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Miranda Briggs: From Ski to Skin

Megan Ganim


Imagine riding bicycles professionally, ski-bumming your way around Colorado, competitively playing tennis, and raising children all at the same time. Among all of these adventures, there’s hardly time to worry about what the sun and wind are doing with your skin.

Miranda Briggs, the founder of SpaWork daily skin essentials, has played tennis, skied, cycled, and raised three beautiful children all while doing so. “I started to get sun spots in my mid twenties. I had been a Colorado ski bum in college, and skiing is probably the worst for your complexion,” Miranda said. The logical answer to help improve upon nature’s not-so-nice impact was to find a natural and organic skin care product that worked.

Miranda became a licensed esthetician in 2010, and a year later created the skin care line, Spa Work. There are two main lines, Active Rejuvenation, and SpaWork Teen. The teen collection is geared toward the acne-prone teenager. There are three vital active ingredients in the Active Rejuvenation moisturizer: Rose DMAE, MSM, and hyaluronic acid. Rose DMAE increases skin tightening and brightens the tone of the skin, explained Miranda, while MSM helps to remove toxins from pores. Hyaluronic acid is a special protein our bodies make.

“As you age your cells break down and you begin to see wrinkles. The hyaluronic acid replenishes the protein molecule called collagen,” Miranda said. This is Miranda’s favorite active ingredient because of its ability to pump up the skin. However, it was never her intention to use her esthetician license towards starting a new business.

“I knew there was a demand for a good, natural skin care product,” Miranda said, “I researched and eventually found the perfect fit for a product that could help ward away years of the impurities that have developed from being outside so much.”

Miranda questioned why consumers were willing to pay $70 for a 2-ounce bottle of moisturizer. Ultimately she discovered more often than not that one is paying for the marketing of the brand and every other small detail that has little to do with the cost of the actual natural ingredients. “I wanted to create a real product for real people. I am only providing a service,” Miranda explained.

“I knew there was a demand for a good, natural skin care product. I researched and eventually found the perfect fit for a product that could help ward away years of the impurities that have developed from being outside so much.”

In between picking up her daughters from school, and ski coaching in the winter, Miranda is able to devote her time to her practice in Ashland, Oregon. The business, also named SpaWork, perfectly coincides with her facial product line.

It’s no surprise that Miranda has created a product that is natural, with active ingredients, and that reflects her desire to play outdoors and soak in the sun safely. Miranda describes SpaWork as simply an extension of who she is. She is able to inspire others with her products all while raising her children, maintaining her practice, and ultimately continuing to explore her love of the outdoors. spawork.co 

 

Megan Ganim

Megan Ganim

An avid alpine skier and cross-country runner, Megan Ganim studies journalism at the University of Oregon, where she works at The Daily Emerald, the student-run newspaper. Prior to that, she was the co-editor in chief of The Rogue News, the Ashland High School newspaper, in Ashland, Oregon.