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Community Highlights: Meet Brandy Ervin of Skin Entourage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandy Ervin.

Hi Brandy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am a Black woman located in Los Angeles, CA. I am originally from Los Angeles, but I’m my younger years also lived in Pittsburgh, PA and Phoenix, AZ before returning to Los Angeles in 2009.

As an adult, I’ve struggled with eczema and psoriasis. In searching for a solution, I was encouraged to introduce my skin to intense ingredients and complex chemicals that would cause frustrating side effects. So, I took matters into my own hands…literally! I created my own completely natural skincare products jam-packed with healing herbs and nourishing oils. Products that I could trust! Ingredients I could pronounce!

By day, I’m as a Master’s level social worker for high-profile child abuse cases in the County of Los Angeles. I am considered an essential worker for the County of Los Angeles. By night, I spend my time curating, making, packing and shipping skincare products.

Prior to launching Skin Entourage, I worked as a freelance makeup artist on “the side” because everyone in LA needs more than one income! Lol. However, beyond makeup, my true passion was skincare. What good is makeup without a properly prepped canvas!?!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Launching. Getting the courage to step out on faith and launch my business! I had a lot of worries like what people would think of my products, if they would like them, if I was going to be able to grow a customer base, etc. Then finally had to get myself together and stop doubting myself. My confidence set back in and I had to accept the fact that my products ARE amazing and people LOVE them. I HAD to set a firm launch date, with no room to turn back!

I would have to say that the biggest challenge since launch has been experiencing inflated pricing on supplies, shipping, and other business necessities due to the Pandemic. Launch a business during a pandemic, fun!

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Skin Entourage?
For those crafting their very first skincare routine or skincare gurus looking to revamp their regimen, you are sure to find new go-to products that will help you become your own skincare goals! Whether your mission is to defeat dry skin or keep bothersome blemishes at bay, our products are handmade with the love and care needed to help you combat all of your skincare concerns. In fact, each one of our long-lasting products are made to battle multiple concerns, with an emphasis on noticeable results. It’s our thoroughly researched, ethically sourced, plant-based and vegan ingredients that make our products multi-use and safe on the entire body! Put your mind at ease with skincare products you can trust to naturally improve the overall look, feel, and health of your skin.

Our best seller is the Complete Care Serum. It is literally complete care for your skin! It is an effective moisturizer that contains a significant amount of vitamin C. It is also a natural exfoliant that will not irritate your skin like chemical exfoliation. This serum can be used as moisturizer alone or for dryer skin, used in addition to our Holy Grail Face Butter! It’s known to combat hyperpigmentation, dark circles under eyes, and severe dryness around mouth due to mask wearing!⠀

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My dad who passed away in March 2020, the beginning of the pandemic. Through knowing about his life and the difficulty I had caring for him the last nine months of his life, I realized how resilient I truly was and remind myself to tap into my resiliency regularly. He also made me feel like I could do anything because he could do EVERYTHING and I came from him!

My mom for constantly reminding me how much I remind her of my uncle… she calls us chemists. Also, for cheering me on and bragging about me to anyone who will listen. Motivation!

My Tribe of friends! My closest friends are a group of ladies that I’ve known almost 15 – 20 years. A bunch of boss ass women and men that are doing amazing in their respective careers.

I truly love to surround myself with positive, hardworking, supportive, motivating individuals!

And of course, the Skin Entourage… all our amazing customers and supporters!

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Image Credits:

Kenneth Davis (photog) Hassan Rasul (photog) Julian Williams (pictured) Keiauna Ervin (pictured) Brandy Ervin (pictured)

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