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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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Points: The Secret Place of Protection 

Amongst all the pestilence and danger all around, there is a secret place. In this place, there is deliverance from the snare of the fowler (Psalm 91: 3). As believers, our faith prayers of declaring that God is our hiding place and security seals us under a protected dwelling place.  

 

1) Making God our habitation. 

God promises to deliver us when we make him our habitation and set our love upon Him. The secret place where we reside and dwell is where our praises flow unhinderedly. Our praises are where God will always be. God wants to be in the place of our living. He wants to fill up every space in our lives with His presence, power, and protection.   

 

Hindrances to the Secret Place: 

 

Drunkenness – When we are not sober, we are open to an excess of any evil. It gives Satan legal access to wreak havoc in our physical, mental, and spiritual well – being. Being filled with the Spirit is the solution to being set free from the snare of drunkenness whether physically, spiritually, or mentally.  

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5: 18)  

 

 

 

FEAR – There are many kinds of fears including phobias. I believe everyone at some point has been afraid. Believers holding a resistance to God in the way He wants to move upon them is often rooted in fear. Fear of what people may say, think, or act. Our freedom is more important than being understood, approved of, accepted, and treated well. A lack of trust in God in any area of our lives could be closely related to fear. How do we perceive God as our Heavenly Father? Do we see Him as a cruel master or the one out to punish us? Do we believe or act as if our imperfections make us unlovable and worthless? All these things can be blockages to deeper, higher, and wider in the Lord. There are divine encounters we have yet to experience. But we don’t have to feel condemned and inferior because of the fear. Just little by little allow God’s perfect love to strengthen us and wash away our fears.  

 

2) Setting Our Love Upon the Lord 

     Where there is love there is no room for fear. Torment is not from God.   Even when a host may encamp around us, when we abide in setting our love upon God, our hearts don’t need to fear. When we love on the Lord, we remain in that secret place. When war rises up against us, we can have confidence through staying close to the Lord. Dwelling in God’s house, beholding His beauty, and inquiring in His temple are some of the ways we set our love upon God. This is done through faithfulness and seeking after Him.  

 

As we trust that God will lift our head above our enemies, we can sing praises unto Him and offer sacrifices of joy. Anxious and troubled, many of us lack that ONE THING when we look in the spiritual mirror and see the reflection from pain and failure. If the truth be told many of us struggle with being consistent with that ONE THING that God is asking of us.  

 

 

 

 

    3) Knowing God’s name 

 

    In the secret place of protection, we know that God is a strong tower and as the righteous that’s where we run and find safety (Proverbs 18:10). Knowing who God is and His ways gives Him access to be and do His will and plan in our lives as we embrace Him and receive from Him. 

 

 

 

God shine your truth on us that we will learn to continually make you our habitation, set our love upon you, and know your name. Help us to stand with the armour of power and protection as we are shielded in your presence. May we continue to decree and declare your promises and trust that the work is already done and believing that they will manifest just like you said. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!  

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Points : Deliverance From Evil 

Opression is all around in this world. Emotional , physical, financial and mental opression occur in the lives of many. In the Psalms David asks for deliverance from the opression of man. “Order my steps in thy word : and let not iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the opression of man : so I will keep thy precepts. “(Psalm 119:133 & 134) Throughout the psalms David asks for deliverance from his enemies and troubles.

We face enemies and troubles of all kinds in our lives and there is no better way than to call upon the Lord during these times.

The victory has already been won. Jesus won it through one death, burial and ressurrection! The blood covered it all!  Praise God! Putting on the whole armor of God prepares us to walk in the victory that has already been won for us. 

When we are putting on the armor of the Lord we are putting on the Lord Jesus Christ like the word instructs us to. (Romans 13:12 & 14)  Below are some prayer points to consider as we put on the whole armor for spiritual battle.

1) Truth :  As we pray in spiritual warfare we must have our loins fasten with truth. Truth which is the Word of God must be within us so that the lies of the enemy don’t have root in our hearts which hinders the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

2) Righteousness : Our chest must be covered in righteousness. As we interceed we must be sober, walk in faith and love and apply the Word in our lifestyles. 

3) Readiness: Our feet must have readiness and stability with the preparation of the gospel of peace so that we can stand firmly during testing and trouble. We won’t be moved in prayer and spiritual warfare when it gets difficult. God will give us hinds feet for high places. 

4) Faith : We need to shield ourselves with faith against the fiery darts of the wicked. As we pray and war in the Spirit we need faith as our defense. 

5) Salavation : Our head must be covered with Salvation. Helmets in the natural are made to protect the head from any danger or harm . So in the Spirit we need to wear our helmet of salvation in battle from danger and harm. 

6) Word of God: We need our sword of the Spirit as our authority and power in intercession as we decree and declare. 

5 Lessons Through Summer 


Sun, heat, water, outdoor beauty and cold treats all relate to what we identify as a part of summer. Throughout these summer weeks and months I have been taught some lessons in various ways and have learned some lessons. Below are some lessons to consider through summer. 
1) Improve your health habits now while you’re still in young adulthood. 

I have been told previously that I don’t need to be healthy while I’m young. The statement most likely came from a well meaning place, but wasn’t balanced advice. 

This summer has moderately challenged me physically. As a younger adult I have seen the differences and results in the health choices I’ve made an effort toward. Our bodies, minds and souls need to be taken care of well and when we neglect them they will let us know. 
2) Stop rushing through moments that are meant to be enjoyed. 

It is ok to take your time to enjoy what’s happening around you. 
3) Follow when God leads in places that are uncertain to us. 

 Even if God leads  you to something where as a result  a resource is drying up and you may have little to nothing, God’s guiding will never lead you off His path for you. 
4) Be kind and merciful to yourself. 

I can be a critic to myself and be harsh on me at times. This summer I practiced not beating up myself over mistakes and imperfections. 
5) Embrace who you’re becoming. 

This summer has challenged me to look past a lot of things and trust in God for who I’m becoming through Him. 
What lessons have you been learning throughout summer? 

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.