Hello Lovely Friends! How are you doing? I wanted to stop by to talk about something that has become a part of my well-being for the past six months. I am thinking of it as Food for Thought, kind of like a PSA. Stick with me friends.

I have always taken good care of my skin and know on wood have never had any big issues with acne or aging. When we moved to Oakland, I noticed a big change and blamed it on the water. I had also started to sway from my normal routine. I started getting suckered into those monthly box subscriptions and yo-yo-ing around with different skin care products. I started noticing a lot of changes with my skin, dryness, loss of tone and crazy breakouts. The breakouts were really stressing me out more than dryness or a few wrinkles here and there. I consistently keep slathering on whatever came in those monthly boxes with hopes of it getting better, while blaming it on the water and stress.

Fast forward to almost two years ago when I sought help from a dermatologist. The breakouts were no longer there instead there was a crazy rash. It was really was starting to bothering me, and at times I hated being out in public as the rashes were so red as well as painful. I was sure I had cancer.

My doctor said some of the issues were aging (tone, dryness) and the other big issue was that I was developing adult-onset Rosacea. It was acne nor was it cancer.

She gave me four options:

She could write a prescription for a product that would be loaded with chemicals.

I could take a steroid.

I could figure out what was triggering the flare-ups and then avoid (stress and some foods).

Or find a product that worked for me.

I pay a lot of attention to what we put into our bodies so the first two options were not going to fly.  I try to avoid medications unless completely necessary, and I was sure these would wreck havoc on my skin even more. Plus, our environment plays into more chronic diseases and I did not want to subject my body to more trauma.

I love to eat so giving up a food that I might enjoy was not an option unless it was something I did not care for. I started limiting foods to figure it out and was happy that it was not tomato based, dairy or red wine. Instead, it is Cruciferous vegetables which are all the ones I love; but, I can still enjoy thanks to the solution I have found!

The last option was to find a product. I continued to yo-yo y between a few different brands that were natural and safer, they were Juice Beauty, French Girl Organics and 100% Pure. They were okay but not great. Juice Beauty actually made the flare-ups worse. I definitely was not 100% happy with any of the products for a skincare line.

I mentioned my issues to my friend Alexis Davidson, and she introduced me to Beautycounter. I started with a tinted moisturizer and lipstick as I wanted to finish all of the other products I had just bought – even though I hated them, and they didn’t make me happy I could not think of being wasteful.

After using the tinted moisturizer for a couple months, and enjoying the minty lipstick which I got tons of compliments from I was feeling pretty good about me. In September I went full speed ahead with a new cleaning regime and started seeing results within 8 weeks. My skin is now the best it has been in YEARS. I still have minor breakouts when I eat a trigger food but the Beautycounter products control these breakouts, and it has not been as bad as it was when I seeked medical help in April.

Hold onto your hats because I am letting you know that I am like the Avon lady of the 21st Century! I believe in this brand so much that I just started doing a side hustle and am sharing all the amazing goodness. I want everyone I know to have great skin by using safe products! When I believe in a product that works for me, I just have to share all the goodness!

Some things that resonate with me about Beautycounter:

There are decades of studies that serious health issues, such as asthma, cancer, and infertility are on the rise due in some part to ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals. My GYN has been telling me this for years …  
We are exposed to the chemicals in the shower, on our commute and even when we clean our houses. More than 80K chemicals are on the market today, and many do not have safety data. The FDA does not have the authority to remove these harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies every day. 

The EU has banned close to 1400 chemicals in personal care products and the US has only banned 30 to date. WTH??

For the past ten years, every doctor I have talked with has said the same thing that we as a global presence, need to start paying attention to lifestyle and environment issues as these are some of the main causes to most fertility and cancers. I would rather pay more for good quality foods and products that are safe then treatments which will outway those costs. I think of the choices I make as you are what you eat – and same applies to what goes on my body.

What I love about Beautycounter besides making my skin wonderful again is that they are committed to health and safety and have prohibited over 1500 harmful chemicals in their products. 

Are you ready to make a difference in your life? In someone else’s life? There is a line for everyone – ladies, men, and babies! The whole family is covered!

If you are interested, shoot me an email and I will share with you what I am doing. Start out with baby steps – try out a lipstick or maybe a body scrub; then go from there. You can check out the site or order using this link.

I started a Facebook page to share all things beautiful and safe – if you want to stay in the know come have some fun with us! #betterbeauty

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