PMDD, Women's Health

What is in your Skincare Products? Skincare & PMDD

What is in your Skincare Products? Skincare & PMDD

No really, Do you know?

I heard about Beautycounter from my favorite health & lifestyle blogger, Diane Sanfilippo, she uses the Charcoal Bar (love) to cleanse her face. She loved it! I am a pretty low maintenance person, so a bar of soap to wash my face was right up my alley, skincare really should not be that hard. Plus she is big on safer and healthier option for a better quality of life since I have PMDD anything that can improve my life is a must.

Previously I did Diane Sanfilippo’s 21-day-sugar -detox with excellent results, I know she has the knowledge to seek better and safer products. Diane knows her stuff, so I trust her judgment, plus she is a no BS kind of person which mean if she doesn’t t believe in it she won’t promote it. I decided to look into Beautycounter and to find out why it was safer.

I head on over to the Beautycounter website and start doing my research, what I found out was shocking!


The Dirty Truth

Did you know that there has not been a current update to the law that governs the $62 BILLION cosmetic industry since 1938? Yes, that’s right it has been almost eighty years since that law was passed. I don’t think I have to say this, but maybe things have changed since then especially science and cosmetics. In those eighty years, butter was the rage, till it wasn’t, Fabio stepped in with I can’t Believe it’s Not Butter (really what is it  then?)For butter to just slide right back in as the new superfood, due to the scientific evidence that butter was the better of the two for your health. Why? Because margarine is just a chemical, human-made substance, that hurts our bodies. Butter is a better source of fat that gives nutrition and fuel to our bodies.

Eighty years, we got a man to land on the Moon, but The United States does not have any new laws making sure that those same ingredients (chemicals) don’t end up in our skins. I mean really, who is still alive that made that law? No One, that who!

In addition to reading that bit of truth on the Beautycounter website, I found out that the United States only bans thirty harmful ingredients, compared to Europe that prohibits close to 1,400 parts from cosmetics. Why are they banned and why are we using them and selling them? Those anyone know, let’s ask the people that banned the only thirty and made the law governing skincare…. oh wait, their probably DEAD!


The List

I decided to look at some of the most used everyday products and check out their ingredients list. Here whats in your skincare products, but I won’t mention the names:

  1. Face Cleanser: Triethanolamine, TEA Stearate, Sodium Tallowate, Glycerin, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Sodium Ricinoleate, Sodium Oleate, Cetyl Acetate, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance, Sodium Stearate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, BHT, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Trisodium HEDTA, Sodium Metabisulfite.
  2. Body Wash: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Glycinate, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, BHT, Tetrasodium, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
  3. Shampoo: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-6, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trihydroxystearin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Silica, Iron Oxides, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
  4. Conditioner: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Bis-Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Disodium Edta, Histidine, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 33.The Never List

The ingredients in red are banned from the Beautycounter products they are part of what they call “the never list.” The ingredients that are in the red are just a few, some of those the other ingredients are part of the 1,400 ingredients that are banned in Europe and Beautycounter products. Mind you I only highlighted whats on “the never list” it does not include the other 1,400 possibly harmful ingredients they also don’t use.

Here is what Beautycounter mentions about their rigorous selection process in part it says:

“To ensure our products work beautifully without comprimising safety, we developed a rigorous Ingredient Selection Process. In this process, we handpick the best, safest ingeridients for our products and reject everything else, including the more than 15,000 questionable or harmful ingredients we will use when formulating our products.” Beautycounter


How It Impacts Me & My PMDD

What's in your skincare

As of now, PMDD has yet to have an exact point of origin meaning that it also has no cure. As such, I have to practice the art of managing the symptoms, I can only do that by knowing how different thing impact my health, specifically my menstrual health. When I see that many of the items I use every day can impact my hormones, that is a big red flag for me. As I study more about PMDD and how the ups and downs of my estrogen may be to blame, so you can imagine how upsetting it is to find out that my personal skin care products impact estrogen.

Here are the two main culprits that impact estrogen and my PMDD Symptoms

  • The Parabens:  The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports “Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity,” (CSC) Yes, you read that right, disrupts hormones! In additions, Scientific Américan wrote, “Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells.” Research has shown that the perceived influx of estrogen beyond normal levels can in some cases trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors.”
  • The Phthalates: According to the National Institute of Environmental Health & Science phthalates are an endocrine disrupter, meaning;

“Endocrine disruptors can:

Mimic or partly mimic naturally occurring hormones in the body like estrogens (the female sex hormone), androgens (the male sex hormone), and thyroid hormones, potentially producing overstimulation.

