I never really thought much about the skincare and cosmetic products I was using until I became pregnant with Grace in 2014. Suddenly I was much more concerned with what I was putting on my body (our skin is our largest organ and what we put on it gets absorbed into our bodies) and how it would effect my growing baby. Becoming a mother changes everything and there was nothing I wanted more than to protect the health of my child. Even as a medical professional, I found it challenging and frustrating to try to interpret the labels on each and every product I was using and educate myself on all these different chemicals like pthalates and parabens (read more about them here, here, here and here).
I came across Beautycounter several months ago on a blog I follow and was very intrigued and interested in the mission of their company: to get safer products into the hands of everyone. As a pediatric nurse pracitioner and a Mom with the hope of growing our family, I love the fact that ALL of Beautycounter’s products are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women! It’s so great that it is a one stop shop for safe options for any busy mama (or human being) out there!
I believe so strongly in the mission of their company and in protecting our greatest asset; our health. I became a consultant for Beautycounter and am excited to share their mission and all of my favorite and beauitful products with you. I slowly replaced my facewash, night cream, eye cream and foundation over the course of a few months and now strictly use only beautycounter for skincare.
Facts from Beautycounter:
- There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
- Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.
- The United States has not passeda major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.
- Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.
As a Mom today, there are so many things to worry about and so many things to do to protect our kiddos. I don’t share these facts with you to frighten you, but to help spread awareness. I believe in trying my best, not perfection. If I were to obsess over feeding Grace only the healthiest organic foods and using only the healthiest organic products, I would drive myself and everyone around me crazy. And the stress of it all would likely be more harmful than anything. What has worked for me is just trying my best to consistently introduce healthy lifestyle habits and choices to her at a young age and I do what I can to decrease the amount toxic chemicals she is exposed to. Meanwhile, I try not to worry that every once in a while, she eats nothing but french fries for dinner.
I use so many beautycounter products now and am constantly trying new ones, but below I’ve put together a list of my top picks to share with you.
The protect sticks have to be my ultimate favorite products because it makes sunscreen application with a toddler so. much. easier! There’s nothing more important than protecting the perfect baby skin of our little ones and these sticks just make the process easier, and of course reassuring to know they’re safe to use.
I love this foundation for every day wear. It’s lightweight but still covers little imperfections and evens my skin tone. Highly recommend!
This is one of the first products I bought and I truly love it. It cleans withouth leaving my skin feeling too dry.
I have the worst chapped lips and this little gem sits on my night stand for me to treat my lips to every night before bed.
These two are life for any mama out there surviving on less than enough sleep.