I was inspired by the name ‘There Must Be a Better Way’ after suffering excessive bouts of eczema and exclaiming “there must be a better way to help me!” Back in 2002/2003, truly authentic natural and organic skincare was very difficult to locate in one area, or in one country! So, I set about ordering from various worldwide brands to help cater for my own skin discomfort.
After a few months of researching reputable skincare ingredients, trying various products and using my anatomy/physiology/holistic aromatherapy training background as guidance, a moment of inspiration hit me “I could help others just like myself, why waste all my holistic training and research with regards to skin function and sensitivities?” So, in May 2004 the skin and animal friendly shop known as There Must Be a Better Way! was launched.
Now, looking back, although I managed to help myself, and this was by no means any small feat as my skin disorder was more like weeping chemical burns, in fact, if it was just a slight skin irritation, I do believe I wouldn't have been so determined to help myself! The skin disorder I suffered was crippling. I couldn't wear clothes on very bad days. My life was in chaos! But, in hindsight this sudden recovery must have been impossible to achieve? My eczema was a symptom of an underlying thyroid problem. In fact, a year after recovering from eczema my thyroid condition was finally diagnosed and treated accordingly. I now believe that my skin was able to heal because I switched over to natural & organic skincare, hence, taking away the numerous sensitivity allergy triggers such as harsh detergents, synthetic fragrances and suffocating/aggravating petroleum derived mineral oil based emollients. Of course, along with managing my stress levels, diet, ensuring I received plenty of rest and incorporating meditation helped enormously too. To this day, I still believe that my sheer determination and taking responsibility for my allergies with regards to overcoming my skin disorder helped me to get through such a challenging condition!