Clean Beauty

Episode 60 | How Toxin-Free Living Actually Affects Your Health

We’re finally doing it, digging into the nitty gritty of environmental toxins–the cold, hard facts about chemicals within the beauty and skincare industries in the US, ways these chemicals get into our bodies and how they reveal their nasty little side effects and affect our health.

The episode is not for the faint of heart, we definitely go deeper than usual and use some big words, but we break it down, explain the buzz words and connect it all to real life (like how it affects babies in utero, how you experience their effects and more).

Our goal is not to scare you, rather to empower you to be an advocate for your own health, to be able to make decisions that affect positive change within your health journey and create more balance and beauty within your life. No stress, just steps forward. Know better, do better, right?

Don’t forget that November 30 is the last day to enter to win our conscious holiday gift basket. Don’t worry, we made it super simple for you! Head to the purple podcast app on your phone or the iTunes store and write a review for the Colorful Eats podcast! That’s it! You’ll automatically be entered to win. We’ll announce the lucky winner during Episode 61, airing December 4, so make sure to stay tuned!

Highlight Reel:

10:55 | How side effects of toxin exposure can reveal themselves in your life (aka symptoms)

16:18 | Endocrine disruptors and how they affect your hormones

20:38 | Heavy metals and your beauty routine

27:32 | The toxin-skin connection and hormonal acne

33:25 | Why “natural” isn’t always enough

38:02 | Sourcing vs safety – what these buzz words really mean

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Your Better Beauty & Non-toxic Home Black Friday/Small Biz Saturday DEALS

Yes, it's that time of year again and we are all excited to get some steals and deals on our fave goodies during Black Friday! I am also a huge fan of Small Business Saturday because I am all about supporting small companies doing big things in the world!

So as you sip that cup of Joe and peruse all the deals out there (because EVERYONE has got stuff going on), I wanted to share with you some of my favorite companies and what they're doing this weekend. 

And since I am all about creating a non-toxic environment and getting you and your loved ones all stocked up with clean beauty goodness, I am doing some serious GIVEAWAYS today! (scroll down to get the deets)

But first...THE DEALS! Oh my goodness friend, I am so stoked about all these because it's the perfect opportunity to add to your collection of non-toxic products to support your health and also help your loved ones do the same!

Plus you're supporting me and other small businesses so THANK YOU ahead of time!

Beautycounter Black Friday Promos–

Beautycounter's Holiday Sets are the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for all the ladies in your life! Plus they have plenty of other goodies to splurge on if you're just looking to fill your safer beauty collection while there are hot deals going on!

> FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100 Friday thru Sunday at 11:59pm

> Cleansing Balm and cloth | $38* 

> Lash Power Duo - mini Volumizing Mascara (my favorite!!) and travel makeup remover | $20*

*These sets have limited quantities and will most likely sell out by end of day Friday!

Gift(s) with purchase...

  • FREE Beautycounter+ Spa Set of choice with any purchase over $250 Friday thru Sunday at 11:59pm...uuuuuuum this is amazing! That's an $88 value! There are some details about the spa sets below so you can figure out what will be best for your skin!

More about the Beautycounter+ Spa Sets (gift with purchase) for Black Friday:

This Collection of targeted masks, mists and oils were formulated with SAFER INGREDIENTS to enhance your current skincare regimen! Products to brighten, plump and balance the skin.

🍊No. 1 Brightening Collection ~ Infused with multi-source vitamin C complex, brightens dull skin and boosts radiance. Helps minimize dark spots for a more even complexion and radiant glow.

🌸No. 2 Plumping Collection ~ Formulated with powerful peony and jasmine essences to restore and firm moisture-depleted skin. Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines.

🖤No. 3 Balancing Collection ~ Infused with activated charcoal and ylang ylang to gently refine oily, uneven skin. Charcoal removes excess oil and impurities. This collection works great for acne and breakout prone skin.

  • Spend $150* and choose from the following lip glosses, all from our Holiday Sets (limited to first FOUR order confirmations sent via email to justine@alowellness.com, gifts are first come, first serve!):

PLEASE email your gift preference from the options above (first come, first serve) to justine@alowellness.com by end of day on November 27 to qualify.

