Friday, August 15, 2014

Beautycounter update - there's something missing (and it's a good thing)

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I love both of these photos! But there is something missing in the photo on the right... A breakout on my chin! I have been struggling with hormone related cystic breakouts on my chin for as long as I can remember. The worst part about them is that I would pick, pick, pick and end up with bleeding scabs (gross, I know). No amount of makeup can cover an oozing, cysty, scab, so I just dealt with it. In so many of my running selfies, there are little scabby dots (not so little actually, pea sized) on my chin and the sides of my face, but not recently. What's the change? Beautycounter!



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Okay, so I know everyone who sells or represents skincare talks about how amazing their products are and the fantastic results you can get from their specific (sometimes secret!) ingredients, so instead, I'm going to tell you about my theory on why I think my skin is better because of what is missing from Beautycounter - hormone disrupting chemicals, specifically xenoestrogens.

I was a big believer in better living through chemistry. But I didn't know what I didn't know. I thought that surely there were regulations and stringent tests done on all of the chemicals that went into every skincare product, and tests on how these chemicals interacted with one another, and controlled studies on not just efficacy, but safety (there aren't). But the only studies that go on in the skincare and personal products industry are done to show amazing results (with "results vary" included). Sure, people claim they see less wrinkles, but maybe it's because they are actually taking the time to care for their skin in a new way. A quote that has always stuck with me is "taking care of your skin is anti-aging and good for your skin" and it's true. People tend to get great results (breakout reduction and anti-aging) when switching skincare regimes because it makes them excited about taking care of their skin again. Certainly, that was the case with me, when I would jump from one program to another to rid myself of breakouts on my chin.

I tried several different Mary Kay combinations (from when I was a consultant), Proactive (by Drs Rodan and Fields), combining gentle cleansers and benzoyl peroxide creams with moisturizers (once I figured out that lack of moisture was leading to more breakouts), and they all worked to make my skin clearer and keep it clear, except when I would go on the placebo pills in my birth control. The observation correlation led my doctor to prescribe my pills in a continuous dose with less days off, less often, which worked, for the most part, but it wasn't perfect (I mean, eventually I will need to go off the pill to start a family). I made the decision to just go with it and get breakouts on my chin and deal with them. I stopped using acne treatments, looked at my eating (healthy eating does affect your skin!), went back to taking the pill normally, and went on with my life.

Then Beautycounter came into my life and I started on the essentials skin care (Routine Clean, Anytime Eye Cream, AM Moisturizer, and Face Oil #2 - morning and night, because I am cheap and figured I just needed the basics) and a month went by and my chin breakout wasn't as bad as the month before. And then I became a Beautycounter consultant (but again, because I am cheap, I waited until I ran out) and switched to Beautycounter shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. (I am already using a safe - by EWG standards - body lotion and haven't run out, so again with my cheapness frugality, I am waiting to switch) Low and behold another month has come and gone and my skin is clearer than it has been in years!

I could tell you all day about how much I love the products and what an amazing job they do for my skin (I do LOVE them! And they are luxurious to smell, feel, use! They are high quality and AMAZE BALLS!), but the big difference between Beautycounter and the numerous other products I have used in the past (below, above, and at the same price point) is that Beautycounter is missing hormone disrupting chemicals. And that since my acne was observed by both me and my doctor as being possibly hormone related, it seems a little too perfect to be a coincidence. Especially since xenoestrogens have been linked to hormonal changes in young girls. The linked article talks about how these xenoestrogens in the environment may play a role in early breast development, prior to the onset of puberty. So it makes sense that they could also have an effect on hormone related acne.

The best part about switching to Beautycounter is that I don't have to sacrifice luxury and quality in order to get safe and natural products! And I'm not the only one who has had amazing results with the Beautycounter Essentials skincare line. Below I have shared the results another consultant has had with in just one month!


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This is Carolyna another Beautycounter consultant. She shared this photo of her incredible results after just one month of using the Essentials line with Face Oil #3.

Here's what she says: "One month before and after. Essentials plus lustro #3!! Yay beautycounter (and no I don't have any foundation on in second photo)"

I know this post is just my observations, but when it comes to what you put on your skin, can you ever be faulted for being "too safe"? Beautycounter stands apart because we are safe. We're amazing because we get results! If you're ready to make the switch to safe skincare, please feel free to shop at my site: lizbadley.beautycounter.com

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