Advocating for Change

If you have been following me on here for some time, you know that I am involved with Beautycounter, a company that sells safe skincare and cosmetic products.You’ve heard me talk about their products, why I love them, and allll the stuff. But the main reason I love this company goes beyond their products-it’s what Beautycounter stands for in their mission of getting safer products into the hands of everyone.

I know I’ve it mentioned it before, but they aren’t just a company trying to sell products to make money. They are a company who cares about your health and believes we all should be able to walk into any drugstore store and buy products that are safe. But the thing is, the FDA hardly regulates the skincare industry. Companies are allowed to put known harmful ingredients into our skincare. And you know what? The last major law to regulate the skincare industry was in 1938!

But having more safe skincare options is not going to happen unless we, as citizens, push for more regulations in the skincare industry to keep our families safe. And is just what Beautycounter does as part of their mission. They advocate for change in the industry for more health protective laws.

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Over two weeks ago on March 5, 100 Beautycounter consultants traveled to Washington, DC to meet with representatives about the need for more regulation around skincare laws. They held over 100 meetings on Capitol Hill advocating for change seeking support for The Personal Safety Skincare Act which may be up for a vote this year. This bill would promote more transparency in the skincare industry and give the FDA more authority over the safety of skincare. Although the bill is not perfect by any means, it is a step in the right direction towards safety regulations.

Beautycounter Headquarters also encouraged consultants all around the country to schedule meetings with their own local legislature. Once I heard about this opportunity, I knew that I had to take part. I wanted my voice to be heard about an issue that I feel so strongly about. My reason for joining Beautycounter was never to just sell some products I liked. My reason for joining Beautycounter was because I am passionate about health, and want to make a difference in people’s lives and empower them in their health journey.

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A few Atlanta-area Beautycounter reps with Ashley Jenkins, the District Director for Congresswomen Karen Handel.

So last week I, along with eight other Atlanta-area Beautycounter consultants, met with the District Director at our congresswoman’s office. One of the consultants opened the meeting by talking about Beautycounter and our mission, and then we each had the opportunity to share our reason for joining the company. It was amazing to hear everyone’s story for why this company’s mission was so important. Most of our stories included health issues (including cancer and infertility!) that led us to take a second look at the ingredients in our conventional beauty products. We then found Beautycounter and knew that everyone deserved better products that would not compromise health. Another consultant closed the meeting by briefly discussing the Personal Safety Skincare Act and encouraging her support on this bill.

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At Congresswomen Karen Handel’s office

I left feeling so inspired and empowered in this movement that Beautycounter has set forth that I have the privilege to be a part. Beautycounter really is more than a company. When you buy their products, you are not just spending money to get some fun beauty things (although they are!). You are putting your money towards a movement that is advocating for you and your families health. WE ALL DESERVE BETTER.

Wondering how to get involved or show your support?

-Text “BetterBeauty” to 52886 to urge congress to act to act on harmful chemicals in personal care products.

-Purchase the new Beautycounter Red Intense Lipstick. This lipstick was created in celebration of our 5th anniversary and embodies our mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Wear the lipstick and tag a photo on Instagram @beautycounter with #ThisTimeItsPersonal. Also, help spread the word about our movement by sharing Beautycounter Red with a friend. For a limited time, buy 2 and save $10.

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The new Beautycounter Red!

Reach out to me if you have any questions about the skincare act or Beautycounter!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Health is not just about food.

On average…

American women use 12 beauty products a day.

There are 100+ chemicals in these products.

There are 13 hormone-altering chemicals in the bodies of teen girls.

There are 200+ synthetic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies.

(Stats from here.)

By now you all know that I am passionate about real health. You’ve read my story and why I focus on nutrition to support my body’s overall health.  But as I continue learning about the importance of focusing on the whole person for optimal health, I’ve realized that it’s not just what goes in your body that is important, but it’s also what goes on your body.

