Getting to Know Graydon
Hi! I’m Graydon, the founder and mind behind Graydon Skincare.
Inspired by my journey as a vegan chef and yoga practitioner, I am on a mission to give you good skin days, every day, with my unique, powerfully-natural, plant-based skincare products. My focus is on formulating with nutrient-dense, clinically-proven superfood ingredients that, quite literally, nourish your skin from the outside in.
This mission and my formulations are deeply personal. Like most people, I’ve had to navigate some significant health concerns. For years, I tried to hide crippling PMS, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, unhealthy weight loss and chronic, undiagnosed anxiety disorders.
Eventually, the stress of my lifestyle choices caught up with me and what actually ended up getting my attention was the blotchy redness on my face. That was something I could not hide. A host of dermatologists told me there was no real cure for my rosacea and that oral and topical antibiotics could only minimize it.
No one suggested that poor nutrition and mental health challenges were contributing to the inflammation manifesting as redness on my face and pain in my body. Looking back, it was no wonder I wasn’t feeling or looking so well. I’m grateful that I reached a low point in my life and was able to dig myself out. These struggles fuelled my drive and commitment to wellness.
I can’t say that my healing journey was quick, simple or tearless. It’s been a daily commitment to small, consistent steps toward wellness. Gladly, this journey led me into the culinary arts and the wellness world, both of which enabled me to become a vegan chef, yoga practitioner and skincare entrepreneur. Since entering this wonderful world, I’ve had many years of teaching yoga and self-care to hundreds, if not thousands, of women and children while also being a single mom to my wonderful son.
As I said, my mission is personal and my products are the manifestation of my high and lows. Years of hands-on-healing combined with an intricate knowledge about the alchemy of blending ingredients inspired me to start making skin cream for my yoga clients suffering from skin redness due to hormonal imbalances.
So that’s the humble story of how Graydon Skincare came to be. My product inspiration still comes from my passion for nutrient-dense, health-enhancing ingredients that help you feel and look good. I infuse my skincare with adaptogens and superfoods just like I do with my food.
People say, “If you give Graydon a blender, she’ll whip up some sort of crazy and delicious smoothie, sauce or soup using eccentric ingredients.” That’s because making food (and skincare) is how I express myself and show my love and gratitude for the people in my life. Just ask my team members! I love to cook for them and gift them with product prototypes.
While my products are still inspired by my time in the kitchen, product development has graduated to a small batch production facility where real people (not a line of automated machinery) produce our uniquely original formulas (which I still lovingly call my recipes). The development and production process happens under the watchful eye of our amazing chemist who ensures that everything is made with integrity and care.
I hope you can see that my mission to give you good skin days, every day, is a very personal, heart-based desire. I truly want you to be the best version of yourself and we, at Graydon, can definitely help you put your best face forward! No matter your gender, skin type or tone, we have a simple and effective system of products to help bring to life radiant, healthy skin. So please, I invite you to try our full line of products, which includes options for your face, body and hair!
I encourage you to feel good and take pleasure in nourishing your skin from the outside in. When using Graydon Skincare products, do so mindfully and enjoy the feeling of your skin. Take an extra deep breath, indulge in the subtle aromas of our plant-based, superfood ingredients, then exhale fully. And above all, know that our award winning, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free and sustainability-focused (we've partnered with Pact and The Ocean Legacy Foundation) are created with thoughtfulness and care.
Our diverse and inclusive, female-led team is passionate about the planet, its creatures and, of course, its people too! If you want to learn more, hop on over to our Mindful Beauty Magazine where we dish on all things beauty, lifestyle, food, movement and wellness.
Oh! And in case you’re wondering, with a consistent skincare regimen, some committed lifestyle changes and a daily meditation practice, my rosacea is long gone. My hormones are more balanced, my weight has stabilized and I’m better at managing my anxiety.
I am so grateful now for my health, a body and mind that serve me well and for the privilege of living my dream and making beauty better. Having good skin days is not just about the way you look. Good skin days affect how you feel and positively impact your mental health. Knowing that my team and I have the capacity to do that is a very meaningful legacy for me.
From my heart,