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.