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About SkinValessence:

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

  • SkinValessence products are meticulously formulated in small batches with plant-derived ingredients (organic when possible) that are effective, while being kind to your sensitive skin and its microbiome.
  • SkinValessence products are not mass produced, and are not formulated with phthalates, parabens, sulfates, artificial colors or synthetic fragrances.
  • The logo of SkinValessence is a familiar “weed” called the Dandelion, which represents strength and resilience.  You can also find Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) Extract in several SkinValessence products for its calming and soothing properties (and some fond childhood memories).
  • The mission of SkinValessence is to soothe your skin and soften your journey through products formulated specifically for the health and comfort of your sensitive skin.

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 several reformulations and a name change, 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 spent hours (and HOURS) researching ingredients and sketching up formulas for products to soothe dry, uncomfortable skin.  I began testing out those formulations on my clients in my skincare office.  One day a client (and 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 …

…  and here I am, with aspirations of formulating safe and effective skincare products for the health and comfort of sensitive skin.    My mission is still the same:  to soothe skin and soften journeys, one delicate face at a time.

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