Category: Skin Care

Most of us do not think of our skin as the largest organ in our body, but it is and consequently it plays a vital role in our overall health. Also healthy skin on the outside is reflective of our heath on the inside. Our skin absorbs and excretes both nutrients and toxins, therefore what is in the products that we apply to our skin is vitally important. Many cosmetics, including shampoos and make-up, contain a frightening cocktail of chemicals that can have a dangerous impact on health. Unfortunately, there is little regulation of the cosmetic industry except by the industry itself.

Learn about ingredients to avoid, organizations that are making a difference and safer choices to use.

What You Don’t Know About Unpronounceable Beauty Ingredients

You might assume that any ingredient with a long or difficult-to-pronounce name must be bad for you, but that’s a myth. Take a look at our product ingredient lists and you’ll likely find a few scary-sounding words—but, unlike what you may have been led to believe, that’s nothing to worry about. Why? Beautycounter uses the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) system, an internationally recognized way of standardizing labels on cosmetic products. It’s designed to help companies stay consistent, minimize language barriers, and provide consumers with greater transparency.

What to Know About Skincare Ingredients

As Beautycounter’s Head of Environment, Health, and Safety, Mia Davis receives many questions about skincare ingredients, including: “How can you have safe products if you use some synthetic ingredients?” People are understandably confused about the difference between ingredient “safety” and ingredient “source.”

Regular Tap Water Can Damage Your Skin Over Time

A number of studies have shown us that our tap water can be contaminated with chemicals. What are these chemicals doing to your skin?

You splash it on to rinse your face, but you also spend hours a week showering and bathing in it. Over a period of years, your skin could be exposed to a lot of chemicals simply because you wash regularly.

Is there a way to protect yourself, outside of investing a mint into distilled water? Fortunately, there is.

The Ugly Side of Manicures and Pedicures

For many women, the beauty of a manicure and pedicure comes at a terrible price. Although those who are on the receiving end of these beauty treatments face some health risks, the price is mostly paid by those who provide these salon services, and the cost can include devastating health problems and even death. In addition, the women often are forced to work excessively long hours, without pay during training, and below minimum wage once they are hired.

7 Skin Care Ingredients That Sound Toxic But Are Actually Safe and Clean

We’ve come a long way in the skin care industry. We now know that a lot of the chemical ingredients we’ve used for decades can be harsh, damaging, and sometimes even toxic. We’re turning to more natural, plant-sourced ingredients that truly nourish and protect skin without the potential side effects.

Sometimes we can go overboard in our zeal for what’s “natural,” though, and end up avoiding ingredients that are actually beneficial to skin.

19 Natural Sunscreens You Can Trust: A Consumer Guide

Does searching for natural sunscreen make you sweat? On the hunt for protection that doesn’t leave you greasy or glaring white? Tired of the kids running for cover when it’s time to apply sunscreen? Our helpful guide to choosing the safest natural sunscreen products that are also a pleasure to use makes buying this summertime staple a breeze.

Naturally Shield Your Skin From the Sun With Food

A safe sunscreen (like zinc oxide) is your best bet when it comes to protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. But did you know that you can increase your skin’s resistance to damage, aging, and even cancer with certain healthy foods?

Plants have their own built-in protection against the damaging effects of the sun.

5 Popular Myths about Sun Safety

I love this time of year. After a long, cold winter, how can you resist the sun when it beckons you to go outside?

Before you leave the house, though, be sure to reduce your risk of skin damage. Cover up with a shirt, put on sunglasses and check the UV index to plan events around the sun. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to go outdoors.

What to Eat to Prepare Your Skin for the Summer Sun

You can actually help your skin better protect itself from sunburns by eating real, whole foods and avoiding pro-inflammatory foods like sugar and processed seed oil! I have heard stories of people who find themselves much more resilient to the sun after switching to a more nutrient dense diet full of vegetables, healthy fats and clean protein sources like eggs and wild fish. Certainly worth a shot!