1. What you put on your skin matters. Our skin is our largest organ, and we absorb what we put on it in seconds. Look for companies that are transparent with their ingredients and intentionally ban ingredients that are harmful see Never List(pdf).
2. Keep it simple. Less is more. Buy products that are high quality and effective. The average woman uses 12 products a day, containing 180 chemical ingredients. Some chemicals interfere with hormones and disrupt normal development at very low doses. Chose products with a 0-2 score on Skin Deep
3. Avoid synthetic fragrances and chose products scented with essential oils. My favourite product is the Number 2 Face Oil from Beautycounter. I only use a few drops of this hydrating oil pressed into my skin or mixed into my moisturizer, It is scented with Jasmine oil.
Source: Not Just a Pretty Face, The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, Stacy Malkin, www.safecosmetics.org
Nathalie Gagnon is a speech language pathologist and yoga teacher. She became a consultant with Beautycounter as she felt compelled to be part of their movement of “Getting safer products into the hands of everyone”. As a mother of a teen daughter who loves makeup, she wanted to find safer products, educate her friends and family and advocate for more health protective laws.