Whichever scenario resonates with you is fine. We all have lines that we're not willing to cross and I respect that. However, reducing your exposure to toxicity in the areas that you can without, compromising what you love is important to everyone, but especially to us as breast cancer survivors.
Years before my diagnosis, I had switched to using Henna on my hair rather than chemical hair colors because within minutes of applying chemical hair color to my hair I would begin to feel clammy and develop a headache. My sensitivity to chemicals became even more pronounced after going through chemotherapy.
Suddenly I had moderate to severe reactions to laundry soap, candles, household cleansers, deodorants, and the list goes on. So when a woman that I know and respect told me about BEAUTYCOUNTER and the mission this company has to get safer cosmetics into the hands of every woman, I was interested in hearing more and the more I heard, the more interested I became in trying the products.
Check out this video on the BEAUTYCOUNTER and the mission and vision of founder Gregg Renfrew:
I often hear breast cancer survivors ask, "How toxic is that? or "Is that safe for me?"
Having cancer is no joke, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that it never happens again. Especially if we already feel like we were doing everything right to begin with, Ugh! So, we try to figure out what's toxic in our environment. Well, that's a lot of stuff!
Another great way to check the safety of what you're putting on your body is to check out your products with The Environmental Working Group. This organization lists thousands of food and cosmetic products and if the product you use is in their database, it will let you know what is in it and if any of the additives are potential carcinogens and pose a danger to you.
As a Breast Cancer Recovery Coach, I am a source of information for my clients and I am always looking for ways to support them in feeling safe, beautiful, healthy and happy. That being said BEAUTYCOUNTER is rightinline with what I believe in and I am proud to be a part of the movement to make beauty safer for every woman, especially those of us who are survivors and know the importance of living as clean as possible.
If you have any questions about BEAUTYCOUNTER products or if you're interested in becoming a part of this mission, feel free to email me directly at Laura@LauraLummer.com.
Not sure where to start? Here is a list of my top 5 most favorite products that I use daily:
We have to make decisions on what is important to us, what we are willing to sacrifice, and what we're not willing to give up. For example, let's say that you're not ready to go gray yet. (I thought I was after chemo until my grey hair started to grow in and then, I wasn't.) Coloring your hair may be worth the risk of whatever toxicity comes with using chemical hair dyes, or at the very least you look for less toxic hair color products such as Henna. On the other hand, maybe lipstick is not that important to you, and as long as you have Burt's Bees Wax to keep your lips from getting chapped, you're good. Perhaps, you love that shower spray that drips away all the soap scum with no scrubbing involved, and you're not even willing to try a vinegar, water, essential oil solution to clean the bathroom.
Counter Match Adaptive Moisture Lotion. This product was released on June 25th, 2017 and it sold out on the first day! I was lucky enough to get a tube and I fell in love with it the first time I used it. I love how silky my skin feels without the sensation of having a coating on it. Counter Match uses Bio-Mimic Technology harnesses the unique life-giving properties of plants to exactly match the structure of skin, giving it precisely what it needs and nothing it doesn’t.
NO. 2 Plumping facial oil. This stuff is amazing. it lightly scented like jasmine, it absorbs easily and I swear my skin feels silky because of it. Sometimes, when the weather is dry I carry it in my purse and gently dab in on throughout the day over my makeup. I love this stuff, I use it in the morning and at night.
Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass. O.M.G. I LOVE to exfoliate and this product is amazing, bright, fresh, easy to use and leaves your skin feeling soft and glowy.