I am originally from Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil where I discovered my passion for skin care. My mother always took great care of her skin using natural ingredients such as coffee, arnica, and other fruits, herbs, and substances. Growing up in a large family in Brazil I had a great childhood and my parents were my role models, so I followed in my mother’s footsteps and incorporated her skin care routine into my daily routine. I grew up in a tropical area where it was always sunny, so I was very cautious about taking care of my skin from a young age. Since my teenage years, I was always very careful about making sure I had sunscreen on to protect my skin. I always wanted to go to medical school, however this was difficult being that I had so many siblings and my parents did not have the means to send us all to school. I started working young in order to get myself into school. During this time I decided to move to New York City without any of my family where my dreams of medical school became even more difficult to achieve. I worked hard and was able to put myself into beauty school where I became even more interested in skin care. After my studies at Christine Valmy, I taught esthetics there to students whose first language was Portuguese or Spanish, preparing them for the State Board Exam.