is appalling – full of irritants, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, development inhibitors, neurotoxins, preservatives and heavy metals.

First, Michelle told me about a terrific resource called Skin Deep. This is both a website and an app created by the Environmental Working Group. Basically, it’s a database of over 3 million products with a safety rating. So, you can run around your house, zap everything (there’s a bar code scanner in the app) and find out if your products are safe. By the way, there’s also an app for food called Food Scores, which does the same thing but with the stuff we ingest.

Next, Michelle jumped into the company she represents. Beauty Counter is a relatively new company that creates safe and effective products. They have a list of chemicals/toxins that they have banned from their products (and which we should avoid in the products we buy from other companies). It’s called The Never List. You can even print a wallet sized version to carry around with you. In short, if you’re looking for a company that actually is trying to make beauty products better in a truly holistic way, search no more.

Tomorrow, you’ll get to hear from Michelle directly, but I want you to know that I have tried the products (yup, I placed an order…no freebies to buy a blog post here) and I can tell you they are pretty flippin’ awesome! First off, the creams are so nice. I got a day cream that is super light and a slightly thicker night cream. They smell nice (no heavy perfuming, but not stinky unscented like some) and feel really good on the skin. They feel extra great because I know I’m not slathering myself with hormone disruptors!

I then got some lip sheers and gloss, since I don’t want to lick lead into my system…plus, the colors are beautiful! I have such a hard time finding lipsticks that work for me, but I got two shades! Both look great and can be more translucent or deeper, depending on how much you apply. Pair the lip sheer with the gloss and you have a match made in heaven! I applied my lips four hours ago and they still look and feel great.

I also got an eye pencil because, yup! You guessed it – who wants to put poison into their eyes?!? And I line the inside of my lids…Ugh. I hate to think what I’ve done to my body…

To round it all off, I got shampoo, conditioner and body wash for the girls. Yup, they have a kids line! Your whole family can be safe and beautiful!Bath

But one more thing!!! The products are beautiful, aren’t they? Seriously, I’m such a design snob and hide most of my beauty products because they don’t look pretty sitting out. These are a great addition to your vanity.

Listen, I’m not usually into buying a ton of cosmetics. I have friends who have cabinets full of beauty products. My thing is shoes. I rarely buy beauty products. I feel really good about this purchase and can safely say that I will be ordering more.

Curious? If you’re interested and want more information, feel free to get in touch with Michelle directly, though you can always send questions my way, too. Click here to go to her website.



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