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THE SKIN-RENEWING BENEFITS OF ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS

THE SKIN-RENEWING BENEFITS OF ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS

Don’t let the title scare you off! The term “acid” may sound terrifying, but alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) can work absolute wonders on the skin and are a lot gentler than you may think!

Alpha hydroxy acids are active compounds that provide a heap of benefits to the skin, and there are a few different kinds.

In this article, we’ll be focusing on glycolic acid, known as the holy grail for exfoliation! 

If you’re dealing with aging, sun-damaged, dry or sluggish skin, keep reading to learn more about this AHA and how it can transform your skin.

WHAT EXACTLY IS GLYCOLIC ACID?

Glycolic acid is derived from cane sugar and has the smallest molecules of any AHA. This is excellent news for your skin because these small molecules mean enhanced penetration.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Glycolic acid reacts with the uppermost skin layer and works by dissolving sebum and grime, breaking up any substances that hold cells together. Think of it as breaking down the “glue” that binds your cells, sloughing off dead, sluggish skin cells.

As our skin ages and as a result of environmental exposure and damage, the natural exfoliation process diminishes.

Glycolic acid accelerates the removal of the outermost layer of cells so fresh, new cells can make their way to the top, revealing healthy-looking and radiant skin. 

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT TO SEE?

AHA’s can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve overall skin texture and tone, and refine and brighten for smooth, dewy-soft, youthful-looking skin!!

To experience the benefits of this wonderful ingredient yourself, be sure to check out our Brilliance Cream, which includes glycolic acid along with skin-loving oils, antioxidants and soothing ingredients.

It is vegan, gluten-free, and free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and artificial fragrance, so you can feel good about putting it on your skin!

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Should you Skip your Moisturizer in the Summer?

Should you Skip your Moisturizer in the Summer?

It’s that time of year, and even though you may normally have the driest of skin, you find your face feeling greasy and oily from sweat.  You’re thinking the last thing you need is a moisturizer, but before you jump ship, here’s a few things to understand about your skin first.      

For point of clarification: dry skin lacks oil; it’s not producing all the oil it needs; dehydrated skin lacks water.  We hear women say, “My skin is dry and oily,” and we get it and understand what you’re saying, but if you have oily skin and it feels dry, technically it’s dehydrated.  Dry skin is a type; dehydrated is a condition. 

Moisturizing helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.  This is the outermost layer of the skin.  It acts as a barrier, holding moisture in while keeping dirt, debris, and other impurities out.  A healthy skin barrier is critical to nourished, hydrated and silky-soft skin.

All those fun activities in the sun can damage the skin’s barrier, depleting its natural oils, and causing water to evaporate from the skin.  This lack of water causes dehydrated, sensitive skin.  When the skin senses its losing hydration, it produces more oil to protect itself, and for those with oily skin, that’s the last thing you want.       

So you can have dry, dehydrated skin or oily, dehydrated skin.  No favorites here. 

WHAT ARE THE TELLTALE SIGNS OF DEHYDRATED SKIN?

Your face feels dry and tight, it itches, and you can have flaky patches.  Fine lines may be more noticeable even though your skin is oily.  In addition, it’s as though no amount of moisturizing seems to help.  

HYDRATING VS MOISTURIZING

Humectants draw water into the skin keeping it hydrated; emollients help seal the moisture in for healthy-looking, dewy soft and smooth skin. 

All skin types need hydration (water) and oil (moisture) for healthy skin.

Humectants to look for:  Aloe, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid.  In fact, hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. 

Emollients to look for:  Jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado.

TO HYDRATE OR MOISTURIZE?

Despite marketing to the contrary, it may very well be that your current moisturizer works year-round, especially if you have dry skin (and you spend time in air-conditioned spaces).  You know your skin, but don’t be fooled by the greasy, sweaty feeling on your skin.  With dry skin, you need your moisturizer to keep your skin barrier healthy and strong. 

Our Brilliance Cream and Opulence Cream are both lightweight and easy on the skin, keeping your skin radiant and glowing, no matter the season.  If it’s feeling like too much moisture, a better option might be to simply change up your serum.

If your skin is very healthy and able to produce the oils it needs and you want to skip the moisturizer, you should still nourish and hydrate your skin with an anti-oxidant serum.

Our Renewal Nectar is a lightweight creamy serum packed full of anti-oxidants.  It features noncomedogenic organic Aloe and Shea Butter along with hyaluronic acid and soothing and calming organic Bulgarian Rose Water.  This elixir is sure to give you that sun-kissed, radiant glow.

