At Stewarding Life Wellness we are passionate about living a healthy, balanced, and toxic free lifestyle. We strive to eat healthy food that supports our health, use safe cleaning products in our home, exercise, sleep well and meditate often. However, one thing that is easily overlooked in our pursuit of health are the cosmetics and personal care products we use daily such as lotions, soaps, deodorant, and make up.
Americans spend billions of dollars every year on personal care products and most of these are filled with toxic chemicals. Thousands of these chemicals are used without adequate testing or research done to see the effects they have on us. Even the FDA does not require testing to approve chemicals used on humans or even has the power to recall a product that could be dangerous. The European Union has banned nearly 1400 toxic chemicals from their cosmetic products. America has only banned or restricted 11.
Why are avoiding toxic chemicals so vitally important for our health?
It is easy to assume that since we are only using these products in our hair or on our skin that it isn’t affecting our health like food or supplements do. However, our skin is our largest organ and absorbs these toxic chemicals readily on a daily basis, having dangerous and negative impacts on our body. Research has shown that these toxins in our personal care products can contribute to cancer, infertility, hormone disruption, autoimmune diseases, rashes, and many other medical conditions.
As we are switching to safe, toxic free products, we have tried a lot of healthy options that just don’t work effectively- especially cosmetics. Several people mentioned Beautycounter to us and that it is a great company that makes safe cosmetics and is extremely rigid in all their testings. We were intrigued and began trying their products and learning more about their mission as a company. Below is a short video discussing their mission to provide safe products for their consumers:
We have been extremely impressed and use them on a daily basis. As a company, they have banned over 1500 chemicals from ever being used in their products and are rigid in their testing to not include toxic chemicals or heavy metals to give us the safest and most effective products they can.
Some of my favorite products for our family are:
Charcoal helps to extract toxins from the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and cleaner than any other products I have used! It is great for men, women, and teenagers!
I feel like I have been to a spa after using this. It leaves my skin feeling amazingly clean and rejuvenated. I have also used it on rashes and other skin irritants and found that it has helped tremendously in healing it.
I feel like good mascara is one of the hardest clean cosmetic products to find. I was wary of this products but love it! I like the brush and that the mascara doesn't clump on my lashes and gives some volume. After using it for a month, many have found that their eyelashes are actually thicker and longer, too!
Children are exposed to far more environmental toxins than we were as children and I was adamant that I didn't want our children being exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals in our daily routines at home. I have tried many products but these are the best I have used! I use these products on my children every single day and confession- I use the baby oil on my face every night before bed- it is that awesome!
It is so important to be mindful of the things we are putting in our bodies, but also equally important to consider what we are putting on our skin and hair and what we are providing for our family to use on a daily basis. We believe in the importance of removing toxins from our lives and would love to help educate you on finding the best products that will continue to allow you to steward your life to the best of your ability. We would also love to answer any questions you have or even help you try a few samples at the office.
* Also, this month (October, 2016) we wanted to offer a special gift if you spend $50 (before tax) we will also include a peppermint lip conditioner with your order.
* If you spend $125 or more (before tax) we will send you a complimentary charcoal bar.
This week we are going to have a giveaway for one of our favorite products: the charcoal mask! You can enter to win until Thursday, October 27th. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 28th so be sure to check back on our blog!
And the winner is...
Thank you for all who participated!