Skin Care 2017-09-29T06:18:15+00:00

SAFER SKINCARE

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Hi friends, it’s me Laura coming at you from a new and different direction (in addition to all the other good stuff). Not into skincare? Checkout my many recipes or blog posts. That’s ok with me. Think you might be able to get into it? Already curious? Keep reading….

As many of you know, I am an athlete, a foodie, an adventurer, a wife, and a mama to Evie Wilder. Like many of you, I didn’t know that when I applied sunscreen, lotion, shampoo and the dozens of other products that I used to use daily, that I was applying toxic chemicals directly to my skin. In addition, I didn’t realize that so many of these chemicals can get absorbed into our bloodstream. Like many of us did or do, I assumed that we live in a highly regulated country, so the products I am using must be safe (sounds like Big Food too huh?). I honestly, never questioned safety at all until recent years. I was so surprised when I finally learned that when it comes to the personal care industry, there are very minimal regulations.

Companies are allowed to use known toxins—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and hormone disruption—without even disclosing these ingredients to us! Seems crazy, right?

Luckily, there are some safer options and companies working hard to create safe skincare products and to change the industry. I’ve been spending tons of time researching them. Once I did find all of this out, I turned to coconut oil for mostly everything at first, and then to some of the other safer skincare companies out there. And frankly, none of it worked the way I wanted. So, there I was in my late twenties with more breakouts than ever (what the hell?) and dry skin too! I am one of the first people to say that looks ARE NOT everything, but I did (and do) want to feel good in my own skin and beautiful from the inside out.

I am excited to share now, though, that I’ve finally found something that’s safer than almost everything out there, that won’t break the bank, and that WORKS!

But first, a little background information on why all of this even matters. I am going to start with some of the scary stuff, but stay with me. It gets a whoooollllle lot better….

1939: the last year the federal government passed a law regulating cosmetics

Yes, you read that right! 1938!
Are you as shocked as I am by this?

1300: the number of harmful chemicals banned or restricted from cosmetics in the European Union

And wait for it….

11: the number of harmful chemicals banned or restricted from cosmetics in the United States

And only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

Over 95%: the percentage of popular lipstick which contained lead according to a recent lab test

Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health published a study in 2013 that detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals in many popular brands of lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores.

The study also noted that children are especially susceptible to heavy metal accumulation and should not play with make up. Think of all the young girls that apply make-up daily or even multiple times a day?

Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility) are on the rise, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.

What’s worse is the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day.

This is why I’ve partnered up with Beautycounter….


WELCOME TO BEAUTYCOUNTER

We deserve better! It’s time to do something about it!

Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard— all while ensuring their products perform, and that they’re as indulgent as any luxe shampoo, lipstick or oil in the market. I didn’t only fall in love with Beautycounter because their products are safe and high performing, but I wanted to work with a company that is working towards real change. Beautycounter is dedicated to making changes on the legislative level and creating a safe skin care movement. They are taking action in Washington and working to reform the current laws, in hopes that other skin care companies will follow their strict safety guidelines. They also work very closely to support 3 non-profit organizations that are doing great work to reduce our amount of chemical exposure. Watch this short video to learn why I am so proud to be a part of this company.

 

Now, let’s talk about products!

Beautycounter is dedicated to product performance, as much as product safety. After trying countless non-toxic cosmetic brands (I cringe to think about how much I’ve spent), I can tell you that this combination of non-toxic ingredients and products that work is extremely rare.

Some natural cosmetic brands use only 100% organic ingredients. This is as pure as makeup can get, but often, the performance is lacking. While Beautycounter uses both synthetic and organic ingredients, they never compromise on the safety of the ingredients. Beautycounter has developed a groundbreaking and rigorous ingredient screening process, looking for data on skin irritation, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, cumulative exposure (are we exposed to this chemical from other sources) and more.

Every single Beautycounter product is rated between 0-2 on EWG’s Skindeep database, which is my go-to resource for researching product safety!

These products work extremely well and are comparable to the luxurious brands so many are used to purchasing at department stores. Except, they are void of all the harsh chemicals, which is why I’m on board. My skin has honestly never looked better!

Below are some of my favorites, and the list will continue to grow as I try out more! So far, though, I haven’t tried a Beautycounter product that I didn’t absolutely love!

 

Here are a few of my favorite Beautycounter
products that I use daily!

