Making the Clean Beauty Switch

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For the past 6-7 years or so, I’ve struggled with my skin. I’ve been very open about my skin journey; I’ve tried it all. For years I would pile on makeup, use strong, harsh cleansers and products, and my skin would only get worse. I blamed hormones and stress for my breakouts and while that was partly true, the chemicals I was putting on my face that were stripping my natural oils and being absorbed deep into my skin were not helping in the least. Did you know that the body can absorb as much as five pounds of cosmetic chemicals every year?!

It wasn’t until about 6 months ago that things changed for me completely. As I’ve shared, I’ve had quite a few treatments done (hallelujah for microneedling!), but those treatments can only be successful when they work hand in hand with daily maintenance. I learned a long time ago that most “prescription strength” cleansers and serums are far too harsh for my skin and for years that led me to using the most basic drugstore cleanser ever. It didn’t break me out, but it wasn’t doing any wonders for me. Then I was introduced to Beautycounter cleansing balm.

Beautycounter’s cleansing balm is like heaven in a jar. It comes in a soft, wax-like form and melts on your dry skin. I was instantly hooked. Beautycounter’s mission is to get better beauty products in the hands of everyone. Beauty products can be good for us and have beautiful packaging and be extremely effective. As a blogger, I get sent hundreds upon hundreds of beauty products every year. No brand I have ever tried has compared to Beautycounter. I’m slowly but surely replacing all of my (free) skincare and makeup with healthy, clean alternatives from Beautycounter.

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After I tried the cleansing balm, I moved on to the cleansing wipes, the Rejuvenating Toner pads, Dew Skin, Skin Tint Hydrating Foundation, and a few more favorites I’ve shared below. All Beautycounter products are made without 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals, many of which have been outlawed in other countries. When I’m using Beautycounter products, I know I’m being healthy, so I don’t feel bad putting it on my skin. Meanwhile, now that I’ve been enlightened, I feel guilty using brands I haven’t extensively researched.

In addition to creating cleaner, safer beauty products, Beautycounter also advocates for it in Washington – and has changed laws in the beauty industry. They’re a certified B-corp, which means they’re recognized by the government for safe products, sustainability, charitable giving, advocacy, and transparency. They have a huge initiative right now for using environmentally friendly packaging (they’re transitioning away from plastic!), so not only are they safe for us, but Beautycounter is safe for the earth. And if I had kids, I know I’d be even more passionate about this, and I’d certainly be using their baby & kids products! I honestly could go on and on, but the main reason I love the brand, use the products, and share them with y’all is because they work. Since I’ve been using Beautycounter in place of other brands, my skin has become completely clear, more radiant, and so much smoother.

My newest clean beauty favorite is the Countertime Supreme Cream. One time La Mer sent me their moisturizer and I never got it again because of the high price tag, but this stuff is so. much. better. It’s thick, creamy, heavenly, and actually good for my skin. And now with fall and winter around the corner, you best believe the whole Countertime line is at the top of my beauty wishlist.

Now that I’m switching to using clean beauty products, I’m doing the same for my home. I’m working on using safe, healthy cleaning products and of course food. I’m not perfect and I don’t think it’s realistic to be completely over the top with every single thing in your life, but I think there are plenty of small changes we can all make day to day. And that’s where I’m at in my clean beauty journey!

What’s your experience with clean beauty brands?

Photos by Ryan Carpenter.