LOCATION: Northern Michigan
Hey beautiful people! For anyone that doesn’t know me, please allow me to introduce myself - my name is Paige and I hail from rural Northern Michigan! I am 32 and have been the proud co-pilot at our family business for over a decade. I believe in being straightforward and tend to be very abrupt, so I’ll be honest in saying a lot about my online presence started when I was 19, long before I ever flicked on a camera. Back then I was young and sick, and eventually diagnosed with a benign hormonal brain tumor, which I have carried for over two decades. In the years following that diagnosis, I continued on in sickness, adding several other spinal & autoimmune disorders to my resume, and in that time I realized something I never had before - I needed the world. I needed my way to make a difference, to be significant, and to reach people like me- people who were just starting the journey of doctors and sickness that I already begun - people that felt alone, isolated. I realize this may be a bit heavy for a short bio, but this is me- I want to give a voice to those that feel voiceless, in a world filled with so many words. I don’t want a life well rested, but rather well tested; I want to know my limits and exceed them whenever possible, stepping outside of myself and my circumstances, then encourage others to step with me.
SKIN TYPE: Combination/Oily
CONCERNS: Acne, Aging, Clogged pores, Dark circles, Sunspots, Hyperpigmentation, Redness, Sensitivity and Texture
FAVORITE GOOD MOLECULES PRODUCTS:
Instant Cleansing Balm
Rosewater Daily Cleansing Gel
Pineapple Exfoliating Powder
Discoloration Correcting Serum
Q&A WITH PAIGE
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PRACTICE SELF CARE, APART FROM SKINCARE?
When I think self care, I immediately imagine a night in, where I’m free to just relax and let my hair down. As a business owner, I spend so much time putting out fires and being hyper-aware of everything going on, and it’s nice to just slow down and enjoy the simple things. So, whether it’s baking some cookies or watching Netflix with some chips and queso, I just love a little time for me to disconnect and laugh. I find that gaining a little distance from the day-to-day tasks in life helps me be a little less exhausted by them, and also prioritize myself more for relaxing moments like these.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE STEP OF YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE?
One of my favorite things about skincare as a whole is watching each product build on itself- really seeing that transformation take place from start to squeaky-clean finish. Now, in going through and taking each step into account, I’d have to say my favorite step is exfoliation; I just love getting to see the beautiful, glass like appearance revealed as my freshly buffed skin surfaces, both renewed and smoothed. Not only does it look and feel amazing, but it’s also primed and ready for the rest of my skincare, which will now actually penetrate deeper into the dermis and deliver even better results!
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE GETTING INTO SKINCARE?
My biggest advice for people getting into skincare would be two-fold: you need to get to know your skin, and learn what it needs. By establishing your main concerns first, you will be able to do a little research and find ingredients that target those areas from the start, rather than purchasing a lot of skincare that won’t help and getting discouraged before you’re able to garner real results.
WHAT IS ONE PRODUCT YOU WOULD TAKE ON A DESERT ISLAND?
As much as I would love to have perfect eyebrows or unchapped lips while basking on a desert island, I would undoubtedly have to opt for some very good sunscreen! On a surface level, of course I burn like crazy, and even on my most diligent days outside with constant reapplication I still get pink! Then of course to take it that extra step, it is crucial to wear sunscreen on your face to prevent all of those harmful rays from aging your skin- after all, I don’t want to undo all the good I’ve done with my skincare routine for so many years!
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE SKINCARE INGREDIENTS?
As someone who has struggled for years with acne, so many of my skincare concerns have stemmed from discoloration/excessive redness, which has then increased to overall texture, fine lines and wrinkles throughout the years. However, going through so many surface-level skincare concerns has allowed me to find the beauty in ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid. Starting on the surface of the skin, retinol really does a beautiful job at improving the texture and overall smoothing of the skin, which ultimately helps give you back that newly-resurfaced glow (all of which is similar to Glycolic Acid, but with Retinol you have the added benefits of smoothing fine lines and fighting deeper discoloration). Along those same lines, I absolutely love Vitamin C because while it also helps fight discoloration, it champions the body’s boost of collagen, and helps to stop collagen from continuing to break down all together. Then finally we have Hyaluronic Acid, the powerhouse of moisturizing ingredients, which I love because it helps to hydrate and plump the skin- a huge benefit throughout the aging process!
"I love using this as my daily makeup remover! This balm is such a beautiful consistency and removes all of my makeup with ease, and doesn’t cause any acne/breakouts on my acne-prone skin!"
"This cleanser is so beautifully balanced on my skin! I use it twice daily, and I’m still shocked at how “normal” my skin feels when I’m done- not dried out or tight feeling, but also not overly hydrated- it strikes that perfect balance and is perfectly clean at the same time."
"The Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is that products that you didn’t know you needed! It helped both my texture and my pores with overall visibility and never caused my skin any adverse reactions. "
"This serum has been such a winner for my skin! It took me roughly three weeks to start to visibly see a difference on my skin, which I’d say is pretty standard for me with a lot of skincare (and I’d rather have something that’s a little more gentle, may take a little longer, but is still effective). I use this serum twice a day and everything about it from the end results, the beautiful, silky consistency of it soaking into the skin to the affordability is absolutely wonderful!"