Safer Skincare + My Skin Story

I haven't really talked much about natural beauty or my own skincare routine on Simply Quinoa before, but I've been making huge changes and want to open up and share these changes with you. I'm just going to put it out there: I'm 28 years old and have struggled with sensitive skin my entire life. 

When I was younger I battled with acne. I would cake on drugstore makeup to cover the blemishes, then would get horrible rashes and irritations, only to need more makeup to cover those up. Somedays I would beg my mom to let me stay home because my eyes were so swollen and puffy that I was too self conscious to walk out the door. I chalked it up to just being sensitive and never considered that the products I was using (and food that I was eating) was having an effect on my skin. 

As I got older, my acne started to naturally clear up, but the irritations and sensitivity still remained. The first big shift happened after I graduated college and decided to remove gluten and dairy from my diet. You guys know the backstory of that already, but what I haven't shared with you is how, in addition to helping heal my gut and reducing stomach issues, it also helped improve my skin. Dairy especially. The longer and longer I stayed away from dairy, the brighter and brighter my skin became. 

But still, my skin was not where I wanted it to be. 

So I turned to the products I was using. At this point I was still using all the typical brands you guy at the grocery store: Neutrogena + CoverGirl makeup, Clean + Clear Face Wash, Biore cleansing pads, medical acne cream/gels. I figured we live in a regulated country and there's no way these products could be toxic, right? WRONG. 

After doing a bit of research I realized that... 

  • these products were FULL of harmful chemical and toxins that were linked to cancer, reproductive issues, hormone irregularities and so much more (and I was putting them onto my skin every. single. day.) 
  • all of these companies were testing on animals 
  • none of these companies were considering the environmental or health implications of what they were selling 

It was time to change. I needed to go non-toxic and cruelty-free. 

I didn't make the leap all at once, but ever so slowly I have made the switch both in my skincare and the products I was using in our home. I was thrilled to find companies who believe in what I did—that the products we use on our bodies and in our homes should be safe, effective and cruelty-free.  

And I'm excited to share what I've learned along the way, the companies I have fallen in love with, and hopefully inspire you to make safer choices for your own health and wellbeing.


Beautycounter -- safer skincare for everyone

When multiple friends are all raving about the same thing, you know it's time to listen. That's how I discovered Beautycounter; friends who I really trusted and knew felt the same way about the products they were using on their bodies, told me about this line of amazing skincare products, and I jumped on board immediately. 

I placed my first order, with my friends' help of course, and picked up a few products. I spent a few weeks testing them and realized how much I adored the brand and placed another order. And I haven't looked back since!  

Beautycounter has become part of my everyday skincare routine and I have to tell you, my skin feels amazing. Not only do I not breakout anymore (except maybe the occasional pimple or two when it's that time of the month), but I also never have to worry about allergic reactions. My skin is soft, dewy and I feel so confident that I now rarely wear makeup at all.

And I'm super excited to share some of the products that I have been loving!


These are the products that I use personally on a regular basis (most of them daily basis). This page will always be 100% authentic, so I'm ONLY sharing the products that I wholeheartedly love! You can simply click the images or the buttons below the descriptions to learn more about each one or shoot me an email if you have more in-depth questions! 

Charcoal Cleansing Bar from Beautycounter
Beautycounter Sunscreen
Balancing Face Oil from Beautycounter
Charcoal Purifying Mask from Beautycounter

Our Charcoal Cleansing Bar detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. Made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body.

Created with the entire family in mind, this lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, so it blends seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays. Aloe helps hydrate skin, while antioxidant-rich green tea and blood orange extracts fight free radicals.

The simplest way to moisturize skin and boost radiance, this silky formula contains a luxurious blend of pure plant oils. Unlike synthetic oils, which can sit on skin, our Balancing Face Oil is easily absorbed for the ultimate in hydration. Balancing Face Oil contains ylang ylang and wild chamomile—together they impart a delicate herbal-floral scent while rebalancing combination skin.

A mineral-rich mix of kaolin clay and charcoal, Purifying Charcoal Mask works to gently exfoliate, draw out impurities, and soothe. The formula helps improve skin's overall condition by refining the appearance of pores and increasing elasticity. Offers a purifying treatment for congested skin and a 10-minute spa-grade facial.

Rosewater Cleansing Spray from Beautycounter
Calendula Lip Balm from Beautycounter
Matte Skin Finishing Powder from Beautycounter
Rejuvenating Radiance Serum from Beautycounter

Wake up your complexion with our skin-softening toning spray, made with organic rose essence, purified water, and moisturizing sodium hyaluronate. Spritz it on to set makeup or whenever your skin needs an instant pick-me-up.

Nourish and protect lips with our ultra-moisturizing lip balm, formulated with soothing and softening avocado oil, shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil, and jojoba oil. That subtly sweet scent you smell? It's calendula and chamomile oils, which act as anti-inflammatories to help heal chapped lips.

Mattify Skin Finishing Powder is a lightweight, translucent powder that blends invisibly to absorb shine, reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, and set makeup. Unlike a powder foundation, it’s designed to be worn over your foundation, tinted moisturizer, concealer, or bare skin. In one universal shade that suits all skin tones, our Finishing Powder gives skin a naturally smooth and even finish, leaving behind no white residue.

Richer and creamier than your typical serum, our Rejuvenating Radiance Serum helps even the look of skin tone, improve hydration, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles thanks to a combination of vitamin C, mixed fruit acid complex, and algae and marine extract. Lightweight and easily absorbed, the formula is a must for layering under your moisturizer.

What makes the products different?

At Beautycounter, the goal is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. And they've done just that—banning more than 1,500 ingredients all while ensuring their products perform, and that they're as indulgent as any luxe shampoo, lipstick or oil in the market.

Welcome to Beautycounter
  • They have a Never List made up of over 1,500 questionable and harmful ingredients that they will not use no matter what—including Parabens, Phthalates, and Formaldehyde 
  • Every ingredient is rigorously screened for safety—looking for specific hazards like cancer, developmental toxicity, hormone disruption and fertility, skin sensitivity and more
  • While Beautycounter’s products aren’t 100% natural, more than 80% are organic, natural or plant-derived, and they're always trying to source non-GMO
  • Every single Beautycounter product is rated between 0-2 on EWG’s Skindeep database, which is the most amazing go-to resource for product safety!
Alyssa Rimmer - author and blogger behind the wellness website Simply Quinoa

I want to be as transparent with you as possible. My goal is to help you simplify your health and energize your life and I truly believe it is more than just the food we put into our bodies. It's the products we use on our skin. The products we use in our homes. And the environment that we live in.

I do still use beauty products OTHER than Beautycounter, and I will continue to share those with you in my posts and videos. But since I have been loving so much of their line and will continue to experiment, I wanted to put it all in one place so it was as easy for you as possible to find them and try them out for yourself.  

Also, I want you to know that I am here to help you! It has been an interesting detoxification process for me personally, and I want to help you however I can if this is something you want to do also. If you have specific question about these products, or how to detoxify your home in general, I am just an email away. You can reach me whenever you need to at

And finally, if you purchase any Beautycounter products through one of the links on this page, I officially become your go-to resource — that means questions, concerns, you name it, I'm here for you!

xo Alyssa


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