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February 23. 2014 3:47PM

Litchfield mom had a healing motivation to create skincare products


Litchfield resident Teresa Paquin said her daughter’s battle with eczema inspired her to create natural skincare products. Paquin’s Pure Essentials skincare products are vegan, gluten-free and don’t contain any synthetic fragrances or dyes. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)

HUDSON — As a young mother, Teresa Paquin and her family’s path was paved with challenges when newborn daughter Alyssa developed severe eczema.

The serious skin condition quickly spread through the little girl’s tiny body, as Paquin brought her to pediatrician after pediatrician. Still, there was little relief in sight.

“After a year, my mother recommended we try going to a holistic nurse,” said Paquin, who owns a spa and markets a line of skin care products.

After treating the infant with herbal supplements and other natural remedies, such as soaking in red clover baths, little Alyssa’s condition quickly improved and Paquin knew she’d found her life’s calling.

“I wanted to learn all I could about natural skincare,” she said.

Alyssa is now in college, and Paquin earned her esthetician license some 15 years ago.

Over the years Paquin, a Litchfield resident who is also a talented makeup artist, said she’s been able to help countless clients with skin ailments similar to her daughter’s.

About two years ago a client came in with a painful body rash that hadn’t responded to conventional treatments.

“I found myself mixing up a cream for her,” Paquin said. That client came back a short time later and wanted to purchase a jar of Paquin’s custom cream after her rash had diminished.

Thus one of Paquin’s first customized products, a skin restoring cream, was born: the first in her Pure Essentials Natural Skincare line.

Using all-natural, plant-based ingredients like lavender, calendula and Bulgarian Rose oil, the products are aimed at addressing a variety of skin issues, such as allergies, eczema and rosacea.

These days Paquin sells her products out of her spa and shop, Anika Skincare & Makeup, located at 3 Central St. in Hudson inside Limelight Hair Salon.

The name “Anika” comes from an African term meaning “sweetness of face.”

Several other businesses around the state, including Good Food Conspiracy North in Meredith, have also started carrying the products and Paquin, who also sells her products online, is currently working to market her products to the national natural-food store chain, Whole Foods.

Right now she’s working with a team of cosmetic chemists to perfect her formulas to the company’s strict standards.

“There’s a lot of research involved in the process so I’m not making products out of my kitchen anymore,” Paquin said with a laugh.

Customers around New England have praised Paquin’s products, with some even claiming that they no longer need topical prescriptions to address their skincare woes.

Hudson resident Linda Jacques said the products have helped her address the problem of hyper-pigmentation.

“I’ve had this problem for years, and now I’m seeing spots fade away,” Jacques said.

Hollis resident Jennifer Wolf said she’s a fan of the company’s lip color. “I always keep it with me,” she said.

Boston resident Gale Cogan said she met Paquin about a decade ago, and she credits the Pure Essentials products as helping her “look much younger than someone in my 80s.”

“To me, she is a magician and the best ever,” Cogan said.

For more information visit www.anikabeauty.com or the Anika Skincare & Makeup Studio Facebook page.

aguilmet@newstote.com



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