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I didn't know it then, but my skincare career began in the world of organic farming in Putnam County, New York as a teen in the 1980s. During that time, the music was good but most of it was electronically produced, people used a lot of gel and hairspray, they did not bring their own reusable bags to the supermarket and nobody recycled anything (except kids collecting cans so they could cash in on deposits from Oregon's Bottle Bill).

I had an after-school job at a health food store, where one day a local farmer came in and posted a sign seeking Summer farmhands. The position required working in a greenhouse and open fields planting and harvesting organic carrots, arugula, sugarsnap peas, raspberries, lettuce and tomatoes. So while my friends were employed in shops at the mall and air-conditioned offices, I was covered in dirt and mosquito bites...and forced to overcome a fear of snakes. But working there paid off in many ways: from the inspiring people I met, to learning about the health and beautifying properties of herbs and flowers, biodynamic and organic farming techniques...plus the wellness benefits of eating fresh produce every day.

Following college, I worked as a copy editor while also writing beauty and health articles for magazines, including NYLON. I later attended the Aveda Institute in NYC to become an Esthetician. After performing facials in the Hamptons, my goal was to move to the highest-altitude area in the U.S., so I settled in Colorado. Over the last 18 years I have developed, tested, used and recommended the Lunaria line to help people with their skincare needs in the Rocky Mountains,
where maintaining healthy skin is the greatest challenge. And I always source the highest-grade organic ingredients for all Lunaria products to ensure formulas are of the highest integrity and efficacy.
--Christina Komeshian

(Photo Credit: B.R. Pech, New Mexico)