Our skin is our largest organ. As athletes, we pay a lot of attention to fueling our bodies and making sure we aren’t eating junk. So why are we putting junk onto our bodies (where it eventually gets absorbed into our bodies)?
I’ve always struggled with acne. It started in middle school and has continued well into adulthood. My dermatologist recommended Cetaphil as a cleanser and suggested that I try birth control to help my skin. In my 20s, my skin got better, but I continued to have breakouts. In my 30s after healing my gut, fixing my hormones, and was avoiding foods that are commonly associated with breakouts (such as dairy and soy), I still got regular breakouts.
It wasn’t until I started paying attention to what I was putting on my skin that I realized how incredibly important the products you use are. While the same rules for the ingredients in food don’t apply to beauty products (the if you can’t pronounce it don’t eat it rule doesn’t apply to skincare or cosmetics), I did learn that the product that were recommended my dermatologist was full of endocrine disruptors and other questionable ingredients.
I assumed that since we live in a country where most things are regulated, the products I was buying in the store must be safe. But I learned that regulation does not equal safety when it comes to food or personal care products, I started searching for better options.
As I started to learn more, I started making simple swaps (rather than purging everything in my bathroom at once). I started with thing that actually went into or near my mouth. Things like toothpaste and lip balm. Then I worked on things that stayed on my skin like moisturizer, makeup, and sunscreen.
Did you know that the European Union Bans over 1400 chemical substances from their skincare products, while the U.S. has only banned thirty.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not excited about using the other 1370 harmful chemicals that are too dangerous for Europeans to use but apparently ok for Americans. That’s not good enough for me.
we need to do better. We deserve better
In a time when health issues are on the rise - things like asthma, allergies, infertility, cancer, and other chronic illnesses, it’s up to us to make more informed decisions about what goes into and onto our bodies.
The worst part is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics), who we assume is trying to keep us safe, allows companies to use chemicals that are known to be harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products that we put on our biggest organ every single day.
A 2013 study published by the UC Berkeley's School of Public Health noted that lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and five other meals were found in several popular brands of lipstick and lipgloss. The study noted that the presence of the metals is not the issue, but the concentrations at which they are found. Some were found at concentrations that could have long term effects on health and the study advised caution for children as meals such as lead are particularly dangerous for their growth and development.
Another thing to keep in mind is that these ingredients are sneaky (well, the companies who use them are sneaky) and they can be found in products under different names. If reading labels and trying to remember which ingredients to avoid is overwhelming, make sure to check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database (the Think Dirty app for you phone is also great). You can look up over 60,000 products and see detailed information about ingredients and overall product rating. I always try to choose products with a rating of 1 or 2. I also like that I can see why certain ingredients in products are harmful (allergen, carcinogen, etc.).
It is important to remember that not all companies disclose all ingredients (because they aren’t required to). They are also not tested by a third party, so it’s impossible to know that what is listed on the label is what is actually in the product.
This is where Beautycounter comes to the rescue.
why beautycounter is different
The mission of Beautycounter is to get safer products into the hands of everyone.
Beautycounter chooses to ban over 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard—all while providing a product that performs and is as luxurious as any high-end shampoo, lipstick or oil.
Beautycounter screens EVERY ingredient for safety, looking for potential hazards such as cancer, developmental toxicity, hormone disruption, and infertility.
Beautycounter does not test products or ingredients on animals.
Beautycounter sources ingredients responsibly. Over 80% of the ingredients are organic, natural or plant-derived. The others are synthetic, but screened and safe. They choose to use synthetic ingredients where there isn’t a natural ingredient that meets their rigorous safety standards.
Beautycounter believes in transparency and shares EVERY ingredient used. There are no hidden flavors, fragrances or secret preservatives left off of the labels.
Beautycounter third party batch tests their products for heavy metals, which are harmful many are classified as neurotoxins. Heavy metals, such as lead, are linked to birth defects, impaired brain functioning, and other issues.
Beautycounter is working to get stronger legislation passed so the products we use will be held to higher and safer standards.
There are decades of data that show that health issues are on the rise, due at least in part to our continuous exposure to harmful chemicals. The food we eat, what we use to clean our house, what we put on our bodies in the shower, or what we are exposed to in the environment we live in.
But we deserve better.
Despite the fact that I’ve just spent several hundred words telling you why I thought it was important to make changes in my life and how I went about that, it’s important that you do your own research and chose what is safe for you and your family. And even though I believe in the safety of Beautycounter, I understand that you may not agree. No product is perfect and we all have to make the best choices we can.
Please keep in mind that while this information may seem overwhelming, knowledge is power and now that you know better, you can do better.
