Most of you probably know that I am now a Beautycounter consultant, but I haven’t shared much about my feelings about the role and the company. Selling things generally makes me feel icky. I’ve said no to a million requests to enroll with different fitness, skincare, clothing companies over the years. Even when I worked in advertising in my former life, the idea that I was asking people to buy things didn’t make me feel good. Having some sort of online business is all the (often obnoxious) rage these days, so I wanted to clarify a few things…
I found Beautycounter when I was already looking into purchasing good skincare and makeup. At almost 30 I decided wanted to make the investment in better products. I’ve tried some other well known lines as well as a number of things from Sephora, but never felt super drawn to or impressed by any specific company. I was kind of haphazardly spending money on things with no real reason or direction.
Beautycounter has impressed me in more ways than one. My gateway drug was the Dew Skin which is the most phenomenal tinted moisturizer, something I could never find in other brands. I decided to try a few more Beautycounter items as my other products were running out or just not cutting it. Every single one has been luxurious and effective. I am thrilled to finally have a whole line of products that all work together instead of just hodge-podging from different companies and hoping it all works.
More importantly, this company has phenomenal values. As someone interested in integrative medicine (and a former holistic health coach) I fully believe that what we put in and on our bodies matters. I’m a medical student, so I’m not anti-chemical or anti-drug so long as they are safe and are truly needed. That’s where Beautycounter gets it right — they are totally fine using synthetics so long as they have been researched and proven safe, and in the same way they aren’t okay using “natural” things that aren’t safe (there are plenty of poisonous plants!) They want people to be educated on what is in the products they are using since the FDA doesn’t have very strict regulations for beauty or skincare. The CEO and top leaders lobby in Washington for stricter safety standards, so you know it’s truly a passion project and not just a company trying to be trendy.
Beautycounter uses scientific research, even doing their own research when the studies they need aren’t out there. There are over 1500 potential harmful ingredients on the Never List™ – 1400 of which are allowed in the USA but are banned un Europe. They go above and beyond to be transparent about their ingredients and testing – pulling things off the market the second they find out something might have been contaminated or found harmful. They keep customers updated on what’s going on and have fantastic customer service. That’s so rare these days and really resonates with me. I never question that I am getting 100% honesty and quality.
Is Beautycounter Right For You?
So please know that I am not trying to sell you something you don’t need. By all means, be responsible with your budget! However, I think many of my readers are at a similar place as me and trying to take better care of their skin as they get older. Many of you are also probably interested in holistic health and the idea of taking care of our bodies and minds in all areas. When I have more time (aka not 3rd year of med school!) I plan on sharing more of the science behind the ingredients that Beautycounter does and doesn’t use.
My goal is to share a way that you can get that quality skincare and makeup you’re already going to buy, but in a safer way. I want you to get the lightening, brightening, hydrating effects, but also know that what you’re putting on your skin isn’t going to harm you. And I want you to join me in supporting a company that is doing the right thing, even when they don’t have to.
I don’t think all other companies are bad, and I know there are other very effective products out there. For example, if you have significant acne you may require retinoic acid or antibiotics to clear it. That’s ok!! If you have any questions about Beautycounter’s products and whether they may be right for you, please feel free to ask. I will do my best to steer you in the right direction, even if it isn’t Beautycounter.
My Favorite Products
- Five Minute Face: I use the Tint Skin in sand, Touchup Skin Concealer in Light, Powder Blush Duo in bloom/tulip, Volumizing Mascara, Brow Pencil in medium, and Lip Gloss in peony.
- Cleansing Balm: I use this to take off my make up but also as a really thick moisturizer at night
- #3 Balancing Oil: This is to help with some of my redness, otherwise I’d use the #1 for brightening. It smells SO good and doesn’t make me break out like other oils have.
- Charcoal Bar: Helps with blackheads and my face has never felt so squeaky clean
Please send any questions my way, either in the comments, in an email, on on Instagram. And if you have any Beautycounter favorites feel free to share below!