Hi friends! Thanks for taking the time to read this. First a bit about myself… my name is Terri Turner, I am most importantly a mommy to my two little girls, Kinslee & Adalynn , my fur babies and a wife to my husband, Ryan. I have a masters degree in health promotion & exercise science, I’m a retired IFBB professional figure competitor, I’ve been a personal trainer for 14 years and currently teach/ train students with World Instructor Training Schools to become personal trainers, run my online business www.TerriTurnerFitness.com & a beautycounter representatives.
So what’s up with beautycounter? Let me start by saying I am NO sales person in any way, shape or form. Multilevel marketing companies have always been a turn off to me (I have had my share of people harassing me esp during my competing years to join their teams and all that…its annoying, I get it!) and the thought of “selling” makes me sweat, lol… let me start off telling you about my story or why I choose “natural” or “organic” living for myself and my family.. natural living meaning eating as organic as possible, using natural / non toxic cleaning products, exercising, and choosing non toxic skin care/ beauty products.
Prior to 2010 I was not anywhere close to even caring about what I put on & in my body. As, many of you know I was a professional figure competitor in the IFBB for many years. I had a high stress lifestyle. Lots of competitions, appearances, traveling, photo shoots etc … I got little sleep, drank lots of energy drinks, took fat burners, pills to get me to sleep, got lots of spray tans, did way too much exercise and restricted dieting, spent lots of time in the nail and hair salon since I always had to keep up my “appearance” … and way too much time away from family… I never second guessed if my MAC makeup was toxic or the stinky spray tan I put on my body could be causing any harm.. I wouldn’t dare spend the extra money on buying organic chicken… because dang! Some days I was eating like 30oz so that adds up financially!!!
I never thought about why I was so exhausted (even though I drank more caffeine) on my “off season” of maybe 2-3 months, or wondered why I would gain a dumb amount of weight within a few weeks after a show or why I lost my menstrual cycle for 6 years. I constantly had my eye on the prize… my career. While my career took off (and I’m forever grateful for all the accomplishments I had and the wonderful people I meet!) my health continued to suffer.
Fast forward to 2010. My years of hard work paid off & I finally made it to the Olympia! (the Oylmpia is the biggest professional show of the year that you have to qualify for) A few weeks prior I started having some weird health symptoms, but I ignored it all continued to train.
The Olympia is where my “ah-ha” moment happened. My husband and I were in the New Orleans hotel in Vegas doing my spray tan (competition color is no ordinary spray tan btw… it’s super dark and almost turns you into a different ethnicity!) as I stood there waiting for my spray tan to dry, CNN comes on the TV with a news alert saying how new studies prove that the chemicals such as parabens found in cosmetic & beauty products are linked to the rise in cancer. They also listed a few examples, one of which was spray tans. So naturally I freaked out a bit since I was standing there with dark brown spray tan dipping out of my nose from inhaling the fumes and waiting for the sticky mess to dry into my skin. Looking back, I know this was a sign from God. I don’t think it was a coincidence I turned the TV on and this particular show & topic just happened to be playing. God knew I was stubborn and I needed a wake up call. And did I ever get it…
Shortly after the Olympia my body had enough and I was forced to allow it to recover. I had indescribable fatigue, had a ton of hair loss (like I would wake up with handfuls of hair all over my pillow), my skin was looking jaundice, my liver enzymes were super elevated, I caught multiple colds that was hard to recover from, I developed major food allergies, lost a ton of weight & muscle mass, had horrible insomnia, depression, uncontrollable muscle spasms and the list goes on…
I was in and out of the doctors office numerous times a week with no answers. During this time, a close friend who I considered a brother passed away from cancer at 21. He was super fit and training for his first iron man. So the fact that he had such a tough battle with cancer was a shock to many. Furthermore, just a few months before this death, our family suffered its greatest loss. One of the most amazing women I have ever known also passed away from this ugly disease. She also was young and super fit. The phrase cancer sucks is an understatement. It’s horrific, does not discriminate and scares the crap out of me.
During this hard time, I was filled with many emotions.. hating this disease for taking these people away too early and also worrying about my own health since I had no idea on what was going on. I decided to revamp my lifestyle… I researched and researched for hours a day… I detoxed, I switched to non toxic cleaning products, I ate organic, I switched to safer beauty products, I took the bold move on getting my breast implants removed and started to become my own health advocate. Side note- I think it’s imperative for us to be our own health advocates and to be our children’s health advocates… just like beautycounter says- when we know better, we do better. #truth!
