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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


Do you know the skin you’re in?

Green. Organic. All Natural.  We’ve seen these labels everywhere…from our food to our shampoos.  They are used so often that I think we’ve just become numb to them.  The focus on clean eating has caused millions of people to try juicing, buy the Nutri-Bullet, even to go vegan.  While taking charge of our diets and […]

Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil packs a pretty powerful punch when it comes to your health. Every tablespoon of coconut oil delivers a myriad of wellness benefits, including anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-fungal properties.  But when it comes to beauty uses for coconut oil, the possibilities are endless.  The good thing is, coconut oil is very affordable, easy to store and completely natural.  So head to your nearest supermarket or health food store to stock up on this wonder oil.

1.  After Shave-Great moisturizer without clogging your pores.  Use it after your shave to prevent razor burn and to ensure a smooth and soft shave on your legs, underarms or anywhere else on your body.

2.  Lip Moisturizer-Coconut oil can be used as a natural chapstick.  It also has an SPF 4 so you also get a little sun protection.  Dab it on your lips to wear alone or underneath your favorite lipstick or lipgloss.

3.  Exfoliating facial scrub-Mix a couple teaspoons of coconut oil with oatmeal and cinnamon or baking soda for a great, facial treatment.

4.  Eye Cream-Dab a little underneath your eyes to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.

5.  Deep Conditioner-Mix with your favorite leave in conditioner or use alone under a heated cap for a deep penetrating treatment.

6.  Make Up Remover-Saturate a cotton ball and sweep it across your eyes to remove stubborn eye makeup.

7.  Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.

8.  Stretch Mark Remover-Great for expecting mothers!

9.   Blemish Reducer-Mix with nutmeg…leave on for 10 and 15 minutes then wash off.

10. Cuticle Softener– Dab a little bit onto your cuticles with an old makeup brush or a Q-tip to soften and moisturize.

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

A Natural Substitute for Retin-A

Retin A (Tretinoin) is a topical solution used to treat acne. It’s also a great way to smooth out wrinkles and aging skin. It can be found in a gel, cream or lotion and must be prescribed by your physician or dermatologist. Although it can be quite costly, Retin-A can offer you amazing results, if used properly. But if not applied with care, Retin-A can lead to blistering, irritation and hypersensitivity to sunlight. If you don’t want to put yourself at risk for these adverse effects, there are some natural options you can consider.

Rose Hip Seed Oil-Contains a natural source of Tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A), it’s also a great source of Vitamin C and won’t irritate the skin.

Tea Tree Oil- Topical agents with 5% tea tree oil may be as effective as lotions with 5% benzoyl peroxide in drying up breakouts. Side effects can be serious for people with certain skin conditions, so consult a doctor before experimenting with tea tree oil.

Zinc-an essential mineral, is suggested as a supplement because it helps with healing and skin regeneration. It can be used topically in a cream or lotion or taken orally with meals. Side effects can include nausea and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

As always, watch your sugar, fat and salt intake and drink plenty of water throughout the day!

Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

Honey for Acne-Prone Skin

Did you know that honey has natural anti-bacterial properties?  Honey is a traditional topical treatment for infected wounds. It can be effective on antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.  The other bonus is that honey also attracts moisture, which keeps your skin from drying out.  With a little bit of honey as well some other natural ingredients, you can make your own acne fighting treatment in the comfort of your own home.  Here is what you need:

  • Honey
  • Water at room temperature
  • Mild Liquid Facial Soap

Combine ¼ cup of honey with ½ cup of tepid water and 2 tablespoons of mild liquid soap. Pour the mixture into an easy-to-use container with a spout. Use nightly in place of your normal facial cleanser, rinsing thoroughly with warm water.  You should see an improvement in your skin within a few days. This mixture will keep for up to two weeks if stored in a closet, away from your bathroom or other sources of moisture.

Here is a good honey mask to try:

  • Honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon Juice
  • Oatmeal
Mix 4 tbsp. of honey with cinnamon, lemon juice and oatmeal. Leave the mixture on for 20 to 30 minutes and then remove with warm water.  Use consistently at least once or twice weekly for optimal results.
Pamper Wisely,

The BusyBella

A Brighter Complexion in Four Days

Everyone wants a bright and glowing complexion. It’s a sign of youth and beauty.  Make-up can help….but who wants to pile on a ton of make-up if you don’t have to?  You can spend hundreds of dollars on microdermabrasion and glycolic peels.  Or…you can make minor adjustments to your skin care routine. 1.  Watch what […]

Best Beauty Finds for a Buck

Dollar Stores are a great way to save money on some of your favorite household items and toiletries.  But did you know they are also a great place to find some of your best beauty products?  For just a buck a piece, you can save money on popular, name-brand items.  So the next time you […]