We often find that people are shocked when we tell the Beautycounter story. They assume, understandably, that the personal care industry is regulated, but that’s just not the case. Here, Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew takes us through 10 things you didn’t know about our health and the products that we use every day. She believes that we all deserve better—in fact, this belief is at the core of everything we do here at Beautycounter, and why our products are developed on a foundation of safety and transparency.
Just like your favorite anywhere, anytime denim, certain skin care products not only multitask masterfully, but help you transition seamlessly from one season to the next. Coming out of an oppressive summer when you may have gotten some (hopefully unintentional) sun exposure that dehydrated and dulled your complexion, it’s now the ideal time to focus on moisturizing and firming in preparation for the colder months ahead.
Christy Coleman, our Head of Creative Design and a fashion and celebrity makeup artist, has selected the perfect fall essentials trio to help with this transition. Plus, knowing that these products contain safe ingredients is as comforting as any well-worn pair of jeans.
When we found out that Christy Coleman, our Head of Creative Design and a fashion and celebrity makeup artist, often packs her own towels when she travels, we just had to hear why. “Often, hotels use harsh detergents and bleach, which tend to remain in the fibers and not completely wash out—plus the towels are usually dyed,” says Christy. “I think it’s very important to use the cleanest detergent I can find and organic cotton textiles. I also use the towels I pack to wrap something breakable in my luggage, so the towels do double duty!”
Hormone, or endocrine, disruptors are chemicals that potentially interfere with the body’s endocrine system. The endocrine system is extraordinarily complex and important—it regulates mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function and reproductive processes. Some chemicals mimic a natural hormone and thereby fool the body into responding; a false cue like this could result in the body producing more estrogen, which in turn could lead to breast cancer. Other disruptors block the effects of a needed hormone, or cause overproduction or underproduction of hormones (for example, an overactive or underactive thyroid).
We nominated Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World as the first book in our Beautycounter book club for good reason: It’s a fascinating account of how toxic chemicals get into our bodies—and how we can get them out. We asked author Rick Smith to answer some of our most pressing questions.
“I don’t want to mask anyone’s face with heavy foundation,” says Christy Coleman, our Head of Creative Design and fashion and celebrity makeup artist. “I love being able to see the skin.” Christy’s goal in developing Tint Skin was to create a safe, lightweight face makeup that would enhance a woman’s natural radiance in a totally unique formula: a tinted moisturizer that could also act as a buildable foundation by slightly tweaking your application technique.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been making headlines since the early 2000s, when concerns over the growing use of GM plants in food and consumer goods began to mount. The debate about GMOs revolves around their risks versus their benefits; proponents of GM plants cite increased crop yields and lower costs, but others cite risks to human health and the environment. Currently, there is no real consensus on GM safety among governments, legislators or the scientific community at large.
Your dish detergent needs to be a true workhorse—effectively cleaning grease and grime while making an unpleasant task as tolerable as possible. And, of course, it shouldn’t be too much to ask that it’s actually safe for you and the environment. Most soaps used for hand washing dishes are liquid, so they contain water. When a product contains water, it must use a preservative to prevent the growth of microorganisms. If a brand lists water as an ingredient but not a preservative (usually methylisothizolinone or phenoxyethanol), something is amiss. Unfortunately, it’s really common for companies to hide ingredients used in fragrances, dyes and even some of the main ingredients like surfactants, which make products foam. (Read how they get away with this, here.)
“To create any look, you need to start with the perfect canvas,” says Christy Coleman, our Head of Creative Design and fashion and celebrity makeup artist. For that canvas, try our game-changing Tint Skin Complexion Coverage—it’s lightweight and hydrating like a moisturizer but can also perform like a foundation if you slightly tweak your application technique.
Our mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone. We do not sacrifice on product safety or performance, and that is what sets us apart.
We get a lot of questions about ingredients, including: “How can you have safe products if you use some synthetic ingredients?” People are understandably confused about the difference between ingredient “safety” and ingredient “source.”