My sister gave Diego a t-shirt that he loves to wear. It has a JFK quote on the front that reads, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” I keep thinking about what I do in my life to try to leave a better world for my boys. Before joining Beautycounter, I think I was only trying to raise smart, polite and thoughtful gentlemen. I know that’s great stuff…but I want to do more.
When I learned that several studies have shown that people of color are exposed to a variety of indoor pollutants, including lead, allergens, and pesticides at levels greater than in Caucasian populations, I was floored. Cosmetic products marketed to women of color, such as skin lighteners, dyes and hair relaxers and nail polish, contain some of the most concerning chemicals used in cosmetics, including known hormone disruptors and carcinogens. How could I not use this blogging platform to help spread the word?
The factors are complex: Genes, diet, exposure to harmful chemicals through the environment, and more. These and other factors can all add up and contribute to people of color’s disproportionate exposure to harmful chemicals.
But the word is out and the subject is being brought up everywhere. I’m proud to share what I have learned:
And happier news…
And Vogue has a beautiful Beautycounter article in the September issue (hits newstands today!)
Beautycounter has made it its mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone, has banned over 1,500 ingredients (the Never List), and has visited Capitol Hill to host a congressional briefing and discuss beauty industry reform with our country’s leaders.
You can find out more about Beautycounter HERE and feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you might have about your skin, Beautycounter ingredients and products or if you are interested in contributing to change.
Let’s all try to do a little good in some way.
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