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The Never List

If you read my last post, “Do You Know the Skin You’re In’, you’ll remember that I challenged you to look up the ingredients listed on the back of your favorite beauty products. Chances are, you came across a list of long, hard to pronounce words.  If you are like me, you want to know what those words mean and how they affect our bodies.  

Our skin is our largest organ, covering about 18 square feet of the human body. It protects us, keeps us warm, cools us down and is our first defense in fighting off illness or disease. That is why we need to be extra vigilant in taking care of our skin.

In an effort to educating the public about the toxins and chemicals found in our everyday hair and skin products, Beautycounter has compiled a ‘Never List’. This is a list of ingredients that you will never find in Beautycounter products. I needed this list while I was pregnant.  I was so extra careful to take care of my skin and the growing boy inside of my belly. Now that I am nursing, I will carry this list with me to make sure my beauty products meet this standard.  Doing Better starts with Knowing Better…so here is a sample of Beautycounter’s ‘Never List’. 

Animal fats, oils, and musks: tallow, rendered beef or mutton fat, oils or musks from animals like mink, emu and sharks that are procured after an animal has been killed. Found in: soap, salve, shaving products, lubricants, paints, and all types of cosmetics.

Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.

Benzophenone and derivatives: a possible human carcinogen and hormone disruptor used as a fragrance ingredient and to absorb ultraviolet light. Found in: nail polish, sunscreen.

Bisphenol A (BPA): a hormone disruptor that may also alter DNA, used in plastics and resins. Found in: plastic bottles, lining of aluminum food cans, possibly in eyeshadow and styling gel.

To see the full list, click here:

I am looking for a few passionate individuals who believe in putting safe ingredients into the hands of everyone.  If this sounds like you, I would love to have you join my BusyBellas team at Beautycounter.  If interested, please email me:

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella


Get clear, beautiful skin once and for all! (What to look for in an aesthetician )

When I was a teenager, I had HORRIBLE skin.  My face was riddled with acne and scars.  I jumped from dermatologist to dermatologist to find that one person who could give me clear, beautiful skin.  However, it wasn’t until I was able to afford regular facials and skin treatments did my skin started to drastically improve.  Finding that perfect aesthetician wasn’t an easy fete either.  When I moved to the Washington, DC area years ago, I finally found the best person who was able to suit me and my needs. Now, I have people asking ME what I am doing to make my skin look so great.  So, I want to share with you some of the key things that led me to this wonderful resource, ONE of the secrets in my arsenal.  Oh BTW, her name is Germaine Williams, at the Red Bloom Spa in Bethesda, Maryland!  

Knowledge-Does your aesthetician have a working knowledge of products, procedures and skin conditions?  More importantly, does he or she know what specific things will work for your unique skin type?  What works for one does not work for all.

Cleanliness-Is their spa/work station clean and organized?  Also, does he or she take time and care in their personal appearance and cleanliness?

Professionalism-Is he or she punctual and professional?  Are you kept waiting even though you are on time for your appointments?

Great Chemistry-To me, this is very important Do you genuinely like this person?  Could you see yourself going out to lunch or grab a cup of coffee with this individual?  You don’t have to be best friends but you should at least feel comfortable to carry on a decent conversation with your aesthetician.  It really makes a difference!  What do you look for in an aesthetician?

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella