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5 minutes with Akar Skin Founder Kate Chen

5 minutes with Akar Skin Founder Kate Chen

Akar Skin Founder Kate Chen

Growing up with a mom who went the extra mile to take care of her skin, Kate has always understood the importance of a disciplined skincare routine. However, it wasn’t until after a sudden health incident that she began looking into natural alternatives. Take a glimpse into her world & routine below.

What is your morning routine? evening?
I have a pretty simple skincare routine, but I do it every single day. Consistency is key. In the morning, I like to wash with a mild cleanser and follow with our Lush Balance Toning Mist, to balance pH and tighten pores. While the skin is still wet from misting, I apply a few drops of our Neat Remedy Face Oil, perfect to calm irritations and balance oil production. If my skin feels drier, I will customize by mixing our Neat Remedy and Desert Rescue Face Oils together. To finish, I tap one drop of our brightening, puffiness reducing Nutrient Boost Eye Serum above and below each eye.

What 3 tips or tricks can you share for feeling and looking your best?
I only have one tip when it comes to looking your best and that’s confidence. It makes you feel good and when you feel good, you look good.

What’s your favorite part about running Akar Skin?
Going through thank you letters from our customers. I love hearing how we really made a difference on their skin!

What’s a trend in the wellness/beauty industry you’d like to see grow?
That beauty is across all ages and not just for the young. For the longest time, the beauty industry praises youth and emphasizes aging as a condition we need to deal with. However, things are changing, “anti-aging” is no longer okay.

Of the products you make, which is your favorite?
It’s near impossible to choose just one, but I will say, I love to combine the Lush Balance Toning Mist with the Neat Remedy Face Oil. The Toning Mist is formulated to protect skin from free radicals & helps to smooth fine lines & wrinkles, while the Face Oil calms inflammation & clarifies complexion without drying out skin. Together they help to nourish my skin, while keeping any skin issues at bay. It’s the perfect duo!

What sets Akar Skin apart from other lines on the market today?
We are inspired by Tibet’s ageless natural beauty and harmonizes Eastern and Western traditional ingredients to offer contemporary self-care rituals with the goal of peacefully balanced skin.

Serious stuff. Which ingredients do you avoid at all costs?
Too many! Parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates to name a few.

What do you do to stay active and why?
I am not a naturally active person and just recently started giving morning exercises some try. But I can already feel it helping with my energy level.

Not including your own brand, what are 3 of your must have beauty/wellness/lifestyle products?
Vapour Organic Beauty Foundation, Suntegrity Sunscreen and RMS Concealer

What’s the hardest or most important life lesson you’ve learned?
Everything happens for a reason. I used to get frustrated when things don’t work out as planned. But now I have learnt to accept and focus on the good.

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