I have been on a two year+ mission to treat my adult acne. Right around my 26th birthday, pimples began appearing on my cheek/mouth/chin and continued to increase with frequency. I was pretty baffled. I never had acne on my cheeks -- my experience was with typical teenage acne on my forehead. I had great skin texture despite the teenage acne and scarring was beginning to take place because of these new problems.
I worried my skin had taken a permanent turn. I wasn't seeing a budge towards any lasting results even with the frequent dermatology visits to procure medication and trying several skin care product/routines. I was frustrated.
I dragged my feet on dietary changes, but I also didn't want to waste money on facial products that weren't working. Jordan really encouraged me and was willing to see a change in our meals as a result of the food adjustments. My skin has drastically improved since going off of gluten in November. My forehead is completely clear of new acne, but I am still dealing with hormonal breakouts around my mouth/chin. In January, I started going to an esthetician for facial peels to help with scarring. On top of this I was continuing to feed my body well, but I still wasn't satisfied with my cleansing routine.
Then I was introduced to Beautycounter*. My friend, Lauren, attended a social and let me borrow a few samples to try. My skin instantly felt hydrated. The beauty and personal care industry is not regulated and many products are loaded with harmful ingredients or simply not beneficial to the skin -- they are hidden behind fancy packaging and skillful wordplay. Beautycounter is seeking to change that.
"We [Beautycounter] seek out ingredients that are safe, functional and will work together to create a high performing product."
I want to use products that are affordable, safe, and perform well. Yes, washing my face with jojoba oil was natural and safe, but it didn't perform well over time. Beautycounter's prices are equivalent to brands found at Sephora and their transparency of ingredients gives me brand confidence. I do think my skin directly responds to diet choices, but I want to protect and nurture all of my hard work! Skin is our largest organ and what we slather on our body does get absorbed into the blood stream.
My friend, Lauren, and I recently hosted a social at our consultant, Beth's, beautiful home. Beth educated us more on Beautycounter's vision and then we played with their products: washing our faces and trying on their makeup. I'm really motivated to lessen my exposure to toxins and will slowly replace all of my personal care products with a safer alternative.
I'm also really excited to have a fun giveaway today! Beth generously gave me a body lotion to gift to one of you. If you have any questions on Beautycounter or my skin journey please contact me! You can purchase through Beth directly here.
*By holding a social at Beth's house, I had the option to buy one product at a discounted price.
All photography taken by Jordan Short.