Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we have and the things that make our life complete. I’m lucky to have a beautiful healthy family, live in a beautiful part of the world and be employed in ways that make a difference in people’s lives. It may be little, but my involvement in the ski industry allows me to watch people gain the skills and confidence they need to tackle snow sports- something that can be shared with family and, as cliche as it seems, can change your life. Being a part of Beautycounter is a second way that I’ve been able to lend my voice to a mission that has the potential to change lives. The fact that Beautycounter is mission driven and invested in advocacy is empowering.

Take a few minutes to watch this video about Beautycounter in Washington:

One of my goals for this upcoming year is to be one of the women selected for this trip. As a side benefit, I can visit my sister and brother in law while I’m down there, but my real reason to go is to get dace to face with our leaders in congress and push for real change in the laws and regulations that govern the multi-billion dollar cosmetic and personal care industries.

The fact that our government hasn’t updated these laws since 1938 is absurd. I believe in the free market, but not at the expense of our children’s heath- there are over 1400 chemicals banned or restricted for use in cosmetics and personal care products in the EU- of those, the US bans or restricts only 11. The average woman uses more products than that in a given day, and is exposed to over 150 unique chemicals in that process. Thing is, most women have no idea what chemicals they’re using or the possible effects. Because of labeling and trade laws, companies aren’t even required to list everything!

We all deserve better.