Research shows that toxic chemicals from cleaning products, the food we eat, the environment and our beauty products may play a role in serious health issues. There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, many of which do not have any safety data and many of which are used in the skin care and beauty industry. The FDA has very few regulations on the ingredient safety in beauty products, so many companies use chemicals known to be harmful in the products we put on our bodies. These chemicals are known or suspected carcinogens (substance that may cause cancer) and can also disrupt our hormones.

Despite these crazy statistics, the U.S has not passed a federal law regulating the cosmetics industry since 1938. The European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals from cosmetics, and the U.S has partially banned…30. Thirty!?!

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Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

Wow. That is crazy! For so long, I never thought twice about what products I was using. I wanted something affordable (and many times the cheapest!), and I wanted something that worked well enough. But as I work to improve my health, specifically my hormonal heath currently, I have been focusing on reducing the number of toxic chemicals I come into contact with. I know I cannot control all toxins, but there are a number of things I do have control over, one being the products I put on my body. Over the past few years, I’ve transitioned to many “organic” and “natural” products, but honestly, I never felt like they really worked. I still got acne. My face was still dry in the winter…and sometimes even worse than when I was using the conventional products. It was frustrating, but I honestly just accepted it. You win some, you lose some, right?

But then I discovered Beautycounter. I first heard about this company through blogs I read and podcasts I listened to. But honestly, I wasn’t ready to try more products that may or may not work. Then a couple friends started using the products, had such good things to say, and then became consultants. I heard them talk about the mission of the company, what makes Beautycounter different from other companies, and how well the products worked.

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I was definitely intrigued. I started doing my own research about the company. As much as I trusted my friends and the bloggers I followed, I wanted to make my own decision. I’m one of those people who is skeptical about claims like that, especially if I’m going to be investing money into the products.

What stuck out to me about this company is that they are not just trying to sell products. Beautycounter is a movement with a mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Beautycounter believes that everyone deserves better and is committed to a health standard that goes way above the laws in the United States. Beautycounter chooses to ban 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals, while ensuring the effectiveness of their products.

Health is more than just food.

Safe and effective? I felt like this was a big claim, especially since other safer skincare products I tried didn’t seem to work. Once again, I wanted to decide this for myself. I bought a couple products during a special deal that month to see for myself. Then for Christmas, I told my husband that all I wanted was money to go towards other Beautycounter products.

And well, I’ve really loved them. I’ve barely used a fraction of what Beautycounter has to offer, but I’ve been really impressed with what I have tried: the charcoal cleansing bar, body bar, hand lotion, lip conditioner, and several cosmetic products (LOVE the tint foundation!). I found the products to actually work, and I felt good about the ingredients I was putting on my body.

Back in June, I started thinking more about what I wanted my Simply Health business to consist of when I finished my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program. Of course, nutrition would be a huge component of my business.  But I am passionate about real heath, which is more than just the food that goes into our body. What we put on our body also has the potential to impact our physical health, our hormones, and even the heath of our future children.

And that’s why I’ve decided to join a movement for better beauty and work with Beautycounter as a consultant. I want to continue to empower you and others in the choices you are making for your health, not just with nutrition, but also with the products you are using everyday.

Health is more than just food.

My goal is never to convince you that what I am saying is right for you. It’s not to convince you to eat a certain way. My goal is never to convince you that you should buy Beautycounter products. My goal is to educate you on all aspects of health, make you aware of the effects they may have, and empower you so that you can determine your own version of mental and physical health.

If you are interested or intrigued by what Beautycounter has to offer for you or your family’s needs specifically, feel free to reach out to me at simplyheathbyjenn@gmail.com or visit www.beautycounter.com/jennifermpschroeder. If you are skeptical like I was, take as much time as you want to do your own research. I get it. Make your own decision, and do what is best for you. I want you to feel empowered in the decisions you are making for your health. But know that I am here to support you, answer questions, offer safer options and educate as you discover your version of optimal health.