A Preston mum has launched a vegan skincare range after battling eczema throughout her life.Advertisement
Roxy Smyth is the woman behind family business Roxy and Murace. She uses natural ingredients and new formulations to produce environmentally-friendly products.
Roxy, who is mum to four children, said: “I started making vegan skincare as I suffered with eczema my whole life.
“When I was little, my eczema was extremely bad and my body was covered in rashes and sores. I would cry because I was so itchy and I felt like there was nothing I could do but scratch, which made it worse and caused it to bleed.
“Once I got older my eczema calmed down a little, and only returned during certain seasons, or when I wasn’t looking after my skin or eating the right foods.
“I needed skincare that worked with my skin, even more so after I had the kids when my breakouts increased and I had less time to find something that works.
“With having topical prescriptions I didn’t want to add any more harmful chemicals to my skin, so I discovered a way to use my natural talents of blending unique ingredients in order to make skincare for my family and myself.
“When I use my skincare my skin stays more moisturised for longer, and it helps to soothe irritation and heal the damage that’s been caused.”
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Roxy, who is originally from Montserrat in the Caribbean, has spent most of her life living in Preston city centre. She says it’s important to understand the triggers with a condition like eczema.
“All four of my kids suffer with eczema, but not as bad as I did. Realising my triggers really helped, especially once I’d had the kids, as most of my triggers also apply to them.
“Now instead of waiting for my skin to have massive breakouts I take note of triggers and have a regular skincare routine. If I get any signs of an itch or heat in my skin, I just up that routine and give my skin some extra love. That way my breakout won’t be as bad or last as long.”
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Roxy began in business by making luxury fudges over ten years ago. From there, her brand has developed to include products with natural elements that aid in the relief of issues such as dry skin and mild anxiety.
Products include herbal teas, diffuser bracelets, vegan cosmetics, plus the skincare range, which is unfragranced and soap free.
To find out more, visit @roxyandmurace on Instagram.
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