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What's on Your Face?



My path from swapping out skin care products that are heavily weighted with eyebrow raising ingredients to products that are less chemically toxic continues to be a beneficial odyssey. I embarked upon this endeavor 12 years ago when my Mother was diagnosed with colon cancer.


The impact of her diagnosis and ultimate transition sparked a personal quest for me to better understand how I should be more diligent in living my best life. Stemming from a childhood that was grounded in eating the right foods—my parents were big on fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meats and poultry, sweets restrictions—coupled with daily and seasonal physical activities (skiing, swimming, ballet, running), I had a good base point to work from.


I’ve been a vegetarian, vegan, and back to vegetarian for the past 20 years; however, I did not seriously consider the ingredients in the products that I applied on my body. We tend to think more about what we ingest without realizing that our skin also consumes what we apply to it. Like most of you, I was in the habit of administering name brand moisturizers, soaps, and makeup. I did dabble in incorporating natural body soaps and lotions, although I still adhered to using face products recommended by dermatologists (I dealt with adult acne for a moment), and cosmetic brands that I assumed were topically effective and harmless.


Here's the rub: I was unaware of what some of these topical products were doing internally. I assumed that what I was applying was safe, not realizing that any and all products we apply on our skin penetrates beyond our skin. Not all chemical compounds are created equal. Today is a new day.


More than ever I am diligently focused on reading labels and ingredients of each one of the skin care products I apply to my entire body. Through trial and error, I am adhering to an improved regimen in order to ramp up healthier skin care practices, and diminish the levels of toxicity in my body.


For some this level of change may not work for you, however, Brilliance by Brown provides easy access to resources, tips and information of skincare alternatives that may help inspire you to change your mind.

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