About the Journey
Welcome to Be You Skincare,
Be You Skincare is a reflection of my own personal journey towards peace, rest, authenticity, natural beauty, simplicity and most importantly a sense of purpose. I have always felt compelled to make a difference in the world – to bring a little bit of sunshine into people's lives. Considering that my own life was so broken and seemingly dark, this personal mission was often challenged by circumstances and wrong choices – trying to escape, but inevitably running in the wrong direction.
It was only when I finally heard a voice beckoning me to “Be Still and trust in Me” that I realized that despite my best intentions, my inner storm had to be calmed before I could ever be of any help, inspiration or significance to anyone else. As part of the journey I was drawn to the simplicity of nature – no striving, no stress, no anxiety – only trust, respect, order and somehow an acknowledgement of a force much more powerful and able to provide all that is required to sustain life.
My journey led me to an awakening where I could see and become aware of the clutter in my life, in my relationships, in my home, in my family, in my wardrobe, in my eating habits, my exercise regime, my health and beauty routines and suddenly in my deeper being, my thoughts, my beliefs, my motives, my need to have a life of purpose, my identity.
I had to let go, clean up and seriously simplify. One of my most challenging but ultimately most rewarding challenges was the simplification of my health and beauty routine – little did I know that my external attempt to look presentable and beautiful was a direct reflection of an inner battle of self-rejection and dislike.
At that moment both time and money suddenly disappeared and I was left wondering how I was going to sustain my masked existence……..in His great and glorious awesomeness God instructed me to explore the items in my household as a replacement for multiple expensive and mostly ineffective beauty products that I had accumulated over the years. My skin was extremely sensitive but also oily/combination and my years of teenage sun exposure were starting to show some signs of skin damage.
I started reading about the story of Esther in the bible and how she spent 12 months being perfumed and anointed with heavenly oils in preparation for her encounter with the king. I was captivated and the idea of using skin care oils was birthed. Several months of trials and error and my sensitive skin started to normalize and to glow, the oiliness gradually disappeared and I can now confidently state that I have a healthy, beautiful skin. The use of this oil became so much fun and a part of my daily life as I was being challenged to let go of old beliefs about skin care routines, skin care products, skin conditions, etc. etc. and I recognized many parallels within my belief system about other areas in my life. I started using the oil on my hands, my feet, my body, my hair, in the bath, on my children…even my husband started using the raw unscented product to help alleviate his extremely dehydrated skin condition that resulted from his passion for outdoor sports.
Be You Skincare oil is not just a 100% natural and pure, multiple use healing and treatment beauty oil, it is a journey of awareness, of getting back to the basics, of taking the time to take care of ourselves, it’s about being still and knowing that He is God and that He has a plan and a purpose for every single one of us, it is about being still enough to perceive the noise, the clutter, the voices, the constant pressure to perform, the expectations of others, the race to survive, the confusion, the constant exhaustion...... the never-ending storm........and choosing to walk away from it – with Him leading the way.
Have the courage to rest for a little while, to give yourself space to breathe, to be healed, to be covered by His love, to listen to His gentle voice as He leads you into your life’s purpose.
Start by simply BEING You.
On my journey of self-discovery there have been some wonderful people who left deep footprints in my heart. I want to thank them for taking the time to listen, to encourage, to ask me how I am doing, for taking the time and allowing me to be me:
Lize-Marie Maritz – my wise and most beautiful neighbour and caring friend, always knocking on my door at the right time and always willing to encourage, provide gentle feedback and to loan me her car whenever we were stuck without transport. Your creativity has inspired me to want to be free and to become more of me.
Lydia Lumley – a gentle yet extremely powerful woman – at the most unexpected of times, asking me how I am and always able to see right through my “I’m ok mask” and despite her own incredibly busy schedule, always listening patiently until I had emptied myself of the burdens that I was carrying or the challenges that simply seemed too difficult to face. Thank you Lydia for your quiet and yet supportive and loving presence and thank you for purchasing my first batch of Be You oils in 2015 and for helping me design and print the second batch of logos and labels.
Peter Müller – the Managing Director and sole owner of Salt Essential IT. For restoring my beliefs that business can be conducted ethically, with a people-centric focus, and with honesty and integrity leading the way. For risking all to save a company on the brink of destruction and for remaining loyal to the staff at Salt despite the daily battles and struggles. Peter, you are a solid rock, just like your name suggests – I have appreciated the time to learn from you, to observe you in all you do and I want to thank you for trusting me to support Salt and for supporting me during my transition from Business Consulting to becoming the owner of Be You Skincare.
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