About meA Melbourne based skincare geek, I have joined Beautyheaven with the aim of becoming a very active contributor. Why? Simply put, I love disseminating knowledge, fun facts, history, tips and DIY skincare recipes. I deal in ethical sourcing of fresh and dry botanicals for the food and beverage industry. Working in this field, I've developed contact allergy to cinnamon! I come from a family and friendship circle of healthcare professionals including a few pharmacists, a dermatologist and naturopaths. I love science but I also love and follow the traditions of Ayurveda, TCM and Western Herbalism to name a few complementary medicine methodologies. As such, I keep my skincare and makeup routine very simple and keenly keep an eye on both lab manufactured and plant based ingredients. I love reviewing new products by exploring both their active and inactive ingredients and seeing how they react on my skin; in the course of doing so, I enthusiastically share the knowledge and tips I've discovered. I'm by no means an expert but I do defer to them. I am a huge believer in keeping high sugar, high sodium, char grilled and BBQ foods to a minimum as these are known to not only be detrimental to your health, but they will also rapidly compromise your skin's condition.