Before buying our first home, my life was a mess. If you read my Introduction to Minimalism post last week, you’ll know just how big of a mess it was. When it came to beauty products, the title of “Professional Hoarder” doesn’t even come close to my status. My collection had spilled out from my 4 drawers and three cabinets in the bathroom to packed boxes under our bed and the tops of my nightstand and dresser. No surface was safe from the bottles, tubes and pots of lotion, serums and cosmetics. You could sneeze and disaster would ensue from the collapse of products. It was overwhelming and also fruitless. My skin hadn’t changed in years and all my miracle products were simply taking up space- a lot of of space, and I couldn’t even tell you what I had or how long it had been dwelling under the bed.
It was both depressing and overwhelming as I thought about the cost and amount of products I had accumulated over the years. That disappointment in wasted money fed the desire for me to keep things no matter their value. If it didn’t clear my skin when I bought it, maybe it would if I saved it for 6 months or a year or two years.
When we started to pack for our move to our newly purchased home, I declared a truce with my psyche. I traded self judgement for the freedom to purge products. As I loaded up bags upon bags, my heart twinged and I realized two things. First, the next time I spent money on products needed to be an investment. No more of this clearance aisle shopping at Target, no more choosing products based off of what the packaging looked like, no more blind buying products without a lick of research. Second, if I was getting rid of bags of products that weren’t working, I needed to figure out what would work and stick with it. Having 12 bottles of moisturizer does nothing for a person when not a single one helps their skin.
Fast forward a few months. We had been settling into our home nicely and began chatting about growing our family. With those conversations came another shift. Now that I owned my own house and was planning to bring new life into the world, I decided to finally take a hard look at the products I was using both in my home and on my body.
The results were terrifying.
I quickly realized that my go to products were culprits of a myriad of health issues that would affect my body present and future. As I read through all the chemicals that existed in our cleaning closet and even worse, my makeup bag, I became extremely motivated to change things before I brought in a tiny babe into our space.
Here’s the important truth about the products you choose to use on your skin. First, your skin is an organ just like your heart, liver and kidneys. It’s not a strong, walled barrier unaffected by what is placed on it. Rather, it’s your largest, most penetrative organ that can absorb products within minutes of coming into contact. So flip around your foundation and take a look at the ingredients. All those words you can’t pronounce, all those chemicals you’re unfamiliar with- those are all being absorbed into your body and they’re probably wreaking havoc on your internal system.
I spent about 6 months researching the best products to replace my current beauty and skincare and all my research led me back to one company: Beautycounter. All the apps, blogs and articles I had used to compare and contrast products always rated their skin and beauty care as the best in the business. The company has a reputation for transparency and dedication to providing their customers with the best in natural care products.
Last month I finally made the switch to a full face of Beautycounter makeup and I couldn’t be happier with the change it’s brought! First, I love how how the products provide a natural glow without looking too thick or cakey. The foundation and concealer is a lot more sheer than what I’ve been used to, but after I got used to it, I realized that I actually didn’t need as much product as I thought. Instead of building coverage over my entire face, I found that focusing on problem areas was all I needed to do. So using less product on a daily basis means glad tidings for my beauty budget! Instead of using 3-4 pumps of foundation, I could blend in a few drops of Beautycounter and get the job done. Since I was using less, it also meant that I was saving time in getting ready. My entire makeup routine went from 15 minutes to about 5- tops. Which, for an expecting momma is very encouraging.
While I was pleased with the coverage and staying power of the products, I was really surprised by what the makeup did for my skin. Within a week of using it, I noticed a HUGE difference in how my skin looked and felt when I wasn’t wearing makeup. My complexion was more balanced, my acne scars had faded and my cheeks were so soft! Poor David- I must have asked him to touch my face about 20 times, but he did agree- my skin was softer and fuller. Which is another money saver because now, I honestly wear makeup about 2-3 times a week when I have full days out of the house and the rest of the time, I either am makeup free or I go for a quick concealer, powder, mascara look that takes me about 2 minutes flat. With healthier skin, there is a lot less to cover up which is a relief to both my mirror and bank account.
I’m so thankful to have found a product line that is not only helping my skin but that I can also be certain isn’t harming the babe that I’m carrying. The ingredients are safe for me externally and internally and that thought is reassuring as I grow this tiny human inside me.
If you’d like more information about the reality of the products that are allowed to stock the shelves of our stores, please take a look into the information provided by Beautycounter. You can read up on everything here or take a peek at the video below.
Before I go, I just want to say- the transition to natural products can be a slow one. I am fully aware that replacing all the cleaners, skincare and cosmetics in our home first of all, be expensive. But take heart, it doesn’t have to happen overnight. It takes the average body and household a few weeks and even months to purge the harmful built up of chemicals so a sudden shift won’t mean overnight results. What I would recommend is starting with the products that come into contact with your skin the most and working your way out from there. While you’re still working with chemically based cleaner around the kitchen and bathroom, just be aware of skin contact and consider wearing gloves until you’re ready to replace those.
If you’re looking for more information about Beautycounter products, get in touch with my friend Addie who is a consultant! You can shop through this link or if you have questions, you can contact her on Instagram! Just be sure to mention that you’re coming over from R&T.
Until next time!
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*Disclaimer: the products for this post were provided by Beautycounter, however all opinions and reviews are my own. To read more, please visit my disclosure page.