*All dollar amounts are pre-tax and pre-shipping.  Limit one gift with purchase per person.  MUST purchase using the links on this page with Justine Campbell as your consultant.*

**Gifts will be sent the first week of December.**

 

Primally Pure Promos...

If you've been following the blog for any amount of time, you know Primally Pure is one of my very favorite non-toxic skincare lines. Their products are safe, clean and work like a charm and they make absolutely beautiful gifts! I especially love all their kit options, they are so perfect for gift giving!

  • Spend $60 and receive Primally Pure's brand new (full size) Black Charcoal Deodorant for FREE!

Shop Primally Pure here!

Branch Basics Promos...

Branch Basics has been my go-to for non-toxic cleaning for the past few years and they just recently re-launched their Concentrate with an even cleaner formula and it is A M A Z I N G. I use it on all the things, literally. It's the only cleaning product we use in our home and I'm so grateful for the option! If you are planning to conceive (like, ever), are pregnant or have little ones, this cleaning option is a must for keeping your family safe!

  • 20% off their Starter Kits and products PLUS free shipping through Cyber Monday! Their kits even come with a cute holiday bow for gifting! Use promo code "GIVECLEAN" at checkout!

Shop Branch Basics here!

 

Alright, there you have it! I hope you all have a beautiful weekend! Don't forget that if you purchase with Beautycounter to email your order confirmation to justine@alowellness.com to claim your gift!

Happy Holidays my friend! May you be beyond blessed this season!

xo

Justine

The Mom's Guide to Glowing Summer Skin

Hi, I’m Justine and I am the mama of a beautiful little ball of sunshine named Elle. She’s 18 months old going on 5 years of sass and this mama has been working in over-drive to figure out how to create a better balance of family, work and “me” time.

Because I think it’s so important for mommy’s to feel good, to be healthy and fit, to feel empowered, loved and confident in order to lead their families best.

Momming is both the hardest and most rewarding job in the world and it can sure take a toll on your precious “me” time, your diet, fitness routine and even your beauty regimen. All the things that used to make you feel really sexy, strong and put together. Laughable, right!?

Nowadays you may be feeling a little frumpy, you often forget to brush your hair in the morning and some days you never change out of your pajamas. You feel me, mama?

Making time to nourish yourself and take those extra beauty steps each day can seem completely overwhelming. After all, you’re taking care of an entire family unit and you always seem to come last.

But of all the ways to feel like you’ve got your stuff together and show up a little better for everyone else in your crew, nourishing your body and taking an extra few moments in the morning to get yourself ready for the day can be a game changer.

I know, it seems counterproductive. If you don’t have any extra time, how in the heck are you supposed to add your beauty routine back in or cook healthy meals or exercise!?

Well, I’m here to tell you that taking a few intentional moments each day to make yourself a priority can change the direction of your entire day and boost your little mama confidence.

As a mama myself, I have come to realize this comes down to living more mindfully, more intentionally. If you fly through each day just trying to take things as they fly at you, you’re going to struggle. If you take some time at the start of your week to write out what’s going down in the coming week, what days are crazier than others, what days will you be too busy to cook and need to prep ahead, etc., you can better schedule in “me” time, exercise, meal prep, and whatever else you need to thrive as a mama.

Because when mama ain’t thrivin’, no one’s thrivin’. Yes, you are that important mama!

Ok, back to getting a grip on your beauty routine.

Because Lord knows most of us need some serious help. Ahem...me included!

From one mama to another, it feels damn good to do something for yourself every now and again. Selfish? No way. I know your mama heart gives and gives and gives so I do believe you deserve some self love!

Here are a few start-today-tips to get that summer glow you so deserve!

Feed yourself well.

Like good ol’ whole foods, especially healthy fats like grass-fed butter and coconut oil, clean protein from sustainably raised meat, poultry and wild fish, seasonal veggies and fruits and nuts and seeds. Focusing on avoiding processed crap and getting in the good stuff ensures you’re taking in all the nutrients your body needs to nourish you from the inside out...aka beautiful, supple skin.

