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Beauty Care Matters: Q & A with Myshel Wilkins

Do you know what’s in your skincare products? Studies have shown that many health challenges and illnesses have a connection to lifestyle practices and habits.

The chemicals that are found in various products have been known to affect the hormones, ph levels, mental functioning, and more.

I had the opportunity to interview Beautycounter consultant Myshel Wilkins on the healthcare side of beauty. Below is our interview.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself. 

A: I was born and raised in Kentucky to a missionary father and Ghanaian mother. The oldest of three! I have always had a passion to help people. I believe it came from traveling with my dad on mission trips and wanting so badly to meet the need of those who needed anything from education to food and water. I do several different things but all to help, encourage, and inspire others. I am a singer and songwriter who has toured all around the US with several Grammy award-winning artists. I have my own health and beauty business called Beautycounter. In my business, I educate, advocate, and provide safe and clean beauty products. And lastly,  I am the director of an outreach for a nonprofit missions organization that lovingly serves the beautiful people of Uganda. We help our partners rescue young girls from prostitution, bring doctors with us to treat many in various villages and hold discipleship training classes at several churches, among meeting many other needs.

 

Q: How did you begin as a beauty consultant? 

A: A great influencer and successful broker in my community reached out to me and invited me to learn more about this new business she had started. At first, I thought it was just another beauty MLM company and I had no passion or desire to sell beauty products. But upon hearing more about their mission, how they educate women and empower them with potentially life-saving knowledge and advocate in Washington DC meeting with Congressmen and women to push to change the laws that govern the beauty industry, I knew this was a very different company and that they were not just about beauty, this was a ground-breaking movement that I wanted to be a part of. Especially after just losing a friend to breast cancer at the age of 39. I joined and haven’t looked back! 

 

Q: What inspired you to become a beauty consultant? 

A: I lost a friend to cancer and it shook me! Seeing someone close to my age pass away moved me to do more research about cancer and the ways one can get it! I wanted to safeguard myself and my loved ones. In my studies, I found some very alarming information about the beauty industry and how there are many chemicals used in our products to create a smooth texture, extend the shelf life, and prolong the fragrance. These are the same chemicals that can be harmful to the body when absorbed. Our skin is our largest organ and most people are unaware that most of what you put on your skin will be absorbed within 26 seconds. Many of the questionable ingredients in our make-up and personal care items can cause infertility, cancer, life-threatening allergies, hormonal imbalances, fibroids, birth defects among other complications. Even someone who is eating right and exercising can still fall ill because of the toxic products they use daily. This is a silent problem that Beautycounter is bringing to light. I love that they are not only providing safe, high performing products but are pressing for laws to be changed nationwide!  Did you know that the word “fragrance” that is listed on your products is linked to a “trade secret” in the industry? Companies can hide over 3000 ingredients behind the word “fragrance” and by law, they do not have to disclose what those ingredients are! Did you know that in the EU, they have banned over 1400 ingredients stating that it is illegal to put those specific ingredients in products due to the serious health hazard it can cause? Yet in the United States, they have only banned 30 ingredients. Beautycounter refuses to put over 1800 questionable ingredients in our products and we hide no secrets within our makeup, skincare and body products! Most people don’t know these facts and assume that the products they use have been tested for safety before putting it on the market and that is simply not true! This also goes for products marketed for children and babies. This is NOT ok!!! It is now one of my passions to educate and hopefully change the buying culture of one family at a time.

 

Q: How long have you been in this industry/business?

A: I’ve been with Beautycounter for 5 years.

 

Q: What is your career and educational background?

A: I have a BS from Tennessee State University! I studied history and political science. It’s pretty awesome how my beauty business has to lead me to face our government on the state and national level, to bring about change!

 

Q: What are the advantages of becoming a Beauty Counter consultant?

