About our Journey
Welcome to Be You Skincare South Africa,
Charmaine and Wouter du Preez, with their beautiful daughter Josephine.
I find myself at the age of almost 45 utterly grateful for what the Lord has done in my life. I have come to realize and experience that His mercies truly are new every morning and His faithfulness is great!
My name is Charmaine. I come from a childhood of rejection, verbal abuse and intense fear and trauma.....circumstances that destroyed my self confidence and self-worth and led me to an unfulfilled life of self-abuse, shame, guilt, anger and intense fear of relationships. I built high walls around myself and never dared to dream.....always setteling for second best believing that I would not amount to much.
Things started to change when I gave my life to Jesus in 1999. Journeying with Jesus has been very tough at times yet so rewarding and worth it! He produces strong character and endurance in us that will last a lifetime. The past 20 years He has taught me to keep my eyes fixed on His face. To trust and obey Him even when I don't feel like it and to stay the path on which He has called me. The Word says that we will have trouble in this lifetime but Jesus has overcome the world.....we have the victory!
Since I can remember I have had a heart for women. Why do we as God's beautiful princesses habitually compare ourselves to each other and almost always fall short? We never feel good enough, thin enough, beautiful enough, clever enough..... Why do we allow the world to dictate to us who we are if we can truly only find our identity in Christ? Our Creator has always had the perfect plan and purpose for each one of our lives. We simply have to be still and know that He is God. Finding rest in Him will allow our lives to fall into perfect harmony with His perfect plan. My prayer is that every daughter of the King will learn to embrace her uniqueness, pour her heart and soul into reaching her full potential in Christ Jesus and become the person He created her to be. He has so much more for each one of us but we must take the first step of faith and allow Him to heal us from the inside out.
I took such a step of faith (aged 39) when God sent my husband, Wouter across my path. What a kind and gentle soul.....God knows what we need. We got married soon thereafter and was blessed with a beautiful baby girl called Josephine (meaning: Jehovah will add). God is indeed a God of adding more to our lives than we could ever hope for or imagine. I dare you to dream big and to give Him your everything! Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
In the year 2000 I went to live in Cape Town where through a Devine Appointment I met my dear friend Michelle (owner of Be You Skincare). I consider it a privilege and an honor to be in partnership with this beautiful sister in Christ as I start my Be You Skincare brand journey in South Africa.
If God asks you to put something down it is because He wants you to pick up something greater!