Looking back on this past year, I can say 2018 has been one of my favorites: my acne flare ups became a distant memory (thus why the category has been removed this year); pregnancy and the birth of Chloe showed me the joys of motherhood – and the need for clean, efficacious and safe baby products; and while dry/dehydrated skin and perioral dermatitis persisted, I found a rhythm of gentle skincare products to help with both giving me my best skin to-date! Typically, I reserve this best-of list for year end, but it always seems to hit at an inopportune time after…

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(Above: Me at 25 weeks pregnant on our babymoon in Maui!) Pregnancy is such a joyous, exciting, and often overwhelming time. There is so much to learn, so much to prepare for and so much to avoid to keep your growing baby healthy – food and beauty-wise. When I got pregnant, all of these “don’ts” were swirling around in my head: don’t eat deli meat, don’t eat sushi, don’t use retinol. The biggies I knew, but figuring out everything that could be potentially harmful to my baby took some time, online digging and talking with friends with kids to figure out. Luckily…

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Your skin is red, inflamed and itchy. It feels sensitive and thin. What the heck happened?! You think back and recall a strong facial, followed by some at-home products with acids and maybe a Clarisonic brush, and then it hits you – oh shit, I’ve over exfoliated my skin. Trust me, I’ve been there too and it’s not fun. This is a common occurrence for many. I can’t even begin to tell you how many DM convos I’ve had on IG discussing with others the struggles of over exfoliated, sensitized skin. But sometimes it happens solely from using at-home products. With people…

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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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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Marie Veronique and her line of organic skincare. I’ve raved about her tinted sunscreen and of course her collaboration with in-demand Bay-area facialist, Kristina Holey, on their set of three serums – Barrier Restore, Soothing B and Intensive Repair – that helped heal my perioral dermatitis. So when it was announced the two were launching a range of products to work in tandem with their widely acclaimed serums, I was ecstatic!  If you spend even the briefest amount of time in Marie Veronique and Kristina Holey’s orbit, you’ll catch on quickly that these two women are serious…

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