Monday, March 14, 2016

Health + Beauty | Skin Deep with Beauty Counter

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Your Health & Beauty More Than Skin Deep session that was held at my church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville.  The event was hosted by our First Lady Dr. Stephaine Walker and some amazing special guests.   I was really intrigued by the event after hearing Dr. Steph talk about Beauty Counter products one evening via Periscope.   Many of you know I love beauty products and I also review them for companies and Beauty Counter was a company that I knew nothing about.  

The overall message of the session wasn't so much about Beauty Counter but it was really about taking care of yourself and your body.  Dr. Stephaine had several amazing friends that spoke about their health/wellness and gave testimonies that were really eye opening.   
One speaker that really touched me was Madame Athena Chang.  Her message was simple & graceful, take control of your health we are not getting any younger and you do this by cutting thing out little by little from our diets or beauty regime.  She encouraged us all to take a look at ourselves and our lives and take into account the things that matter the most.  Most importantly take care of our body in order to honor the Spirit.  We are all getting older and its important to acknowledge the changes that we are seeing within our body because they are a blessing.  As women we can not give to others what we can't give to ourselves.  Very powerful indeed!  

Beauty Counter is a cosmetic company that not only wants to educate the consumer on product safety but also they have created a cosmetic line that is safe from chemicals.  There are over 10,500 products in the cosmetic industry, but an estimated 90% of those have not been assessed for safety by any publicly accountable body.  
The United States has not passes a federal law governing the cosmetics industry since 1938.  The European Union has banned nearly 1,400 ingredients from cosmetics, yet the US has banned or restricted only 11.  (excerpt from Beauty Counter material) 

What really shocked me during the beauty session was the amount of chemicals that can cause cancer, reproductive harm, and other serious issues that are in skin care & other cosmetic products.  Many of the products I use currently on a daily/weekly basis.  

Enjoy this video to learn more about the success of Beauty Counter & how it all began.  

Also during the beauty session, we were educated about the "Never List" and what products and ingredients we should avoid if at all possible. (The Never List can be found on the Beauty County website).  This was not a session to encourage you to trash all of your current products but more of an informational because like the old saying goes, "When you know better you do better".  There is an iPhone & Android app called Skin Deep-Healthy Living if you would like to learn more about the products that you currently use & their safety rating.  I have personally scanned many of my favorite products and I must admit, 80% of them had very high scores of 6 or above.  Yikes!

Overall this was a very informative Women's Health & Beauty session that I gained so much information.  If you would like to learn more about Beauty Counter please check out their website & if you would like to order products please click this link for Dr. Stephaine Walker. 

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