When I first started to get interested in Beautycounter products I wasn’t sure where to begin. I’ve always been a drug store skincare girl, buying my skincare and makeup alongside my frozen veggies and Diet Coke. Spending more seemed strange and counterintuitive to me. Why would I buy something that cost more when the stuff I was using worked great and was a fraction of the cost?
For me, the answer to this “why” is the two small boys who call me mommy and the man I’m lucky enough to be married to. After using the EWG Healthy Living app on every product I used I started to see a common theme. Most of them had chemicals with cancer, fertility and hormone danger associated with them, and that didn’t sit well with me. I plan on being around as long as possible and to live the highest quality of life I can for as long as possible. For me it was a no-brainer.
That being said, there’s the still the cost to contend with. Spending more isn’t easy; however, we make money and time for the things we deem important. Using safer products warrants I make sacrifices in other areas, and I’m fine with that because the end result is worth it! So without further ado, here are the first things I changed when making the switch to safer:
- Face oils. I realize that these products host one of the highest prices, but they have lasted f-o-r-e-v-e-r and the results have been beyond worth the cost. My favorite is the hydrating face oil! I use it in lieu of a moisturizer most days, mix it into my night cream, and use it as a pick-me-up during the day.
- Dew skin tinted moisturizer. I rarely wear makeup, but for me this was a no-brainer. SPF, light coverage, moisturizer. DONE! I wear this a couple times a week – when I’m going out in public or seeing other people – for a little more even skin tone.
- Charcoal cleansing bar. I was so unsure about this at first, but I absolutely love using this instead of my old facial cleanser. It can be drying for some (or so I’ve heard) but I like using it in the morning and night. My friend Madison has also given a great how-to for this product here.
- Sea salt spray. I’ve been working on embracing my curly hair for years, and this product has been great. I used to use a lot of gel or mousse, but after showering I’ll spritz some of this on my hair and let it air dry. If it doesn’t dry well that day (curly girls you know what I’m talking about) then I’ll use a small curling iron to smooth things out a bit. The sea salt spray does a great job of creating good texture and a very light amount of hold.