What exactly is environmental health? In short, there is a strong connection between our health and what we’re exposed to in our daily environment. The environment isn’t just the air, rivers, and trees. It includes everything we encounter in our daily lives: It is our homes, workplaces, and schools; stores and restaurants; and even the cosmetics, cleaning supplies, furniture, and electronics that we all use every day. At Beautycounter, we believe that your health shouldn’t be compromised by your environment.
We’ve come a long way in the skin care industry. We now know that a lot of the chemical ingredients we’ve used for decades can be harsh, damaging, and sometimes even toxic. We’re turning to more natural, plant-sourced ingredients that truly nourish and protect skin without the potential side effects.
Sometimes we can go overboard in our zeal for what’s “natural,” though, and end up avoiding ingredients that are actually beneficial to skin.
On this blog, my contributors and I often discuss the dangers of personal care and cosmetic products because so many of their ingredients include toxic chemicals that put health at risk. What’s worse, this chemical exposure is an essential part of the daily routine for millions of people who, in the name of outward cleanliness and beauty, are actually doing quite the opposite to their insides. So what does all this exposure look like? According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), for the average woman, it works out to roughly 168 chemicals via personal care and cosmetic products every day!
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40–50 million Americans.
Like so many, I have suffered from acneic skin for as long as I can remember. I tried everything, including chemically laden prescription medications, only to leave my skin red, dry and irritated. This past year, I finally decided to take the natural approach and get to the bottom of it. I made an appointment with Dr. Lipman, as I wanted to get off birth control without experiencing a resurgence of acne, and I also wanted to find out what else may be at the bottom of my skin condition.