 A: Meeting such inspirational women from all walks of life. Many of our consultants are cancer survivors and have made it their mission to educate their communities about using safer products. I get to be a part of a beautiful moment that will positively affect upcoming generations. I can make as much money as I want. Don’t get me wrong. You have to work hard to build your business but it is very rewarding. There are women who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in this business. I know women who make 10- 20 thousand a MONTH! This is a new company so getting in on the ground level has great advantages! It’s on-trend! Women want to feel and look beautiful but don’t want to potentially risk their health to do so. The beauty industry is changing and more women are asking questions about what’s in their products. Beautycounter is ahead of the game and is thriving because of it!

 

Q: What type of skills are needed to become a beauty consultant?

 A: No skill is needed other than being willing to learn and have a passion to want to help people.  I’ve seen all types of women succeed in this business. The Ivy league Dr. to the stay at home mom. All are brilliant and all build their business to fit their lives!

 

 

Q: How does the social, economic, environmental and political sectors impact your industry/business? 

A: Here are a few of our partners :

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Why we love them: Breast Cancer Prevention Partners are a founding member and national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition working to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.

Healthy Child Healthy World empowers parents and caregivers to protect children from harmful chemicals.  Why we love them: Their easy actions and tips help families create safer environments for children to flourish.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) uses the power of research and information to protect public health and the environment. Why we love them: Their Skin Deep Cosmetics Database allows you to search over 73,000 products for hazardous ingredients.

Beautycounter believes that people should never be asked to compromise their health for beauty. Our mission: To educate families about the need for safer chemicals and products, and to work to be a part of the solution by creating safe and effective skin care and beauty products. We also provide an economic opportunity for women who join us as Independent Sales Consultants. A strong commitment to health & safety is our company’s foundation. We have what we believe is the most health-protective ingredient selection process in the industry. We tell you everything that is in our timeless and accessible products—no hidden fragrances, preservatives, or other secrets—and every ingredient has a purpose. 

To contact Myshel for more information on safe skincare products and how you can become a beauty consultant, email her at beautycounterwithmyshel@gmail.com or call her at 214-302-9544.

View or place your order for safe skincare products with Myshel at http://www.beautycounter.com/myshelwilkins.

Environmental Commitment: Beautycounter was founded by a team of social entrepreneurs who take into account society, environment, and profits when we make business decisions. We know that there is a lot that needs fixing in the world, and we will use the power of business and strategic partnerships to get moving in the right direction.We are committed to product performance, safety, and accessibility above all. We have a robust list of chemical ingredients that we will never use in our products, and we screen each ingredient for potential long-term health impacts before we approve it for use. We endeavor to source natural and organic ingredients when possible, and when our safety, accessibility and performance goals are not compromised by doing so.  Some of our products contain only natural ingredients, and others have a mix of lab-made and natural ingredients, all of which have passed our stringent safety screen. Nothing in our products are harmful to the human body. PERIOD!! We are a certified Benefit Corporation, which means we put people and the planet BEFORE profit!  We team up with other forward-thinking business to share resources and brainstorm solutions, and we do not test our cosmetics on animals. We make every effort to use post consumer recycled content in both paper and plastic materials, and source plastics that are recyclable in most communities. We do not use the types of plastic that are most likely to leach toxic chemicals (polycarbonate plastic can leach BPA, PVC can leach phthalates, and polystyrene never biodegrades, so we avoid all three of those materials).  We use glass bottles for some of our products, and will look into expanding our use of glass over time, though glass can be expensive/ and carbon-intensive to ship and requires more secondary packaging to protect it. We have made efforts to reduce the use of secondary packaging (outer boxes for bottles), and use FSC-certified paper for all packaging.“In order to be successful in business and in our social mission, we have to reject the short-term thinking that got all of us into the current environmental crisis. Beautycounter recognizes that we can’t do it alone—strategic partnerships are absolutely necessary to create meaningful, lasting change. We’re proud to partner with Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon emissions, and for guidance on reducing our overall footprint.”

 

 

 

   Q: What message do you want to share through Beautycounter?

