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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Posted by Brendan Leonard on Nov 23rd 2021

It’s really easy to look around and fixate on what we don’t have, what we aren’t doing.

There is something about this that is perhaps endemic to human nature. Perhaps however there is something about the way that our culture celebrates the concept of “always more, never enough” that makes these trains of thought really easy to slip into. Or maybe even rewards us for distracting ourselves with these kinds of passively selfish thoughts.

And let’s be real here! 2021 has been another tough year. 

Early optimism that things might go back to normal were grossly exaggerated it would seem. And 2021 has ended up being perhaps just as long, wearying and scary as 2020 was for many!

So right now, here, with Thanksgiving Day right in front of us, it’s time for us to remember just how good things can be, regardless of the noise that surrounds us. Let’s take a second and dig deep and remember why we come together as communities, how we’re better together, and give thanks for the people, places and things in our lives that make our lives worth living.

We don’t just get up in the morning, we live! We love our lives and we’re glad to share them with you, our Skin Actives Family.

So, in the calm before the bustle, before the turkey feasts and out of town callers and heated arguments and black friday sales, let’s take a second and give thanks. 

Skin Actives Thankful Lists

Remember when you were a kid? Maybe you had an experience like this, where a parent told you you had to create a list of all the things you were thankful for that year, and you had to write it down for everyone to read. Or maybe you had to stand and read it out loud!

Looking back on these traditions it’s hard not to see them as “Mom and Dad keeping me out from underfoot before the big dinner.”

And that is sort of heartwarming all on its own.

But the practice has a purpose, it gives us a moment to sit down, clear our minds and get in touch with what really matters to us. 

This year, we put the question to the employees at Skin Actives, “What are you thankful for this year?”

Here’s what they said:

Skin Actives Thanks 2021

“I am thankful for plants, the best chemists in nature.”

Dr. Hannah Sivak, Founder, Formulator


“I am thankful for the scientific method - results might not be as certain or as fast as we would like, but it is the best way we have to find solutions to some of the most important problems we have.”

Jonatan Funtowicz, Founder and CEO


“This year I’m thankful for family – my kids are all grown now and doing well. I am proud of how well they are doing and grateful that I did a good job as a parent after the years of hard work and worry. Now I get to enjoy life a little.”

Susan, Marketing Director

Skin Actives Employee since 2019


“I'm thankful for the health of my family and friends. Our health and well-being was once something that I could just take for granted. But it’s been on our minds for a long time now, and we can see how valuable it really is. I hope everyone out there is doing well this holiday season.”

Ben, Shipping Manager

Skin Actives Employee since 2007


“I’m thankful for my family and friends.”

Christie, Production Supervisor

Skin Actives Employee since 2018


“Halloween through the New Year is my favorite time of year. I love all the holidays and the season makes me especially grateful. 

Everyday I tell my son how much I love him and how lucky I am to be his Moma but this time of year is an extra special time for making memories. I'm so lucky to share my life with my sweet little boy and my husband.

My husband is kind and sensitive and shares equally in taking care of our son, our home, cooking and cleaning. I feel very fortunate to have married my best friend, who I also get to work with!

I also really love my job and I am thankful I get to work for such a great company and with amazing people. I have many more things to be thankful for; too many to list here but I want to also mention that I am very thankful for my Mom. She is brave and strong, smart and funny. She teaches me how to be positive and strong and I am proud to be her daughter.” 

Rachel, Customer Care Specialist

Skin Actives Employee since 2015 


“This holiday season, I’m thankful for a wonderful and growing family that shares great times together, a friendly pup willing to accompany me on any adventure (as long as it involves the neighborhood park), and a loving significant other who patiently embraces my goofy dreams and projects. Not to mention the upcoming availability of Christmas cookies!!” 

Mack, Marketing Associate

Skin Actives Employee since 2017 


“I have a lot to be thankful for. I am happy, healthy, and I’m loved.”

Kathy, Production Associate 

Skin Actives Employee since 2020


“I’m thankful for the friends & family and memories we share.”

Alex, Production Associate

Skin Actives Employee since 2021


“I got married in 2021! That’s right, in the midst of everything, life goes on. I think a lot of people got married this year, because I was also in a wedding, and the tux shop was always packed. It was really great seeing how people are committing to each other, and finding someone special, even with everything that is going on. So, I’m thankful for my wife! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!”

Brendan, Marketing Associate

Skin Actives Employee since 2015


As you can see, at Skin Actives Scientific, we have a lot to be thankful for. But there’s one thing we haven’t mentioned yet, that’s right! You! The Skin Actives Family. 

Thank you for your continued loyalty and support. Thank you for choosing products made in a local community by workers who earn a living wage. Thank you for supporting science over skin care fads. Thank you for experimenting with new products, reading our newsletters, trying new product and checking in on our blog. In short, thank you for becoming your own skin health expert! 

2021 has been a year with as many ups as downs, so let’s stick together, work hard and change the world in 2022.