It truly isn’t possible to avoid every harmful chemical out there. And rather than trying to replace everything all at once, simply replace items as you run out of them with a safer option. The small choices you make every day do add up. Just like training for a race or competition, it’s about progress, not perfection.
A Few of my favorite things
Prior to using Beautycounter products, I hadn't washed my face in two or three years. Previously, I oil cleansed with FatCo cleansing oil. That was until l I tried the Charcoal Cleansing Bar from Beautycounter (I still love and recommend FatCo, it just wasn’t right for my skin anymore).
Who knew that you could be obsessed with and love a bar of soap (made out of charcoal nonetheless) so much? This soap helps breakouts to calm much faster than they would on their own. Like less pain and less redness in two days instead of four or five. That was a game changer for me.
Charcoal Cleansing Bar
This soap clarifies and detoxifies our skin by pulling out dirt, impurities and excess oil, without drying. It uses organic witch hazel for toning, antioxidant-rich organic green tea to calm inflammation and organic coconut oil and sunflower oil to hydrate our skin. This was the first product I tried and was a skin game changer for me!
Balancing Charcoal Mask
So I don't use this everyday, but this was the second product I ever tried and combined with the charcoal bar, completely changed my acne-prone skin. I use it once a week to keep my skin clear and happy.
I also use this for spot treatment in addition to an all over face mask.
Tint Skin Foundation
Finally, a nontoxic makeup that actually works! Beautycounter's makeup comes in great colors and feels light on your skin. My favorite part is that it doesn't clog up my acne-prone skin.
The best part is that it stays on and looks great all day. You can finish it with the mattifying powder or any of the sprays.
Lipstick & lip gloss are some of the most toxic products on the market, and since they go on your lips you can almost guarantee that you ingest them!
I love this lip gloss, it goes on smooth, looks great, comes in good colors (there's a new bare shimmer color that's amazing), and it's safe to use on/near your mouth!
Feel free to email me: hello[at]marthaflorence . com with any questions about my skincare routine. If you’re struggling with skin issues, I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned with you. You can also fill out my skincare questionnaire and I’ll get back to you with completely personalized recommendations for your skin.
How can you help spread the message of safer skincare?
1. Become a customer
Become a customer and start swapping out your beauty products and cosmetics to safer versions from Beautycounter. Beautycounter is a company committed to making safer products that are high performing. We even have a 60-day, no questions asked return policy and you get a free shipping label in each package. Try something, and if you don’t like it, you can send it back!
Much like the food industry, consumer demand does make a difference, so let’s vote with our dollars and put our hard-earned money towards companies who are dedicated to making safer options.
2. become a BAND OF BEAUTY MEMBER
Band of Beauty (BoB) is Beautycounter’s reward program. There is no required purchases and we don’t even have an autoship option.
Your $29 annual membership includes:
15% back in product credit with every order
Free shipping on orders over $100
Complimentary gift when you sign up and make a purchase of at least $50
Exclusive product offers
3. Are you passionate about the mission & Ready to add your voice?
Join us as a consultant and become a voice for change. You’ll save 24% off of your own orders and have the opportunity to earn additional income by educating others abut the personal care industry as well as how to make safer choices. This is a unique opportunity to make an income AND a social impact!
Some consultants earn a full-time income, while others do it on the side sharing their passions and supplementing a regular income. No matter what you want, this opportunity is incredibly flexible and can be whatever you want it to be.
Consultants earn commissions of 25-35% from their clients and members and have the option of building a team. However, it’s not require that you build a team in order to earn an income.
We are a direct retail company but we have no monthly minimum product purchase requirement. The startup fee is incredibly low (just $98, which you can quickly earn back).
This is the right time to join Beautycounter. In 2018 Beautycounter was the most googled beauty brand. This company is still relatively young (just 5 years old) and growing at an incredibly rate.
TO GET STARTED:
Click the “Get Started Now” button below and enter the required information to create your account. It will ask you to chose a mentor and give you an option that should default to “Martha Rosenstein.” If it does not, click the “X” and put Martha Rosenstein in the first and last name section.
Add your enrollment kit to your cart - this is the package that you are required to purchase if you want to be a consultant. It gives you your own personal website, marketing materials, and two full-sized hero products.
You can choose to add an enrollment product package too. These are deeply discounted, but not required. They are 40-45% off what the cost of the individual products would be. While this is not required, the discount is big enough that if you want an immediate collection of products at the best price, this is the way to go.
Finish the enrollment page and place your order
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’m happy to answer any of your questions as well as assure you that there’s no hidden agenda or catches in joining forces with Beautycounter. The company is as transparent about every aspect of the business, just as they are transparent with their ingredients. I truly hope you’ll consider joining me in this amazing opportunity.