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About SkinValessence:

“SkinValessence” is a period of time during which an illness, disease or condition* has negatively affected the comfort, appearance and overall health of your skin (*such as oncology treatments, menopause, medications, environmental stressors, or chronically sensitive skin)    ….   It’s a made up word with a very real meaning!

  • SkinValessence products are meticulously formulated by an esthetician/natural skincare formulator in small batches with plant-derived ingredients (organic when possible) that are effective, while being kind to your sensitive skin and its microbiome.
  • SkinValessence uses ingredients that are obtained from vetted professional cosmetic ingredient suppliers.
  • SkinValessence products are not mass produced, and are not formulated with phthalates, parabens, sulfates, silicones, talc, artificial colors or synthetic fragrances.
  • The logo of SkinValessence is a familiar “weed” from childhood called the Dandelion, which represents strength and resilience.  You can also find Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) Extract in several SkinValessence products for its calming, soothing, anti-oxidant properties.
  • The mission of SkinValessence is to soothe your skin in order to soften your journey through skincare products that give results you can feel using ingredients you can trust.

About Michelle V. Brown:

Becoming a natural skincare formulator wasn’t in my plans during my 24 years as an Esthetician.   It was more of a “happy accident.”    When I was made aware of the side effects that radiation treatments can have on the skin, I was driven to create a product that harnessed the power of plant-derived ingredients that wasn’t just soothing but contributed to the restoration of skin health.

In 2017, I began offering comfort to radiation therapy patients the only way I knew how — in the form of a skincare product I made called Skin Soothing Salve.    A few years ago, in a quest to make the salve even better, I enrolled as a student of cosmetic science and became a natural skincare formulator.  After a name change and several reformulations (21 to be exact), Rad Salve is still soothing the skin and softening the journey for many who are undergoing radiation treatments.

Rad Salve ignited my passion for creating skincare.   I’ve spent HUNDREDS of hours researching ingredients and reading studies supporting their ability to go above and beyond simply moisturizing dry, uncomfortable skin.  I began rounding up “testers” for my formulations.  One day a friend asked me if I had considered creating my own skincare line.   Well, no I hadn’t — until she mentioned it.   But once I heard it, I couldn’t unhear it …

…  So here I am, doing my best to formulate safe, effective skincare products that give results you can feel with ingredients you can trust.

Always (respectfully) questioning everything.  That’s me in a nutshell.