Meet the Chemist Disrupting the Skincare Industry With Her Science-Backed Line

You spent your 20s working toward building your dream career, but now that you're in your 30s, what do you do when you've, well, changed your mind? Or maybe you never quite figured it out, and you're now ready to commit to something you're passionate about, whether it's a job, a city, or just a new way of life. To celebrate the career changes that can come at any age, we're debuting a new series, Second Life. Each week, we'll hear from women who got over their doubts and fears and made the biggest changes of their lives.


Terri Loewenthal

Prior to founding her eponymous skincare brand, Marie Veronique, Marie-Veronique Nadeau was teaching chemistry to high school students. The chemist's scientifically backed non-toxic beauty brand, which she launched in 2002, has developed something of a cult following among the natural skincare set, including notable celebs such as Kiernan Shipka

The chemist's light bulb moment sparked from a personal need—the way many of the best businesses begin. Plagued with rosacea, Nadeau couldn't find a sunscreen on the market that didn't make her skin break out in a rash. "I was forced to come up with a zinc oxide–only sunscreen, and in the process, a skincare business was formed," she told MyDomaine. "In skincare, challenges are an everyday affair, but what keeps you going is that sometimes you surmount the challenges. Which means, at the end of the day, you get to help a few people—and that is very rewarding."

In this instalment of Second Life, Marie-Veronique Nadeau tells us all about making the transition from teaching high school chemistry to breaking ground in the skincare industry, including the Einstein quote that motivates her to embrace everyday challenges, the scientific reason change isn't something to be feared, and the satisfying feeling of standing in front of a hushed crowd.

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