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And for quick hydration or a pick-me-up any time of the day, our Radiance Mist is heavenly bliss.  A quick spritz and the subtle aroma of rose will calm the weary soul, and your skin will feel instantly hydrated and rejuvenated.  Throw a mini in your purse and have it on hand.  It’s a lifesaver after being in an air-conditioned building or after a few hours in the sun. 

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And, of course, none of this is going to matter if you aren’t using a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 for everyday protection.  And don’t forget sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat either.  So carry on.  Enjoy the summer!

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Featured in Think Dirty's April Beauty Box

Featured in Think Dirty's April Beauty Box

FEATURED IN THINK DIRTY’S BEAUTY BOX!!

As April brings in a welcoming hello to spring, we are honored to be featured in Think Dirty’s April Beauty Box!  Their app educates consumers on potential toxins in household, personal care, and beauty products. An easily downloadable app, you simply scan the barcode of your product for a list of ingredients in each product and its corresponding rating. 

Each box comes with 8-10 hand-picked, rated clean luxury beauty products – including travel sizes of our 2-in-1 Cleansing Milk, Rose Radiance Mist, and our Peptide Complex Serum!  

More and more, consumers are looking for transparency in the products they purchase, choosing beauty products without toxic chemicals, hormone disruptors, and known irritants.  Think Dirty is on the cutting edge.  Their evaluations are performed by experts in fields such as medicine, biochemistry, environmental toxicology and more.  They have been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, on The Today Show and many other media outlets.  You can read more about how they empower consumers at Think Dirty Shop Clean.

For us, it's always been about developing safe, effective, and multi-functional skin care.  No micro-category overwhelm. No drama.  Just simple, clean, and Powerfully Effortless.  We are pleased to be a part of the Think Dirty movement.

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3 Effects of Sun Damage on Your Face

3 Effects of Sun Damage on Your Face

3 Effects Of Sun Damage On Your Face

It’s no secret that the sun can damage your skin, but the sun is far more dangerous and damaging to the skin than you may realize!

In this article, we’ll talk about just 3 ways the sun can damage your skin!

Speeds up the signs of aging

When you’re young and not yet thinking about the future, it’s easy to simply live in the moment and tell yourself you’ll worry about wrinkles when you’re older.  After all, a tan looks so "healthy."

That is until 10, 20 years later when you’re wishing you had taken better steps to protect your skin, because when it comes to aging, ultimately, prevention is better than cure.

Every time you get a sunburn or even a dark tan, some damage has occurred in your skin. Over time the sun will break down collagen and elastin fibers, and you’ll be left dealing not only with lines and wrinkles and sagging skin, but your skin tone and texture changes, and that can translate to leathery-looking skin as well.   

Causes sun spots or hyperpigmentation

Sunspots, dark spots, call it what you will, are all forms of hyperpigmentation characterized by areas of darker skin tone due to increased melanin production in those areas.

While hormonal factors are a big factor in contributing to hyperpigmentation, so are UV rays. We see these spots often on our hands because this is an area we don’t think of applying sunscreen to, and you may also notice these darker spots more predominantly on the left side of your face from sun exposure while driving.  UVA rays (often called the “Aging Ray”) penetrate through glass.  Yes, tinted windows can provide some UV protection, but there are a lot of variables, and it's not adequate enough protection.  So don't count on tinted windows to provide the protection you need. 

Increases your risk of skin cancer

Of course, UV rays also drastically increase your risk of skin cancer, especially if you aren’t protecting your skin with a high SPF (and damage can still occur even on cloudy or rainy days).

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are related to sun exposure over a number of years.  My brother, a lifelong surfer, and my mom, a devoted supporter of watching her 4 kids play sports in the sun, have had too-many-to count of these skin cancers removed from various parts of their body – including face, arms, calves, thighs and top of feet.  We didn’t realize the damage back then, but we know now. 

Melanoma, on the other hand, is thought to be from brief and intense exposure, think of red, blistering sunburns.  I’m cringing thinking of the days of tanning (and burning) with baby oil.

(And while this article is about sun exposure, let’s don’t forget tanning beds.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Women younger than 30 are SIX times more likely to develop melanoma if they tan indoors.”)

Take care beyond your face, covering up neck and ears and any other areas of skin that will be exposed to the sun. (There's some excellent SPF clothing on the market as well.)  Wear sunglasses and carry your sunblock with you and use as needed so you’re never stranded without it.

And for the ultimate in age-defying skin care, reach for our Vitamin C Brightening Serum. Packed full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, this creamy serum helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plumps and softens skin, and revitalizes and nourishes for a radiant, sun-kissed glow - naturally.