   A: Women have unknowingly had to choose between health and beauty. Beautycounter thinks that’s nonsense! We should be able to enjoy both! And we want future generations to enjoy laws that will protect them from the self – regulated companies who have no accountability when making a product with only $$$ in mind. I won’t be anyone’s guinea pig, I’m going to be intentional about my health, invest in the future me, protect my family, educate my community and impact the nation with new laws. This is a super empowering company!!!

 

 

 

 

Q: How does clean beauty affect/ better the environment?

A:  It keeps us all healthier! The air, animals, water sources, and humanity. We are about being responsible and caring for every aspect of life.

 

 

 

 

Q: How does clean beauty improve the health and lifestyle of others?

A:  We all have a God-given purpose to fulfill in this earth. Who wants to be so focused on their health issues and inability to live life to the fullest because we are worried about doctor bills and other health-related stressors.  I want us all to live life abundantly focused on fulfilling our call without the distractions that we can defeat by making the necessary changes that will improve the quality of our lives! Our health is our greatest asset. Let’s invest in it and do our best to help others do the same.

 

Q:  Where do you see your industry/business in the next year, five years or ten years?

A: Leading the beauty industry as the #1 health-focused beauty company that is making a great impact on our nation and the laws that govern the safety of our products. Beautycounter is projected to be a BILLION dollar company in the next 3 years! I will definitely get my share of that as I build my business and prepare to launch out to start other business ventures in the future. Beautycounter will be the foundation upon which I’m able to build other projects and fulfill other visions I have in my heart.  🙂

 

 

 

Q: What advice and encouragement would you give someone who is starting a clean beauty journey?

A: First of all, I’m proud of you! It’s a big deal to be one of the first in your family to start a new mindset and buying culture in your generation. I used to get tons of jokes hurled at me in the beginning. Everyone won’t understand, but over time, my family has seen the importance of what I’m doing and what I’ve shared with them over the years. Many are now using safer products and I’m so so happy about it!!! Link up with other people with the same interest! It’s always good to connect with like-minded, health-conscious people. They will keep you accountable and inspire you as you learn together. 

 

 

 

Q: What is your encouragement to aspiring beauty consultants?

A: No matter where you are I’d love to help educate, train, and help you build your business! I love mentoring new beauty consultants that join my team. If you want to make an impact while building a meaningful business, I’d love to connect with you! Especially women of color because the products that are marketed to women of color are the most toxically loaded products on the market! They are cheaply made with cheap ingredients which usually means it’s not safe to use. Our communities are the last to know about the harm that can come from using toxic chemicals daily! I love to educate ALL women, but definitely want to educate the community who is clueless about the level of toxicity they are exposed to each day! 

 

 

 

Q:  Any other related information, website/page links, and recordings?

A: Yes. Here are the links to more amazing work that Beautycounter is doing to bring transparency to the dark secrets of the beauty industry. 

Links : 

Beautycounter Blog

We all deserve better! 

Beautycounter and  Women of Color

Business Promo featuring Myshel Wilkins 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Reasons to Choose Happiness

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Happiness is temporary. Happy moments are great to have and will bring balance along with sad moments. It’s okay to choose happiness even during challenging times and when we are not getting our way.

Below are some highlighted points to consider on reasons to choose happiness.

 

  1. Brings Sunshine to Others

Cheerful moments can be contagious! When others see us feeling up we encourage them to do so as well. We spread a wildfire of delight.

 

2. Open to See the Good During the Bad

When we decide to be happy we are more open to receiving good days during difficult seasons.

 

3. Broadens Our Imaginary 

When we are in situations where we need to show our artistic works, happy moments can be the boost to expanding what we can imagine.

 

4. You’re Rewarding Yourself

Sometimes after doing a good job and working hard, you need a treat. Treat yourself to a ray of happiness.

 

5. Helping Others with their Needs

A happy person is a helping hand. When we are happy we have the energy to get up and help somebody else.

 

6. Teaching Valuable Lessons 

Observers and watchful people are looking to see what they can learn. What do they see when they look at you? Perhaps your happy moments can teach them more than you think.

