Natural Skincare and Aging Gracefully

How many of you grew up using drug store or department store skincare and make up? I know I did. They had the trendy, must-have lotions, eye shadows and lipsticks. Who knew they could be filled with toxic ingredients.

As I’m entering into my 40’s, I’m noticing a change in my skin - the elasticity, facial lines, wrinkles, and freckles (or are they now sun spots?). AND THAT’S OKAY! EMBRACE IT! Quite frankly, the media subtly tells us how we’re supposed to look and feel… forever young. No way! Do you want to keep trying to look 20 when we’re double or triple that? We’ve earned every wrinkle, every smile line and facial expressions. It’s all that wisdom we’ve earned and this is NORMAL. Aging gracefully is part of life - loving yourself, including your body and your beautiful face! What you put onto your face is not where radiance comes from.

Right now, my skin is in transition with skincare brands, quality and regiments. The goal is to preserve the glow more naturally. I’ve been learning about ingredients in beauty products, skincare, body lotions and makeup. Just like the food that we eat, we should strive to buy products that are “healthier.” I’m happy to tell you I found a few amazing products! For example, it’s a known fact that sunscreen helps preserve your skin. We bring our SPF lotion with us on vacation and now natural preserves and reefs ban some brands because it’s toxic and can kill wild habitat and reefs. It’s the same stuff you’re putting onto your body. What makes serums, face creams and makeup any different?

Did you know that mainstream beauty products that are made in the United States are more likely to have ingredients that are toxic? What’s even more shocking is learning that the US bans only 30 chemical ingredients, Canada bans 500, meanwhile in Europe (EU), they ban 1,328 chemicals ingredients by law. My jaw dropped when I first discovered this! The EU actually bans some US beauty products.

Your skin is the biggest organ in your body and it’s like a sponge, absorbing everything from outside to internal. These products can even disrupts your endocrine system, creating chaos with your hormones. This is important for your reproductive system, especially if you’re trying to get pregnant. Yikes, right?! Think about how many products you’re using on your skin daily: face wash, maybe a facial mask, toner, serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation, eyeliner, shadow, hand soap, body soap, shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste…on and on. Do they have non-toxic ingredients? So you’re probably thinking, what am I supposed to use then? Just like food, you need to look at the ingredients on the back of the box.

I’ve been on a mission to find products that are more natural and they must work for us. I’ve found a brand called Beautycounter that I like to support and although I’ve tried just about every product, there’s a few favorite items I swear by. The most important factor is that their products work.

I love that they sell clean products, creating awareness for safer skincare, and they are lobbying in Washington DC to increase regulations to ban more chemical ingredients (remember hormone disruptors). Let’s hope non-toxic and clean skincare becomes the new norm!

Stay tuned for how I use these products at home with facial massage, gua sha, jade roller routines!

8 Products I absolutely LOVE from Beautycounter:

1) Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 and Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

These are reef friendly and the 6.7 oz tube lasts me the whole summer, and I'm in the sun a lot in San Diego! The sunscreen stick SPF 30 is the perfect choice for longer surf sessions applied on cheeks, lips and hands. I also apply another coat of the lotion on top of the stick for added protection.

2) Counter+ No. 3 Balancing Set

My FAV. Period. This trio set is charcoal base which helps with uneven or oily skin. It includes the facial mist, facial oil and charcoal mask. I never thought I'd be into a facial mist until I tried this one, infused with ylang ylang! Smells go darn good and grounding. My face is a mix of oily and dry (aka combination skin type), which the facial oil seems to work very well on even if I'm breaking out. I LOVE using the combo of facial mist and facial oil during my gua sha and jade roller routine. Lastly, I decompress my week with the balancing mask. A little goes a long way and it seems to last forever.

If you only get one item from Beautycounter, this set (or the Brightening or Plumping sets) would be it!

3) Counter+ Overnight Resurfacing Peel

Oh gosh... but this one is another FAV too. The overnight resurfacing peel is a peel, but not. It sounds scarier than it is. Slather on as your night lotion and you will wake up all glowy and radiant. My skin is super moist and alive the next day. I use this 2-3 times per week.

4) Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion

Their adaptive moisturizer is perfect when you just want a lightweight yet hydrating lotion. I use this when I'm wearing my mask to prevent breakouts and during the summer months.

5) Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation

I mix this with Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer. This foundation doesn't look caked on and leaves a more natural, subtly look. Evens out the skin tone while hydrates. (For reference, my color is Honey)

6) Counter+ Lotus Glow Cleansing Balm

First off, the smell is devine!! This balm removes makeup easily and you can use it as a hydrating overnight mask. I'm all for 'less is more'. Your skin will feel smoother and soothed.

7) Satin Powder Blush

I use to use Mac's blush but this is my healthier alternative. This will last you a long time, it's compact, and I like knowing that it has clean ingredients. (For reference, my color is Guava)

8) Counter+ Charcoal Cleansing Bar

When your face is feel acne prone or excessively oily, this one is great to balance the pH of your skin. I use this as needed so I'm still on my first bar since I've been using Beautycounter!

Well there you have it! I hope this gave you some insight on what my skin routine is like and to be more conscious about what you're using on your skin. If you liked this, please drop a line in the comment section. If you're looking for an alternative and more natural product, let me know. I'd love to help you!

Big shout out to my sister Denise, sister-in-law Cindy, cousin May and Jeanne, and friends (ahem* especially, Shannon!) for asking me for this info!



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