Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Hello everyone! I am Taylor, creator, and founder of Taylor-Made Skin. In this post, I will be introducing you to me, my passions, and the struggles that I have gone through with my own skin that ultimately lead me to create the products that will be on this site.
To begin, I was born and raised in a suburb in Alabama and have lived here for the entirety of my life. When it was time for me to go to college a year ago, I was convinced that I wanted to be a doctor, but after a semester of classes and lots of crying, I realized that I actually had another passion--business. Unsure and afraid, I questioned myself and my ability to even do this, but after a few months of deliberating back and forth with myself, I knew it was my time.
I get asked all the time, why skincare? The answer is always the same. When I was transitioning into my sophomore year in high school, my family and I went on our annual vacation to the beach. Now mind you, we always vacation on the same beaches, so this wasn't something new that I was introducing myself to. However, after about a week at the beach, my skin began to turn into my worst enemy. Amidst my return back home, I had small whiteheads all over my face. Panicked, I immediately starting researching what in the world could be wrong. My mom said it was an allergic reaction from something I might have put my face on, some websites said that there was bacteria brewing underneath my skin, and others said that the acne was just hormonal. Distraught that my clear skin was now more blemished than I could imagine, I turned to chemical-ridden skincare products. I tried Clinique, Ambi, Neutrogena, Aveeno, Olay, Clean and Clear, Mario Badescu, Kiehl's, anything with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide... So to put it in the simplest form, I basically tried almost everything and my skin HATED me. Literally, it only kept getting worse. If I looked at myself in the mirror without makeup on for too long I began to cry, I tried to cover my face with my hair, and if someone had to talk to me for a long period of time, it was hard for me to even look them in the eye. My self-esteem was ruined. In fact, it got so bad to where I reached a point where I refused to walk out of the house without makeup on. I just would not do it. Running to the store to grab one thing-- makeup. Going to study with some friends-- makeup. Going to the gym to workout--makeup!!! Like who even wears makeup to the gym! For 3 years I was like this and every day my skin grew to hate me more and more. Finally, after my skin had an allergic reaction to one of the chemical-ridden products I was using, I had, had enough. I threw away all of my old skincare products and opted for new ones. I decided to make my routine plant-based! I started washing my face with organic castile soap, I toned my face with a natural rosewater toner, I moisturized with natural oils, I used plant based face masks and serums with wonderful active ingredients, and sure enough, my skin began to thank me. My acne retreated, my dark spots faded, my skin texture became more even, and I finally was able to look at myself in the mirror and actually love my skin. At that moment, I vowed that I would use my knowledge to help others which is why I have created Taylor-Made Skin. I don't want to have another person look in the mirror and tell themselves that they hate their skin. My dream is for this business to help people gain their confidence back naturally. No more synthetics, just simple plant-based products that are handmade. I am Taylor, and this is Taylor-Made.
Just so everyone can see how drastically my skin changed, the two pictures on the left are what my skin looked like before I implemented a natural and clean skincare routine and the right is what my skin looked like after about 5 months. The final picture is what my skin looks like today.