As the year comes to an end, I look back on all I’ve struggled with and overcome: a receding hairline and hair loss; intense perioral dermatitis flare ups; annoying acne; and dry/dehydrated and irritated skin. While there were many lows, there were also a lot of highs. And many of those highs were due to finding efficacious, nontoxic, green products to help ease me back towards healthy skin. Therefore, as we wrap up this year, I decided to outline down below in seven categories, including Dry Skin, Acne, Dermatitis, Brightening, Hair, Body, and Eye + Lip + Neck my favorite products from 2017…

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Essential oils are tricky. They’re powerful enough to soften wrinkles, lighten pigmentation and heal burns. But if you have reactive skin like I do, they’re also capable of causing irritation, breakouts or sensitization. Doing too much, too fast, too soon will set you up for the aforementioned. Unfortunately, those were my experiences early on dabbling with essential oils, but I’ve realized after the fact that it wasn’t them, it was me, or rather my lack of knowledge about how to use essential oils and more specifically which ones to use. Mine is not an uncommon story. And as more and more women…

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When I first heard the story of skincare brand, True Moringa, I was blown away! What the two founders have created is truly inspiring. Kwami Williams, a former aerospace engineer (yes, becoming a rocket scientist was his initial aspiration), and Emily Cunningham, a Harvard economics graduate, are proving with True Moringa that a beauty product can be efficacious, eco-friendly, and nontoxic while uplifting poverty stricken communities. Now that’s beautiful. The two met during their undergraduate studies on a trip to rural Ghana with MIT’s D-Lab program where they were challenged to develop a practical solution to the area’s poverty challenges. The moringa tree,…

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Sitting down to breakfast at Rose Cafe in Venice, CA with husband and wife founders of organic luxury skincare brand, African Botanics, I found myself completely intrigued and engrossed in these two. Husband and wife teams do that to me. For it is a true testament to their love, friendship and consideration of each other to not only share a life together, but share a work identity.

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Where to go for green beauty in LA.

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