“Beauty Should Be Good For You.” by Lydia Nadeau

This phrase stopped me in my tracks while in the midst of a secondary fertility journey. I had always been fairly conscientious of the foods I ate and aired on the side of “natural” when it came to personal care products. But then I took a closer look. And I realized that many products I was putting on my skin, OUR LARGEST ORGAN, day after day--was full of both questionable ingredients and full out known hormone disruptors. The real clincher was discovering that my mascara contained formaldehyde. (!)

Sadly, the personal care industry remains largely unregulated in the US (the last time Congress pass a law with regulations was 1938—imagine the amount of products to hit the shelves since then) and we are far behind the European Union who has banned 1,400 harmful chemicals from cosmetics while the US has banned 30.
While I was health conscious of everything I was putting in my body, it was time to change what I was putting ON my skin, the body’s largest organ.

Around this time I was introduced to Beautycounter, a company with a unique mission: to get safer products in the hands of everyone. I became more informed and simultaneously fell in love with this luxurious line of high performing, meticulously tested personal care products. Beautycounter created the “Never List”, a compilation of over 1500 potentially harmful ingredients commonly found in cosmetics, and banned them from all their products. Additionally, cosmetics are triple tested for heavy metals, and all ingredients are clearly listed for transparency. This is especially important considering under current regulations, “Fragrance” is considered a trade secret, so companies can (and do) hide hundreds of harmful ingredients on this one pretty little word. (This spills over into many household products as well, but that is a story for another day.)

With this newfound knowledge and appreciation, I began the switch to safer beauty. It can be overwhelming to begin this process, but it is worth every minute and dollar to show kindness to your body, your skin, and your hormones. One of the best parts of the process for me was finding that these skin care regimens, makeup, bath and body products had performance to match their high safety standard. Side note: don’t get overwhelmed by the process. A helpful approach is to simply replace one personal care item at a time as you run out. Take inventory, read ingredients, and make one better choice at a time.

Now that I’ve thrown a lot of information out there, here is the fun part—sharing my current favorites and how to use them!

My Top 5 Clean Beauty Favorites:

1. Cleansing Balm (https://www.beautycounter.com/product/cleansing-balm)
This multi-tasking balm is brimming with uses and benefits. It's a nourishing daily cleanser, a melting makeup-removing balm, and a deeply replenishing overnight mask. It also hydrates with nutrient-rich raspberry and cranberry seed oils and promotes a brighter complexion with radiance-boosting vitamin C. Simply massage an almond-size amount onto dry skin and let it break down oils, dirt, and impurities. Then dampen the soft 100% muslin cloth (included) to wipe everything away and rinse skin with cool water. Or, for use as an overnight mask, massage it into clean skin and rinse away in the morning.

2. Overnight Resurfacing Peel (https://www.beautycounter.com/product/overnight-resurfacing-peel)
Goodnight, dullness. Good morning, glow. Formulated with 15 botanically-derived acids, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and dark spots without irritation or over-drying. Glycolic, lactic, and malic acids clear away dull surface skin cells, while hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids soothe and nourish to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion.
Why is it safer?

Our Overnight Resurfacing Peel is formulated without synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and formaldehyde-based preservatives commonly found in peels. Our peel uses a unique combination of both resurfacing acids and soothing acids that hydrate, replenish, and protect skin. This precise combination of acids optimizes performance while maintaining a pH level that doesn’t cause irritation.

3. Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion (https://www.beautycounter.com/product/countermatch-adaptive-moisture-lotion)
This lightweight lotion helps skin adapt to the ever-changing aggressors of modern life. Not only does it provide up to 24-hours of hydration — it actually adjusts hydration levels throughout the day for a smooth look and feel and radiant glow. Breakthrough Bio-Mimic Technology harnesses the unique life-giving properties of plants to exactly match the structure of skin, giving it precisely what it needs and nothing it doesn't

4. Brightening Facial Oil (https://www.beautycounter.com/product/no-1-brightening-facial-oil)
Your daily radiance boost. This citrus-scented facial oil quickly absorbs and penetrates to awaken and replenish skin. Lightweight and silky smooth, it features a proprietary blend of seven natural oils which leave your skin bright and glowing.

5. Sheer Lipstick (https://www.beautycounter.com/product/multi-color-lipstick)
My favorite lip ever. The ultimate everyday lipstick, this silky-smooth and ultra-moisturizing formula gives lips a sheer wash of color and a touch of polished sheen. It also includes jojoba esters and carnauba wax to condition and hydrate lips and no synthetic fragrance—just a sophisticated hint of natural vanilla. The shade range is designed to compliment all skin tones, and the formula is super buildable—layer it on to intensify the color.

Here is to better beauty, to caring for your body inside and out, and to a happy and healthy Spring season!

Lydia is a mom of 3 who loves the outdoors, gardening, working with her husband on their 1920’s New England home, clean beauty and all things creative.
You can find her over at : https://www.instagram.com/simplywell.lydiajean/
Here she shares healthy home and beauty tips as well as tutorials and occasional recipes.
Learn more about safer beauty and these clean products at: www.beautycounter.com/lydianadeau
Contact on IG or: nadeau.lydia@gmail.com