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Small Changes Can Make A Huge Impact

20 Small Changes You Can Make

You might think making small changes may not always make a difference, but it can be quite the opposite. Believe it or not, Beautycounter was started by one woman who decided to make small changes in her life. Years ago, Beautycounter Founder & CEO Gregg Renfrew felt the need to make small adjustments to improve her home, diet, and lifestyle. These small changes eventually led to her creating the movement for better beauty.

We wanted to learn more about small changes that others have made in their lives, so we asked! Read on and find out the best tips you shared with us.

Small Choices

Home

1. Choose a safer detergent. Skin is your body’s largest organ and it absorbs everything you put on it, including the detergent you use on the clothes you wear every day. Some detergents can be made from potentially harmful ingredients that your skin may, in turn, come into contact with. Check the EWG for a list of safer detergent options.

2. Choose glass over plastic. Some plastics contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) which the FDA has issued hazardous health warnings about. So instead of using plastic containers, go for glass. It won’t leach toxins into food and, because it’s reusable, it helps minimize waste.

3. Keep your shoes at the door. The bottoms of your shoes are dirty! Wearing them inside can increase your exposure to dust, lead, bacteria, and pollutants that could lead to health problems.

4. Opt for fragrance-free or essential oil-scented home products. It’s a good practice to avoid products scented with synthetic fragrances. When “fragrance” is listed as an ingredient, it’s usually a blend of various chemical compounds, many of which are common allergens or have links to hormone disruption. And since are they protected as trade secrets, there is no way to know for sure what ingredients are in the formulas.

5. Swap out dryer sheets for wool dryer balls. Wool what? These reusable dryer balls are a great option to reduce waste and exposure to potentially harmful toxins and hormone disruptors found in synthetic fragrances. If you want your clothes to smell fresh, just add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the dryer ball before use.

Food

1. Buy organic. Some fruits and vegetables have a thinner skin, meaning they have a higher risk of absorbing harmful chemicals from pesticides. If buying everything organic isn’t in your budget, prioritize! Check out EWG’s dirty dozen list for fruits and veggies with the highest risk of pesticide exposure.

2. Shop local when possible. Farmer’s markets not only support the community, but also help the environment by reducing the carbon footprint from shipping. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to the market. There are services like CSA or Farm Fresh to You that will deliver boxes of organic produce from local farms to your doorstep.

3. Ditch the microwave. Microwaves work by converting water molecules at very high frequencies into steam to heat food, which ends up distorting food’s chemical structure. Stove and oven cooking are safer alternatives.

4. Replace non-stick with stainless steel. Although non-stick pans are easier to clean, they may be more hazardous to your health and the environment. PTFE (polytetrafluoroetheylene) is used for non-stick coating, which can release chemical fumes at high temperatures. These surface particles and toxic gases may work their way into your food and the air. Choose stainless steel instead!

5. Give Meatless Monday a try. Meat production causes deforestation, freshwater use, and greenhouse gas emissions. To counter all that madness, Meatless Monday is a worldwide campaign that encourages going meat-free for just one day a week to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and chronic illness. Not to mention it positively affects your health, and it’s better for the planet.

Conscious Living

1. Take shorter showers. The longer the shower, the more water and energy resources are depleted. Pure, clean water is necessary for life. It protects wildlife, supports cities, reduces pollution, and conserves fuel resources. So keep those showers short!

2. Walk and bike when possible. Skip the car and reduce your carbon footprint. Walking and biking help increase your cardiovascular function, reduce stress, and contribute to overall well-being.

3. Make time to meditate. Studies show that by unplugging daily, meditating, and focusing on your breath, you can reduce anxiety, stress, negative emotions, blood pressure, and even change your brain function. Plus, it gives you a little extra time to reflect.

4. Add indoor plants for cleaner air. Did you know that the air we breathe indoors can be polluted if there’s not proper ventilation? Plants are an easy way to purify air inside. Try a bamboo palm, spider plant or aloe vera and breathe in the cleaner air.

5. Carry reusable shopping bags. Plastic bags are overwhelmingly destructive to the environment: They suffocate wildlife, block soil nutrients, or fill up landfills where they never decompose. An estimated 300 million plastic bags wind up in the Atlantic Ocean alone, creating one of the biggest problems for the sea life. Canvas, cotton, or jute fiber are a few sturdy reusable bag alternatives.

Beauty

1. Use safer sunscreen. Instead of using a potentially harmful sunblocker like oxybenzone, our Sun Protection Collection uses non-nano zinc oxide, an effective mineral that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and hasn’t been found to be dangerous to the ocean ecosystem. We also use hydrating aloe, antioxidant-rich, free-radical fighting green tea and blood orange extracts, and moisturizing coconut oil to nourish and protect skin.

2. Wash your hair less often. Save water, use less product and train your hair to be less greasy. It may sound counterintuitive, but giving your hair enough time to naturally produce oils instead of stripping them by shampooing too frequently will ultimately lead to less oil production.

3. Choose cloth instead of paper. Tissues and paper towels come from trees (obviously). Chlorine bleach is used to whiten the tree pulp and isn’t eco-friendly. Save paper and opt for a cloth towel to clean with, dry hands or wipe your nose. P.S. handkerchiefs are making a comeback.

