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Who am I to become a Beautycounter Consultant? Let’s be honest…
I am not a make-up person. I’m not even a skin care person. I’ve been very fortunate to have good skin my whole life and, perhaps because of that, I’ve always been lazy about skin care and make-up.
OK. OK. There is one thing I won’t leave the house without—mascara. But that’s it. Literally. I go to work most days with nothing but mascara on. I carry a chapstick or sheer lip gloss for when I’m feeling fancy.
I think “sales” is a dirty word. Or, well, I used to think that, and some days I still do. When I think of sales, I think of the overly happy lotion lady at the mall who chases you for a few feet as you pass their stand and the flood insurance salesman who swears you need his product even though there hasn’t been a flood in your area for 1,000 years.
Yes, I realize these are exaggerations. I know that, logically. But whatever impressions I felt as a child or teenager were emotional, visceral even. They have stuck with me and despite my efforts to think rationally about these sorts of things, the emotions color my perceptions at least a little bit.
So, again, why on earth would I become a Beautycounter Consultant?
I actually work in sales. In 2012, I became an learning consultant (aka sales rep) for a major publisher in the higher education market, and since 2014, I’ve been an educational technology specialist working with a team of learning consultants. Right about now, you’re probably thinking, “This chick is crazy.”
Here’s the thing though, I don’t sell. Neither do my reps. We consult. For me, at least, there’s a big difference. We listen, and listen, and listen. How do they teach? How do their students learn? What’s working? What’s not working? We admire and celebrate their successes, even when it doesn’t involve us or our products. Then, we solve their problems. We offer solutions to the challenges of a changing educational environment.
My skin isn’t perfect anymore. I’m 30 now, and I’m noticing changes. I am going to leave it at that for now because this post is getting really long and I’m feeling a little self-conscious.
Truth #5 – The Most Important Truth of All and the Reason I’m Making the Switch to BC
You all are well aware that, since early 2012, Brent and I have become more attune to our bodies and conscientious about the things we put into them. Our skin is our largest organ, and while we don’t think of it as a doorway to our bodies the same way our mouths are, it totally is. Did you know that 70% of the chemicals we put onto our skin are absorbed into our bloodstream within 26 seconds?
Think about that. What did you put on your skin today? Sun screen? Make-up? A cheap lotion from the grocery store? How many chemicals were used in creating those products? Find out by on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.
While the EU has banned or restricted more than 1,300 harmful and toxic chemicals from personal care products, the US bans or restricts just 11.
Yikes. I’m just going to leave that there. I don’t want to wind up in a fear-mongering rant.
Beautycounter has put together a list of 1,500 ingredients they will NEVER use that includes the 1,300 banned/restricted in the EU. Plus, every ingredient in their products has a function; nothing is used without careful consideration for efficacy and performance. No unwanted extras, no dyes, no mysteries, no nonsense. Check out the Never List here: http://www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list/.
Their testing methods include considering safety criteria like skin irritation, carcinogenicity, and reproductive toxicity. They also check for cumulative exposure (Are we exposed to this chemical from other sources?) and bioaccumulation (Will it build up in our bodies over time?).
So, with encouragement from my friend Stacy (at RealEverything.com) and my husband, I decided to give this a try.
Truth #6 – Last One, I Promise
I am starting small and simple. I wouldn’t know what to do with all the make-up and the lotions and oils and creams. So fear not fellow simple-girls! I’m not going to bombard you with messages about my top 50 favs from BC.
Right now, I’m focusing on learning to take better care of my skin. And, of course, I have to have mascara. That’s my one make-up thing, remember? So far, here’s what I’m using regularly:
Purifying Charcoal Mask
A mineral-rich mix of kaolin clay and charcoal, works to gently exfoliate, draw out impurities, and soothe. The formula helps improve skin’s overall condition by refining the appearance of pores and increasing elasticity. Offers a purifying treatment for congested skin and a 10-minute spa-grade facial. For the deepest clean, prep skin with Charcoal Cleansing Bar.
Personal note: I’ve been using this only occasionally to battle pimples. I put a dab on each pimple before bed. It dries fast and doesn’t rub off on my pillow. The next morning, the pimples are significantly reduced in size, redness, and soreness. Once or twice they disappeared completely!
Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Soothe and nourish skin as you wash away makeup and other impurities with this ultra-gentle daily cleanser. Lightweight yet deeply moisturizing, the creamy formula contains witch hazel to tone skin, and coconut oil and aloe to help hydrate.
Nourishing Day Cream
Lock in moisture throughout the day with our lightweight yet hydrating face cream. Easily absorbed and never greasy, the unscented formula contains a mix of organic coconut oil, safflower oil, and aloe to provide nourishing hydration, plus antioxidant-rich acai to protect against dry skin.
Nourishing Eye Cream
Pamper the delicate skin around your eyes with our lightweight, soothing eye cream. Rich in aloe and organic coconut oil, the unscented formula is easily absorbed and offers an instant cooling moisture boost.
Our breakthrough mascara delivers dramatic length and definition, plus the confidence of safer and cleaner beauty provided by our unparalleled Ingredient Selection Process. With organic oils and shea butter, it conditions lashes while you wear it. The easy-control precision brush ensures clean application without smudging, clumping, or flaking. Color: Soft Black.
Personal note: I love that this actually makes my lashes look longer without being clumpy. The only downside is that you need the Baby Soothing Oil to remove it (soap and water won’t work).
Baby Soothing Oil
A mix of organic coconut, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils, our dry oil soothes and softens skin for a nourishing experience. The formula—designed for newborns and up—absorbs easily without ever feeling greasy.
That’s it. Yes, I have samples of other things and I’ll get around to trying them. But for right now, I’m loving these seven simple products. I think you will, too.
Want to learn more? Check out my personal Beautycounter website: http://www.beautycounter.com/heatherschrader.
Oh! I should tell you one more thing…