Let me introduce your skin to Beautycounter.
One of the most terrific things about leaping (or at times crawling) out of my comfort zone to start Fiftiness has been the women writers and entrepreneurs I’ve met. These are woman who are experts in their fields: writing, health, fitness, financial planning, career resources, love, life, style and beauty. They all have something to teach me which is why I post their stories here.
The most important lesson I’ve learned over the last seven months from all my contributors is to tell our stories, to ask questions and to ask for help! In talking to Nell Stephenson about her work as a nutritionist, I told her about my saga with skin allergies. She told me about her experience with Beautycounter, a skincare line that is leading the way in bringing safer products into the hands of everyone. A company started by Gregg Renfrew, a mom-preneur, seemed just the right fit for a product partnership with Fiftiness. But let’s back up –
I’m allergic to the sun. Which means I’m almost always dressed in long sleeves with scarves wrapped around my head on sunny days, and always when the temperature is over 70 degrees. In addressing the uncomfortable hives that accompany this allergy, I discovered that the sun was only a part of it!
Think of it this way: the sun activates the allergy; the products I use on my skin exacerbate the itching.
I bought sulphate free, Paraben free, fragrance free. If it said sensitive skin I threw it into my shopping cart! Outside of these general rules to shop by what else did I need to know?
What I needed to know
You know how you give yourself a once over in the mirror before you step into the shower? New blemishes anywhere? Check tummy – not protruding too bad. Posture? Stand a little straighter. Roots? Could use a little color. I was doing just that when I happily noticed that my skin looked great, as in allergy free. Not red. Not blotchy. Not itchy. I congratulated myself on getting this ridiculous allergy under control. Then I showered. Shampooed. Conditioned.
Looking in the mirror post shower I could not believe the color of my neck & ears! As bright red as if I had just laid in the sun for hours without so much as a lick of sunscreen.
I gathered up all my products from the shower. I took to the computer. Google research. What I discovered was my sulfate free, Paraben free healthy products were still stock full of harmful chemicals or other allergens.
I learned just because it’s made for sensitive skin, or listed as hypoallergenic, doesn’t mean it is for everyone!
I became hyper-vigilante at looking at not just what I put into my body, but what I put on my body. I got to reading a lot of labels.
Beautycounter is a skincare product that goes that extra mile. They look deeply and closely at what goes into their products. As well as at the industry as a whole. There is so much that we put into our bodies, or on our bodies, that affect our health in ways we don’t totally understand or even want to accept.
I saw this first hand when I lost 80 lbs thirteen years ago. The effects food had, not just on my figure, but on my whole being became incredibly evident. I woke with more energy by eating well. I cut out sugar and saw the dark spots on my face I had since pregnancy (the dreaded pregnancy mask) disappear without the expense of $250 a tube bleaching cream!
Beautycounter spoke to my experiences of how important what we put in and on our bodies can be to living a good healthful life.
The other thing that I came to appreciate about Beautycounter was their access. In my pursuit of blotch free skin on a sunny day, I had also come to suspect that products with vitamin C could be an issue. I called their health counter and was able to discuss ingredients, and what products would be best for me to try.
I’ve been using the products for over a month. The sun is hot in Los Angeles now. Beautycounter products do not mean I can be out there midday in short sleeves and scarf free. I wish! But knowing the products aren’t going to exacerbate an already uncomfortable situation makes me happy outdoors, even if only for limited time. Oh, and my skin feels and looks great!
Editors Note: We are thrilled to partner with a product like Beautycounter. In order to fund the ongoing conversation of fearless woman after fifty, these sorts of affiliate relationships are important. Our promise is to only partner with products we’ve tried so that we can honestly climb onto our soapbox to sing their praises from experience! Please know that Fiftiness will receive a small portion of any purchases made through the Beautycounter links on this website. It’s that contribution which keeps us talking and for that we thank you!