Also, I knew I wanted babies in the near future…but first I had to get my body back on track. I saw specialists doctors who told me it would be very difficult to get pregnant and also found out I had osteoporosis in my spine and hips…only being in my mid twenties. Yup, osteoporosis! Talk about another wake up call! (Osteoporosis is part of the female athlete triad which is a whole other topic I could go on & on about!)
Long story short, it took my body close to a year to recover. I ended up on thyroid medication (that took a while to regulate…again, another post!) and did fertility treatments to get pregnant with my first daughter, Kinslee Lois. During this time I learned a heck of a lot. It was incredibly hard mentally and physically but I’m thankful for it all. I’ve had the opportunity to help prevent these issue in my clients, I learned to trust God and his plan, and I became a more passionate & caring health promoter – on many different levels.
Still with me? 😉 now we fast forward to present day… this is were beautycounter comes into play. 2010 is when I switched to safer beauty products.. I always gave up quality of my beauty products but at least they were non toxic. I tried them all! Some were better than others but none were as good as my old stuff from MAC & Sephora. I was able to try Beautycounter’s products and was amazed that they were such high quality / performing. I was sold on their stuff so bought a ton.. starting off with the mascara, eyeshadows, lip glosses & foundation. (I first checked out their safety with EWG / skin deep and they rated a 1, being the safest you can get!) … loved all the products from my first purchase, so bought more! Then I read about the company itself and fell in love with the movement they are creating. They have such a passion for health promotion like me…. this company is right up my alley (not to mention I love makeup and skin care!) so I had to sign up to be a part of it (& the discount of course, haha!!)
Their mission is to get safer beauty products into the hands of everyone. The truth is many of us take care of our bodies by exercising and eating well.. but many of us are neglecting to pay attention to what we put ON our bodies. Why does this matter? Because our skin is the largest organ on our body and it soaks up all chemicals, impurities and toxins. (Which is why I freaked out about that CNN news alert about the spray tan!) So that body lotion or foundation you’re slathering on your skin that contains parabens and other harmful chemicals.. it goes directly into your blood steam within seconds. When our babies are born, there’s over 200 chemicals found in their umbilical chord. The lipstick that you apply throughout the day.. it very well may contain lead, Mercury, petroleum & other heavy metals..we have to reapply it so much because we are eating it. Yup! True.
Our environment & and what we do matters. We can’t control the toxins we breathe in from pollution for example, but we CAN control what we put in and on our bodies. The sad fact is that cancer, infertility, asthma, autism and other diseases are on the rise. Genes play a small percentage of this (5-10%) and our environment is responsible for the rest. We have the ability to make ourselves and children healthier in so many ways..So hopefully you can see and understand WHY I care about this company’s mission after my own health experiences – esp with cancer & infertility. It hits home in a BIG way. It’s not about “selling” or scaring anyone with these facts & statistics into buying products (yall know me better than that!). It’s about our personal health and the health of or babies and family. My degree and passion is in health promotion so this company is a perfect fit for me, my clients, family and friends. My goal here is to simply help inform everyone about how to switch to safer skin care, makeup, cleaning products, etc. Again, when we know better, we do better.
Our beauty industry lacks regulation in a big way. Beautycounter is doing something to change that. Not only do we want to bring awareness to the public but we are getting things done in congress. Here is a bit from Beautycounter’s site when our Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew headed to Washington, D.C. to ask Congress to prioritize safe beauty…
“The last time Congress passed a major law overseeing the cosmetic industry was in 1938. The law, which is only one and a half pages long, does little to protect our health; harmful cosmetics ingredients are allowed in the products we put on our bodies every day. On the other hand, the European Union has banned or restricted nearly 1,400 chemicals from cosmetics. It’s safe to say the U.S. is dangerously behind the times.”
So there you have it! If you made it through this long post, thank you! I really tried making it as short as possible 😉 I hope this sheds a bit of light on why I decided to take on another “job”.
Please bring on and questions you may have, beautycounter related or not & I will be happy to help! Feel free to browse these amazing products than I stand behind 100% & personally use for myself and family!