I love that so many summer produce items have skin protecting elements and glow-y skin superpowers.

If you are a super busy mama with active summer kiddos, make sure you prepare ahead of time for all-day outings, vacations and road trips. Keeping a cooler full of healthy snacks is the best way to save yourself from feeling the awful aftermath of a fast food drive-thru or a gas station meal. Yuck. Your skin will thank you too.

Drink up.

Water, not margaritas silly! Ever noticed what happens to your flowers or garden when you don’t water them. No bueno. Our bodies need plenty of clean water throughout the day to keep our cells well hydrated and electric properties within our body active and to help keep our lymphatic systems movin’ and groovin’. With a stagnant system, toxins can build up and it’ll show in our skin.

Go green with your beauty routine.

Swap out chemical filled beauty products for cleaner, health supporting items that nourish and protect your largest organ (your skin!). No matter where you are on your health journey, it’s important to begin, or continue, to work toward a non-toxic beauty routine. I did it over about a year's time and before I knew it every product I owned was clean and green and it felt so good!

I make sure to choose clean products that actually work. Because what’s the point of spending money just for the sake of going green? No thanks.

Now, for the mom routine -

I’d highly recommend you take a few minutes to consider what makes you feel confident and ready to take on the day. Whether you’re a shower and throw your hair in a pony kind of gal or you’re more the type that likes some curls in those luscious locks and blush on those cheeks, figuring out what YOU need to feel refreshed and ready for the day is all that matters.

Another piece of the puzzle is making sure you’re using clean beauty and skincare products, especially if you are planning to be pregnant soon, are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Our beauty routine plays a big role in our overall health since our skin is our largest organ and absorbs much of the chemical crap we slather on it. Hence the need for clean, green, nourishing products.

Also, since we’re talking summer beauty tips here, choosing a non-toxic sunscreen is an absolute must. I love Beautycounter’s sunscreen options best and have used them on baby girl as well!

Here is a list of some of my favorite products with links to snag your own…

Face:

Rejuvenating Radiance Serum

Protect Stick Sunscreen - Face

Beauty Cream

Fancy Face Serum

Rose + Mint Complexion Mist

 

Makeup:

Tinted Moisturizer

Aveda Mascara

Color Pinch Cream Blusher

Sheer Lipstick...the best ever

Brushes

 

Body:

Protect All Over Sunscreen

Protect Stick Sunscreen

Lavender + Eucalyptus Body Butter

Sensitive Deodorant...the bomb

Blue Yarrow Body Oil

 

Hair:

Shampoo + Conditioner

Style Sea Salt Spray

Dry Shampoo

 

Alright little beauty, there you have it! I’d love to hear what your favorite non-toxic beauty products are or if you end up trying any of the above! Leave a comment below and fill me in!

Photography by the lovely and super talented Yvette of Ettevy Photography.


 

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My Beauty Routine + Why I Made the Swap to Clean Products

Photo by Caroline Potter I’m a woman. Duh. Most of you knew that. And I really love being a woman.

I love getting dressed up and putting a little extra makeup on to “wow” the hubs.

I love that I got to house our baby girl, labor and birth her into this world (at home, natural...it’s was incredible and yo can read our birth story here).

And I love that my choices as a woman and as a mama have the power to really make a difference in this world.

One of the areas of healthy living that I have really focused on in recent years is creating a less toxic environment for myself and my family. What we are exposed to in our environment and what we use on our skin, our largest organ, can affect our health in a pretty profound way. Both negatively and positively.  

You see, I grew up using many of the same products I’m sure many of you also used - Oil of Olay face lotion, Coppertone sunscreen, Maybelline eyeshadow and mascara and all those shiny, colorful products that spoke to the girly-girl in me. And that my mom modeled to me. I didn’t have a clue that what I was using on my skin made any sort of impact or difference in my health because no one was talking about this in my life.

Taking us back about 8 years, shortly after becoming a Dietitian, I was introduced to a brand new world of nutrition and healthy living by my best friend and again when I studied to be a holistic Nutritionist in 2011. It really opened my eyes to the fact that there is so much more to a healthy lifestyle than just what you put in your mouth.