 

We wish you a wonderful and safe rest of summer with happy, healthy skin all season long!  

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Chlorine and Dry Skin: Natural Solutions for Protecting Summer Skin

Chlorine and Dry Skin:  Natural Solutions for Protecting Summer Skin

While most people love summer and the arrival of longer, brighter days, warm rays and sultry evenings spent sipping cocktails on the patio, (we are dreamers 🌴 ), for many it also means lots of time spent by the pool.

However, catching some rays and enjoying the pool can present its own host of problems. While chlorine is necessary to disinfect and keep pool water safe, it wreaks havoc on the skin.  It strips your skin of its natural oils, compromising the moisture barrier that protects the outer layer of skin, which can leave you with dry, flaky, sometimes itchy skin.

But life is about living, and I would never suggest you go hide in a cave just so your skin doesn’t see the light of day. (Although, those who know me and know I love the cool weather and overcast days probably wouldn’t be surprised to find me hanging out in a cave – except for the dark, scary factor and bats and things like that.)

Fortunately, we have some natural solutions so you can enjoy these gorgeous summer days!

BEFORE YOU GET IN THE POOL

First of all, if you’re outdoors during the day, we know you are using sunscreen; right?  Broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 (water-resistant if you’re in the water). 

With sunscreen as a given, consider wetting your skin and hair before you get in the pool.  This can help protect against absorption of chlorine and potentially reduce some of its drying effects.  Realistically, one of the great joys of being near a pool is jumping in when you’re hot – not washing yourself down first, but at the minimum, consider spritzing your face with a moisturizing toner (see below for our recommendation) and spritz (or douse) your hair with some fresh water.  It only takes a second, and every little bit helps. 

SHOWER & CLEANSE IMMEDIATELY AFTER SWIMMING

Once you’re out of the pool, you need to cleanse skin.  A good rinse in the shower is not enough.  Chlorine lingers on your skin.

Be sure you are using a sulfate-free cleanser!  Sulfates can strip the skin of its natural oils, exacerbating the drying, tight skin already compromised from the harsh chlorine.

Our 2-in-1 Cleansing Milk is a sulfate-free, creamy, gentle cleanser.  It’s suitable for all skin types and softens and hydrates while removing impurities and debris. 

Read why Organic Authority chose our cleanser as 1 of 7 natural skin care products you can trust!

TONER

Time to get skin’s pH back on track.  Our normal pH is slightly acidic at 5.5.  Chlorine pH is approximately 7.4.  Our Rose Hydrating Toner Mist, in a base of organic rose water, helps restore skin’s pH.  Along with glycerin, this toner calms, soothes and hydrates dry, overheated skin.  (As mentioned above, give your skin a spritz before getting in the pool as well!)

SERUM

While skin is still damp, apply a serum with powerful anti-oxidants.   Our Vitamin C Brightening Serum adds hydration and a dose of antioxidant protection to ward off skin-aging free radicals!

MOISTURIZE

Seal in moisture.  Our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream is silky lightweight and just what your skin is craving.  Anti-aging powerhouses DMAE & MSM pair with the tropical potency of organic aloe, coconut, and jojoba oils to leave skin beautifully soft and radiant!

NOURISHING MASK

Dry, sensitive summer skin begs for some extra love.  It’s easy for pores to become clogged from oil and sweat; and, in what seems like an oxymoron, the sun and heat sap our skin of moisture, causing dry, flaky skin, which results in increased build-up of dead skin cells, which also clog pores. 

Our Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask knows just what your skin needs.  It smells like a delicious summer pie and gives an invigorating boost to the weary mind and soul.  This nutrient-rich mask features jojoba beads which gently exfoliate dead skin cells, while vitamins and phospholipids smooth, hydrate, and nourish for glowing, polished, and rejuvenated skin.   

This mask can be used once or twice a week. So pour yourself a beverage of choice, sit back, and enjoy a spa-quality mask in your own home!

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We hope these simple skin care tips help you enjoy your best skin this summer!

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The Anti-Aging Benefits Of 3 Powerful Antioxidants In Skincare

The Anti-Aging Benefits Of 3 Powerful Antioxidants In Skincare

The Anti-Aging Benefits of 3 Powerful Antioxidants in Skin Care

We’ve all heard the term and try to include them in our diet on a daily basis.  From green smoothies to nutrient-rich snacks, we’re all about antioxidants!

We know they’re fantastic for our health and can help to protect us against disease, but perhaps you aren’t sure the role antioxidants play in skin care or how they even work.

That’s where we come in!

In this article we’ll break it down and show you why antioxidants are so great and a must-have for your skin and how they work to fight the signs of aging.

