My journey to living a toxin-free life began on a beautiful New York City afternoon when Armani's model booking agent sat at the next table at an outdoor café. It’s every model’s dream to be discovered by a happy accident and that happened for me. From that moment, my modeling career took off. Being a fashion model was exciting and exhausting at times. Endless amounts of makeup were dabbed, smudged, powdered, and brushed on my face and body.
A variety of hair products had my hair looking perfect, but also coated my skin and lingered in the air I breathed. When I wasn’t working, I auditioned and put on a full face to see clients. At the time I had no idea I was receiving a cocktail of toxic chemicals on my skin. But after ten years, I started to notice cysts/nodules under my eyes. My dermatologist mentioned it might have come from the use of certain skincare and makeup products that created an allergic reaction, irritated the skin and blocked the pores. He said the only way to get rid of it was to burn or laser it off.
When I heard my body was reacting to the products I had assumed were safe and approved, I started investigating what was in my products and why my skin had reacted. My research led me to go beyond just personal care products. I tossed every toxic cleaner I had in my house and replaced them with baking soda and vinegar to clean the kitchen and bathroom, and soap nuts to wash my clothes. Each transition took time.
I found out my friend, Coki Tai, had breast cancer in her early 30’s and her doctor suggested it could have been because of something in her environment. When I learned only about 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, I knew I had to be all in with the lifestyle. Coki lost her battle with cancer and passed away, but thanks to her story I can encourage others to take precautions that might keep them disease-free.
As much as I’d love to have the time to make all my products by hand, I don’t. My goal is to spread the word about safe products for home and skin care, so that you don’t have to worry about chemicals. I love seeing how we women band together to change the world. Savvy reflects so much of my own personal beliefs and the conclusions I’ve drawn after years of study. I love that we can share and learn together. It’s not a “my way or the highway” kind of place.
Putting my consciousness on toxin-free living will help me live a long, healthy life free of sickness and disease. And that’s what I want for you and your family too.
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