“My quest to conquer my own problem skin and hypersensitivities led to much more than I anticipated the birth of my own skin care company.”
I had great skin all my life (oh I was so smug!) until I hit my mid twenties and then all hell broke loose on my face. First came the adult acne, new sensitivities, swiftly followed by what can only be described as an oil producing well under my facial skin. If my face had been a country I would be a wealthy woman….
Of course I did what most people would do in that situation which was to try and dry out my skin with the harshest most astringent products I could find. Didn’t work, never works! My skin, thinking it was the desert, pumped out more oil to replenish, blocked more pores to conserve it, the result was not pretty. This system of abusing my skin coupled by 2 children between 2004 and 2006 had left my skin a completely ravaged, acne marked hyper-pigmented hormonal mess.man….
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention and it was during my pregnancy with my daughter Alex that I decided enough was enough, there had to be a more healing solution to my skin issues and if I couldn’t buy it, I would research, study, inform and educate myself and then make it myself. I decided to make a personal choice for my skin, it had to be natural based, botanical, no toxic materials, just fresh, clean ingredients that nature provides in abundance.
I had given enough of my money to the ‘big gun’ cosmetic companies and all their lofty promises which never delivered and I was also concerned about some questionable ingredients and overuse of extremely harsh preservatives. Realistically, if a product has a shelf life of 18-24 months or up to 3 years, it doesn’t get this by just looking pretty in its pot. There are some serious preservatives in the mix and these bring a whole set of new problems to the sensitive skinned individual. Not to mention that they are just not appropriate for daily use on anyone’s skin.
Anyway, I digress. I am lucky enough that living in the country I have a beautiful space at the bottom of my garden where I would retreat to escape the craziness of a busy house and where I could have a little ‘me’ time, unleash my creativity and have a quiet space to expand my growing database of knowledge gained through extensive study and research.
I had found my ‘thing’ a real passion for something I loved, the alchemy of mixing, blending, the aromas of Essential Oils, the beautiful textures, colours and skin feel of pure unrefined botanical oils, the feel of silky powder-fine clays, the earthiness of sea–weed and botanical extracts….the mouth watering scent and delicious texture of butters like cupuacu, shea, cocoa, I was in heaven!
From there it has snowballed into what is now GeorgiaJane Skincare and I can honestly say that I was a little reluctant to start my company. I jealously guarded my ‘skincare secrets’, it was something I just did for me, family and close friends but I have come to realise that sharing knowledge is just as important as gaining it and I have made it my mission to try and dispel the myth that natural skincare, while it is lovely, gentle and healing, ideal for repeated use on human skin, but that it can’t be EFFECTIVE skincare, well it can and it is!
I have a real passion for skin, its physiology, diversity, idiosyncrasy and contrariness; how having beautiful healthy radiant skin can make us feel so much better about ourselves, boost our confidence and make us much more agreeable people!
Our skin is our biggest organ and deserves more respect and gentle care than we give it, feed your skin with healthy natural effective botanicals externally and internally and it will thank you by having beautiful clarity and luminosity. Give it some love!
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