Skin and Tonic was created by Ellen Olson that began as a facial and waxing studio and evolved into a wellness and mindfulness practice and expanding into an organic beauty, grooming and wellness apothecary.
In my 20 years of skin care practice, I realized that much of the products out there are highly toxic with one thing in mind. To get fast results. Sure, hydroquinone will lighten up hyperpigmentation but it is also highly carcinogenic which means future risk of skin cancer. And your chemical sunscreens contain hormone disruptors as well as the plastic packaging that these products come in. Your skin absorbs these ingredients and over time creates a toxic breeding ground for illness.
Also, the grooming industry accounts for about 70% of plastic waste in our oceans. This is contaminating our ocean wild life, impacting the water we drink and food resources from the ocean.
And we wonder why cancer diagnosis are skyrocketing?
Recently, I became diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. My friends and family all were shocked. How could someone who lives such a healthy lifestyle, who eats tons of organic fruits and veggies, mostly vegan, who works out every single day, who has super human energy and devotes herself to living the best life possible get stage 4 breast cancer over night? And literally, 5 months prior to finding my lumps, my mammogram was clear.
Truth is, we, as a society, have created a system that isn't working for us. We are over worked, over stressed, drinking too much alcohol, emotional binge eating, over stimulated, just trying to get from one thing to the next. And truthfully, all those nasty products in plastic bottles are cheaper to buy and work fast for a moment. We want instant results, instant response. We tell ourselves we need these things because it will make us happy. We'll look better. But it doesn't work because no one actually feels better.
I don't know what brought on the breast cancer. It could be many things.......the 20 years of working in the treatment room, with my hands in toxic products and sanitizers every day. Or my weak digestion from stress of owning a brick and mortar business.
I made the decision to close down Skin and Tonic's service space to focus on my healing journey and to pivot my business into wellness and mindfulness. After all, I'm going to dissolve this cancer and you will get to witness and learn from me how to recover from a life threatening illness that is hovering over our backs every single day.
The Skin and Tonic Apothecary is filled with products that are non toxic, environmentally friendly with recyclable and biodegradable packaging to lower the toxicity of the earth so that we can have cleaner resources once again.
You will find organic skin care, cleaning supplies, supplements and foods that you can use daily to lower your risk of disease and make a positive impact on our environment. Yes! You alone can make an impact!
Ultimately, I just want for you than to live out your life healthy, happy and balanced. Let's do this together!
I am the driving force behind Skin and Tonic and spent 2 decades as a skin care therapist and wellness expert. Truthfully, I am not a skin care junkie and I don't obsess over my own skin. BUT I'm a big believer taking responsibility for self preservation and nourishing the mind, body and soul.
Several years ago, I was battling insomnia, hormonal ups and downs and a bad case of eczema on my face. My doctor recommended anti-depressants as the remedy. <Scratches head in disbelief> While I felt insane from not sleeping, I didn't feel that depression was my issue. I felt that prescribing me anti-depressants was irresponsible and not okay. So I got a second opinion from a naturopathic doctor who spent 2 hours listening, examining and developing a plan for me. She simply said that I had adrenal fatigue and she prescribed me an anti-inflammatory diet and told me I had to stop training for marathons.
After 30 days of diligently sticking to her recommendations, I saw a drastic difference in my skin, began sleeping better and lost 8 lbs of inflammatory swelling. My periods reduced from 10 heavy days to 5 tolerable days.
Over time, my eczema went away and never came back. I healed my body and got my life back. I had no idea that my daily habits were contributing to my suffering.
And then it dawned on me that if I could heal myself and my skin, then I could help others do the same!
I became certified in nutrition to help my clients in exactly the way my naturopath helped me.
I have retired from the treatment room so that I can be of service with our client's WELL-BEING! My passion is to support and inspire our clients in their pursuit to feel amazing and radiate from the inside out!!