Patricia Marie began her career in skincare in 1972 and added studies in skin in 1997. AB Silk Skin Care was started in 1997 for chronic skin conditions, cancer skin patients, and the outdoor lifestyle. Being a lover of blending, gardening and now lake life, she saw changes occurring in her skin due to the sun, the wind, and the strong southern climate. As an esthetician and herbalist, she had a good handle on the physiology of skin and what it needed as well as what herbs and essential oils could contribute to the needs of the skin. As she studied various cosmetic ingredients for actives that were sustainable and safe for the environment she began formulating products that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to help repair skin damaged from the environment.
"Inflammation and oxidation of the skin cells are two key processes that accelerate the aging process,” says Patricia. “Herbs provide multiple and complex antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help to combat signs of aging and skin damage caused by wind, sun and other environmental factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis, especially for those who love the outdoors.”
Many of the herbs found in the AB Silk skincare line were grown in the Atlanta greenhouse operated by her Mom in the 60s. Plants grown an organic environment are free of contaminants and harmful chemicals, and ultimately, produce more active components. Herbs are extracted in a number of ways – including distillation, infusions, tinctures, and decoctions – to use in her cosmetics line. She believes that the natural beauty and life-force of the herbs and their surroundings shines through in the product and, ultimately, the end user.
Patricia is a product formulator and research and development consultant in the natural cosmetics industry. She brings a scientific perspective to the field of herbalism and natural skincare and has created a niche for herself in formulating natural cosmetics.
Patricia is a medical assistant, esthetician and aromatherapist with experience in physiology, toxicology, microbiology, and ingredient research and cosmetic science. Patricia has also worked as a lab supervisor, facial specialist, and is an experienced aromatherapist. Her passion for skin and her love of herbs is the catalyst behind ABSilk skin care line.Lab Address
Patricia Westervelt, CMA LE CA
P.O. Box 22
Hartwell, GA 30643
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