I don’t know about you, but changing to safer personal products is the HARDEST thing to do. We are creatures of habit, and changing those personal care products that we’ve used for years is like taking away our security blanket. When I first heard about Beautycounter, I was skeptical – can it really be safer? Does it really work? Is it worth the money?
Let me start off by saying that I’m not a heavy makeup wearer. I never have been. Though I did wear glittery gold stage makeup as eye shadow for several months in high school… Hey! I was into drama. And I thought it looked good. Ha! I digress.
I always see articles about a “5-minute Face” and honestly, I maybe take 3 minutes doing my makeup. Really my makeup routine has been pretty much the same since college: eyeliner on my lower lid because I’ve never been good at lining my top lid, under-eye concealer, and to get real fancy, I’ll curl my eyelashes, apply mascara and a light pink cream blush. That’s about it.
Then there’s a hodgepodge of other products, including Almay eyeliner. But let’s be honest, most everything is from various Clinique bonuses. Let me also say that Clinique isn’t the worst thing that I could be using. I’ve never had bad reactions to any of their products like I have when I tried other department store makeup brands. But, I wanted to get as clean as possible. Baby steps.
What really tipped me into trying out Beautycounter was my recent history with battling severe hormonal imbalances. Many commercial products can contain hormonal disruptors. That, and trying to protect my aging skin. Turning the big 3-0 last year was tough!
Over the past year I started using a tinted moisturizer with SPF, partially because I know I need to protect my face better from the sun. I’ve never liked foundation, I hate the cakey feeling and only ever wore it when I was performing on stage or at a dance recital. Fun fact: I was in a show choir in middle school, where the 6th graders were all clowns…so I can do me some clown makeup.
We stick with things that work because, well, they work. We don’t want to break out and be disappointed so we stick close to our safe haven. Now, I want to be the first to say that switching to safer beauty and personal products doesn’t have to mean a full clean-out right off the bat. If you have a product that you LOVE, switch something else first. Go piece by piece and try things as you go along. I already know I’m not going to give up my eyeliner pencil!
Use the Think Dirty app to scan your products at home to see how they rank. You can also check out the EWG database for further information on all sorts of products beyond skincare. Beautycounter actually includes each products EWG rating on the product pages! Check out the “Never List” of ingredients that are NEVER in their products!