I hadn't checked out the Last Chance section of the Beautycounter website in a while.
If you're in the same boat, this update is for YOU!:
Shop Last Chance
Included in this section are lots of wonderful sets from the 2021 holiday season. They'll be gone soon to make room for the 2022 line, and so you can snag them for 30-40% off!
BEST IN CLEAN HEROES
Get your hands on some of Beautycounter's best-selling skincare and makeup in travel sizes with this set. Originally priced at $99, it's just $59.40 right now!
COUNTERTIME DELUXE MINI SET
These are the exact same Countertime minis as the limited-edition ones that are being sold individually on the site right now -- but in a full set and at a better deal! If you want the full Countertime line in mini sizes, this is the way to go right now.
GOOD GLITZ DUO
I loooove this set, and if you're a powder shadow lover it's the way to go for sure. You can use this palette to create a dynamic eye look or just an everyday one -- it's super versatile!
GOOD SCENTS BATH OIL TRIO
If you love a relaxing bath, you're going to love these oils to level your relaxation and skin hydration up a few notches!
CLEAN DREAMS SET
Okay, this set is SUCH A GOOD DEAL. You get a mini Resurfacing Peel and a mini Countertime Supreme Cream, plus a plush eye mask. Just those two minis on their own would be $74!! This is a no brainer if you want these two products!
SOLEMATES EXFOLIATING DUO
Do you love the results you get from the Resurfacing Peel on your face? Imagine a similar product for your FEET! That's what's included in this two-piece set, along with an exfoliator tool you use before applying the product to make your feet as soft and smooth as possible.
Grab your favorites quickly before they are sold out. It's a great time to get a head start on holiday shopping.
Back in the day sunscreen wasn't a thing. In fact I remember putting on baby oil with iodine in it to get a nice tan. 😳😱😲 YES, I know that's shocking. But we just didn't understand how dangerous the sun could be to your skin. However we still need sun in healthy doses, for the wonderful Vitamin D. We need vitamin D for our immune health and bone health, but in safe doses. So let's not get burned. Use sunscreen during peak hours 11 am - 2 pm when you are more likely to get burned.
In the past fews years, I've learned much more about sunscreen and safe choices. Here are some things to be aware of when choosing sun protection for you and your family!:
1. What are we protecting against anyway?
UVA Rays: These rays contribute to premature aging of the skin as well as skin cancer.
UVB Rays: These are the rays that cause painful sunburn as well as skin cancer.
Blue Light: Found in the sun as well as technology (which we're all in front of ALL the time!), blue light can cause signs of aging in the skin. (No, thanks!)
2. How much SPF do I need?
There's much less variation in SPF than I once thought. For example:
SPF 15 blocks 93% of UV rays
SPF 30 blocks 97% of UV rays
SPF 50 blocks 98% of UV rays
In fact, the FDA is concerned that claims of excessively high SPF values give users a false sense of protection, leading to overexposure to UVA rays that increase the risk of long-term skin damage and cancer. They've even suggested capping ratings at 60 SPF.
3. What's the difference between a chemical sunscreen and a mineral sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreens protect the skin from UV rays by scattering the rays. There's concern that this process can cause free radicals, harming our skin cells.
Chemical sunscreens typically contain oxybenzone, which is the chemical banned in places like Hawaii and Key West because it can damage coral reefs. It also isn't great for us! Oxybenzone disrupts our hormones, accumulates in our bodies, and is allergenic. Hard pass.
Mineral sunscreens use a physical barrier to block the UV rays from penetrating our skin. They're definitely the safer option between the two -- both for your health and our oceans.
4. Tell me more about Beautycounter's sunscreens!
All of Beautycounter's sunscreen is mineral sunscreen. It's also formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, meaning the particle size isn't small enough to be absorbed into the skin. (Yay!)
Our mists use a non-aerosol bag-on-valve technology to keep you safe. Other spray sunscreens have a high inhalation risk due to the ingredients and delivery system.
We have lots of great sunscreen options, including:
-a face sunscreen (lightweight, easy to rub in, and wears well under makeup)
-a tinted face moisturizer with SPF (one of my all-time 🥰 favorite products!)
-sunscreen lotion (my go-to for pre-pool or beach application)
-sunscreen mist (perfect to quickly and easily re-apply when you're busy having fun outside -- and there's a tinted option, too!)
