Safer Beauty Archives - Dawn Laflin

November 17, 20200

by Dawn Laflin Wellness

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year….

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. Any purchases made through these links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you), but all opinions are my own.

….and I’m ALL IN for the spirit of Christmas! I LOVE searching for the perfect gift, wrapping it in beautiful paper, adding the gorgeous ribbon or bows and tying it off with a beautiful name tag. Then comes the fun of watching loved one’s reactions as they open their gift or hear the joy in their voice when we talk that day – it just LIGHTS ME UP!!

As a Health Coach, wife, mom, daughter, sister, Aunt and friend, I often get asked about product recommendations – which I’m honored and love to share! If I can share an ounce of what I’ve learned over the years and help someone make a positive change, then count me in!

Maybe you’re reading this going through your own health journey and need recommendations on things to add to your wish list. Maybe you have someone you know and love who’s trying to make change in their life and you want to give them the perfect gift that shows you care about their journey. Whether you’re a wellness warrior or love someone who is, this list is for you!

Many people with chronic illness find as they embark on their health journey that the products they’ve been using years may potentially be contributing to their health issues. There are hundreds of chemicals used to create products and packaging that have known or questionable impacts on health and yet they’re still widely used.  Its up to each of us to find healthier options. Luckily in recent years, more and more companies are hearing the call for cleaner products, leaving us with a vast selection of products to choose from today! See individual links for the favorites I use and trust down in the list below.

While I can’t personally wrap each gift for you (though if you were local I’d do it in a heartbeat!!), I hope this gift list is a helpful resource for you as you this holiday season.

Now, let the jingle bells ring and the twinkling lights sparkle!

For the Beauty Lover

  • Counter + Overnight Resurfacing Peel – $63 – Give the gift of aging backwards with this safer peel. Catch the Black Friday Sale, 15% off most items (excludes regimens, collections, Flawless in Five and Get the Look sets) going on now through the 29th.
  • Counter + All Bright C Serum – $79 – one of the most-loved Beautycounter products and for good reason:  glowing and even skin tone with a reduction of age-spots! Catch the Black Friday Sale, 15% off most items (excludes regimens, collections, Flawless in Five and Get the Look sets) going on now through the 29th.
  • Velvet Eyeshadow Palette – Classic  – $50 – 9 beautiful nude and neutral eyeshadows – the perfect gift for any skin tone! Catch the Black Friday Sale, 15% off most items (excludes regimens, collections, Flawless in Five and Get the Look sets) going on now through the 29th.
  • Rosewood Lip Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick – $32 – like a lip balm but better! Rosewood is one of my favorite time go-to’s! A warm neutral shade that’s perfect for most skin tones. Catch the Black Friday Sale, 15% off most items (excludes regimens, collections, Flawless in Five and Get the Look sets) going on now through the 29th.
  • Dazzle Dry –  this at-home manicure and pedicure system is the real deal! A safer nail system where each application dries completely within 5 minutes plus it lasts up to 2 weeks!
  • Dry Shampoo –  This dry shampoo is a rock star when it comes to extending your hair wash days! With Light and Dark Lock options, you’ll be set no matter what hair color you have! Use code DLWELLNESS for 10% off your first purchase!
  • Charcoal Deodorant –  Giving deodorant for a Christmas gift? YES, ma’am! Making the swap to safer deodorant can be a game changer for hormones, making anyone on a health journey so much happier!! This is a superstar in odor management without all the harsh chemicals that can disrupt your hormones. Use code DLWELLNESS for 10% off your first purchase!

For the Healthy Foodie

  • Instant Pot – $79 – A kitchen miracle! From sauteing veggies, cooking meats, soups, stews and beans, to making yogurt, this kitchen workhorse does it all!
  • Vitamix – $350-   From blending smoothies, making soups and pesto to shredding veggies, you’ll wonder how you ever got through a week without having one of these dream machines!
  • NutriBullet Pro – $86 –  An equally impressive workhorse in the kitchen. Perfect for smoothies whether at home or traveling (I have been know to travel with mine because when you’re working to lower inflammation, you’ll do what lever it takes!)
  • Juicer – $149 – Juicing is an important part of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, with this juicer you can skip the juice shop and make you’re own daily green juice at home!
  • Glass storage containers – $28 – swapping all your plastic for glass storage containers can help reduce the inflammatory agents in your environment. This set is perfect for various leftover needs!
  • Lifefactory Glass Bottles – $23 – Know someone who prefers glass over any other drinking vessel? You’ll love how durable this 22 oz bottle is (I’ve tested the drop-ability factor a couple of times and still own the bottles!)

