Skin Deep: The Need-to-Know About Wellness and your Skin

Today I am excited to introduce Erin Tinti as a guest blogger from  Beautycounter. When we think about wellness, we often are conscientious about what goes into our bodies but Erin educates us on how products that go onto our bodies can affect our health and wellness.  I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did!

Skin Deep: The Need-to-Know About Wellness and Your Skin

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Author: Erin Tinti

 

 

Take a second and picture your morning routine. What do you do daily once you get out of bed? Most likely (after starting the coffee!) you head for the shower, get dressed, and prep your look for the day.  Now, as you chronologically think about your routine, try to identify how many products you use before you even walk out the door. Do you use shampoo and conditioner? Body and face lotion? Deodorant? Myriad make-up products?  Fact: The average woman uses between ten and twelve products before she leaves the house; the average teenage girl uses fifteen products; the average man and teenage boy use seven products. Finally, as you consider the products that are a part of your daily routine do you know what composes them? The ingredients? Have you ever read the label?

About two years ago a friend of mine brought these very same questions to me. My grandmother was under going chemotherapy for a form of brain cancer and the doctor gave her a long list of the personal care products she was no longer allowed to use because the chemicals in the ingredients would have an adverse effect if used in conjunction with her chemotherapy treatment. Hold on! Pause! The “chemicals” in my grandmother’s body lotion can’t be mixed with her chemotherapy?? I looked at the list provided to her by her doctor and many of the products included were your standard, average, personal hygiene care products that I’m sure we all have in our cabinets.

Fast forward to my conversation with my friend. No, I had never read my labels or done any research about the effects of personal care products on human health. I assumed, as we all probably do, that what I was buying at Rite-Aid, Sephora, or Ulta was safe for me. In terms of health, I considered eating healthy and becoming knowledgeable about food ingredients; as an athlete, I have always known that exercise is important for general wellness; however, what I didn’t know was that small daily exposure to harmful chemicals can have severe effects when used over time. I also didn’t know that these chemicals already exist in the cabinets in my bathroom!

Here are the facts:

  • Our skin is our largest organ
  • What goes on our skin goes in our bodies
  • It only takes 23 seconds for anything to be absorbed into your skin and enter your blood stream
  • The FDA does not regulate personal care products
  • The last regulatory update for personal care products was made in 1938!
  • In the United States, only 30 chemicals are actually banned from being used in products. This is in stark contrast to the 1,400 chemicals banned by the European Union and almost 1,200 banned in Canada.
  • The legislation that does regulate the personal care products industry is only two pages long; the personal care products industry is a $60 billion a year industry.

 

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What can you do? Well, education is key. When you consider your overall health and wellness be sure to also consider the products you and your family put on your skin. Think about reading your labels and becoming aware of what you are putting on your skin. I use the Environmental Working Group’s app “healthy living” on my phone. This app lets me scan the labels of my products and helps me know what is harmful and what to avoid.  Sound daunting? Let me help. When I began to learn about all of this I found a company called Beautycounter. Beautcounter is the leader in the Clean Beauty space and is a company that advocates for stricter laws and regulations. As a Beautycounter educator, I am armed with information and education, which is essential to my job. I use the Beautycounter mission: “To get safe products into the hands of everyone” to teach others what I did not know.  As I think back to my initial thought with my grandmother that day, I know that she, and so many others, are my “why”. Helping to educate and empower is why I do this work!

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So, as you consider your health and wellness and take a critical look at your bathroom cabinet and make-up bag, here is a great place to start and a few things to consider:

#1: Preservation Method

Every personal care product that has water in it needs a preservation method, or otherwise it could grow mold. You’ve probably heard of parabens, which are used to preserve and some studies have indicated are carcinogenic.

Parabens can irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions, and some have also been linked to hormone disruption because of their estrogenic activity—in other words, the chemical mimics the hormone estrogen.

So, as paraben-free beauty has become a rallying cry, the common ones you’ll see on labels now include phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin {both of which we use at Beautycounter}.

