Believe it or not I'm pretty minimal when it comes to a skin care routine. Back in the day I use to wash my face in Noxzema (Which is basically a jar of cancer causing cream.. that rates an 8 on the "think dirty app".. but it smells good and made my face feel awesome so I didn't care or even know the harmful ingredients it had in it) Then I started using Cetaphil which is slightly better for my skin (rating a 5 on the "think dirty app") plus I could buy 2 huge containers from Coscto for only $19.99 and since it's from Costco it has to be good, right?! I also lathered my face in Neutrogena combination skin oil free moisturizer which rates an 8 on the "think dirty app" but it was light weight, I could buy it at any local convenient store and I liked the way it felt on!
It wasn't until I went to my first Norwex party that I really understood how harmful many of the products that my family and I were using were. It was then that I wanted to take those steps in becoming more intentional with what products I bought and used in my everyday life. I started with the boys products, specifically the Johnson & Johnson products I was using. These rank among the highest toxic products on the "think dirty app" which I was honestly shocked about! I mean we use these on our babies in the NICU, the smell is soooo dreamy, and I always thought so highly of this classic baby brand. This is when I started to do more research.. I knew I wanted to switch over my products, but it was also going to be a big investment and I was nervous about that. I wrote a blog post on safer baby products last winter if you'd like to read it HERE. In the post I researched a variety of products, from store bought to small shop to larger investments and it was then that I was introduced to Beauty Counter.
It literally took me months, I mean MONTHS to finally take that leap to switching over my skin care/hair care products. It was always in the back of my mind to sign up for Beauty Counter, but the investment was also in the back of my mind. So I product jumped, buying "safer" products from my local stores or ordering products from online boutiques and they were all fine, I just didn't LOVE any of them. Then a friend reached out and asked if I wanted to sign up, and for whatever reason I said yes and that's when my Beauty Counter journey started!
I literally had been hearing TONS of great things about this company, soooo many big bloggers that I follow were also using it, and they have this thing called the never list which was very intriguing to me! What I love about this brand is their commitment to a health and safety standard that goes beyond U.S. laws, which is really like nothing.. they've prohibited over 1500 questionable or harmful chemicals while still making amazing products that actually work! I've been using my products now for about 2 weeks and I couldn't say enough about how well they are working, the way the smell which is amazing, and just the fact that I can feel good about using them. Soooo this brings me to my routine which is what this post was about anyways... lol
Norwex Face Cloth: Still using my norwex cloth to wash my face. There is just something I love about washing my face with just a cloth and warm water. I do think that as I continue to age I would like to start adding in creams and cleansers that are safe and beneficial for my face and skin.
Adaptive Moisture lotion: I've been using this in the morning and night after I wash my face with my norwex cloth. It reminds me of my neutrogena moisturizer that I use to use and loved. It's lightweight which is what I love, and perfect for my "combination" skin type. I tend to get oily in the summer and dry in the winter and this moisturizer helps the skin adapt to those changes.
Tint Skin: This lightweight creamy foundation reminds me of a BB cream because it blends all those imperfections, covers blemishes, and evens out your skin tone. I'm really picky when it comes to face make up because I hate the way it feels to have too much make up on, and this does not make me feel that way!
Bio Oil: I've used this with each pregnancy and lather it on my belly and breast. I can't say that its the perfect oil to use because I haven't used any other products, but I have loved it so far.
Volume and Shape Shampoo/Conditioner: I've been using this shampoo and conditioner for about two weeks now and at first it just made my hair feel really clean which is great but I wanted a boost. After a few washes, I could start to tell the difference and I absolutely love it.
Products that I'm looking forward to trying from Beauty Counter are....
You can shop/browse all the beauty counter products HERE
The charcoal bar is suppose to do wonders in absorbing impurities in your skin without drying it out. Ever since giving birth to Oliver I've had these little red bumps on the back of my arms that I am so self conscious about. I don't know how to get rid of them, but I'm thinking that this charcoal bar will do the trick so I will take some before and after pictures and post my results after I've used it for a while!
What I love about Beauty Counter is the variety of products they have to offer from skin care, to make up, to body wash, to hair products! So I can purchase many safer ingredients from one brand that I truly believe in.
Local Beauty Product Company: Penny & Pine
Before I signed up for beauty counter I was sent some samples from penny & pine, a local company that is also looking to take their beauty products to the next level by making them cruelty free, paraben free, and earth friendly. I never have time to pamper myself, but a simple face mask is easy to put on and take off while I'm in the midst of being a mom.
I haven't tried much of their products, and what really intrigued me was the peppermint exfoliating cleanser mainly because I thought of my husband Jay who uses that black head scrub from walmart and is most likely horrible for your skin lol I'm trying to get him to make the switch with me to using safer products so I've ordered him a few things from Beauty Counter and thought why not try a local company as well!
They are a brand new company and offer a variety of skin care products from lash boost to face masks to eye creams. If you're looking to shop small Penny & Pine may be a great option for you!
One thing that made my decision easier to make the switch was using up all my old products so that I didn't feel so bad about throwing them away when I finally made the investment. Knowing that I took this step to bettering myself and my family in simply buying safer products makes me feel really good and I'm excited to continue to make these little yet big steps in using safer ingredients. After all, it's the steps I take now that will effect our future!
Hope you enjoyed today's post, if you every have any questions or are interested in Norwex or Beauty Counter, reach out and let me know, I'd love to chat! OR if you want to browse the product list or learn more about Beauty Counter you can visit my site HERE