Beautycounter by Theresa: June Newsletter 2016

happy fathers day!

I'd like to take a moment (and a moment doesn't do it justice) to recognize all the amazing Dads out there. It is a tough job to do well, and I'm very fortunate to be married to the best Dad I know! Speaking of-here are some of my husband's favorites, if you are looking for gift ideas...

Nourishing Cream Cleanser, Charcoal Face Bar, and Nourishing Day Cream
Beautycounter Body Collection


Earlier this month, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Madame-Athena Chang (Beautycounter's Director of Community) and hearing her speak. She shared:

The most toxic products are marketed towards women of color. The incidence and severity of uterine fibroids is highest in African-American women. Latina women and African-American women have a higher incidence of early puberty, linked to chemical exposure.

These are alarming statistics that can't be ignored.

How inspiring to hear her speak and know that we are partners in Beautycounter's mission to get safe products into the hands of everyone!

"Women of color carry the highest chemical toxic load...I have made it my life's work to educate Latina women and women of color"

-Madame Athena Chang

Beautycounter's Director of Community: Madame-Athena Chang

My Story

As you’ll learn by reading below, I’m passionate about information on safe beauty, and educating others about safe product options. If you’re curious to know why, here’s my story:

For several months I had a persistent rash on my legs. It was itchy and red, and I tried several things (different soaps and lotions, avoiding hot water in my showers and baths, avoiding certain fabrics, and changing my laundry soap) to see if anything would help it improve. I finally went to see my dermatologist, who gave me a prescription for some steroid lotion. The prescription helped, but each time I stopped using it, the rash came back. So I was facing long-term use of steroids on my skin, my body's largest organ. This solution was not acceptable to me. There had to be a better way to control this rash!

My friend Natalie recommended that I try Beautycounter's Hydrating Body Lotion (which I now refer to as my "gateway" product), which I began to use and saw improvement after one day. Within a week, the rash was gone, and has stayed gone! I started doing some research on the products I'd been using, and discovered that almost all of them contained chemicals linked to allergies. Furthermore, many of them contained chemicals that have been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. I also learned that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day!

The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients. However, the US has only banned 11 to date. Eleven! Beautycounter has a list of 1500 ingredients that are never used in products. As I learned, I decided I needed to make a change in the products my family and I were using. I am not a salesperson. Anyone who knows me knows this. I joined Beautycounter as a consultant after trying the products and learning about the mission to get safe products into the hands of everyone. Here is a cool video that tells a little about us:

featured product: Baby daily protective balm

Designed to be gentle enough for newborns, our barrier balm is the ultimate hydrating powerhouse. This soothing blend of organic shea butter and jojoba oil provides a layer of protection for dry, sensitive skin for both babies and moms.

My customers who use this tell me that it clears up diaper rash quickly, and prevents it from coming back. Both my boys tend to get rashy and itchy, and this balm definitely helps. I hear it also works well on sunburns.

Giving Back

After losing my Dad to cancer, and personally meeting and knowing several young women who have/are battling cancer, I enjoy opportunities to gift someone who has been fighting the battle with our Hydrating Body Lotion. Cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation can cause skin to become dry and sensitive, and people often find that their skin is unable to tolerate the products they've always used. Since Beautycounter doesn't use any chemicals that are linked to cancer, it is a safe option. Please let me know if you'd like to partner with me to gift this product to a loved one.

Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa

Four Ways to Join the Beautycounter Movement

  1. Become a Client – buy products at retail and know that you are your family are using safe and effective products.
  2. Become a Member - $29 annual fee. $10 goes to one of our chosen three non-profits– The Environmental Working Group, The Breast Cancer Fund, or Healthy Child/Health World). Enjoy FREE shipping for every order over $100, and earn a 15% product credit every time you shop.
  3. Host a Social – Invite your friends to learn about Beautycounter and receive products for Free and at ½ off as our THANK YOU. Socials can be online or at your home.
  4. Join us as a Consultant – It’s only $85 to join (again, $10 goes to one of the three non-profits) plus the purchase of your products.

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