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Can't I Be Healthy AND Lazy?
March 24, 2015
There are many things in this world that I know are bad for me: transfats, BPA, non-organic food, too much alcohol, Katy Perry's music.... But, for my sanity's sake, I actively try not to worry about some of the fear mongering out there. But even though I try not to stress about a lot of it (because stress is also bad for you), I can't help but know that there's some stuff, that I really should be avoiding, for my sake, and for Chewie's.
However, as much as I want to be healthy all the time, I am also very lazy. Don't think I'm being self-deprecating here, I really am remarkably lazy sometimes. Once, I went a full week without eye makeup remover because I had run out and there isn't a CVS or pharmacy on the way home from my walk to work. Never mind the fact that I have THREE CVS's under a quarter mile from my office. And there's also one three blocks from our condo. But because it wasn't on my way , I just kept putting it off pretending that my face soap was adequately removing my mascara. (it wasn't)
That attitude pretty much sums up my entire approach to being healthy. If it's easy, if it's "on my way", I will be healthy. Otherwise, forget it. Working out? I will more regularly work out at the dumpy gym in my office than at the fancy Equinox that is a quarter mile past my office. Forget the fancy soaps and great trainers, I need proximity (I have a serious inertia problem). Food? If there wasn't a local, organic market downtown and open on my day off, I would probably buy all my produce from Peapod and not think twice about the chemicals that are certainly on my strawberries. Organic baby food? Once I came across Love Child Organics, and found out they shipped on Amazon Prime, I was all set. But real talk? If they weren't on Amazon, or let's be even more real, if they weren't on Amazon Prime, I probably would be feeding Chewie whatever pouches they have at Peapod.
The same has been true of my skin care products. But, thankfully for me and my family, some healthy products found me. Now, as I said, I'm not one to buy into fear mongering, but the beauty industry is kind of horrifying with how many products contain ingredients that have never been tested or are outlawed in Europe. And further, it turns out that The United States has not passed a Federal Law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. Let that sink in for a hot second.
Luckily, I met Erica Reilly, who works at Beautycounter at an event, and she (as well as Beautycounter) made it so impossibly easy for me to buy safe skin care and makeup products, that even this lazy bones could not say no. Despite the potential danger of some skin care products on the market, I frankly knew myself well enough to know that I wasn't going to switch unless I could find something that worked as good, was comparable in price, and was easy to get. Thankfully, Beautycounter passes all three of those tests.
Beautycounter's mission is to not only provide safe skin care products to the masses, but they also want to change the entire makeup industry so that all beauty product companies do the same. They've made their research available to other beauty companies, their product lists are completely transparent, and they do a fantastic job of empowering and educating their customers on how to stay safe. I mean look at me, I really don't get passionate about this stuff, but here I am, writing away.
If you want to learn a little bit about the products you're already using, check out the Environmental Working Group's database (ewg.org) which has a searchable database of products, rated by their safety level. They also have an app, so you can check stuff at the store. Aka, it's EASY to make sure you're being healthy.
A lot of your products might be completely fine. Babyganics and Burt's Bees, which we use pretty regularly in our house, typically have good ratings. However, possibly not surprisingly, a lot of my skin care stuff with "organic extracts" and "hints of lavender", actually contained some pretty nasty stuff. So if you're looking to make a switch, reach out to Erica on her website and check out their products: (https://ericareilly.beautycounter.com/Home) Erica has taught me a lot about easily being healthy to my skin. And as a result, I wanted to pass it along to all of you. Full disclosure, I'm NOT getting any kick-backs or referrals for this. I just genuinely like their products, and wanted you to know. Erica has agreed to give a $10 discount to any of my readers, so you just need to reach out to her via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (508-566-5301) to request your discount. Hope you find something safe and EASY to use!