So grab your smoothie, sit back and dive in!

What is an antioxidant?

An antioxidant is a molecule that helps protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals. A chemical reaction, called oxidation, produces free radicals.  Think of sliced fruit that turns brown after sitting out for a while.  Once exposed to air, free radicals are released, and oxidation begins. 

Exposure to environmental stressors such as sun and pollution, or other stressors such as chemicals, toxins, smoking, eating an unhealthy diet, along with stress can create free radicals. These free radicals damage healthy cells and can increase your risk for disease and aging skin.

Antioxidants help inhibit this process from taking place.

How do antioxidants fight the signs of aging?

Antioxidants act as scavengers that seek out and neutralize free radicals before they can cause damage to cells.   

Topically applied, antioxidants help combat signs of aging, providing long-term benefits rather than a temporary “quick fix” solution.

Three key antioxidant ingredients to include in your skin routine to fight aging

Vitamin C

This is our favorite antioxidant vitamin!  It sort of does it all.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens and evens skin tone, helps shield against environmental stressors, and hydrates and nourishes for softer, plumper skin.

Try our Vitamin C Brightening Serum for a powerful dose of this beauty vitamin! It also smells wonderful with its natural, citrusy scent.

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Bulgarian Rose Water

The true-to-nature rose aroma is an intoxicating scent that can help calm and quiet the weary soul.  Since stress is a huge contributor to aging skin, we encourage you to spritz Rose Hydrating Toner throughout the day!

Topically, rose water helps to calm and revitalize sensitive and stressed skin for a refreshed, silky soft complexion!

Retinol

A vitamin A compound and antioxidant powerhouse, retinol is something every woman should consider in her anti-aging routine!

Retinol benefits the skin in various ways. It helps to rejuvenate skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and give skin a fresh-faced, youthful-looking glow.

To experience the excellent benefits of retinol for yourself, try our Resurfacing Night Cream.

These are just a few of our favorite antioxidant ingredients to fight the signs of aging. For a list of all our age-defying products, click here!

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The Silence of Cancer - Everyday Heroes

The Silence of Cancer  - Everyday Heroes

I’d like to introduce you to Shannon Zeeman.  Living a hectic and happy life with her husband and two boys, Shannon, like many other women, found her world turned upside down in a matter of minutes.    

She has given us a peek inside her journey and provided some amazing pictures of her and her family along the way.  I am so touched by Shannon's courage and bravery and am grateful for her sharing her story.

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What was your first reaction when you were told you had breast cancer?

I can remember feeling numb, and when I heard the word “cancer,” the doctor’s voice turned into the adult from Charlie Brown’s cartoon, “Wawa Wawa Wawa”. It was extremely hard to believe that it was true, and I continued to feel that they had mixed up my labs until I met with my oncologist surgeon, and she confirmed that it was truly my pathology report.

What kind of treatment did you have to undergo?

I had a double mastectomy on November 2, 2016, where they not only found my original tumor, DCIS triple negative, but also found a secondary tumor that had already started to spread and was HER2 positive.

They were not able to put in the expanders until after my pathology report came back. So four weeks later I had another surgery to take more breast tissue for clear margins and to put in my expanders. 

Two weeks after that I had my Port-A-Cath placed in. On December 19, 2016, I started six months of intense chemo treatment. That was followed by Herceptin chemo every three weeks through 2017. My last chemo was December 20!

How did you find the strength to go through the treatments?

I had two boys, ages 9 and 13, an amazing husband, and supportive parents that gave everything they had to help me kick cancer’s butt. Every day I woke up with this disease on my mind, but I would not let it hold me down because I had an amazing life to live. 

What was the hardest part in going through the treatments?

The hardest part was watching my loved ones take care of me and not being able to take care of them in return. I knew how hard it was for them to watch me suffer and not know how to fix me.

How has this taken a toll on you emotionally?

Emotionally this has left me feeling alone and sad. My loved ones still don’t know how to treat me or what to expect from me. I am trying to begin finding my “new normal.” I hate that phrase, but they are afraid that I will do too much. I continue to tell everyone that I am feeling good, when I am really hurting emotionally and physically inside, in hopes that they will begin to stop treating me like I am broken. Who wants to continually listen to someone talk about their problems?

What did friends or family members do that meant the most to you?

I had such an amazing outpouring of love and support! Besides the cards & gifts that brought me so much joy, the messages that I received on a regular basis, just checking in & letting me know that someone was thinking of me, filled my heart. Also when they would take my kids, husband or mom out of the house to have fun, it made me feel less guilty for not being able to. 