 

7. More Effective in Your Work/Job

Happy people seem to be more productive in their work. When they don’t get the approval of others, they know how to see the positive in what they do without the constant need of others telling them.

 

8. You Appreciate More

Those happy moments that are not always there, teach us to appreciate the good and not to take it for granted as if it will always be a happy day in this world.

 

9. Another Day May Not Come

The present is the time to be happy. No human knows what will definitely happen next.

 

10. Everything is not meant to be Serious

Happy people know how to see the humor and take a giggle even when things mess up.

 

I give myself these reasons to choose happiness when I want to. You can too!

 

 

5 Benefits From Herbal Tea

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I’ve come to discover more and more about herbal tea. Since I’ve made the decision to make an effort to consume natural remedies that will benefit my health, so many wonders have happened. Honestly, I still consume some  not so healthy foods, but I try to keep a limit on it. And when I don’t, at some point an alarm will come to alert me in what I need to do.

Below are some highlighted points to consider on the benefits of herbal tea.

 

1) Therapeutic Effects: Sometimes our bodies and minds may need therapy. Herbal teas can relax the body and mind.

2) Pain reducer and remover: Herbal teas such as Emperor’s Tea and Cranberry Hibiscus aid in reducing pain and are anti – inflammatory agents.

3) Fight against cancer and other life threatening illnesses: Studies, research and personal testimonies have proven that herbs have natural healing qualities.

4) Soothes vocal chords and throat: Sometimes as singers we need something to relax our vocal chords. Natural tea with no added caffeine  can do just that! When a person has a sore throat herbal tea can help in clearing the mucus and the cold.

5) Naturally energizes: When you feel like you’re out of energy, herbal tea will give you that energetic boost.

5 Lessons From Mental Health

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Mental Health affects everyone in some way. On this World Mental Health Day, I reflect on the mental difficulties and suffering that many encounter each day and how they still matter and are still needed and important.

There’s all sorts of things that can trigger or cause people to struggle with their mental health. Mental Illness is not limited to a certain status of people, because there are many people who both publicly and privately deal with these situations whether they are wealthy or living in poverty. Even the very successful or underdog can be touched in these areas. Below are some highlighted lessons to consider on mental health.

 

1) Our mental health will either positively or negatively influence other parts of our health. Often times people with a mental challenge are overwhelmed with  physical fatigue.

 

2) Natural and spiritual cures do exist for mental illness. I tend not to say much when it comes to whether or not a person should take antidepressants or other prescribed medication. I believe it all depends on what’s best and would work well for the individual. Just because a person doesn’t take the prescribed doesn’t mean they are superior or foolish and just because someone does that they are wrong or better off. The natural cures such as herbs and spiritual cures through a continual connection with Jesus do bring great results for many.

 

3) Mental Illness doesn’t define a person. You don’t know who a person truly is, by looking solely at their mental challenge. There are some very wonderful, gifted  and anointed people who may publicly and privately face depression and/or anxiety attacks.

 

4) Awareness and positively sharing your story matters. There’s always someone out there that needs to either be more aware or hear that story that can impact lives.

 

5) Getting the support and help you need doesn’t make you inferior. We all need help and support with any challenge we face in life. Got to do what needs to be done.

 

  What lessons have you learned from mental health?

 

5 Lessons Through Intergenerational Friendships

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As a younger adult I now have a few older adult friends with a large age gap difference. These relationships came at the right time when we both needed a human friend and fellowship. The friendships just happened without my seeking and took place in a situational type of way.

I’m more open to them now than I was a few years ago when I found them to be a little odd. Who says age matters in friendship? It really doesn’t, we just all have to learn that not everything always has to be in the exact same way when it comes to certain situations. That’s where newness and freshness gives its savor. Below are some highlighted lessons to consider on these unique friendships.

 

1) The quality of friendship is what’s more important. Age difference doesn’t necessarily mean good or bad. It’s what the persons bring in the friendship and how they operate in relationships.

