Eat or Drink’s main focus is of course food. But when you have food allergies or are just trying to live a healthy lifestyle that often includes much more than food. Today I want to share a guest post by a friend of mine, Christa Tyson. Christa is a Senior Manager with Beautycounter. When I read Beautycounter’s “Never List” I knew I had to share these products with you guys.
If you are brand new to Eat or Drink be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you never miss a thing. Eat or Drink is my Food and Lifestyle blog with a focus on Allergy-Free eating and living.
If you want to find more posts focused on the food aspect of Eat or Drink, just click here. If you want to find more posts focused on Allergy-Free Living, click here. Or if you want more lifestyle and faith-based posts, click here.
I’m going to step away now and let you read the following guest post by Christa Tyson. You’ll learn about a great company that she works with and some great products. This is not a sponsored post. I just know a lot of people with allergies or sensitivities struggle to find skincare that works for them. So here’s some great info about a company that prides themselves on transparency and clean ingredients.
Feed Your Skin from the Outside
Article by, Christa Tyson, Senior Manager with Beautycounter
Emily graciously writes about nourishing and healing your body by avoiding your food allergies and other unhealthy foods. Why should we also consider “feeding” our skin, our largest organ, properly? Just like the gut, your skin can absorb body products, sunscreens, cosmetics, and anything else topical you use, into your bloodstream.
It’s thought our bodies absorb 60% of what we put on it within 26 seconds of application. Small children may be absorbing these products even faster.
With this knowledge, it’s time to think about what we’re putting on our skin and our children’s skin.
What’s So Bad About My Current Skin Care Products?
More than 10,000 Americans have had their blood tested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the last 10 years in an attempt to determine human “chemical body burden,” or how the body absorbs topical products. Many of the toxic chemicals detected in the bodies of those tested are common unregulated ingredients found in mainstream personal care products.
It doesn’t stop there, an astounding 287 chemical toxins have been detected within the umbilical cord blood of newborns. That shows how much our bodies really do absorb what we put on to the skin.
In the United States, the last time a federal regulation was passed regarding personal care product safety was in 1953 and only 50 ingredients have been banned. There are over 90,000 ingredients used in formulating everyday skincare products and most have never been tested for human safety.
In the EU, 1,200 are banned.
The U.S. is far behind the times when it comes to safety regulations and we may be sicker because of it.
Beautycounter is a Safer Skincare Option
Fortunately, there are safer options out there. The company I work with, Beautycounter, is a certified B-corporation putting people and planet first. We’re on a mission to bring safer products to people everywhere. Beautycounter has a list of over 1,500 ingredients they will NEVER use in any of their products.
Products with Transparency
Beautycounter also lists all the ingredients used in their products. Wait, don’t all companies list ingredients? No. In the U.S. companies are not required to list the ingredients used as fragrances, scents, or preservatives. For those of you with food allergies can you imagine not knowing all the ingredients in your meal? Transparency is equally important when it comes to skincare, cosmetics, shampoos, sunscreens, or anything else you put on your skin.
Beautycounter was an Answer to my Searching
I started using Beautycounter when I had friends struggling with infertility, cancer, auto-immune disorders, insomnia, you name it. I started researching skin health and how our skin is an indicator of our immune system as well as an indicator of how well we are handling our internal and external environment. I stumbled across the lax U.S. regulations regarding the skincare industry and was shocked. Beautycounter advocates on a political level and is considered “a movement for change” in the beauty industry. Plus, the products are safer. I want my kids to bathe in nutritious “food” for their skin, not the common toxic products found in most stores across the country. I want to take care of my vessel and also support a company that is working to make this world a better, safer place. I also want to help you make the change if you’re interested.
Have questions? Click here to contact me, I would be honored to guide you.
Christa’s Favorite Beautycounter Products
Nice Do Kids Shampoo
My 10, 9, and 6-year old love this! Gentle enough for daily use, this gluten and nut-free kids shampoo contains a mix of broccoli, carrot root, and strawberry extracts that leaves hair shiny and soft. Click here to learn more.
Countertime Mineral Boost Hydrating Essence
Lightweight but deeply nourishing, this moisturizing essence delivers vital nutrients to the skin’s moisture barrier—instantly boosting hydration and radiance. I call this “food for the face.” Click here to learn more.
Overnight Resurfacing Peel
My absolute favorite product. I use this 2-3 times per week. Goodnight, dullness. Good morning, glow. Formulated with 15 botanically-derived acids, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and dark spots without irritation or over-drying. Click here to learn more.
More About the Author of Today’s Guest Post
Christa Tyson’s academic background is in Biology and Psychology. She is a Yoga Instructor, Doula, Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator, and Mom. She’s been working in the wellness field since 2005 and also works at her local nature center full time. Christa is a senior manager with Beautycounter and is passionate about skincare transparency and education. She works closely with a team of experienced estheticians and advocates and is on a mission to learn and share. She invites you to email her with any questions. No need to be shy, she wants to help. Click here to contact Christa.
Find her on Facebook here.