by Bridie Carroll
As theater people, we are pretty creative and love spending our outside time on hobbies and other things we are passionate about.
Various health issues I've encountered and been forced to deal with has evolved into a passion for heath and wellness as well as safer skincare and make up. I suffer from three autoimmune diseases and for four years on the road in Wicked I carried an entire kitchen in my car to keep myself as healthy as possible.
I also spent my Mondays off in either a Sephora (my former love) shopping for make up or Whole Foods prepping my meals for the week. I learned after I got off the road, that what is in our skincare and make up is actually pretty terrifying. In fact, I learned that 1938 was the last time any regulation was passed for skincare or make up. Currently two pages of legislation regulate a $62 billion dollar industry, and sadly companies can advertise to us however they want, and many of them are advertising false information. In fact, the European Union has banned 1,400 known harmful chemicals while the United States has only banned 30. Yep 30.
For me, with my own health, and the concern of the health of my family, this was really shocking and scary! Cancer, infertility, birth defects, neurotoxicity and hormone/endocrine disruptors are in most of the products we use everyday - even the ones we think are safe! THAT IS SO NOT OKAY.
From shampoo to mascara, it's time we are advised and become aware of what is being put in our products and demand stricter regulations to keep us safe and healthy. That's where Beautycounter comes in! The company's products are free of over 1500 harmful chemicals and toxins and prides itself on education and advocacy. And beyond that, their incredible products have improved my skin in a dramatic way and I've now thrown away all my old scary stuff.
We had our first event this past summer and it was so much fun we decided we needed to do another one and let everyone know about it. I'm passionate about bringing awareness to safer skincare and I will have some amazing products with me on Sunday at Broadway Brands by Broadway Hands.