2) There are special qualities that my intergenerational friendships have than those of my peer group and age category . While I’m appreciative of friends of all ages, I do recognize the distinctiveness between the different kinds. These friends have been around much longer and have had more experiences. They bring qualities including double wise advice and sometimes greater perspective.

3) Having a variety of kinds in friendships bring a fun mix and flavor. A positive mix gives a person a chance to evolve in their own way.

4) Sometimes the intergenerational friends have shared experiences and relate in some connecting way. As I talk and spend time with friends of these kinds, I’ve learned that we relate more than I think and can have a wonderful time with our connection. It’s great to have someone who understands and is there for you. Somehow the connection helps both in the friendship.

5) Give the connection a chance, its healthy to have the balance. With certain things we really don’t know if it’s meant to be or can work well unless we give it a chance.

 

  What lessons have you learned through/about intergenerational friendships?

 

 

5 Lessons From Prayer

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Prayer is a spiritual discipline that all believers and Christ followers must exercise and operate in. There are many kinds of prayers including  warfare, declaration, intercession, confession, and thanksgiving. There are various lessons and instructions in the bible teaching us how to pray.

We must keep our connection with God and one of the most effective ways of doing so is through talking with Him and sitting to listen to what He is saying to us. Interceding on behalf of others is something that needs to be a priority in our lives and it must become a godly habit to look out for the next person. Below are some highlighted lessons from prayer to consider.

 

1) Passionate prayers from the righteous are of great advantage(James 5:16). Do you take pleasure in talking to the Lord? Are you enthusiastic about coming before the Lord in prayer? It’s not about what we show outwardly, but more with what’s truly taking place inwardly.

2) To obtain the mercy and grace we need, we must come boldly before God(Hebrews 4:16). Boldness displays our courage and confidence in God. When we come boldly before God we step up in the midst of whatever is going on and believe in God to do what He promised He will do.

3) We must make every effort to get our heart right with God. There are hindrances that become road blocks  in our prayer life and become barriers from us seeing the manifestation of what God desires to manifest amongst His creation. Any sin, holding on to offense, disobedience and nursing of wounds(instead of allowing God’s healing to flow) can cause delays and interruptions along the way.

4) Praying God’s will which is in His word will accomplish much(Isaiah 55: 11). Nothing beats praying the will of God. During our prayer time we must get rid of or throw out  any unscriptural opinions or ungodly requests.

5) Be specific in your requests, expressions and petitions. It’s ok to tell God exactly what’s on your heart and mind. Yes, He already knows, but He wants us to give Him our all and that includes our cares and concerns.

 

How has the power of prayer impacted your life? What are some lessons that you have learned through praying?

 

5 Lessons From Health

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I’m no expert and neither am I a perfect example in health, but our health covers many areas and parts of our lives. Physical, spiritual, emotional and relational aspects all need our attention, effort and care. When we make an effort to practice healthier habits and choices for our minds, bodies and spirit we begin and continue on the journey of wholeness. Below are some highlighted points to consider about health.

 

1) Our health is not about being perfect in everything we do, but making better choices when we learn to and know better to. As human beings we will mess up  in one area or another concerning all aspects of health, but it’s not too late or too bad to make a better choice the next time around.

 

2) Discipline is developed over time and with persistence. This doesn’t necessarily mean if you are having difficulty or lack of discipline that you should give up or that you’re not able to do it. You may just need to balance it out and find different ways to have good health in various areas.

 

3) Having a lifestyle that works on being healthier is for everyone. Waiting to something goes wrong or to a later time will keep us always pushing it back and can lead to negative consequences later on.

 

4) Little makes much difference! When we take at least small efforts that may grow later on, we keep on moving in our journey to living  an effective life that operates in wellness, calling and purpose.

 

5) There will always be room for improvement concerning health. As we grow, learn, make mistakes and even sometimes do the wrong thing ,that shows us that we have space for improving.