Grab your coffee, tea, water or wine and let’s chat a bit about our rights as consumers and human beings in general.
We read our packaged food labels so we know what we are about to put in our bodies. Yet, many reach for the cheapest shampoo and body wash. Why would you want to pay a higher price for something that will literally GO DOWN THE DRAIN when you can buy a similar item at the dollar store? I’ll tell you why you should rethink about what you use on your outer covering.
“Flavour” as an ingredient can mean almost anything. I can make my decision to eat or not eat that item after reading the label. “Fragrance” as a product ingredient can also mean almost anything, and by law, the manufacturer does not need to disclose what they use. The beauty industry is not regulated. Let that sink in a moment. You do not know what you are putting on your body. Kinda makes you feel like a lab rat doesn’t it?
Most of us are using soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, deodorant or antiperspirant every day. Some of us also use targeted products to battle wrinkles and age spots and some are battling acne with topical products. Then, there is the moisturizer, concealer, foundation, powder, eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, blush or highlighter, lipstick or lipgloss. Whew! The sunny months find us layering on sunscreen too. That’s a lot for you and your skin to absorb. That potentially toxic load is being delivered EVERY DAY. We literally, wash all those chemicals down the drain and into our marine ecosystem. Our poor oceans. Hawaii recently banned sunscreens that contain oxybenzone as it has been linked to the death of coral reefs. A step in the right direction.
We aren’t surprised when someone develops lung cancer when they smoke. Liver disease in those who drink to excess isn’t shocking either. Yet, how many people do you know who have had their lives touched by severe, life-threatening allergies, infertility issues, miscarriages, non-hereditary cancers, childhood cancers, auto-immune diseases and on and on? We all do. These things used to be rare. These increases can be partially attributed to the daily assault of potentially harmful and toxic ingredients we are using on ourselves and families without a second thought. Our bodies are being hit with so many different chemicals and ingredients that we do not fully understand how they interact with, and affect our delicate hormonal balance, or the cumulative effect of this onslaught over years and years.
Detoxes are really popular these days. We jump on a 7 – 14 – 21 – 30 day detox to help our systems reset and lose our affinity for sugar. Yet, for some, they still are not feeling any better despite cleaning up their nutritional intake. Time to look at what you are using on the outside.
Enter the movement started by Beautycounter. Their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. That doesn’t necessarily mean, everyone has to buy their products. This movement is about changing the laws that govern these products. Beautycounter is working to educate the public on the lack of regulations in the beauty industry. These Consultants are women and men who are reaching out to elected officials and demanding better laws and safer ingredients. I am proud to lend my voice to this movement. As a collective group, we are making a difference. We are speaking out on behalf of all consumers.
We demand better. We deserve safer. Don’t you?