For the Exercise Enthusiast

  • Jade Yoga Mat – $79 – This grippy, quick-drying mat helps any yogi stay put throughout their flow.
  • Ultimate Stash Pocket 7/8 Tight – $89 – Movement is KEY in an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and these tights provide amazing support through your toughest workouts + provide a place for storing your phone!
  • Swell Stainless Steel Water Bottles – $35 – Ditch the need to grab a plastic bottle of water! These 17oz stainless steel bottles are GORGEOUS and perfect for those on the go, no matter if you’re traveling or running errands. They’ll keep the water cold and you’ll keep unwanted chemicals out of your water (many plastic products release estrogenic chemicals adding unwanted inflammation to your body!)

For the Self-Care and Zen Seeker

  • Essential Oils – $165 – From aromatherapy that aids in stress relief to topical applications that help reduce joint pain, muscle aches, headaches and so much more, essential oils can be a beneficial part of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. This starter kit is the perfect way to help someone embark in the world of essential oils. It comes with a gorgeous diffuser and 12 of the most-loved essential oils (Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Valour, Panaway, Peace & Calming, Frankincense, Digize, Raven, Citrus Fresh, Thieves and Stress Away). Valued at over $300, as a Wholesale Member, you save nearly 50% for a cost of $165. Contact me here to place your order.
  • Dry Brushing – $16 – With benefits such as exfoliation, improved circulation and lymphatic drainage, not to mention improving the appearance of skin, a dry brush gift is the perfect gift for someone looking to up their self-care game! Use code DLWELLNESS for 10% off your first purchase!
  • Lemongrass Body Oil – $42 – the perfect accompaniment to the dry brush. With anti-inflammatory properties, this oil nourishes and hydrates the skin + smells amazing! Use code DLWELLNESS for 10% off your first purchase!


For the Spiritual Seeker


Stocking Stuffers

  • Peppermint Shave Bar – $4.95 – The perfect stocking stuff! Time to kick aerosol cans to the curb and give the gift of this luxurious shave minus the harsh chemicals found in mainstream shaving creams.
  • Jellies – Shimmers – $39 –  for a 5-pack ($7.80 per jelly!) – Buy one and break it up for multiple stockings!! Catch the Black Friday Sale, 15% off most items (excludes regimens, collections, Flawless in Five and Get the Look sets) going on now through the 29th.
  • Luminous Lid Cream Shadows – $ 39 – for a 4-pack ($9.75 for each shadow!) – Another gift perfect for splitting up and gifting many! Catch the Black Friday Sale, 15% off most items (excludes regimens, collections, Flawless in Five and Get the Look sets) going on now through the 29th.
  • Good Scents Hand Cream Trio – $34 – for a 3-pack. Winter hands be gone no matter if you’re on-the-go or at home! These luscious creams are perfect to slip in your purse or keep on your nightstand. At $11.33 each you can split and gift to a few of your BFFs! Catch the Black Friday Sale, 15% off most items (excludes regimens, collections, Flawless in Five and Get the Look sets) going on now through the 29th.
  • Lip Balm – $4 – A balm that soothes your lips and smells amazing (all while being free of harsh chemicals found in most mainstream lines!) is the perfect addition to any stocking! So many yummy scents to choose from (Peppermint is my favorite!!) Use code DLWELLNESS for 10% off your first purchase!
January 13, 2020

by Dawn Laflin Wellness

Clean Beauty – a hot topic these days, and for good reason. Add in chronic inflammation and suddenly the conversation escalates.

Did you know that according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), on average, a women uses 12 products containing approximately 168 different ingredients on her skin before even leaving the house each morning?

Whew! That’s a lot of ingredients before 8 a.m.!

It’s a statistic that made me pause and ponder. Until I heard the next one which stopped me in my tracks:  Currently there are only 11 beauty ingredients banned by the FDA for safety reasons. A law in 1938 made that possible…over 80 years ago!

I don’t know about you, but to me, a lot has changed with skincare and beauty products in the last decade. Broaden that to EIGHT decades…and I’m speechless!

