I sat on the exam room table, baby blue paper robe open to the back, the doctor looked at me and said:
“It’s a Basal Cell Carcinoma.”
I felt like all the air got sucked out of the room.
I had just turned 42, and here I was with a skin cancer diagnosis. I was freaking out.
BCCs (basal cell carcinoma) are one of the most common skin cancers. They’re abnormal growths that arise in the skin’s basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). Mine looked like a big, red, irregular freckle, and it was just hanging out on the back of my arm.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, affecting one in five Americans.
That didn’t make me feel any less worried.
Luckily, it is also largely preventable. You can protect yourself by using sun protection measures like hats, UV protective shirts and gloves for outdoor activities, avoiding tanning beds and sunlamps, and visiting a dermatologist for an annual full body check.
But I still couldn’t believe I had a skin cancer. And there could be more coming.
See, I grew up in the 80s. I spend every sunny day at the Oswego Lake swim park, and can’t remember ever putting on sunscreen. I had some serious protection to make up for…
My doctor helped me relax a bit, and gave me the facts:
- Most skin cancers appear on your face, because it gets the most sun exposure.
- Most tinted face creams are not “broad spectrum” formulas, so they don’t offer all the protection you need…
She then proceeded to offer me a tinted, broad spectrum face cream – that cost over $100.
I looked at the label, and I said “No thanks! I’ll get one I can use.”
See, I’d had a bad experience with a tinted moisturizer that was supposed to be broad spectrum, which I’ll tell you more about shortly.
I just didn’t think I needed to pay $100 for one product! When I looked at the ingredients I was even more suspicious. What was in this expensive little tube, anyway?
Here’s the truth: If I’m putting a product on my face to protect me from cancer, then shouldn’t the product itself, not contain cancer-causing ingredients!?
There’s two reasons why I just threw out 50% of my makeup and skincare this weekend:
- A lot of it didn’t work [and was too expensive at the same time!]
- As careful as I am, there were a few toxic products in my life…
So, I’m starting fresh.
I’m paying really close attention to how I’m taking care of my skin, and I’m using a brand new line of products that I have researched, used, and now am ready to share with you.
It’s called Beautycounter, and they are one of the best brands on the market for safety and usability.
I’ve had some time to test out their products and am now certain they’re safe and they work…and they’re WAY less expensive [and safer! The irony!] than the dermatologist’s product.
So go here to check out the products I like best: https://alexandrajamieson.com/beauty/
When you try their products for the first time, I have something special for you:
NEW CUSTOMER DOUBLE BONUS
Spend $100 (before tax + shipping) as a new customer, and I’ll give you my 3-Day Raw Pro Plan (a 3-day raw fruit and veggie reboot designed to help your skin and body revitalize), and my famous Cravings Swap Report (a 4-page cheat sheet to help you easily avoid those foods you crave and try to avoid: bread, alcohol, and more): these are the two ways you can eat your way to healthier looking skin quickly.
Here’s the ugly truth about the beauty and skin care industry:
While the European Union has banned over 1400 dangerous ingredients, here in the United States only a dozen ingredients are banned. Can you believe that?
Beautycounter has committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what is legally required in the United States. Their Never List™ is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that are never used in the products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.
When I think of all the toxic chemicals my mother put on her body, which may have contributed to her dying from cancer, I just feel overwhelmed. How many more women are sick because their lotion or lipstick is carcinogenic?
I’m not writing this to scare you – I’m writing this to let you know there is a wonderful, easy way to protect you, your skin, and your family with products that actually work.
I hope you’ll start by replacing at least one thing at a time with the gorgeous products from Beautycounter.
Have any questions?
I really want to help you have safer products in your life that work.
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P.P.S. Because I’m now a consultant for Beautycounter, when you order products using my links here I earn a commission. But you know me – I only promote things I’ve used and love, so I’d promote them anyway! 🙂