What you put ON your body and what you’re exposed to in your environment has the ability to make a huge impact on your health.

I began researching more and more about this topic and how our current beauty and skincare routines, using toxic chemical laden ingredients, can be such a damper on our health. I became totally obsessed because I knew this could be a game changer for my family, my friends and my amazing clients who were entrusting me to teach them all that I knew about creating and maintaining a healthy life.

Episode 8 | Safe Skincare - More Than Just a Movement with Kate Criswell

Did you know that the United States hasn’t passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients in personal care products since 1938!? And that there are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, most of which have no safety data. Most alarming, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the governing body that regulates what is and isn’t allowed in our products, food and supplements, allows companies to use chemicals that are know to be extremely harmful in beauty and skincare products for adults as well as kids!? 

I. Can’t. Even.

I have to be super honest with you though. At first, all I saw was dollar signs. Are you serious!? That lotion cost you what!? That mascara was how much!? You seriously spent what I would spend on a nice, organic dinner out (with a glass of wine, mind you) on that eye cream!?

So, the struggle was real my friend and I slowly made the transition over to cleaner products, probably over a year or so.

What surprised me most about this change, was how incredible these products made me feel. Not only on the outside, but I began to see a change in my internal environment and how much more effective my real food efforts were once I did a little clean up in my external environment.

It was worth every penny.

Plus, from asking around, I quickly began to realize that lots of women were spending way more money on toxic, department store brands that were definitely not delivering the nourishment I was getting from my new beauty and skincare routine.

My Beauty Routine + Why I Made the Swap to Clean Beauty

I was sold and totally hooked on this new non-toxic world and the beauty that was coming from it. Both inside and out. 

Since then, I have tried countless brands and have loved some and hated others.

The biggest thing for me, and I’m sure you can relate, is performance. I don’t want to buy something just for the sake of saying I bought an organic this or that!

I want it to work. I want to be able to see a difference and feel it doing its job.

You feel me?

I've got a few tried and true brands up my sleeve that I want to share with you. I can really stand behind these products and their company's missions.

My Beauty Routine + Why I Made the Swap to Clean Beauty

 

I take my beauty and skincare routine very seriously...just like my diet. Because it matters.

Hopefully taking a little peak into my day of beauty will help give you some ideas, products that you may like to try and hopefully, encourage you to take the leap into the world of clean beauty!

To be quite honest, my routine varies from day to day. Maybe it isn’t a routine at all then!!? I always want to keep my skin guessing, while making sure that the products I use are pure and nourishing, always. I even allow my skin to rest 2 or 3 days a week.

So, here is a little taste of what my current beauty routine looks like and some of my very favorite, non-toxic products.

My (current) Beauty Routine:

Morning:

My morning routine is pretty simple and usually involves a shower and makeup time! Here is what I use:

 

Afternoon:

Throughout the day, I love using mists to freshen up my makeup and give me a little boost of beauty. Here are a few of my faves:

 

Bedtime:

My favorite routine of the day because I feel this time really gets me relaxed and ready to climb into bed and sleep like a baby. After a long day being mama, working at nap time, making food for the family, running errands and all the other fun that comes with my days, this time is so needed and really helps me to feel rejuvenated and beautiful!

I have gotten in the habit of dry brushing before I shower at night. This helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, which gets rid of waste, encourages detox, improves circulation and even boosts the immune system. Not to mention exfoliates your skin and even reduces cellulite. Um, yes please! We talk more about it on episode 27 of the Colorful Eats podcast (check it out here!).

After I dry brush, I wash my face and usually just use Dr. Bronner’s soap. Next I use a serum, face cream and one of two eye creams. I have been using Beautycounter’s Rejuvenating line, which is their anti-aging line, for about two weeks and have been loving the results!

Here are my nighttime current faves:

 

My Beauty Routine + Why I Made the Swap to Clean Beauty

 

How can you get involved?

