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Why I Cleaned Up My Skincare Act And Why You Should Too

I’m a certified, self-proclaimed product junkie. I used to buy my skin care, body care, hair care, cosmetics, you name it at the local Target/Walmart/Walgreens/Ulta/Salon/ Shoppers etc. My product-selection process was top-notch. I chose the product by the cool-ness of the bottle and packaging, by the color, by what was trending at the moment, and of course by the good vibes that the new fresh scent gave me. Come on ladies, you know you get me here.

I never questioned the safety of these products, really. To be honest, it never even crossed my mind that “safety” was something to consider when purchasing body cream or shampoo. Why the heck wouldn’t it be safe??

I suffered from severe allergies, asthma, and eczema my whole life. I never, ever related my symptoms to what I put on my body or what I breathed in, and neither did my parents. Instead there I went, every month back to my family doctor to get a refill on 2 or 3 different asthma inhalers that I would use every day. The funny thing is, that I also used perfume every single day, since I was about 12 years old. I thought it was the best-it was like a unique invisible accessory. And yet after every time I sprayed it onto my body, I had difficulty breathing immediately afterwards and had to use my inhaler. Still, I never made the product-allergy connection, and zero alarm bells went off, even into my late twenties. What the what?!?! Currently rolling my own eyes. Suffice it to say, I have grown a lot over the last 10 years- thank the stars above.

I never questioned the safety of our commonly purchased products- I thought there was some governmental agency doing that for me. That was until I had my first daughter. By the tiny age of 5 months old she had developed severe eczema all over her body. It was so bad that despite all of my efforts, she would scratch her skin at night until it bled. It became so severe that I couldn’t use the “organic, all-natural uber trendy baby wash” on her body anymore and we were down to bathing her with water only. So in desperate attempts to find baby eczema remedies and baby wash that wouldn’t exacerbate her poor little skin problems, I saw her pediatrician and was given a medicated topical steroid to apply to her raw, inflamed skin, and then immediately started pacing the aisles of our local health food store. I started reading ingredient lists on the back of everything. What I came to quickly realize was that not only did I have zero idea what these ingredients were, I had no clue how to even pronounce them. Red flag number one. So I started to look these ingredients up. First of all, tell me please WHY is there Tetrasodium EDTA in freaking BABY WASH??? The more ingredients I looked up, the more I couldn’t ignore the fact that the majority of products on our shelves were NOT EVEN CLOSE to safe. Not even products for children. Instead, these common ingredients were linked to hormone and endocrine disruption, cancer, infertility, and the list of health risks goes on and on.

So as we wonder why more and more people we know and love are being diagnosed with cancer, here is part of the answer. There is so much that we can’t control in life, but the products that we put on our bodies is one thing that we CAN control.

I have spent a lot of time over the past 6 years researching and trying hundreds of different “cleaner” products from home cleaners, to skin, hair, and beauty products. I have stopped my beauty and skin care search with Beautycounter, as I have found that their products are some of the cleanest out there and by far the highest performance- no question. Conveniently Beautycounter has products for the whole family and is a one-stop shop for me. And their mission to literally change legislative regulations of skin care and beauty products, is one I choose to support. My hope is that when my children are old enough to start choosing and purchasing their own personal care products, they won’t have to question whether or not something is “safe”. Do yourself a favor and head over to “Shop My Beautycounter” on my site, and get ready to be amazed!!

Time to clean up your act, Mama. Beauty should be good for you!

xx Jenn

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