BC: There’s no better inspiration than this great big amazing ball we live on! Have you ever created something and ended up not liking it?
KL: When I create my products, I have an end result in mind of what I would like them to do. I don’t focus so much on “finding the cure,” but rather on finding the root cause of the skin condition, and work on correcting that. For instance, if someone has acne prone skin, I’ll investigate what’s causing the acne and suggest a product that will make their skin healthier to keep the acne from coming back. In order to offer this types of products, though, I do have some trial and error runs. I incorporate ingredients that I know work, AND work together well. So far I haven’t had any issues with my products, I think because I spend a great amount of time and research on what I put into then.
BC: What’s your personal skincare routine like? Have any tips to share?
KL: When it comes to my own skincare routine, I don’t use any shower gels or body washes; I use only castile-based soaps that I make myself. I alternate between using my Tea Tree Facial Cleanser and a face wash I create myself from barley grits, dry milk and lemon peels. A cleanser doesn’t need to lather to be effective! I also moisturize my skin daily with my Bilberry Repair Serum and apply a weekly sandalwood powder mask with essential oils to prevent wrinkles.
As for skincare tips: The biggest ingredient to avoid in skincare products is alcohol. It causes extreme dryness and premature aging. Foaming agents found in soaps also have the same effects, so I’d recommend avoiding those if possible. And finally, I stay away from lotions as a rule; they’re filled with synthetic emulsifiers and wax, both of which coat the skin and clog pores. Once the water in lotion evaporates, the skin goes back to its original dry state. Body oil is so much healthier and keeps the skin hydrated longer.
BC: Who’s your skincare role model?
KL: During my studies, I’ve spent a lot of time researching Ayurveda treatments and skincare. I love Dr. Pratima Raichur’s mission and skincare techniques. Her philosophy is, “You should never put something on your skin that you cannot eat,” so her skincare products are made from everyday household items and essential oils. She also formats customized skincare routines based on one’s dosha (body type). It’s essential to follow your dosha’s skincare regime to keep your skin clear and healthy. Radiant beauty is visible when the doshas are aligned.
BC: And finally, if you could have any celebrity, living or dead, use your stuff, who would it be?
KL: I would love for Gwyneth Paltrow to use my products; she’s a huge advocate in the natural and organic field!
Gwynnie seems to be a popular choice; Suz Somersall of KiraKira Jewelry also said she’d love to have her wear her stuff. Are you listening, Gwyneth? We’ve got your new favorite beauty products and jewelry pieces right here!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.