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Beautycounter: Safer Beauty & Personal Care Products

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, we use safe cleaning products in our home, exercise, sleep well and meditate often. However, one thing that is easily overlooked in the pursuit of health are the cosmetics and personal care products we use daily such as lotions, soaps, deodorant, and make up.

Americans spend over 62 billion dollars every year on personal care products, and many of these are filled with toxic chemicals. Thousands of these chemicals are used without adequate testing or research done to identify the effects they have on us. The FDA does not require testing to approve chemicals used on humans, nor do they have 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 30.

Why are avoiding toxic chemicals so vitally important for our health?

It is easy to assume that, since we are only using these products on our hair or skin, that it isn’t affecting our health like food or supplements do. But did you know that your skin is the largest organ in the body, and that it absorbs these toxic chemicals in less than 26 seconds directly into the blood stream? Some of these chemicals have dangerous impacts on our body. Research has shown that toxins in our personal care products can contribute to cancer, infertility, hormone disruption, autoimmune diseases, rashes, and many other medical conditions.

We have found lots of healthy options that just don't work effectively - especially cosmetics! In our search for safe products, we were introduced to Beautycounter and have been very impressed. Beautycounter has extremely rigid third party testing, a "Never List" of over 1500 ingredients they never use, and the strictest heavy metal standards in the industry. Not only do we love the quality of their products, we also are impressed with their mission as a company. Below is a short video discussing their mission to provide safe products for their consumers:

One of my favorite things about these products is that they are high performing, and I have the comfort of knowing they are safe. My daughter has a lot of fun “dressing up like Mommy,” and I love being able to let her play with my make up with out being concerned about heavy metals or dangerous chemicals.

Some of my favorite products for our family are:

 

Charcoal bar
 

Charcoal helps to extract toxins from the skin and leaves it feeling smooth and clean. It is great for men, women, and teenagers!


Balancing Face Mask

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 it helps tremendously in healing. This is fantastic for men and women!


Tinted foundation

This tinted foundation is amazing! I have never been a fan of liquid foundations because of how heavy and sticky they feel, but this one feels light and covers well. For a thicker coverage, you can also use this concealer pen


Baby products

 Children today are exposed to far more environmental toxins than we were as children. I am committed to minimizing the number of toxic chemicals that my children are exposed to at home during our daily routines. I have tried many baby products, but these are the best I have used! I use these products on my children every single day, and I use the baby oil on my own face every night before bed - it's 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 bodies. We believe in the importance of removing toxins from our lives, and would love to help you find the best products that will continue to support your best life. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email our nutritionist, Stephanie. Stephanie@stewardinglifewellness.com.

Safe Cosmetics + A Giveaway

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 bar

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!


Charcoal mask

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. 


Tinted foundation

This tinted foundation is amazing! I have never been a big fan of liquid foundations because of how heavy and sticky it feels, but this one feels light and covers well. For a thicker coverage you can also use this tinted moisturizer underneath. 


Mascara

 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!


Baby products

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.

October Specials

* 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.

 

Giveaway

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...

Debra Floyd!

Thank you for all who participated!