Hi BOND EN AVANT Readers (new and returning!)-

I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my beauty blog!

It’s crazy to think I started this passion project just a few years ago (2016). Since then I’ve learned so much about skin and beauty from interviewing aestheticians, plastic surgeons, wellness gurus and innovative beauty brand founders.

Everything I learn, I love to share with you guys here on the blog with posts like –  “A Celebrity Aestheticians Secrets For Young Skin,” “Ingredients To Avoid When You’ve Over-Exfoliated Your Skin,” “Everything You Need To Know About Lip Lifts,” – and more.

Recently motherhood has become a huge part of my life – the best part. I delivered our baby girl, Chloe, this year and topics surrounding motherhood, like which skincare ingredients to avoid, how we got our two-month old to sleep through the night, and a Chinese red date tea I used to make labor shorter and smoother (it was only 8ish hours and drug-free) have popped up on my blog. 

But I think most people who find my blog come here for the pieces I’ve written about my struggles with perioral dermatitis.

Interviewing chemist and organic skincare founder, Marie Veronique, has taught me so much about the skin microbiome and subsequently how to heal my perioral dermatitis (PD for short).

If you’ve looking for information on perioral dermatitis, I suggest you check out these blog posts:

Originally, my blog was about all kinds of beauty (traditional, green, etc), but as I learned more about ingredients, I shifted away from harmful chemicals and began focusing on nontoxic skincare; skincare that does not contain known harmful chemicals.

Synthetics are okay in my mind, as long as they’re safe synthetics; ingredients made in a lab. I think there’s a misconception in the green beauty world where some people think natural is the only thing that equates to safe. This is not true. There are safe synthetics, like polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate which is an emulsifier that binds water and oil, it’s just about looking at ingredient labels and investigating what everything is and assessing whether it is safe or not – which is exactly what I do. 

To read about some of my favorite nontoxic products from 2018 check out this piece – “The Best Nontoxic Beauty Products I Tested.” 

And as always, thanks for taking the time to check out my little corner of the interwebs. If there’s ever anything you want to ask me about, feel free to connect with me on Instagram @bondenavant or feel free to drop me a line in the comments section on any post. I always try to respond as soon as I can! 

xx Amy

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