Check out Beautycounter’s Patented Never List

#2. Behind the Latin

There’s a super-high chance you’ll come across Latin terms on your beauty product labels. Don’t be concerned—this is a good thing. When you see Latin on a label, it’s just the name of the botanical! For example, “lavendula gastufolia” is the scientific name behind lavender. It’s the standard nomenclature for a botanical extract or essential oil.

Thankfully, if you can’t recognize your fave flower {or plant or oil} in the foreign language, the label will oftentimes show the more commonly known name in parentheses.

#3. Chemicals

This word conjures up a lot of distaste, doesn’t it? But guess what? Chemicals across the board are not bad for us!! Our body is made up of chemicals, and so is everything else, including food and water! TOXIC chemicals are bad for us. Toxic means that the chemicals can harm cells or organs, cause neurological damage, and/or alter important biological systems like the endocrine system, which regulates our hormones.

It’s definitely normal to stumble over multi-syllabic words that you may not be able to pronounce. Just because something has a convoluted, confusing name doesn’t mean it’s unsafe – it just means it can be natural or synthetic. And if something’s derived from botanical sources, it can still cause an allergy or sensitization, just as certain synthetics can do the same.

Take care to research these kinds of ingredients to confirm that you’re comfortable with them having a place in your skin-care routine!

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#4. Understanding Fragrance

More often than not, you’re going to stumble across fragrance—which shows up in various forms on a label {think “parfum,” “perfume,” or straight up “fragrance”}. Sometimes you’ll even see aroma or flavor. Even products that are labeled ‘unscented’ can have fragrance—it’s completely legal to add masking fragrance to the formula, so be sure to check!

This can be a problem because the current labeling act from the 1970s doesn’t require ingredients within the term “fragrance” to be listed. That means that unless a company is super transparent, you don’t know what’s falling under the term “parfum”.

At Beautycounter, if we don’t need it, we don’t put it in. Simple as that. Every ingredient in our products has a function; nothing is used without careful consideration of its efficacy and performance. We do not dye skin care or shower products, for example—we only use colorants in our color cosmetics. We do not use masking fragrances—only natural scents made from essential oils disclosed on ingredient labels. No mysteries—just safer and cleaner ingredients with purpose.

#5. Know the Source

Lastly, whether through the brand or the boutique that stocks them, it’s helpful to know {and trust} who you’re purchasing your products from. Find a business with like-minded values where you feel comfortable shopping, businesses who test products, scour over labels, and question business practices and sourcing before they ever sell something.

Chemicals that can cause cancer, reproductive harm, and other serious health issues are NOT banned in the United States from the skin care and color cosmetic products that people use every day, day after day, and companies are free to make their own judgments about safety.

Cosmetics are just one route of exposure to toxic chemicals, but it is one that we can do something about. Our team researches the safety of each potential ingredient to ensure that we’re making the safest high-performing products that we can!

*The above information has been referenced from Well and Good. 

Back to your morning routine: consider those top products, meaning the ones you use each and everyday without fail. Check the labels for the ingredients and consider making a safe swap. The key is that small changes can add up to big health results!

Think you might be interested in learning more? I am happy to help. I want to help you make the switch to safer. Any small change to a clean beauty alternative will mean big impact for your (and your family’s) health!  If you would like to try Beautycounter all orders place with me through the month of April will receive FREE shipping and be entered to win a sample giveaway!

Ways to get involved

Anyone who becomes a member* with me this month will get your choice of our NEW Color Intense Lipstick! Spring calls for a Fresh POP of color! Its my Thank you to you!

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*Membership perks include: FREE Shipping on orders over $100, FREE gift at sign-up, %15 percent back in product credit on EVERY PURCHASE, and special VIP Member only exclusive offers throughout the year!

Contact me: erintinti.beautycounter@gmail.com

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Check out my website: https://www.beautycounter.com/erintinti

Thank you!

Erin Tinti

 

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