GUEST POST: NON-TOXIC SKINCARE WITH PAIGE FROM BEAUTYCOUNTER

Hello lovely readers! I am so thrilled to be guest posting for Rebecca today! Let me introduce myself: my name is Paige Rittgers, and I come bearing the label of Clean Beauty Boss. I met Rebecca earlier this year at a popup event at Outdoor Voices in Dallas and immediately fell in love with her energy and how our philosophies on food and living aligned.

Mine and Rebecca’s conversation shifted to clean beauty products once she found out I am a consultant for Beautycounter. My journey to find Beautycounter was a long one. I knew that I needed to start paying as much attention to what I put on my skin as I did inside my body. I wish I could say I purged everything toxic and swapped for a clean alternative, but that isn’t cheap and this girl is on a budget!

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Slowly but surely as my products started to run out I would find myself in the wellness aisle at Whole Foods getting a safer alternative. My frustration always came 2-3 weeks later when my skin would FREAK OUT because these products weren’t effective. They were simply made with ingredients I could find in my pantry. I needed something more!

I would always end up going back to my toxic-laced products from Target, Nordstrom, Sephora, etc. The guilt complex would quickly follow: I was either sacrificing performance for safe products or safe products for performance. Where was the unicorn line that did both?!

My friend recommended Beautycounter to me, and I was so fed up at that time I said ‘fine, what do I have to lose?’ I was immediately impressed with the appearance of their products. They didn’t look granola-ey like the ones I had gotten from Whole Foods; they looked pretty on my bathroom counter. And the FEEL of them. y’all…heaven on my skin. Finally, something that was clean and high performing.

I soon learned that Beautycounter has each of their products third party tested to validate their elimination of over 1500 harmful and potentially harmful chemicals. What does that mean? It means that an independent organization has reviewed the manufacturing process of a product and it’s contents and independently determines that the product complies with specific standards for safety, quality and performance.

I feel awesome knowing that the average beauty product in America only bans 30 chemicals and Beautycounter’s products bans over 1500. The FDA isn’t even required to list all of the ingredients in a beauty product. But with Beautycounter, our ingredients are front and center, and they are all included.

After 6 months of using the products I decided to join the movement. And I say that because it truly is a movement. It’s not just about selling skincare and makeup. It’s about transparency and it’s about change. I TRULY believe Beautycounter is the next organic food movement.

I believe we all deserve to know exactly what the ingredients are in our skincare products and know the effects they have on our bodies.

I’m so excited for Rebecca to give her review of one of our most popular lines: Countermatch. This line is ideal for combo or dry skin with anti-aging benefits.

As a consultant, something I often speak to about our products is the lack of SPF in our moisturizers. This was an immediate concern for Rebecca too!

Once I joined Beautycounter I learned that sunscreen is meant to sit on top of your skin to act as a defense against harmful rays and protect your skin. Moisturizers sole purpose is to absorb and penetrate the skin; these two things definitley shouldn’t be mixed together because they naturally fight each other!

Sunscreen is regulated by the FDA as a drug and for it to be effective there has to be a certain amount in a product leaving little room for other active ingredients. Sunscreen also carries an expiration date while most moisturizers do not because there is not enough SPF in moisturizer to be considered a sunscreen by the FDA. The best way to keep your skin protected is to apply a sunscreen over your moisturizer!

If you are at all interested in how you can transform your beauty products without sacrificing performance, reach out to me! I love helping women find the right products for them.

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Rebecca here! Popping in on Paige’s guest post to share my experience with the Countermatch line from Beautycounter over the past month or so.

I’ve never been a huge skincare person. When I say I’m low maintenance, I mean like literally almost zero maintenance. I rarely wear makeup and skincare was not on my radar.

My sister continuously warned me that I would regret this later in life. I’ll dedicate my skin to her. She bought me tons of trendy products that I would use once and then toss in a drawer (I’m sorry, I really do love you sis) because I hated the ingredients.

I’m a stickler for all-natural, non-toxic products and finding skincare ones was HARD. Unlike Paige, I found tons of all-natural products that worked. I spent lots of money dedicating myself to a brand with excitement, only to stumble onto the EWG site and be totally horrified by their ratings and the truth about their ingredients again and again.

When I met Paige, I had already heard about Beautycounter many times, but I was skeptical, as I had learned to be. She was enthusiastic and her story was relatable, but I took to the web for reassurance.

Their EWG rating was impeccable and beyond that, I loved the products themselves. Yes, they’re effective, but their branding is trendy and boutique-like, heck they’ve even partnered with JCREW, Target and Goop in the past. Plus they’re light on my skin and easy to use. I hate feeling like products are clogging my pores. THEY NEED TO BREATHE.

When Paige approached me about collaborating I was excited to share more information about non-toxic beauty with you!

It’s something I’ve always struggled with and even if Beautycounter isn’t IT for you, I think it’s important to be informed and aware of topics like this.

If you walk away from this post with one thing, I hope it’s just that, the knowledge of what’s in your skincare and the tools to do something about it.

I immediately knew this needed to be a guest post. This gal knows way more about the topic than I! So a huge thanks to Paige for sharing her knowledge!
If you’re interested in chatting with her more, feel free to reach out via e-mail.

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Hi friend, I’m so happy to see you! I’m Rebecca, health and wellness enthusiast, wanderlust traveler and persistent optimist. I’m here to share my wellness journey with you by creating inspiring recipes and motivational content… essentially, I’m your biggest cheerleader. Welcome to my blog.

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