-sunscreen stick (this is a favorite of mine to keep in my bag when I find myself being out and about without sunscreen and it's great for kids, fits perfectly in their small hands. )
Check out all sunscreen options together here!
5. I've used safer sunscreens in the past and didn't love them. They didn't rub in well or they made my skin look or feel weird. How do Beautycounter's stack up?
SUCH a good question. If you've used mineral sunscreens in the past you might have been left looking a bit like Casper the Friendly Ghost. I love that our sunscreens do NOT have that effect!
They also tend to work well for all members of the family, even those with especially sensitive skin.
5. What about finding other safe sunscreen brands, or vetting the brand I already use?
Environmental Working Group is my go-to resource for checking the safety of products (personal care products, baby products, cleaning products, and more!), and they have a great sunscreen guide you might find helpful. You can peruse that for brands they recommend, as well as use their search function to find safety information on brands you might currently be using.
Check out EWG's guide to sunscreens here!
I hope that was a helpful Sunscreen 101 overview! I'm always here if you have questions or would like help choosing the right sunscreen formula for you.
And I'm not talking about Great White's song from the 80's. Yes it a good song to run down memory lane. But I'm talking about getting bitten up while you're hanging outside by the pool, having a dinner with family and friends, doing yard work, gardening or even on a hike.
Those nasty bumpy itching or stinging bites. UGH!!! Plus some folks out there have bigger reactions to those bites based on the histamine levels in their bodies. YES, you can have more histamine in your body not related to those dang seasonal allergies. However that is a conversation for another day. Stay tuned for that one.
There are many options to control those pesky bugs. From having a fan outside with you blowing them away to using bug repellent. Those of a certain age will remember the days trucks would drive around spraying DEET to keep those inconvenient bugs away. Since that time many reports and studies have been done on DEET, because of the concern about its neurotoxicity, ability to melt plastic and its greasiness. Neurological symptoms such as seizures have been reported in infants exposed to DEET. Note that recent studies are saying in low doses it is safe. As for me, I'll stay away from it for now.
If you do get bit try applying tea tree oil on the bite. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and usually no-irritating. Also pure lavender oil can be used. My favorite way to take the itch out of a mosquito bite is to put a dap of Beautycounter's Charcoal + Mask, just a tiny bit stops the itching almost immediately.
This mask was originally released as part of Beautycounter's holiday collection, which usually means it's a speciality product that will only be available during the holidays. The response to this product was overwhelmingly positive, hence why it's has been brought back as a staple product.
I finally tried it this month and was blown away by the effects of this mask. In a short ten minutes you can have soft smooth skin. Many has said it makes your skin as soft as a (insert your own adjective and noun). I tried it by myself and with my teen. We both loved how well our faces felt afterwards.
In a short 10 minutes this mask will make your dull tired skin feel smooth as baby's skin, full of bounce and be more radiant.
The Reflect AHA Effect mask contains:
Are you ready to try this mask now? Grab one here. On the fence I have a limited supply of samples. Message me here to try a sample. I only ask that you report back to me with your results.
Products that will be discontinued
Every year, Beautycounter makes the tough decision to remove a few products from our line. They're always products that aren't best sellers, and they're eliminated to make room for more products coming soon (a good thing!!).
Still, some of these are favorites of mine (and I know many of you love them, too), so I wanted to be sure to share this list in case you wanted to grab anything before it's gone.
Some products will be gone for good, while others will be replaced with updated versions. Those new versions are TBD timing-wise, though, so stock up now if you have any favorites on this list:
Today I also want to share an important pricing update from Beautycounter that begins February 1st, in light of that and the above product changes I am hosting a mystery New Year New Skincare pop up. This will be an opportunity for YOU to win host rewards for spending as little as $50. This pop up closes January 31, 2022
February 1st - prices increase by about 10%
For those who receive Beautycounter emails, you may have read this in a recent email from Beautycounter HQ, but I wanted to be sure to address it as well. Effective February 1, you'll see an increase of about 10% on pricing for all Beautycounter products. Please know that this is a carefully considered increase, and it's to account for rising production/material costs due in large part to the pandemic and the strain it's put on so many industries.
