My mission is to empower people with information to protect their health.
Because my heart has been broken too many times.
Broken by cancer. Reproductive and hormonal issues. Heart disease. Diabetes. Parkinson’s disease. Too many diseases that leave a piece of my heart forever broken. However, it's that part of my heart and my hope for the future that fuels my mission.
Have you ever said you’re "just not going to think about” what’s in the food you eat? Or in the products you use?
I know it can feel overwhelming, but you need to start paying closer attention to what you put IN AND ON your body. I say that with total love. It's important.
Your health is your greatest asset and over time, we've all be asked to compromise it. From processed foods to toxic ingredients in our cleaning and beauty products, we are compromising our health everyday.
It’s time for change. And we need to start taking a stand for ourselves and our loved ones.
Three-ish years ago I started studying nutrition. Over those three years, I spent hundreds of hours learning how the human body works, how a lot of the food I had been eating impacted my body’s ability to work at an optimal level and the negative impacts some foods had on my health. Today I am empowered and empower others to make choices that fuel their body for optimal health.
Two-ish years ago I started transitioning many of the products that I use in my home and on my body to safer products. I tossed cheaper products in the trash, used some until they were gone (they were expensive!) and pushed hundreds of dollars of other products into the back of my closet (largely because it felt very wasteful to throw them away, but I knew I shouldn’t be using them).
Over the last two years, I’ve tried a lot of “clean” products. I’ve found some that I’ve loved and some that I’ve hated.
I’ve learned that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in the products we put on our bodies every single day. And if cosmetics are found to be unsafe, the U.S. law does not not provide the FDA power to ask for safety data or issue recalls of unsafe products.
I’ve tried making my own products so I knew exactly what was in them because when manufacturers buy bulk ingredients from suppliers, they are often getting an already-preserved raw ingredient and the end product doesn’t need to list those preservatives. That means a preservative-free or paraben-free product may contain those chemicals after all.
I’ve spent a lot of time and money searching for safe products that actually work and have sometimes been so frustrated with (the lack of) what I found that I’ve pulled out those products I shoved in the back of my closet and used them while I continued my search for safer products that actually worked. Bad call, but I was frustrated!
It’s been a journey. And I love and learn from every step.
The most recent step I’ve taken on my journey is to join Beautycounter.
Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer, high-performing products into the hands of everyone.
That’s a big job to do. And, I’m ready to help because I align with their mission, love the products and trust the safety of the ingredients in them.
Did you know there are over ten thousand ingredients commonly used in all personal care products; of which approximately only ten percent have been tested for safety on human health? Many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues and hormone disruption. It makes my stomach turn.
The reality is that we are putting hundreds of chemicals and ingredients on our bodies every single day. Even in small doses, chemicals can have a lasting and negative impact on your body.
We need change.
Unfortunately, the U.S. has not passed a major federal law to regulate the ingredients in personal care products since 1938. But Beautycounter executives and consultants are taking action, spending time on Capital Hill to effect legislative change and have more rules in the cosmetic industry, so we can protect our health.
Over the last two decades, the European union has banned nearly fourteen-hundred toxic ingredients. The US has banned only ELEVEN. Beautycounter has banned over fifteen-hundred ingredients and there is not one ingredient that isn't disclosed.
All of this said, I invite you to follow these three simple steps and start to make change today.
- Review this Never List. This is a list of ingredients that will never be used in Beautycounter products because they are linked to cancer, reproductive issues, organ toxicity and severe skin sensitivity.
- Look at the ingredients of one of the products you use every day. Maybe it’s your shampoo or moisturizer. Make sure that NONE of these ingredients are listed. If they are, please consider transitioning to a different product that doesn’t contain those ingredients.
- Repeat step two and review all your products
Don't feel overwhelmed by this exercise. Start by taking a look at one product per day and start to transition your products as needed. At the end of the day, we need to take a serious look at what we put in and on our bodies and take a stand to protect our health.
If you want to transition to a Beautycounter product, it’s a great time! I’m running a promotion to incent change in moving toward safer products and will personally send you a Face Protect Stick Sunscreen if you make a purchase of $60 or more through July 31, 2016. Just make sure to use my link so I can see you’ve made a purchase and send your stick! The face stick is easy to apply and very compact so you can always have it with you.
We need change now more than ever and I am committed to providing you access to information so that you can make better choices not only for you but for those that you love.