Learning this information lit a fire in me. I feel compelled to share what I know so everyone is able to make informed choices.

The Beauty Industry Free-for-All

Here in the U.S. there are countless products being made with ingredients that have known or questionable negative impact to our bodies. Ingredients such as phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde and fragrance are known to be linked to chronic health problems and yet they’re still being manufactured and sold in products with little regard to our safety.

These four ingredients are just a few of the more than 1400 chemicals banned in the European Union due to safety. Again, remember our number here in the U.S. is 11.

Eye-opening, right? No wonder we’re a country that’s getting sicker and sicker by the year.

Currently companies aren’t required to provide a list of their ingredients or even register their products with the FDA. There are no standards of manufacturing in place nor protocols for notifying customers of recalls or serious injury from their products.

The bottom line: beauty product manufacturers are in the business of making money, not protecting our health. We HAVE to become advocates for our own health. 

The Effects on Chronic Inflammation

Mainstream beauty products have an ever-evolving list of ingredients, many with a history of negative health impacts on our bodies. From disrupting the endocrine system (the place where hormones are secreted), to leaving us skin itchy and inflamed to even causing cancer.

As these chemicals are introduced to the body, it amps up your immune system to alert of an invader. The purpose of our immune system is to protect us from injury and infection. It’s our first line of defense in keeping us healthy. Once the body takes care of the injury or infection, inflammation subsides.

If, however, inflammation goes unchecked (meaning the chemicals keep coming and our body continues with a disrupted normal flow), the inflammatory response changes from a good thing to one that’s chronic and problematic.

Unfortunately chronic inflammation increases your risk of developing one or more of many health conditions and diseases. If you already have a chronic health condition, it opens you up to developing more.

Ready for Some Good News?

For the first time in 80 years, legislation has been introduced that will help protect consumers. Thanks to the activism work of Beautycounter, The Personal Care Product Safety Act is in the works! Friends, this is just the beginning of exciting changes to come.

Until things improve, however, it’s up to each of us to be informed.

When we know better, we do better

Knowledge is Power

So what do you need to know? There are hundreds of chemicals to watch for and avoid. In an effort to not overwhelm you in one post, I’m sharing eight here with a link to view more. Look for the following ingredients in your skin care products. If you find them, make a plan to switch to safer once you finish the bottle.

  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formaldehyde Releasing Preservatives
  • Synthetic Flavor or Fragrance
  • Ethanolamine Compounds (MEA, DEA, TEA)
  • Butylatedhydroxy Anisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG Compounds)

Keep in mind this is a very short list. To see a more detailed list, hop over to our Never List, click HERE. Here you’ll read more information on the chemicals, the products that use them and the negative effects they have.

A word of warning: it can be overwhelming when you see the list and discover these chemicals in many of your products. Know that you are not alone.

Like the rest of us, you’re newly informed and probably ready to make some changes! It doesn’t mean you need to dump all your products at once, unless of course your ready for a fresh start. Many people choose to slowly swap out their old products for safer options as they run out.

The Safer Beauty Movement

Want more good news? The safer beauty movement is starting to take hold!

More and more companies are cleaning up their products!! The goal of Beautycounter is to get safer products in the hands of everyone. When companies start listening and changing their products, we know we’re on the right path.

The Today Show did a recent spotlight on Safer Beauty Products for 2020. To view the 39 products highlighted, click HERE. There are quite a few clean beauty brands for you to check out, including my favorite, Beautycounter!

Have questions regarding safer beauty and where to start? Email me or drop a reply in the comments below!

Key Takeaways

Don’t let this information overwhelm you! Remember you’re on a health journey. One that is a marathon, not a sprint. While so much of what I talk about is around diet, it’s important to understand reducing inflammation is about looking at your lifestyle as well. Use this check list as a guide toward building a safer beauty supply as you continue reducing your inflammation!

  • Check the Never List, click HERE
  • Review the products in your beauty stash (hair care, body care, skin care and cosmetics)
  • Make note of the products you want to swap for safer ingredients
  • As they run out, make the swap
  • Join my Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle Support Facebook Group, click HERE to join. Here you’ll stay in the know and ahead of curve for your inflammation game
  • Follow me on Instagram @dawnlaflinhealth
  • Make an appointment for a free discovery call with me (your anti-inflammatory lifestyle coach) to chat about your safer beauty swaps. Click HERE to schedule