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    DAY AND NIGHT
    I use this every single morning and night, and oftentimes after an intense workout too. My face feels deeply clean without getting dried out. I’ve also noticed reduced breakouts and more glowing skin.
    NIGHTTIME:
    Cleansing Balm

    While this might have originally been developed for clearing makeup and cleansing, I am OBSESSED with it as a moisturizing and skin clearing night cream. It’s transformed my dry, acne-prone skin into moist, younger looking skin that glows (if I do say so myself). This Cleansing Balm melts into your skin to hydrate. While it does cleanse, removing makeup and other impurities while never stripping away moisture, it also is incredible as an overnight cream. With vitamin C to brighten the appearance of skin and raspberry and cranberry seed oils to hydrate, the formula can also be used as an intensely nourishing face mask. Bonus? You also get our reusable 100% muslin cloth, softer and easier on skin than a traditional washcloth. In fact, 100% of women showed a significant increase in skin hydration after eight hours, with an average increase of 25%.

     

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    DAYTIME:
    Rejuvenating Day Cream
    Balancing Oil
    This partnership has transformed my skin, and it’s now one of the things that has me hooked on Beautycounter from the start. The Rejuvenating Day Cream is a powerhouse of skin nourishment. And when I add a drop of the Balancing Face oil, it makes for the perfect amount of moisture. The oil is lightweight and silky smooth, moisturizing, smoothing, and helping even skin tone. Softening meadowfoam seed oil restores balance, while wild chamomile calms and soothes skin. Perfect for all skin types and those concerned with skin clarity, calming, and balancing.
     
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    Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer 

    This tinted moisturizer leaves my skin with a luminous glow without feeling like I have any foundation on (I just can’t do it). Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF 20 provides lightweight, sheer hydration that evens skin tone while protecting the skin from sun damage. Black currant, peony flower root extract, and vitamin C reduce the appearance of age spots and enhance skin brightness, while hyaluronic acid promotes firmer, smoother-looking skin


    Lengthening Mascara
    This is my favorite mascara ever. It actually converted me to even wearing it after years as an eye-liner-aholic. Years in the making, this breakthrough mascara delivers dramatic length and definition, plus the confidence of safer beauty provided by Beautycounter’s unparalleled Ingredient Selection Process. Conditions lashes while you wear it, with organic oils and shea butter. The easy-control precision brush ensures clean application without smudging, clumping, or flaking. I kid you not, I went from thinking eye liner was the only thing that matters to wearing nothing but this mascara on a daily basis, and I love it! So does my husband, which is a fun perk.

    Bronzer
    This is my finishing touch every morning, and it lasts ALL day. I love a little bronzer to give more light and (let’s face it) tan to my complexion. This is light and never cakey and stays on all day. It’s my most favorite bronzer ever.

    Those are my top picks, but I certainly use more. These are just my game changer favorites! Feel free to email me with questions or for recommendations!

    THE 3 WAYS TO JOIN BEAUTYCOUNTER

    1) BECOME A CUSTOMER:

    Become a customer and start swapping out your beauty products and cosmetics to safe, non-toxic versions from Beautycounter.

    2) JOIN AS A “BAND OF BEAUTY” MEMBERBoB-member-content-25-US-dt

    Your $25 Annual Membership Includes:

    • 15 % product credit with every order
    • Receive free shipping off all orders of $100 or more
    • Complimentary gift just for signing up
    • Special offer exclusively for members

    JOIN HERE and make sure that “Laura Bruner” is listed as your mentor. I’ll be sure to offer great support!

    3) BECOME A CONSULTANT!

    Are you passionate about our mission and ready to spread the word? Join as a consultant and save 25% off your own orders and take advantage of the opportunity to earn some additional income by educating others about the skin care industry and how to make safer choices. Some consultants earn a full time income, while others do it on the side to share their passions and supplement their regular income. It is very flexible and can be whatever you want it to be!

    We are a direct retail company (not an MLM), we do not require that you spend a minimum amount on products every month. We have a low start-up fee of $85 (which you will earn right back!).

    This is the right time to join Beautycounter! We are growing fast – we grew 350% last year! Most consultants are the first in their area and are able to build their business and spread the word quickly!

    We offer tons of support on our team and we will coach you in how to educated others and run a successful business!

    • Click this link and then click the menu option Join as a Consultant.
    • Enter your email and other required info to create your account. It will say Choose a Mentor and give you an option for the default, which is “BeautyCounter HQ.” Under that, click Select a Different Mentor and put in Laura Bruner in the first and last name section.
    • Add your Enrollment Kit into your cart – this is the package they require you to purchase if you want to be a consultant.
    • You can optionally add one of the special Enrollment product packages to your shopping cart for a discounted option.
    • Finish the enrollment page and place your order.

    If you’ve been following me for long, you know that I am very passionate about eating a healthy, nourishing foods and inspiring others to do the same. I advocate for functional fitness and strength of mind body and soul. And so now, the natural next step for me was to start take care of strengthening and cleaning up what’s left. Skincare came next, and it’s sure been fun to jump full on into. I am so excited to have discovered a brand that I love, trust and can really get behind! And I am glad that I can now bring it to you. Enjoy! And Live rad, my friends.

    ♡ Laura