Most people know that I’ve always been pretty health conscious. Healthy diet, sunscreen (even as a teen when my friends were all at tanning), exercise, no smoking... I still got cancer. It was out of my control, and I often wonder if there was any environmental contributing factor. Now that I’m a survivor, I sometimes struggle keeping my hormones in line, and I try to do all I can to feel my best. It’s easy to control what I put in my body, but I’m also concerned about what I put on my body.
You may not know, but over the past two decades, the European Union has banned nearly 1,400 chemicals in the formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more. The United States has only partially banned 30. There are over 80,000 chemicals on the market today, and so very few have any safety data on them. I don’t know how comfortable that makes me feel when I’m using it on my face, skin mouth...
The current regulatory structure hasn’t been updated since the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of 1938, which essentially gives beauty and personal-care product companies the power to “self-regulate” without federal oversight. According to the FDA’s website, “neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients.” I’m all for science and advancing the benefits of my skin care products, but forgive me if I don’t totally trust manufacturers to look out for my health.
I’ve done plenty of research trying to find safer products. However, I wanted more for my skin care than just some coconut oil concoction someone whipped up in their kitchen. I wanted real science and safely manufactured products I could consistently rely on. Recently, I saw a post from a fellow cancer survivor friend about Beautycounter. I had heard of the company, and was curious about some of the products I had seen getting rave reviews in magazines and online. I reached out, got some samples, and almost instantly fell in love with everything I tried.
Beautycounter has a “Never List” of over 1500 questionable or harmful chemicals they’ve prohibited from being used in their products. And again, while I have no issues with science, and developing new ways of keeping me looking good, I’m ok with the fact that over 80% of their ingredients are natural or plant derived. The company also continuously reviews data on the things they do put into their products, and they even commission studies of their own.
Besides creating their own products, Beautycounter is advocating to change the laws and regulations to ensure that everyone has access to safer products and more knowledge about what’s in them. Our voices are being heard, consumers are demanding safer products and we are starting to see the industry shift, even if it is slowly. All of these reasons, along with the fabulous products, led me to the decision to become a Beautycounter consultant to further their mission.
I know there are a lot of people out there bombarding your feeds with things they want you to buy to make a quick buck. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spam you with emails and messages to buy products. The reason I'm writing this blog is because I use these products every day, and I’m really very happy with everything, as well as how my skin looks and feels.
You can check out all the products at www.beautycounter.com/donnazurick. I’ve had lots of product training, so feel free to reach out if you need help shopping. You can also take this skin care quiz to see what products might be best suited to your skin type. I hope you take the time to try something- I know you won’t be disappointed. (But if for some reason you are, there is a 60 Day Return Policy...)