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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and yet another reason for me to shout from the rooftops that beauty is NOT a reason to expose yourself to toxins or chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and more. The European Union has banned 1400 of the chemicals scientifically linked to these issues, but the US remains steadfast that buyers can make their own choices. Therefore, I feel it my job to make sure we’re all aware of what’s in our hygiene products!

Have you looked up the products you’re using on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database?
I bet you’ll be surprised to learn what’s in them and how they harm your health!
When I became pregnant with my first child, I began to be more aware of what I was putting in and on my body.  The doctors give you lists of things you shouldn’t eat and lists of beauty/skincare products you should put on your body due to their toxicity and what affects they may have on your body and your growing baby.  I wondered why those things were banned during pregnancy, and not during nonpregnant times.  I was slightly cautious and aware of what I was using, but I did not become fully aware and transition to a healthier skincare and beauty routine until after I had a miscarriage with my second pregnancy.  I blamed myself and my careless exposure to environmental toxins that have been proven to cause hormone disruption, reproductive inefficiencies, and even linked to cancer and allergies.  I only bought “natural” high end beauty products and hoped that they would be as effective as the products I was used to using.  Then I heard about Beautycounter.
When I heard about Beautycounter fell in love with the mission of getting safer skincare into the hands of everyone.  I had always been a beauty junkie and spent lots of money at Sephora.  I was excited to try a new brand that was made with non-toxic, real ingredients that wouldn’t cause my body harm.  I was however, skeptical if the products would be as effective and luxurious.

Because I am starting to show some sings of aging, I wanted something that would help combat that and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  I ended up purchasing three products to start: the Rejuvenating Night Cream,  Rejuvenating Radiance Serum and the Rejuvenating Toner Pads. I choose these products because they were 3rd party tested to show results!

Radiance Serum: 72% of women showed a significant increase in skin firmness after eight weeks of use. 52% showed significant improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles of the neck area after 8 weeks of use. (Results based on independent, 8-week, 25-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer perception study.) 

 Rejuvenating Night Cream: 100% of women showed a significant increase in skin hydration, and 81% of women showed a significant improvement in skin elasticity after eight hours. (Results based on independent, 24-hour, 26-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer perception study.) 

 Rejuvenating Toner Pads: 73% of women experienced a significant decrease in pore count after four weeks of use. (Results based on independent, 8-week, 26-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer perception study.) 

I’ll admit, the products are a little pricey, but offered the same quality as department store without the toxic ingredients.  I’ve now been using the products for months, and I can give my own testimonial about reduction in wrinkles and a significant reduction in adult acne. I’ve now replaced my entire beauty routine with safer skincare!   I also became a Beautycounter Consultant to 1: Get a discount on the products 2: Help spread the word about safer skincare, and 3: Make a little extra money for kids’ activities, Christmas shopping, and date nights with my hubby.

After learning more about the brand and how much toxins affect health – I’m donating 50% of my October commission to The Breast Cancer Fund.  Please check out the amazing products and help donate to the cause:  http://www.beautycounter.com/veronicacowen

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Please reach out with any questions or if you need any product recommendations.  Thanks!

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