Hi! I’m Jacqueline. I live in Wilmington, North Carolina. I’m part consumer advocate, part green beauty fangirl.
The Beauty Proof exists to empower you to take ownership of your beauty routine in a way that promotes your health, your unique gorgeousness, and your confidence as a buyer and user of cosmetics.
How The Beauty Proof was Born
Growing up, my dentist father was passionate about bringing much-needed dental care to disadvantaged people. My family spent summer vacations in places like Indonesia and Belize working in mobile dental clinics. I served as my dad’s assistant, gaining a fresh perspective on first world privilege.
Inspired by my father, I later majored in International Development at UCLA, with my primary interest being health issues affecting women in developing countries. I studied the staggering lack of resources that women around the world contend with. No clean water. Political disenfranchisement. A lack of basic health services. The things that I take for granted are a daily struggle for women elsewhere.
But what struck me is that women in the United States are barraged with an entirely different set of obstacles. Cancer, obesity, asthma and allergies… we have diseases of affluence. We have anything and everything at our fingertips. And it’s hurting us.
All that we possess–our choices, our relative wealth, our access–is working against us. Or at the very least, it’s compromising our wellness potential.
I am passionate about the issues that affect women’s health. And since all journeys start with one small step, I’ve decided to change things in my own home and on my own bathroom counter.
The Opportunity I Found in Green Beauty
For so many women, skin problems can take a heavy emotional toll. I get it. I’ve been there.
After my first daughter was born, my health shifted and my skin reflected that change. I became simultaneously prone to breakouts and hyperpigmentation. And I was unsure how to proceed.
So I went the route that seemed to be the most logical—I visited dermatologists. And my skin continued to worsen even with their creams, pills, and overpriced lasers. Although there were incremental improvements, my skin wasn’t becoming more beautiful, but seemed to get duller and older—quickly. By being medically manipulated into dryness and fragility, my skin became prone to further damage and imbalance. I was trapped in this cycle until I found my way out by using natural and holistic methods to get my health and my skin back in balance.
Hippocrates once said, “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” For me, healing took much longer than I preferred. Still, it came.
But it was also the opportunities I sought that were critical in my skin’s recovery. I found opportunity in the form of natural, holistic self-care. I stepped away from cheap, harsh, and synthetic products and entered into a new, gentler, way of caring for myself.
Whatever struggles you’re facing, and whatever healing you’re searching for, I pray you don’t give up on finding your opportunity! There’s nothing special about me or this blog. I’m just a regular woman with regular struggles, and I’ve had the good fortune to make a few breakthroughs that I can share with you now.
Today, I no longer feel frustrated with my complexion. I finally feel comfortable in my own skin again.
I hope that the information throughout this site gets you one step closer to your own breakthrough!
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What I’m Currently Using
I love each of these products so much. In the midst of nearly constant product testing, these are the absolute winners I keep coming back to:
In the morning, I cleanse with the True Botanicals Hydrating Cleanser. I follow up with the COQ-10 Toner from Indie Lee and Weleda’s Almond Soothing Facial Cream. I wear zinc oxide sunscreen every day, no matter what. I’m on my third bottle of Ursa Major’s Daily Defense Lotion SPF18. My skin is prone to hyperpigmentation, and this stuff has protected my skin better than other sunscreens with significantly higher SPFs.
For my body, I wash with Dr. Bronner’s iconic Castile Soap—the unscented baby version in the light blue bottle. I moisturize with jojoba oil from Desert Essence. For deodorant, it’s all about Ursa Major’s Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant.
For makeup, I use Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in Warm Honey, Nu Evolution Blush in Cosmopolitan, the twist-up Precision Eye Pencil from Juice Beauty in a warm brown shade, Mineral Fusion mascara, and a tinted MyChelle lip balm. When I’m feeling a bit fancy, I’ll switch out my mineral foundation and tinted balm for the Nu Evolution Complete Coverage Foundation and Kosas Lipstick in either Royal or Rosewater.
In the evening, MyChelle’s Micellar Water and a plain cotton round remove my makeup. I’ll usually do a quick wash with the True Botanicals Hydrating Cleanser. Then the fun begins. I apply True Botanicals’ Cellular Repair Serum with targeted mix-ins; I alternate between the Vitamin C Booster and the Antioxidant Booster. I then lock it all in with a thin layer of the Pure Radiance Oil, CLEAR.
Every weekend, I do a Reconstructing Masque on my hair—this stuff is a miracle-worker. I hope EVOLVh never stops making it!
For perfume, I use two drops of Jasmine Oil on my wrists and neck. The scent is seductive and intensely feminine, but as a pure essential oil it also supports my mood, hormone balance, and resilience to stress.
(updated December 2017)
*I am not affiliated with a Florida-based skincare line called BeautyProof.