Make-up. As natural as I love to go, it's always nice to add a little make-up here and there. It was after learning about the amount of toxins and chemicals that are in beauty products that I decided to cut out make-up all together. Then lo and behold, I found Beautycounter, an awesome socially conscious skincare company which is bringing back all the fun in getting ready again.
Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health published a study in 2013 that detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals in many popular brands of lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores. The study also noted that children are especially susceptible to heavy metal accumulation and should not play with make up. Think of all the young girls that apply make-up daily or even the number of years women have been applying this toxins on their body?
Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility) are on the rise, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it's in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.
What's worse is the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day.
I was shocked to read the statistics below...
So what is our alternative?
In addition to the constant cleansing with a healthy foods, movement (whether it be yoga, dance, walking, or whatever it is for you), sitting in our infrared sauna regularly, an occasional coffee enema, I have become super aware of what I am putting on my skin. This is why I have chosen Beautycounter as a source for beauty products. Check out more of their offering here!
Beautycounter is dedicated to product performance, just as much as they are to product safety. After trying countless non-toxic cosmetic brands, I can tell you that this combination of safer ingredients and products that work is extremely rare.
Some natural cosmetic brands use only 100% organic ingredients. This is as pure as makeup can get, but often, the performance is lacking. While Beautycounter uses both synthetic and organic ingredients, they never compromise on the safety of the ingredients. Beautycounter has developed a groundbreaking and rigorous ingredient screening process, looking for data on skin irritation, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, cumulative exposure (are we exposed to this chemical from other sources) and more.
Every single Beautycounter product is listed on EWG’s Skindeep database, which is my go-to resource for researching product safety!
This is what I've started using!
The Flawless in Five set includes six safer, high-performing products…All we women need to get up, apply and GO. Easy to travel with. Perfectly customized to our tone:
Get to know the intention of the company better...check out this video!
3 Ways to Get Involved with Beautycounter:
Become a customer and start swapping out your beauty products and cosmetics to safer versions from Beautycounter. Consumer demand WILL change the marketplace.
Your $29 Annual Membership Includes:
• 15% back in product credit to be used on future purchases
• Free shipping off all orders of $100 or more
• Receive a welcome gift (a free product that varies each month)
• Exclusive product offers
Join as a consultant and save 25% off your own orders and take advantage of the opportunity to earn some additional income by educating others about the skin care industry and how to make safer choices. Become a voice for change!!
Some consultants earn a full time income, while others do it on the side to share their passions and supplement their regular income. It is very flexible and can be whatever you want it to be!
We are a direct retail company, we do not require that you spend a minimum amount on products every month. We have a low start-up fee of $85 (which I will help you earn right back!).
This is the right time to join Beautycounter! We are growing fast! Most consultants are the first in their area and are able to build their business and spread the word quickly!
We offer tons of support on our team and we will coach you on how to educate others and run a successful business!
As many of you know, we are very passionate about eating a healthy, nourishing diet void of toxins and inspiring others to do the same. Changing out the personal care products was naturally the next step for me. It’s hard to un-know something once you know it, so I dove in headfirst. I am thrilled to have discovered a brand that I love, trust and can really get behind!
In this day and age of living with toxins in our food, air, and water, what is your exit plan to rid these toxins out of your body?
In my 8-Week CHI Breakthrough Health Coaching Program with Diane Kazer, I was introduced to coffee enemas, the benefits, and the how-to do it yourself. Although I was at first terrified of the idea, I braved it out, purchased my kit, and gave it a shot.... a coffee shot....and I'm not gonna lie, my colon and liver loved it.
As a former librarian, I am a huge advocate of researching information, especially when it is related to my health. My big question was, are they safe and what is the long-term effect? After speaking to a few professionals, I've come to the realization that enemas have been around a lot longer than us and is an ancient healing practice with the intention of expelling waste and gas. So when done properly and when necessary, they can be extremely healing, as I have experienced. Having recovered from pneumonia, my body was feeling in need of a deep cleanse so I felt called to a short-term consistent practice of coffee enemas, and plan to continue it when I feel the call.
In total honesty, I have felt torn between the mixed reviews on coffee enemas. The benefits being: extremely detoxifying for the liver; and just as there is a contradiction for everything, I've also heard and read the downside: that it can deplete the good bacteria in our gut and make our colon lazy. But because I have had first-hand experience and had only positive results, I would love to share more on that.
Coffee enemas have historically been used to treat ailments ranging from cancer to depression. They have also been cited to:
Please note that this is based on personal experience and this is not medical advice. Check in with your doctor before taking on any new health practices. We do not claim to cure any disease or condition.
Fight Cancer and Detoxify with a Coffee Enema
When does one need an enema?
Learn more about the benefits and watch a few videos on Diane Kazer's website.
Check out other natural ways of cleansing the colon with the food, our number one medicine.
As my health coach Diane Kazer loves to say... ABC! #AlwaysBeCleansing. This recipe below is suuuuper simple. Considering the long list of health benefits, this is such an awesome way to start off the day.
6 HEALTH BEFITS OF ACV according to Healthline.com
In addition to drinking it, there are tons of other uses such as cleaning products, hair and skin care, salad dressings, and so much more!
To make it even easier, I'll even do just ACV and lemon. This is part of my daily morning ritual. I've been drinking this after waking up and I feel like it's an instant cleanse. Give it a shot and share how it feels in your body!
Want to try out other healthy recipes to get you feeling your best?
As a former coffee addict who used to drink 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning and another one in the afternoon as a picker-uper, I had an extremely challenging time weaning off of it. Once I got through the headaches, afternoon crash withdrawals, I found myself content with coffee alternatives such as Dandy Blend and Teeccino.
The reason why I decided to go off of coffee was because I was experiencing the following:
So when I started my 8-week CHI Health Coaching Program with Diane Kazer, I was blown away by one of her recipes from the Warrior Cleanse e-Cookbook. I was so excited to have an even better coffee alternative that has so many more health benefits and is pretty much even a meal in itself. When I find something I love, I tend to share it with the world. So check out the recipe below!
Did you love the recipe as much as I do?
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, practicing yoga, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.