It makes this medical student so happy to see Beautycounter’s Health and Safety mission featured in JAMA, one of the foremost medical journals. I think a lot of people write off the Beautycounter as just a crunchy hippie fad, but in reality it is a thriving company with an important health and safety focus. So much so that the congressional bill Beautycounter is supporting, the Personal Care Products Safety Act, is in JAMA. So much so that our sales are poised to surpass that of the current skincare industry leaders. I really shouldn’t be that shocked. I’m EXCITED!
Beautycounter’s Health & Safety Mission
The JAMA feature is a a quick and easy read explaining why the bill is necessary. I get pretty worked up every time I read about the things that are currently allowed in our country. We know so little about the chemicals in the products we slather on ourselves every day. Even worse, some of the ingredients we do know about have been like to cancer, endocrine disruption, rashes and more. My goal isn’t to necessarily disallow all chemicals. After all, Beautycounter is just fine using synthetics so long as they are safe! Rather I want to at least know their safety profiles and provide transparency to consumers.
And lest you think this bill is just a Beautycounter promotion, know that this bill would affect lots of companies and products that Beautycounter has nothing to do with, like nail polish and hair dyes. The mission is really about safety for YOU in all areas.
Here’s what the article in JAMA says…
“There is increasing evidence that daily, long-term exposure to certain chemicals, including phthalates, is linked to a range of health concerns from cancer to reproductive disorders. This includes some chemicals in personal care products that are absorbed through the skin.”
They go onto list how formaldehyde, parabens, and toulene specifically. And more on how companies are all self-regulated with little to no FDA oversight….
“US companies that market personal care products largely determine their own safety standards. Companies use voluntary guidance from the Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel—an industry-funded panel—to help them decide whether to include certain ingredients. The FDA, however, has stated that if it had the ability to review cosmetic ingredients it might well reach different conclusions than this panel about the safety of certain ingredients.“
If you want more information (and you SHOULD!!) there are a lot of resources. I have a newsletter that provides tons of information about the company’s safety standards, but also just about the amazing products and how you can use them. They’re safe AND they work, which is why the company is thriving! I host most of my giveaways through that newsletter and through my Facebook page, by the way ;).
I have a guest post over with Cassie from Average Healthy Mom. She started using the products and loves them, saying her skin feels smooth, vibrant, and younger! She wanted to get the word out to her tribe of readers.
PLEASE send along any questions you have about Beautycounter. I’d love to chat more with you and help you figure out the best products for you and your family. Remember, it’s not all or nothing. I’m not about perfection. This is just about doing our best with what we have – and I love that Beautycounter allows us to make a safer choice. xoxo