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May 21, 2019

Cleaner Beauty #2

RETINOL...
Let's talk about it.
A disclaimer: I'm not a certified expert, trained medical professional or anything close. However, I have become increasingly obsessed with skincare and finding a cleaner regiment. As my skin changes with age (hello 30s) my products also need to change to address certain issues. One product everyone believes is a cure-all is retinol/ retin-a/ etc. Before I get into it, I'll just say do your own research before starting a new product.
This is what I've found when it comes to retinol...
What is it? It's also known as Vitamin A (read more here). Yes, I think it will clear your skin right up! It might peel & flake, but that's apparently more from irritation from the product and not a desired side-effect. If you're peeling off in layers, you might be using too high of a dose. They say with anything in the Vitamin A family to start at a low dose and ease your skin into it (to avoid the previously mentioned peeling and irritation). I've also read that most retinol products take up to 12 weeks to notice their effectiveness. Read this article for other myths about retinol. 
Now, is it safe?
As we should be aware of, the EU bans more than 1300 chemicals in their personal care products (see the entire list here). The US currently bans 11. You do the math. We are currently slathering our skin with loads of toxic chemicals on a daily basis. Is retinol one of them? I'm inclined to say yes. This article is my backup. However, upon further research, my final thoughts on it are retinol in a low dosage is considered ok but stay away from products including retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate (article). Thanks to brands like Beautycounter it's easier to find cleaner beauty products. I'm currently using a combination of the Overnight Resurfacing Peel and the Brightening Facial Oil as my retinol-type product. I was interested in the Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, but in very small print it says to avoid using while pregnant or breastfeeding. If you can't use it then, why should we use it now? 
Brittany Fuson, Beautycounter, cleaner beauty Brittany Fuson, Beautycounter, overnight resurfacing peel, cleaner beauty
I'll say it again, READ YOUR LABELS. Most websites list every ingredient in skincare products, so read it carefully before purchasing. I also love the Think Dirty app which is a database where you can search your products to see the list of good and bad ingredients included. 
Are you reading the labels of your products? 

April 23, 2019

Cleaner Beauty #1

Let's talk about summer must-haves...
Each season there are new bathing suit trends, new must-have summer handbags, a new shape in beach hats, an updated sandal, etc. While I will dabble in a trend here and there, I like to stick to the basics. A classic straw boater hat will always be in style. A high-waisted bathing suit is both flattering and timeless. A great white coverup is a sure win year after year. And don't forget the sunscreen! If you're looking for your sunscreen from last year, stop while you're ahead. If you can't find it, you probably shouldn't be using it (sunscreen has a short shelf life). 
There has been an emerging trend in cleaner and safer beauty products which includes sunscreen. Thanks to websites with celeb power like Gwyneth's goop and Kourtney Kardashian's new venture, Poosh, there is more information available for us to each do our own research. While I'll save my speech for later, it's becoming increasingly important that we're paying attention to what we're putting both in and on our bodies. Sunscreen is an excellent place to start as we ease into both summer and a cleaner beauty routine. While I would encourage you to do your own research, I'm linking three articles below that are great resources to get started! Not only should we be paying attention to what's in sunscreen for our personal use, we need to also know how it's affecting our oceans and reefs. 
Let's each do our part! And, hey, they say that 90% of signs of aging are caused by sun (source). You're basically saving yourself from trying to reverse sun damage down the road. 
The SPF I won't be living without this summer is from Beautycounter. It comes bottled in three different formulations (a spray, lotion, and sun stick) and each package is smartly designed to be safer and easier on our environment. Grab a bottle and lather up! 
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spray SPF (also comes in a travel size) |  lotion SPF  |  sun stick