As A Nutritionist and Energy Practitioner and Teacher it is so important to me that we are very selective about the products we put into our bodies and on our skin. The Beautycounter line was a natural add on to the products I recommend to clients. Below please find a post from the Beautycounter website that I wanted to share with you.
If I can assist you to find products with ingredients that are not harmful and can work with your Food and Chemical Sensitivities- please feel free to contact me at anytime.
Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
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BREAK UP WITH YOUR FOUNDATION
End your toxic relationship with unsafe beauty products—and switch to Beautycounter’s safer, high-performance solutions.
Beauty is one of the least regulated consumer product categories on the market—meaning it’s actually legal to sell skin care and cosmetics that contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer and other serious health impacts. Our unparalleled Ingredient Selection Process ensures that our products perform to professional standards without the harmful or questionable ingredients typically found in the industry. We handpick the best options and exclude anything of concern. There are more than 1,500 ingredients we will never use, no matter what.
LEAVE YOUR LOTION
When was the last time you attempted to decipher a product label? A typical ingredient list on a lotion may include many red-flag ingredients, highlighted below:
Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Glycol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Petrolatum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer,Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-33, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Geraniol, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Citral.
To start, the above list includes ingredients that may disrupt the hormone system, including synthetic fragrance and parabens.
FORGET YOUR FOUNDATION
Many women rely on foundation daily, so vetting what’s in it is that much more important. As we know, just because an ingredient has a long or complex-sounding name doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad for your health. It does mean that understanding product labels can be tricky. For example, a common foundation product label might include potentially unsafe ingredients, highlighted below:
Water, Isohexadecane, Hexyl Laurate, Mica, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerin, Steareth-2, Magnesium Sulfate, Wheat Germ Glycerides, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethyl Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Lecithin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate,Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dipropylene Glycol
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) compounds are in a wide variety of personal care products, including shampoos, hair conditioners, shaving creams, deodorants, lotions, and cosmetics. Polyethylene glycols are ethylene glycol polymers that function as solvents, humectants, emulsion stabilizers, and thickening agents. So what’s the harm? PEG compounds may be contaminated with small amounts of manufacturing by-products such as ethylene glycol and1,4-dioxane, both of which are linked to cancer.
Retinyl palmitate and retinol (vitamin A) are often found in moisturizers and anti-aging skincare. Although vitamin A has been shown to effectively enhance natural skin turnover and collagen production, excessive vitamin
A intake can have detrimental effects on skeletal development in fetuses and bone density in adults. In addition, vitamin A (both as retinyl palmitate and retinoic acid) can accelerate cancerous tumor development when topically applied to skin before exposure to sunlight. For these reasons, we have included retinyl palmitate and retinol (vitamin A) on our Never List.
Now is the moment to demand better beauty. Because you deserve better.
BREAK UP WITH YOUR BRONZER
Color cosmetics can often contain questionable ingredients, as well. For example, a bronzer’s typical product label may feature some of the potentially harmful ingredients highlighted below:
Talc*, Mica*, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate*, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Lecithin, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer,Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Retinyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, BHT, Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyacrylamide, Diamond Powder*, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate*, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Salicylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide*, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Citronellol. N° 3n5503, Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum), May Contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850)*.
*May contain heavy metals.
Hidden heavy metals*, which go unmentioned on product labels, primarily contaminate ingredients used to color cosmetics. Certain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and arsenic are found naturally in the earth, but they may be harmful to human health—a good reminder that not all natural ingredients are safe. These heavy metals can build up in our bodies and may be linked to cancer, neurological effects, and heart, lung, and kidney damage.
Nutritionist, Dietitian & Energy Worker