AILA Cosmetics began during a challenging time in my life. I was recovering from a rare cancer scare, finalizing my divorce, managing my medical practice, carrying a full patient load, juggling motherhood, struggling to care for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and trying to remedy my own health issues. I wanted to be everything to everybody. Needless to say, the schedule was overwhelming (although no one could tell I was overwhelmed...I was a master chameleon). I was miserable. My life was totally off balance, and my health was suffering. I was completely lost, so I made a change. Actually, I made many changes.
Some might say I had a mid-life crisis, but I prefer the term “awakening.” I started eliminating things (and people) in my life that were not healthy for me. Taking care of my body and eliminating as many unwanted ingredients as possible became a priority. I started nourishing my body with the right foods instead of restricting calories (read the color story 'Wheatgrass'). I began focusing not only on what I put into my body but also what I put on my body.
At the time, I was selling a “healthy” product line in my office. A patient asked an in-depth question about the products, which led me to contact the company for clarification. To my surprise, they refused to provide it! This was allegedly a “healthy” brand I was selling to my patients, and that brand wouldn’t even communicate with me? #OMG
This was the breaking point for me. I was done! I was finished doing everything for everyone while ignoring myself. I applied a lesson I learned from my divorce.
That lesson? When you find yourself trapped in a cycle, recognize that the only thing you truly control in that cycle is yourself. So...I changed the cycle and AILA Cosmetics was born.
It is fair to say that, I am proud of AILA and what our products represent in the beauty industry. AILA symbolizes transformation. Not just my transformation, but change for all women who are caught in a cycle. No longer do women have to sacrifice health for beauty and function. We want our products to be free of as many harmful chemicals as possible, while maintaining beauty and function.
We want our products to make you feel beautiful, and we want them to work. At the end of the day, our goal is to empower and equip women everywhere who are committed to their overall wellness: inside and out.