Safer Skincare & Beauty Products

What does safer skincare have to do with Wellness?

We talk a lot about what we put IN our bodies - reading ingredient labels, is it organic, is it low carb, etc, etc, but I never really thought about what I put ON my body until recently. Skin is our largest organ, and a lot of what we put on it is absorbed into our blood stream, so I decided to transition my skin care to safer/less toxic products. Through that process I tried out a lot of different things, eventually discovering Primally Pure (see below) and finally Beautycounter. 

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Beautycounter

Beautycounter is a B-Corp that has committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States.  They self regulate by excluding over 1,800 ingredients in their formulations (recently updated from 1,500)— The Never List™—and they go above and beyond to test every ingredient against their high standards in pursuit of clean beauty. I love their mission and products, and I hope you do too! 

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Below are the items I use regularly for my skincare and makeup. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to learn more about the products and so I can keep you posted on any ways to save money.

If you have any questions or need help selecting a product, feel free to send me an email: becky [at] macdonaldwellness.com or fill out this quick skincare survey.

My Skincare Routine

Primally Pure

Morning Skincare Routine:

NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE

  • Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil – I wasn’t sure an oil-based cleanser would make my skin feel clean, but it does! The oil is very lightweight, and it’s also great for taking off makeup including waterproof mascara. I love the light scent – citrusy but not overpowering!

  • Thayer's Witch Hazel, Cucumber scent

  • Overnight Resurfacing Peel – This is my FAVORITE product!! Every other night I use the XXXXXX  and every other I use the Peel. I love the Peel’s lemony smell, and it goes on so smoothly. It will tingle for about 3-5 minutes after putting it on which is one of the ways I know it’s actually working. The peel has 15 acids that resurface your skin without causing irritation. 9 of the 15 acids in the peel are resurfacing acids that work to renew the skin by removing dead skin cells (like breaking down the top layer of the skin) and the other 6 are soothing acids that rehydrate and replenish skin. Your skin does not actually peel or flake off – the goal is to smooth skin, lift away dark spots, and shrink lines, pores, and scars while leaving skin brighter and glowing. I skip toner at night because the peel gives the same effect and feeling. I use this 5 nights a week or so. #IfYouOnlyBuyOneThing

 

WHILE PEEL SINKS IN FOR 3-5 MINUTES, FLOSS AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH!

  • Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream  – The night cream is like buttah – and glides on. I can still feel it on my face in the morning – a nod to how well hydrated it keeps my skin overnight. If you could only buy one thing, get this!!

  • Ultra Renewal Eye Cream – Dab a little under and around your eyes with your ring finger.  

EXTRAS

  • No. 1 Brightening Oil – This oil’s goal is to leave skin bright, radiant and glowing. I put a few drops into my hand and press it into my skin rather than rub. It makes a little sound that reminds me of PopRocks that I like to think is the oil going into my pores! I use it a few times a week, either not with my other products or before moisturizing.

  • Counter+ Facial Mask with Charcoal – This mask smells great and dries nicely onto skin before it’s time to rinse off. I’m trying to use it once a week on Self Care Sunday.

 

BODY + HAIR

  • Shampoo and Conditioner – I’ve tried other “natural” hair care products before and been underwhelmed. First of all, I really need my shampoo to lather. Second, I prefer not to have a strong herbal scent. I’m happy to say that the Beautycounter shampoo and conditioner checks both boxes: 1) the shampoo lathers and 2) it smells nice – like sweet lemon!

  • Citrus Mimosa Hydrating Body Lotion – I use this sparingly on my legs and arms after a shower. A little goes a long way. The scent is nice and clean – not overpowering!

  • Countersun Sunscreen Stick – Great for kids’ faces and soccer games. Goes on clear! It’s also so small you can keep on in your purse or diaper bag and not feel like you’re lugging around weight.

 

IF YOU’D LIKE ANY HELP SORTING THROUGH THE PRODUCTS, FEEL FREE TO DROP YOUR EMAIL IN THIS LITTLE QUIZ AND I WILL PERSONALLY EMAIL YOU BACK!

GIRL, THAT’S A LOT OF PRODUCTS!

Yes, I know! Like I said, I go at things 1,000%. I knew these would cost me a lot, but I also know they will last a while. And like I said, I was ready to invest in my skin. If it looks worse a year from now, I can always go back to drugstore brands 

IF YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO OVERHAUL YOUR PRODUCTS AND ARE INTIMIDATED BY THE COST, THERE ARE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN LOWER THE COST.

  1. Shop collections. Both the Countermatch and Countertime Collections offer savings if you buy them as a bundle as opposed to a la carte, so if you’re going to get most of the items, buy the collection.

  2. Become a Band of Beauty Member. It’s the Beautycounter version of Amazon Prime plus rewards! If you think you’re going to place two $100+ orders in one calendar year, the math makes sense to join because you’ll save more than you spend. The annual cost is $29 and for that you get:

    1. A free gift (that changes each month – ask me what it is right now!)

    2. Free shipping on orders over $100 (I don’t even get that as a consultant!)

    3. 10% back in product credit to use on your next order.

  3. Become a consultant! Consultants get 25% off all products, which is a killer discount if you’re wild about Beautycounter and using a whole line of skincare and makeup. Plus if you’re using that many products, you’re probably already telling all of your friends. Why not make a side hustle out of it!? The cost is $98 (and for that you get two gifts – an Overnight Resurfacing Peel and a Color Intense Lipstick) and your only requirement to maintain consultant level is to reach $1,200 in sales in a six month period. Most of that can be your own orders, and just $200 needs to be friends/family/other people. If you don’t reach $1,200, you simply become a Band Of Beauty member again. You don’t have to order a big starter kit. You don’t have to maintain any inventory. You don’t have to recruit a single person if you don’t want to. Of course if you want to earn money, make it a part or full time business, and/or recruit team members, you absolutely can. You will get out what you put in. If this interests you at ALL, shoot me and email to Becky{at}MacDonaldWellness.com and we can chat.

 

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INGREDIENTS: FEWER IS BETTER

Our products are formulated using real ingredients derived from nature for maximum purity and potency.  We consult with leading experts in the beauty and wellness industries to create truly safe skincare products that offer real, recognizable results. Our products are made with certified organic ingredients that are sourced with the utmost attention and care, from family-owned farms whenever possible.

My favorite Primally Pure products:

  • Deodorant: Aluminum Free, Fragrance Free, Organic ingredients and it works! Check out this blog post on switching to natural deodorant if it’s your first time

  • Cleansing Oil: this does a great job of cleaning off the day (mascara included) and I really love the smell. I use this periodically both as cleanser AND moisturizer

  • Everything Spray: After cleansing with the PP Cleansing oil I use ~5 sprays on my hands, pat on my face/neck, then follow with more PP Cleansing oil. Also a great deodorant refresher (after a hot sweaty yoga class, if you don't have time for a shower!)

  • Lip Balm: I'm a sucker for a good lip balm - Love the grapefruit flavor, my only complaint is no SPF, but still really good, especially at the price point!

  • Body Butter: the Lavender Eucalyptus scent is really nice, great for dry hands in winter (I put it on at night with with gloves 👋)

  • Dry Shampoo: a great alternative to the sprays that leave a white film in your hair!

 

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NOTE:  I do have an affiliate relationship with Primally Pure since I reached out to them after falling in love with the brand, so I make a very small percentage off any purchase you make. (But that doesn’t cost you any more.) It also allows me to get you a promo code!

 

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