When we think of healthy, clean beauty, we often associate it with being a luxury, something that we can choose to spend our time and money on when we have a little extra. But with the number of products we use on a daily basis, healthy beauty is really more about holistic health than it is about splurging on $100 face cream or a $30 lipstick.
Did you know that the average woman uses 12 personal care products per day? And that those 12 products contain an average of 168 toxic chemicals? Since our skin actually absorbs what we put on it (that’s why prescriptions like the birth control patch and anti-smoking patch work), we have to assume that those products are actually getting into our bodies—and into our bloodstreams.
That’s why beauty is a big part of the W.E.L.L. Summit happening in October 2016 in New York City. Wellness is about more than what we eat and how often we exercise. Wellness is about taking care of ourselves, from implementing rituals of self-care to understanding how the ingredients that we use on a day-to-day basis are impacting our bodies.
At last year’s W.E.L.L. Summit, Brandie Gilliam of Thoughtfully Magazine moderated a Healthy Beauty Panel that featured Tara Foley of clean beauty boutique Follain, Kristen Arnett, international green beauty makeup artist and educator, and Kathryn Rodgers, research assistant at the nonprofit Silent Spring. According to Kathryn, the small doses we put on our bodies in the form of personal care products DO matter—those small doses bio-accumulate over time and can cause health issues down the road. Our skincare and makeup and deodorant are actually contributing to our long-term health, and they can impact and add to our likelihood that we’ll develop anything from cancer and auto immune diseases, to digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, early signs of aging and hair loss (the list could go on).
But that isn’t meant to be fear-inducing: Our health isn’t static and we DO have some measure of control over it. We’re currently seeing a big shift in our culture, shift that it started with how we look at what we put IN our bodies related to the food we eat. We are now concerned with things like GMOs, pesticides, organic produce and meat, antibiotics and the like. But we used to not know or understand how additives could effect our long-term health. As we start to get more and more information about how food impacts us, we’re starting to also ask about the products (and clothing!) that we use regularly. From laundry detergent and organic clothing and bedding, to beauty products and makeup and skin care, we are beginning educate ourselves on the ways that toxins are invading our everyday life.
That more holistic perspective of health and wellness is part of what the W.E.L.L. Summit is all about. It’s about engaging with experts in their fields about the questions around wellness and being well, and gaining the answers, knowledge and information that will empower us to change our world and our health for the better. From meditation and engaging our inner power to contribute positively to our lives, to how to eat mindfully and how to understand the labels on packaging, the W.E.L.L. Summit is a place for anyone interested in learning more about how to detoxify and enhance their lives.
The WS team has gathered speakers from across the globe, international experts in their fields, who’ve spent their time, money and energy on the research and experiences that are key to living a fuller, more holistic, well life. And at the two-day event in October, you get access to those experts—real access. Like there’s-only-20-people-in-the-room-and-you-can-ask-any-question-you-want access. Like eat-lunch-with-the-expert access. It’s a rare opportunity to be in cozy quarters with people who are living their daily lives in wellness, empowerment, learning and luxury.
It’s about more than just beauty, inside and out—it’s about living a life you love, a life that inspires and feeds your soul so that you can bring that change to the world. So, will you join us?