Two quick notes about this increase and ways to avoid it:
*Another way to save even MORE on all of your Beautycounter purchases is to join as a consultant. You'll receive a 25% discount on all personal orders that way! Some teammates and I hosted a call last week on what being a consultant looks like, and you can check out that replay here if you're interested.
That's right -- save 15% site wide during Beautycounter's Back to School sale!
Shop the sale here!
This sale makes it the perfect time to stock up on a few faves you might be running low on as well as a great time to try something you've been eyeing (maybe a fun new lip color (my fave is sheer genius) or our luxurious body polish, for example!).
As a heads up, brand new products (like our new Think Big All-In-One Mascara and Lid Glow Cream Shadow) are excluded from the sale (although they're both amazing, so you might want to add them to your cart anyway...). Sets, collections, and bundles, as well as last chance items, are also not eligible for the 15% discount.
The sale runs today through Monday, August 16.
Oh, and if you're a Band of Beauty member you just might have a credit to apply to your order as well. Remember your credit will show up as a payment option at checkout, or you can always reach out to me to check in on your credit amount. As a member, you'll get free shipping if your order totals $100 or more, too (saving you an additional $6.95). Yay!!
And if you are not a Band of Beauty member check out the benefits here.
I love to save money, who doesn't. When I first started as a client of Beautycounter, my consultant presented me with the option of signing up for Band of Beauty. Just hearing the benefits over the phone and doing some rough math in my head, I knew the benefits and savings were worth it.
Program Details and Benefits
Let's do the Math
Ignoring the complimentary gift for a moment, let’s take a look at the product credit and free shipping. Band of Beauty works well if you are a consistent user of the products. This is not hard to do if you commit to either a skincare, bath and body, or makeup regimen, let alone if you do them all. Let’s say you join Band of Beauty and your first purchase is $100. You save $6.95 shipping on your first order. When you place your second order of at least $100, you save $10 (10% product credit on your original $100 purchase) plus the $6.95 shipping. Right there, you’re a little over $5 away from completely neutralizing the expense of the membership fee. By purchase #3, you’re “in the money” meaning you have recovered your initial $29 investment and are now consistently receiving a 10% product credit on all future purchases. My brain works better with an example (taxes not included):
I’ve juggled many hats in my life. I’ve done traditional sales, quality control, taught at risk kids, and had the mom life while taking care of elderly parents. A few years ago I started a baking business, PaleoLove Company, which was an outgrowth of my daughter’s autoimmune illness. That led to me going back to school to become a Functional Nutrition Counselor. Through my education I learned how important our skin is to detoxifying our bodies. Cue dramatic music in walks Crystal Wilson, who introduced me to Beautycounter. I wasn’t really looking for skin care, but I am a curious person so I listened. Beautycounter intrigued me, I finally sampled the products and was sold. I first became a client, then decided to become a consultant.
This past week I join the Beautycounter Team. It was a natural fit for me. I have always been interested in the natural health and wellness world since I was young. So when I discovered Beautycounter and their clean products, that performed well, it seemed to fit my life and goals. Especially since our skin is our number 1 detoxifying organ. It was a not a big leap for me to make the choice to start using products that are free of over 1,800 chemicals.
The first time I tried Beautycounter products was last summer. It so happened to be at the same time I tried ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD). My skin looked amazing and I felt amazing. I wasn't entirely sure - why my skin looked so amazing. I attributed to fact that I had just been fasting. However fast forward to this winter. I again did the ProLon FMD I felt amazing, however my skin looked good just not as good as when I was using Beautycounter products. So I decided to try the set I tested in August 2019, Countertime Collection. OMG, my skin started looking better and feeling better. Then when I added in another round of ProLon, boom there you have it my skin looked the same as last August. LOL So I am a happy happy girl. I also love that Beautycounter is a certified B Corporation, which means safer products, sustainability, charitable giving, advocacy and transparency. Overall I feel this will be a good fit for me and my business of better living through feeding our bodies real food and paying attention our bodies.
Let me know if I can help live better in the skin you're in.
Mary, is the creator and founder of PaleoLove Company, Mom, wife, friend, partner in crime, and entrepreneur. She has been a lover of art, food and traveling since she was very young. She began her paleo journey just out of curiosity, then her oldest daughter developed health problems where she needed to consume a low carb low sugar diet. It is here where she developed her skills in creating and making low sugar low carb treats and eats.