Aloha yogis and friends!
I have always been curious about the effects of everyday life on our health. I have seen people with chronic illnesses reverse their situation without the intervention of prescription drugs or harsh modalities and began to see how our everyday choices affect the quality of our lives and health.
What really began my personal journey to studying holistic health and nutrition was my own mother's diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis. Doctors believed her disease would take away her ability to walk within five years, and suggested strong medication to offset this. Despite this news, my mother decided against taking any medications and began to completely eradicate processed foods, and chemicals from her life. I followed suit purely out of support for my mom's well-being. I was completely shocked at how quickly my mother's symptoms began to fade, and while it took a lot of trial and error... fourteen years later my mother is doing well, no medication!
I later earned my certification in Prana Flow Yoga, CrossFit, Health Coaching & Nutrition. Through my own difficulties with certain health issues, I learned that more than just our food affects our health and well being. I struggled to find beauty products that were chemical free and were also effective. I was constantly disappointed in marketing and its leniency in labeling. Organic, Natural, or All-Natural are commonly used phrases in the beauty industry that are not synonymous with "Safer" and rarely effective. There are so many loopholes the industry has to market a product as healthy when it still contains ingredients considered to be detrimental to our well-being.
I then decided to partner with Beautycounter, a safe skincare and beauty line that fully discloses ALL their ingredients. No tricks, no secrets, just a company that truly believes in non-toxic body care advocating chemical free living. I love being able to wear makeup and use skin care that I know is kind to my body and the environment. My skin has thanked me, too!
I have had personal experience with many skin issues including acne and melasma. I ran into a myriad of health issues from taking anti-biotics that I took for skin issues for ten years! Between diet, safe makeup and skin care products I've dramatically improved my skin's health. (I'm counting on this method to be my fountain of youth, too, wrinkles be gone!)
I am so excited to share everything I am learning with you - what goes on your body is JUST as important as what goes in your body. I hope you will join me and support this movement towards safer skincare and better beauty.
Help me get safer products in the hands of everyone! We all deserve better.
Below I share some of my favorite products from BeautyCounter
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
This is a staple in my makeup bag. An Allure Best of Beauty winner, the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer works fantastically as a simple daily look or under foundation. For me, I rarely use any foundation, especially living an active lifestyle in Hawaii. Simplicity and effectiveness wins me over. I use this for my daytime makeup look, and daily face SPF. To finish the look I use the Matte Bronzer, and/or the Mattify Finishing Powder and I am ready to go!
Overnight Resurfacing Peel
I have suggested that Beautycounter rename this stuff to "Liquid Gold." The Overnight Resurfacing Peel is pure magic, and a new product from Beautycounter. This is the first peel I have ever seen that is SAFE, GENTLE, and EFFECTIVE! It is formulated with a combination of botanically-derived resurfacing acids as well as soothing acids that hydrate, protect, and replenish the skin. This means there is no messy "peeling" that happens with chemical peels. Every time I use this product, I wake up looking bright and refreshed. This is a huge deal for me, as I have struggled with melasma for years, and we all love to have younger looking skin. This is a definite must have for everyone.
This Cleansing Balm is actually quadruple threat! It is a cleanser, a makeup remover, a mask, and a moisturizer! Depending on my mood (and my skin's mood) I will use this bad boy as an overnight mask for some clean deep moisture! I wasn't kidding when I said I love products that are simple and effective... If you only have one product from Beautycounter, this one is a universal pleaser! It hydrates with nutrient-rich raspberry and cranberry seed oils and promotes a brighter complexion with radiance-boosting vitamin C. I notice my face is clean, visibly brighter and refreshed after each use. Each jar also comes with a little cleansing cloth.
Color Intense Lipstick
Smooth, long lasting, and hydrating with natural peppermint oil... my favorite lipstick I have ever used (and I used the expensive stuff, so my wallet and health are happy I changed!) I had stopped using lipsticks entirely due to their long list of scary ingredients (including tar, and formaldehyde). When I tried this non-toxic lipstick, it felt smooth and hydrating and leaves a delicious mild peppermint taste! I am now a lipstick wearer, and love feeling fabulous again!! This shade is called "Brunch" and works great for a daytime look, or when you're going out for some mimosas! There are eight shades to chose from, and even another Beautycounter lipstick in sheer colors for a more subtle look.
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist
Non-toxic, Reef-Safe, Waterproof, UVA/UVB/Blue Light Protecting, Non risk of inhalation spray, Mineral Sunscreen! Need I say more? Oh! It smells AMAZING, goes on white, blends easily, and is safe for the kiddos too! Hawaii has banned the use of toxic sunscreens for the safety of our reefs and ocean, so this product is a must when I am out at the beach.