I believe that cleaning up your beauty and skincare routine is right up there with cleaning up your diet. As you’ve read today, our environment, specifically the products we use on and around our skin within our cleaning and beauty regimen, can be all kind of toxic. Taking action steps toward a healthier routine is huge for improving how you feel and perform day to day.

I've got a few ideas for how you can take a stand for your health and clean up your environment...

  1. Take a look at the products you're using, what are the ingredients? You can go to Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website to plug in your current beauty and skincare products and see how they rank on the "purity" scale. This can be incredibly eye opening.
  2. Supporting clean beauty companies like Primally Pure and Beautycounter by purchasing their products is a great way to begin to improve your environment as well as spread the word about these amazing company’s missions to get safer products into our homes. When you support these companies, it allows them to thrive and continue to produce clean products and spread the word on the importance of choosing non-toxic products on your health. 
  3. Becoming a Band of Beauty member with Beautycounter is another great way to get involved and gives you some lovely perks, like free shipping on orders over $100, a fabulous welcome gift, 15% back toward free product and monthly specials. To learn more, click here.
  4. If this mission strikes a chord with you or you’ve got a story to tell that can inspire other women and families to make more mindful decisions in their beauty and skincare routine, you might consider joining Beautycounter’s movement as a Consultant. Our team is packed full of amazing women, nutrition and wellness bloggers and passionate entrepreneurs. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!

 

PS…for a LIMITED time only, Beautycounter’s Band of Beauty member welcome gift is a Rejuvenating Eye Cream ($58 value), so if you have ever wanted to take the plunge into safe skincare, there is no better time than NOW! Note: Only valid with a minimum $50 purchase during sign up!

 

 

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A Clean Beauty Christmas

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As I’ve gotten older, I have gotten far away from the idea that Christmas is all about presents…and lots of them. Did you ever count your gifts at the end of the Christmas morning frenzie (back in 5th grade…)? I did and the more the merrier, right?

Nowadays the meaning of Christmas has shown through and presents are the least of my concern. At the same time, it is a time of year where giving gifts and celebrating with family and friends brings warmth and comfort to the season and lots of wonderful memories.

My favorite gifts are those that are thoughtful and intentional, not just bought for the sake of buying…that’s no fun! Also, my desire to find and support companies who use good quality, sustainably sourced ingredients or fabrics and are ran by a go-getter mom boss or a power couple trying to change the trajectory of an industry is a high priority.

This year, as I learn more about non-toxic beauty and continue to share my passion with others, I'll be gifting clean beauty and skin care products because seriously…what lady friend isn’t looking for more radiant skin and an extra pop of beauty!?

I have put together a list of some of my favorite clean beauty products and Black Friday sales worth taking action on! I think you're loved ones are going to be glad you stopped by... :)

 

Primally Pure

[My absolute favorite non-toxic beauty and skincare company of all time.]

Spend $60 and receive a free Lip Balm set ($18 value).

Spend $120 and receive a free Fancy Face Serum ($48 value).

A few of my favs...

 

The Spa Kit

The Spa Kit - Primally Pure

The Starter Kit

Lavender + Eucalyptus Body Butter

Lavender + Eucalyptus Body Butter - Primally Pure

 Rose + Mint Complexion Mist

Rose + Mint Complexion Mist - Primally Pure

 

Beautycounter

Safer skincare into the hands of everyone...because we deserve better!

Get a free Lipsheer of your choice with a purchase of $125 or more ($30 value).

Add a free Citrus and Rosemary Body oil with a purchase of $250 or more ($73 value).

A few of my favs...

 

Our Favorites for Your Favorite Gift Set

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Naughty to Nice Gift Set

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Love and Luster Gift Set

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Baby Bundle

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Thrive Market

Though not directly a clean beauty site, Thrive Market is a site that has tons of natural and clean beauty products available at wholesale prices (think Whole Foods meets Costco and has a kick ass kid)...as well as every pantry staple you can think of, environmentally friendly paper goods, pet food, baby products, etc.!

A year's subscription to Thrive Market would be an amazing gift for anyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle!

Click HERE to get a 30-day free trial!

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Happy shopping friends! Let me know in the comments what some of your favorite clean beauty brands and/or products are!

xo,

Justine