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Healthy Skin

Goes Deeper than Surface Layer

Story and Photos by Stacy Milbouer / Fiddlehead Contributing Editor

Not only is necessity the mother of invention, but it took a mother to invent something that would ease her daughter’s condition and create an entire business around it.

Shortly after Teresa Paquin’s daughter Alyssa was born she developed a severe case of eczema.

“She was taking steroids and antihistamines,” said Paquin, “and they had side effects.”

So, she decided to seek further information from a holistic doctor and started giving her baby red clover baths and other plant-based treatments.

“She started getting better,” Paquin said. “Her skin improved. I knew I was on to something.”

This was more than 20 years ago. Paquin had already worked as a makeup artist and had done magazine work. She became a licensed esthetician, and six years ago began developing her own line of organic skincare products called Pure Essentials. These, she said, are free from harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances and dyes. Paquin says this is what makes the line suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin concerns such as rosacea, acne and eczema.

Paquin opened a skin spa and shop – Anika Skincare and Makeup – now on 3 Central St. in the same space as Limelight Hair Salon in Hudson. She has an online shop, too.

Many of Paquin’s customers come to Anika (an African word meaning sweetness of face) with rashes and skin conditions, which cause embarrassment and pain, and her formulations, as well as other natural products and special treatments, provided relief and confidence.

Her store space is cool and calm with diffused light, fresh flowers and comforting shades of gray and cream on the walls and throw pillows.

But it’s Paquin herself who takes time to talk to her clients in a soothing voice with not a trace of a hard sell. At the spa, she does facials, makeup, lymphatic drainage, anti-aging, non-surgical skin tightening, natural skin peels and other skin services that employ technology and Paquin’s expert touch.

She has a faithful following, including Nashua resident Laurie Ortolano, who was at Anika recently for a facial.

“I’ve been getting treatments and using Teresa’s products once a month for three years now,” she said. “She cares a lot about her customers and the quality of products she uses on their skin.”

While she certainly believes in her products and treatments, Paquin said healthy skin goes deeper.

“Your diet, exercise, stress – those are all factors, too. I try to live that holistic lifestyle. I practice what I preach.”

You can check out Anika at ankiabeauty.com.