What would you say has been the most difficult part of this for your family and friends?

Every step of this journey has been really tough while we were going through it, but I think the change in my memory and energy has been the hardest because it has continued the longest. 

When did you want friends and family close and when did you want them at a distance?

I always wanted people around. I loved the friends that would show up with a book or something to keep them busy and allow me to drift off to sleep. The only exception was on my bad days of chemotherapy. Those days were the best for messages of love and support. 

What do you wish people would not have said to you?

I hate when anyone talks about my “new normal” or when people comment that I get a “new boob job.”

What did doctors say and do that meant the most to you?

When my doctors would sit down with me and talk to me about my questions & feelings. They made me feel like I was as important as their family member and not just another file. 

Is there anything you wish doctors would not have said to you? 

Nothing that they said, but if they didn’t take time to listen and truly see me.  

What do you think has been the most valuable insight you’ve gained from this experience?

That cancer doesn’t discriminate. You can be young or old, healthy or not, wealthy or poor. Cancer affects everyone in the patient’s life, and everyone needs support. 

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This is from my trip to Europe two weeks before my first surgery 10/16. 

 

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This was the amazing group of loved ones who came to support me when I shaved my hair off on 1/8/17.

 

This was a fundraiser photo shoot my girlfriends put together for me. We raised $1500 for the American Cancer Society, February 2017.

 

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This is my husband and me last September at the Susan G. Komen walk in Newport Beach, CA. 

 

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Thanksgiving with my family - 2017

 

If you would like to share your experience battling cancer, please drop me a note here.  I'd love to hear from you!. 

 

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How Does The Skin Protect The Face and Body From Chemicals and the Environment?

How Does The Skin Protect The Face and Body From Chemicals and the Environment?

Have you ever woken up and suddenly your skin is all dried out or unexplainably itchy?

You didn’t change the products you usually use, and you didn’t eat anything that can cause inflammation of the skin (like dairy and sugar).

So, what gives?

To understand what’s going on, you need to know about the skin’s barrier. Also called the lipid barrier, it performs a number of important functions, primarily trapping water molecules in the skin and preventing water loss through the pores.

A strong barrier function is essential for healthy, hydrated skin.

Unfortunately, there are a number of factors that can break down the skin’s barrier and contribute to an array of skin issues.

The good news, though, is that with the right tender loving care, you can restore your skin’s barrier function and enjoy healthy, happy skin once more!

What happens when it’s damaged?

If you’re suffering from dry, itchy or sensitive skin, then these may be indications of a weakened or damaged barrier function.

Harsh products, environmental aggressors and over cleansing are a few factors that can contribute to a weakened barrier function. These may cause the skin to lose water through the pores and become dry, making it easier for allergens and irritants to permeate the skin.

The skin can then become inflamed and irritated and, quite frankly, drive you a little nuts!

Here are a few tips to help maintain a strong barrier function and, therefore, happy skin!

Avoid harsh products and over cleansing

Using products filled with synthetic dyes and fragrance as well as over washing your skin can strip it of beneficial oils causing dryness and making your skin more permeable to irritants and allergens.

Use natural products that will help to maintain your skin’s delicate moisture balance.  You may consider washing your face just at night. Use some of our Rose Hydrating Toner Mist on a cotton pad to wipe your face clean in the morning or spritz directly on skin for additional hydration before resuming your usual routine.  (Your skin loves this nourishment at night too!)

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Our 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk is just what your skin needs to cleanse it from dirt and impurities that may have accumulated during the day (or night). This cleanser is packed with ingredients including glycerin, sweet almond oil, rose water and amino acids to help draw water into the skin, soothe the skin and provide an effective cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

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Protect your skin against environmental aggressors

Environmental factors such as cold, dry air and bitter winds can sap the moisture right out of your skin, putting it at risk for a damaged barrier function.

The best way to protect your skin against environmental factors is to use an effective moisturizer that helps form a protective barrier against the elements. Look for ingredients such as aloe, coconut and jojoba that help to draw moisture into the pores and lock it firmly in.

Our Ultra Hydrating Facial cream is packed with these ingredients and more to provide your skin with that youthful glow all year round.

 

Boost your barrier function by following these tips diligently and switching to a natural skin care line. We’d love to hear your results!

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Tamryn is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Licensed Esthetician. Her passion for empowering people to make informed decisions about their mind and body flows through her work as a content creator for the world's top natural wellness, nutrition and growing skincare brands. She's an avid yogi, loves singing, and when she's not writing, you can find her reading or trying something new! Find her on Twitter here: @tamrynjburgess 

 

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