Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What's In What You're Putting On Your Face?

If you read "about" on my website here or if you have read any of my writings before, you will know that I have always been interested in health of the body, the mind, and the soul.  Each part of ourselves effects the other because we are intimately connected--- we were designed that way.  When one area of our body suffers, the others do too.  Ignore this truth and our health deteriorates, sometimes with no symptoms.  Honor this connection, and do whatever we can to maintain great health, and the rewards are too many to mention!

 So lately I've been struggling with the truth that the U.S. allows well over 1300 ingredients in cosmetics that are not allowed in most other developed nations. This is scary since I've been mostly ignoring this.

The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.   Why?  I'll let you come to your own conclusions but I think it's about the almighty dollar.

 I am not a big make-up person per-say but always elect to apply mascara (for these light blue eyes with light eyelashes that "disappear" if I don't darken them).  I know, I know,  I did recently try fake eyelashes but I experienced some negative symptoms and my eyelashes looked great, but my eyes and the surrounding skin didn't.  There's lots of chemicals in the glue, etc so that was a very bad idea!

  I will wear lip gloss or light colored lipstick, and a bit of tinted moisturizing foundation plus blush. And always after I spend too much time applying non-toxic sunscreen (at least I've done that for the past several years)  I prefer very light coverage unless I am going to a "fancy" party where I do love getting made-up to look glamorous but this only happens about 3-4 times a year.     Here's a photo of the "real me!" (with mascara)

Me being a bit silly on our boat but this is the REAL me so what the heck?!

I am what you'd call a more natural gal, probably because I workout 4-5 days a week, live on a boat part-time,  and who has time to constantly reapply make-up after sweating or swimming?  Really.   My mom and my daughters are the same way,  so call it a family tradition or whatever.  The point is...this is really not a post about make-up but it's about health.  

28 countries have banned 1400 ingredients which are allowed in the products we put on our skin and use on our hair. (The U.S. has only banned 11) As a health advocate and practitioner I'm always concerned about what I put in and on my body and what I recommend to others who trust me.

What I want you to know is this---I am not going to be silent about the issue of unhealthy make-up any longer.  To prove it I just joined a company who is involved in advocacy and in an attempt to change national policy as it applies to the ingredients that are allowed in most all U.S. cosmetics.    Our families are too important.  Our children and grandchildren are worth it.  We are worth it!

For more information or if you want to join me on this new mission go here:

I will be hosting monthy health "parties" both in Orange County and in Los Cabos, to help people understand the importance of educating themselves about the products they are using in their homes, in their bodies, and on their bodies. Stay tuned!  😀

 To contact me:  Donna@DonnaSchuller.ocm

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