Well, I'm not. BUT I do happen to have a LOT in common with one of my favorite celebrities. You see, Gwyneth Paltrow was recently quoted in an interview, saying that safe and clean beauty and personal care is the NEW "organic food". That is to say, many years ago, organic food was weird and unusual. It was ugly and unapproachable. BUT a movement was developed and look where we are today. Well, maybe not so much where I live, but I would say most of the country. Because of that movement, I'm going to say it's safe to assume you try to buy organic foods whenever possible, or at least the "dirty dozen".
Today safe and clean skin care and beauty products are in the infancy stage of what looks to be just as much of a movement (hopefully bigger).
How does this apply to ME? Well, a few years ago, my work career really took off when I became a fruit salesperson at Stemilt Grower's in Wenatchee, specializing in ORGANIC FRUIT. WHAT!?!? Yes, I was part of THAT movement! I spent 7 1/2 wonderful, fulfilling and very busy years of my life there. And wouldn't you know it, TODAY I am part of the safe and clean skincare/beauty movement!!! Just like Gwyneth Paltrow. Right? Right. In this article from the site, it puts the relevance of the situation into perspective.
It's a LOT, I know. I get it. First we are asked to change the way we eat, getting rid of all the toxic overly-processed foods of our childhood. And now, you mean to tell me that my skincare is toxic TOO!!! For a long time I've known there would be consequences of the stuff I put on my skin, but I couldn't find answers. When I couldn't find answers, I gave up. I bought into mainstream marketing and the idea my best interest was at heart. I assumed if it was able to be sold and mass-marketed it must be "safe". How wrong I was. I am here to tell you there is, in fact, a better way! There are places you can get answers and there are companies out there with your best interest at heart. In fact, I'm lucky to be partnered with a company that lobbies for your best interest. Some day, we hope you won't have to worry. Don't worry, it's not a scary undertaking and there are a lot of resources out there.
I challenge you to learn more about the seemingly harmless products that you use everyday. A good place to start is EWG's Skin-deep data base that rates products for safety and allergens. Another good resource to help you decipher what those ingredients on your labels are is I Read Labels For You.
Beautycounter takes the guess work out of my personal care products because they adhere to the strictest screening process for safer ingredients in the industry. The more I learn about the industry, the happier I am to be partnered with a company of such high integrity. You owe it to yourself to take action and #switchtosafer. Be scrupulous about the products you choose, no matter who makes them. I would love to help by sending your more information or by being your personal shopper for #saferbeauty #betterbeauty! You can start shopping at www.beautycounter.com/sarahbarkley
OOOOOH. Wait!! ...I mean... P.S. At Beautycounter we use a "Never List," a list of ingredients that we will never include in any of our products. Download this list for your personal use and as a quick cheat sheet to check your current products as you consider #SwitchingToSafer. Click here to download or just take a look at the image posted below: