About Michelle

Smart Beauty Rituals Mission

Modeling test shoot, 2019

The goal of this site is to share honest, accurate information about quality products that can make a real difference in your skin's health and appearance.

If you care about choosing products that are safe, effective and cruelty-free, you are in the right place!

Finding the best products for your skin can be time consuming, confusing and expensive.

And to make it more complicated, your skincare needs can change (a lot!) from your 30's to 40's, 50's and beyond.

Every brand says their products are the best. How do you decide?

While no product works for everyone, I will only share brands I personally use and wholeheartedly recommend. While I purchase some products and others are given to me at no charge, I am not sponsored by any manufacturers.

My beauty philosophy

I certainly don't know it all, but I've spent 13 years working in the skincare industry. My roles included medical aesthetics outside sales representative, staff trainer, customer service lead & product development manager. I've also consulted for a variety of skin, spa and haircare brands.

The good news is, skincare doesn’t have to be time consuming, complicated or expensive.

I believe the best products incorporate science & nature, with high quality ingredients that address longterm skin health over a quick improvement in its appearance.

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Healthy is Beautiful

In my 30’s, I studied yoga, massage therapy and other healing arts modalities. Classes on nutrition, yoga therapy, panic healing and Ayurveda helped me create a healthy lifestyle. These studies helped me understand that health is really the foundation for beautiful skin.

Products are important, but they are just one piece of the puzzle. I began to understand that skin reflects our internal wellness, core health and even happiness. 

Choose the right products for your skin

Do you love make-overs? Like most women, I love transformations and "before & after" photos!

My absolute favorite part of my sales job was selling aesthetics products and seeing the "Before & After" transformations, talking to patients about their skin issues, and helping create the right routines for skin health. It is very rewarding to see a patient love her skin again after battling pigmentation, acne, rosacea or sun damage.

Safe, effective care for all skin types

I believe that creating smart beauty rituals fosters our inner and outer beauty and well being.

With that in mind, I'm excited to be an authorized reseller for 302 Professional Skincare.  It's a unique company with a "less is more" philosophy that's different from many other popular brands. It's the brand I use every day to maintain my complexion.

Please visit About 302 Skincare to learn what this exceptional line can do for your skin!

Vibrant, healthy skin at any age

I started modeling and acting after going gray a few years ago. While at first I was afraid of the process and how I would look with gray hair, it turned out to be an amazing, empowering experience.

It was a big surprise to ultimately feel prettier, happier and more authentic with my real hair color. And I absolutely love being free of constant hair color appointments.

Growing older has its challenges, but I think women are beautiful and deserve to feel good about their beauty, bodies and skin.

Thank you for reading.  I hope my site is helpful to you and I would love to hear from you!

Modeling for Odacite, a cruelty-free, luxury skincare brand

Note: My blog cannot replace working with a dermatologist or medical professional, especially if you have a chronic skin disease or issue.

I only share products I've used or use personally and wholeheartedly recommend. All products are Cruelty-Free.

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