Read about Annie Tevelin, founder of the Skin Owl brand, and her tips around 'skin psychology'.
"I am a consumer. I am just like you. I struggled for years with cystic acne and after countless visits to dermatologists and tons of money thrown into skincare products, I was left with minimal positive results. I realized I was just like millions of other women who had nowhere to turn. There were a lot of salespeople telling me, "This will REALLY work," and selling me a lot of products that, in the end, did nothing to help my severe acne and eczema. What was it going to take?
It was then that I realized my results were in the INGREDIENTS of the products I was using vs. what was being marketed to me. While working on commercial and music video sets as a professional makeup artist, as well as for a top luxury brand, I enrolled in a post-graduate program at UCLA & received a certificate in Cosmetic Chemistry.
Here some tips:
When We’re Craving Some Selfcare
In my experience, I grab for my Lavender Beauty Drops after a very long day. The aromatherapy alone calms my senses and relaxes me. It is most often the Beauty Drop I bring on vacation.
When We’re Striving For Balance
Geranium Beauty Drops is usually my day to day, go-to. It keeps me balanced day in and day out. It gives me everything I need to move throughout my busy day.
When We’re Looking to Refuel
Clary Sage sometimes feels like a big hug. It’s replenishing and rejuvenating, not only for my skin, but for my mind. I love using it when I’ve given a lot of myself and need to recharge or give back to myself.
When We Need to Take a Deep Breath and Unwind
The Maqui Berry Beauty Drops is the number one fruit anti-oxidant in the world—for both the body and mind. It’s delicious maqui, vanilla, and tangerine smell is warming and relaxing. It’s like taking a big deep breath before going to sleep. It allows the pores to breathe, and me to breathe alongside it.
When We’re Frustrated with Our Skin
After struggling with cystic acne for years, I know facing myself in the mirror was a daily struggle. I wanted to literally switch my face with someone else’s. I think that correlates a lot with our obsession to scrub our skin off when we are breaking out. The overuse of acids and harsh exfoliants and Clarisonics are psychological as much as they are dermatological.
When We’re Looking for a Quick Fix
Leaving the many skin benefits of masks aside, they can also act as our topical ‘quick-fixes,’ such as a cup of coffee rescues our energy and chocolate soothes a broken heart.
On the other hand, I’m reaching for my French green clay mask when I want to remove the week’s stress and impurities, and I’ve definitely used a brightening mask (such as Beauty Whip) during both a rainstorm and dull, lackluster day.
Why We’re Reaching for Oils vs Gels vs Balms
Personally, oils make me feel beautiful inside and out. It’s the same feeling I get when cooking with olive oil. I feel like a woman creating something delicious in a kitchen. Balms are healing and gels feel therapeutic, as if I’m soothing my skin with cold aloe vera (Eye+ anyone?).”