4. Know the ingredients. Information is one of the most powerful factors in any purchasing decision. At Beautycounter, we handpick every ingredient that goes into our products using an industry-leading screening and testing procedures. You can learn more about the ingredients we use to formulate our products and everything we prohibit on The Never List™.

5. Choose essential oils over perfume. Essential oils are natural products extracted from plants with aromatic properties, and some have added benefits to address various emotional and skin concerns. Avoid perfume as it usually contains synthetic fragrances, a blend of various chemical compounds, many of which are common allergens or have links to hormone disruption.

This post is shared from The Asterisk blog at www.beautycounter.com. If you have questions about Beautycounter’s safer products, email me HERE or view our product line HERE.

What small changes have you made in your life? Share them in the comments below:

Top 5 Safer Products Share

Ever since I became aware of the number of unsafe chemicals in most health and beauty products, I’ve been on an awareness and educational quest. That quest led me to Beautycounter. Thanks to their safer products, I don’t have to choose between product effectiveness and my health. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever loved a product line this much.

So, I thought I would share My Top 5 Safer Products with you:
Safer Products
  1. Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa. Hands down, this is my favorite Beautycounter product. I noticed results within days. Before I began using it, my lower legs were dry and flakey and now they feel smooth and look hydrated. My skin looks great 24/7, which is especially important during the summer. We all want to look great in our shorts and short-sleeves. This product delivers. The light scent, from real citrus oil, is divine. I just can’t get enough of this lotion. $24, http://bit.ly/2g8MZVp
  2. Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa. The Beautycounter Body Wash to me is perfection. The light scent, like that of the hydrating body lotion, is from pure citrus oil. It leaves my skin feeling great, never dry and tight. The consistency of the body wash is thick and it’s concentrated. An almond sized amount is all I need during my shower. A bottle will last you months. Love this product! $24, http://bit.ly/2qluvCv
  3. Rejuvenating Toner Pads. Within a few weeks of using these toner pads, I noticed that I had less facial redness and a more consistent skin tone. I also noted the pores on my nose and chin were visibly smaller. I can’t believe how quickly these pads changed the texture of my skin. The container closes tightly to prevent it from drying out. I use both sides of each pad so I get about 3 months out of each container. $45, http://bit.ly/2n9NvCy
  4. Tint Skin Foundation. Beautycounter’s Tint Skin is one of the best foundations I’ve ever used. And it’s so much safer than the other foundations I’d used! I have a hard time getting a good match to my fair skin, but Linen was the perfect shade for me. It goes on smoothly with Beautycounter’s special retractable foundation brush, and lasts all day. Just remember to set it with a touch of the Mattify Powder and you’re good to go. $41, http://bit.ly/1lUwpRn
  5. Cleansing Balm. This is a miracle balm. It removes makeup, is an overnight mask, smooths dry feet and cuticles, acts as a highlighter over makeup, and so much more. A little goes a long way. I use a pea-sized amount at night to take off my makeup. Don’t let the price of it deter you. The jar will last months, likely more than six months. I bet you’ll find even more uses for it than I’ve listed. $80, http://bit.ly/2bmnxdz
So that’s my Beautycounter Top 5.

It’s taken me a little while, but I’ve swapped all my skin care, beauty, and body care products to Beautycounter.  I absolutely love all of the products – with one exception. That’s the Sea Salt Spray. When I use it, my hair tends to get a little too “crunchy” for my liking. Are you ready to give Beautycounter a try? There’s no better time because now through Monday, 5/29 is Beautycounter’s Memorial Day special:

Memorial Day Special! Get your choice of a free product with your purchase of $150. Now, that’s a deal! Hurry because it’s only good through Monday, 5/29. Take advantage of this offer through this link: http://bit.ly/2qpH40w.

Safer Products for Everyone

We Deserve Better!

Until recently, I didn’t realize how many harmful chemicals are in the products I that use daily. Every time I put on lotion or sunscreen, used body wash or shampoo in the shower, or applied lipstick, I was allowing toxic chemicals to enter my body. I assumed that because we live in a highly regulated country, the products I used must be safe. After all, doesn’t the FDA monitor the ingredients the companies that use?

Then I watched a video about the amount of toxic and harmful chemicals in skin care and beauty products. I found out that when it comes to the personal care industry, there are minimal regulations. In fact, while the European Union bans the use of over 1400 chemicals, the U.S. only bans 11! What this means is that we first need to educate ourselves so that we can protect ourselves and second, we need to lobby for stricter regulations.

We deserve better! So, I’m sharing this video with you, so that you can educate and empower yourself, too.

What’s in Your Products?

So, I decided to start looking more carefully at the labels of the products I use. It was eye-opening!

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This was my favorite Lavender hand wash that I had in my bathroom

As soon as I read the ingredients on the bottle, I threw it away. Luckily, I had this one to replace it with:

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Much safer ingredients!

What a difference on the second picture! I love the natural coconut fragrance better in this one anyway.

Over the next few weeks, I became more aware of the chemicals in my favorite products and decided to start replacing them with safer products. I hope you will do the same. Observation and awareness are always the first steps to making positive change. Next week, I’ll share another video. This one was on Good Morning America in December. One of their correspondents did a feature on the chemicals in personal care products and even underwent lab testing and shares the results.

To learn more about Beautycounter products, visit my personal webpage HERE

Post some pictures below of product labels you’ve found in your home. The good, the bad, and the ugly!