For the next twelve days, I'll be sharing one food per day that helps with beauty from the inside out.
As women, we spend hundreds of dollars a year on beauty products. And while I love me some quality skincare and makeup goods, my best ever skin, hair, and nails, has come with changes to what I put in my mouth (and has less to do with what I put on my skin/hair/nails). I have also been someone who bought my favorite beauty products without looking so much at the ingredients. That is, until recently.
Through my holistic nutrition education at Bauman College, I realized that while I am mindful about eating, I haven't been very mindful with regards to my beauty regimen. And with skin being our biggest organ, and absorbing the things we put on it, I can no longer bury my head in the sand when it comes to the things I'm putting on my body.
I was realizing this connection, but feeling overwhelmed with the sea of information about how to know what to buy. One day, I was serving my fresh-pressed juices at a yoga event here in Sonoma and I met Jenna Maze, a Licensed Cosmetologist specializing in hair and makeup, and mom who learned she was pregnant with her third child and, that very same day, found out she had cervical cancer. Jenna and I quickly bonded over our love for holistic living and I was totally blown away by her story. Now, almost two years later, thanks to a successful surgery and with her healthy, cute-as-can-be baby Norah on the way to turning one(!), Jenna has spent the past two years learning about the ingredients being put in our personal care products and becoming and advocate for women's health in the process.
As someone who had spent almost a decade, at the time, around harmful, yet legal products working in the beauty industry, Jenna felt misled and betrayed by the companies and industries who have kept known carcinogens legal and rampant in their products. She also felt inspired to be a part of the change. She joined Beautycounter, a company whose mission it is "to get safer products into the hands of everyone" and bring accountability to the world of personal care. They sell skincare, makeup, sunscreen, shampoo, and have products not only for women, but also for men, babies, and children.
Here's are a couple not-so-fun facts:
The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.
Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
What’s worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids’ bodies every single day, day after day, and to make their own judgments about safety.
- Source: Beautycounter.com
And while I am a proponent of all natural personal care products and companies, be they big or small, and I am not affiliated with Beautycounter, what I love about this company is that they take the guess work out of it. They have banned 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals in their products in what they call the "Never List." As a busy gal, I know I won't spend the hours researching, so I love having the peace of mind that I can buy anything from them, and trust that they have done the legwork. I also totally respect the work they are doing to lobby congress for change to make our laws stronger to protect the ingredients in our products and ban known carcinogens (a.k.a. cancer-causing ingredients).
And, in this day and age, it is so awesome that we, as consumers, can put our money where our mouth is. We can stand for causes we believe in through our purchasing power. That's why I believe in companies like this one and that's why I decided to join forces with Jenna to do this 12-day challenge.
While there are always crash diets and quick fixes, true and long-lasting beauty comes from real foods and real ingredients. It's not about being perfect or uptight about everything that's going in and on our bodies, but it is about making an effort and being aware. It's about taking accountability and ownership for the health of ourselves and our loved ones. We can no longer trust that the powers that be are always acting in our best interest, and even if they are trying and want to, industries and corporations have moved faster than laws.
We have to face the fact that there are things in our products (food and beauty) that are not only major long-term beauty busters, but also cancer and disease-causing. We have to read the labels and know the sources. The more we do this, the more powerfully we can impact industries. And while we may feel small and like our day-to-day decisions don't have much of an impact, they add up. And they have the power to inspire positive changes in those around us. Positive changes in our health and that of the planet. It's all connected.
My hope with this 12-day Beauty Food series, is to inspire healthy habits and small shifts that can have a massive impact on your health and wellness. I love natural foods and am blown away at how much they have changed my life. For years I struggled to find the secret to being skinny, healthy, and beautiful and it was right there the whole time - real, whole foods. Fruits and vegetables in all colors, shapes and sizes. With a few tweaks in timing, especially my morning routine, I really unlocked the healing power of foods.
I want to share that love with all of you!
Over the next twelve days, I'll focus on one food per day. To illustrate the food-beauty connection, I've aligned the foods with four of the skincare lines by Beautycounter - No. 1 Brightening, No. 2 Plumping, No. 3 Balancing, and Countermatch Hydrating Collection - three foods per line. So each day you'll have a new beauty food to try out with an easy recipe idea for how to incorporate it into your life. Some of the foods (like avocado), you've no doubt heard of and used, but we'll explore exactly why it is so beneficial for your skin and health. Others will be a bit more obscure (like dulse seaweed).
My challenge to you is to give each of these foods a try! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you are inspired to integrate some new healthy beauty foods into your daily life, just in time for spring.
Okay, are you ready?! Let's amp up our beauty from the inside out!
Want to your hands on some Beautycounter goods?! Jenna Maze Beautycounter link
Let's do a Giveaway!
For every purchase during the 12-day challenge, you'll be entered to win the brand new Lip Intense Lipstick.
Did you know that 60% of lipsticks still test positive for lead?! Since lipstick sits on our lips, not only do we absorb it through our skin, we also literally eat it off our lips (albeit in small amounts).
I had the pleasure of wearing this lipstick recently and not only was the red a beautiful color, but it had some serious staying power - I'm obsessed!
Make sure to use the links in this post to get entered into the giveaway.