I have been on a quest for one year – as a cancer survivor for 8 years, I have made some serious health mistakes and in my memoir The Cancer Warrior you will read about it. But in recent years, specifically a year and half ago—I started to re-evaluate my decisions. I started to attend yoga regularly and my body transformed into self-love and acceptance. I went into poses I never thought possible. My body was loving me and I was finally loving it back.
Then I realized, was I really loving it when I ate foods that weren’t so healthy, eco-friendly, and animal friendly? After watching documentaries on Netflix, I realized that I was harming myself from the inside out with animal-based foods. I decided to become vegan and have been for a year. I (a cheese LOVER) no longer even think about it. Now, I was giving my body real food.
But, I didn’t stop using my anti-aging cream (because ya know, wrinkles suck) and I didn’t think twice about my shampoo or conditioner. I didn’t consider what was in my make-up. But I started making slight changes making sure my products said, “pure, organic, natural,” etc. I was loving it! I bathed my son in typical baby products and creamed him up. Then I was shown: The Never List. I couldn’t believe it.
The beauty industry, which makes up billions of dollars hasn’t been regulated since 1938. Europe has BANNED, “1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. In comparison, the U.S. FDA has only banned or restricted….” – source: safecosmestics.org
Yeah, you read that right. Only 11 chemicals are banned from our products. That means companies can claim all they want that they are: natural, organic, pure and not withhold that statement by law. They are not regulated. So, I did more homework and found Beautycounter. I did tons of research on the products and their advocacy. They created The Never List and banned 1,500 chemicals from their products. They are working with Congress to pass laws that regulate the business to eliminate the harmful chemicals we use every day. The products are high end and high performing, so I can have my vegan cake and eat it, too.
I am officially a health warrior consultant for Beautycounter after realizing I will be advocating for stricter laws and a regulated market. I am a consultant because I HAD cancer and know firsthand that the environment harmed me. I am a consultant because I believe in the mission and don’t get easily swayed into something I don’t believe in. Ask anyone who knows me personally. I will gladly host chic socials or simply coffee just us. I want women to stop sacrificing themselves to the beauty industry. We can be beautiful with products that will actually PROMOTE health not put us at risk of cancer and infertility.
If you’re interested in more information about safer beauty contact me at email@example.com or my other social media sites. If you’re interested in joining the movement — let’s have some fun!
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About the author:
Monica Y. Mateo is a licensed social worker by day and writer/blogger by night. She is a health warrior and a Beautycounter consultant, which is changing the beauty industry with safer products. She is the author of The Cancer Warrior available on Amazon and BN.com. She is also the founder of The Chic Warriors Movement. A chic way to handle the chaos of life. It is a way to overcome hardships and trauma like a true warrior. It is understanding that life can be challenging, but with the right attitude — can be magnificent. It is the journey to heath and healing!
Monica Y. Mateo is a 7 year survivor of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK+, which taught her that people can change unhealthy patterns and behaviors. She enjoys yoga and practices Buddhism, which has taken her on an adventure of a lifetime.
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