Bind to a receptor within a cell and block the endogenous hormone from binding. The normal signal then fails to occur and the body fails to respond properly. Examples of chemicals that block or antagonize hormones are anti-estrogens and anti-androgens.

Interfere or block the way natural hormones or their receptors are made or controlled, for example, by altering their metabolism in the liver.”

We can clearly see that for a woman like me with PMDD, this could be very troublesome. The sensitivity that I already have towards estrogen is only exasperated by chemical and ingredients like parabens and phthalates. That is no longer an option for me, my goal with PMDD is not to give it any more power over my life. I refuse to fuel an illness that can be devastating to my family and me.


What is in your Skincare Products? Skincare & PMDDNo More

It was time for me to make a simple but hopefully impactful change by switching my everyday grooming and skincare products to Beautycounter. I started with the charcoal bar (Best Seller), and the Citrus body wash. The body wash has such a great scent, and it lathers up so well that a small nickel size amount is sufficient. The charcoal bar is my end of the day facial cleanser, cleansing my face as it detoxes the impurities of the day.

In addition to both of those, I have also purchased the Essential Nourishing Collection, so I can start taking care of my skin as I am not getting any younger. I am slowly beginning to switch over all my products and I feel great about that, I don’t need the extra stress of what I am using every day impacting my PMDD.

Furthermore, Beautycounter is so much more than a Beauty Company; They are advocates, their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. When you purchase from Beautycounter, you are supporting their cause, and that makes you part of their team. For me, that is a great deal, because I am an advocate too for women with PMDD, and I can stand by something or someone trying to make a change for the best.


Joining The Cause

Since buying from Beautycounter and getting to know their commitment to a safer skincare product, I have decided to join their cause as a consultant. Let me tell you why?

When I started my blog, I wanted to reach people that felt alone and lost. But, I also wanted to make it into a side business. As I grew on my blog and realized that my real passion was advocating for women with PMDD, I no longer felt I wanted to make money from my blogging. I know that what I wanted was to grow a community of women that could support and love each other and eventually to have a loud voice for PMDD Awareness.

But, like all human-made plans, God is the one that has the last word, and He has placed a bigger dream in my heart. For that goal to become a reality, I need to fund it because even though God gives you a vision, it is up to you to see it come to life. That’s is where Beautycounter comes in since I firmly believe in their cause I can stand behind their product and help them on their mission. Helping them get safer products into the hand of everyone, helps me by making a little money to fund my dream and my blog.Our Mission and ingredients Selection

Additionally, I want to give more to my Church Home and God. My Church Home is a small church, we don’t even reach 100 people, and it is the churches participants that will fund the growth. I want to be part of that growth; I want to give to them so they can also reach the world and give to those that need. I could not do that on a stay-at-home-mommy salary; they don’t take booger, mud, and dirty clothes as donations.

Lastly, as an Independent Consultant, I am the boss. I make my hours and decide how much effort I want to put towards my business. When you have PMDD, this can be very beneficial, because when PMDD stricks your body, you may not want to work. My biggest struggle with PMDD is fatigue and to think about going to work would put me over the edge, that is a trigger. Having the peace of mind that I can take the day to self-care is a relief and a wonderful benefit of becoming a business owner with Beautycounter.


So, do you know whats in your Skincare Product?

I encourage you to do your research as well and make the best choices that fit your needs. Everyone is different and what might work for me may not work for you. What I do know is that I am proud to be part of a company that wants to change the world. That keeps me motivated and is inline with my vision to change the PMDD world.

We all deserve to have the safest product in our home, we as women have to keep fighting for our health. Be your own advocate make the changes to better your circumstances. It is obvious from the information I gathered that no one else will do that for us and women’s health, especially menstrual health, is not a concern to the skincare and beauty industry.

Take care of you and change the world one day at a time. That’s my Plan for 2018, won’t you Join Me!


Are you interested in purchasing any of the Beauty Counter products mentioned or any other click on this Link: https://www.beautycounter.com/wilmarieckerson

Or do you want to join my team Committed Beauty for Beautycounter as an independent consultant click here for more information or fill out the form, and I will contact you to get you started on owning your own business!

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