Last week, we asked our friends at Mira Fitness how to stay in line with our fitness goals for 2016. This week, we’re chatting with skyn ICELAND’s President and Founder, Sarah Kugelman, about the best way to keep your skin in tip top condition. As you know, good skin is the canvas for great makeup, so pay close attention to these very important tips!
Tell us the story behind skyn ICELAND
I had been thinking about starting a skincare line that addressed the effects of stress on the skin. I was dealing with a lot of my own stress and had a lot of health issues because of that. I decided that I wanted to leave my corporate job in beauty and start a line that could not only address the effects of stress on skin but also use it as a tool to create a dialogue with people about what was going on. Moreover, I had heard amazing things about Iceland – it was beautiful, but also incredibly pure and relaxing and healthy.
I went to Iceland on vacation with my sister while I was developing skyn ICELAND. I was truly overwhelmed by the natural beauty of Iceland and inspired by the clean, fresh, raw natural lifestyle there. Any Icelander will tell you it takes hundreds of years for the waters to go through a natural filtration process. Over time, as the ice melts and gradually runs down the mountains, it filters through inert layers of lava rock and trickles into the ground picking up minerals from the volcanic bedrock. It then flows into naturally occuring underground reservoirs. Iceland Water has some of the lowest total dissolved solids due to the natural filtration process that occurs when glacial water filters through Iceland’s porous volcanic bedrock. And it contains 6 essential minerals. So it’s incredible for balancing and hydrating kin. We import it and and it’s in every single one of our products. From there I learned about many of the amaizng medicinal herbs and botanicals in Iceland and the arctic region which have incredible potency (due to the climate) and multi-tasking benefits. I decided to include arctic cranberry and cloudberry extracts in the complex as they have so many amazing properties for healing and rejunvenating skin, we call them the Super Fruits of the arctic. Lastly, we included a liposomal oxygen in the complex which has been used in would healing in hospitals and really fortifies, energizes and recharges skin to give it a glow. All of the ingredients work specifically to address the various symptons of stressed skin as well.
Tell us about your beauty routine.
I wash my face with skyn’s Glacial Face Wash, then slather on our Arctic Elixir and then our Pure Cloud Cream and Icelandic Relief Eye Cream (morning). In the evening, I do the same routine but use the Oxygen Infusion Night Cream in place of the Pure Cloud Cream. In the winter, when my skin is really and cracked, I also add our Arctic Face Oil, which I am currently obsessed with. I often use it morning and night. I also use the Arctic Hydrating Balm sometimes instead of the Cloud Cream or when I am flying (my skin is super dry int he winter.) Also, when my skin is winter dry or summer parched, I’ll switch to the Pure Cloud Cleanser.
January always feels like the best time for rejuvenation. What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?
I think everyone feels toxic after the indulgent holiday season! In January you want a new start and you have time to focus on self-care. My favorite way to pamper myself is a combination of intesive excervise and relaxing indulgence. I like to set aside a day to take a challenging cardio class where I push myself to the limit and sweat it all out…then I take a hot shower to loosen and soothe my muscles. Then, get a 90 minute Swedish massage, and then sometimes steam room/Jacuzzi and do a facial mask. Then I cover my body and face with Arctic Face Oil. Then I would eat a high protein, low fat, nutrient rich meal. Then I take the rest of the day to just meditate, relax with family or with a good book. For me, that is a perfect way to pamper myself without traveling! It’s amazing how one day can totally refresh and regenerate you and give you a fresh start.
Dry skin is the bane of our existence during the winter months. What is your best kept hydration secret?
During the winter my skin/hair becomes so dry that I started using skyn ICELAND’s Arctic Face Oil EVERYWHERE…on my hands, legs, hair, even feet and it works miracles. That’s what made me realize how potent this extract was and how well it healed, hydrated and rejuvenated skin! I’m a huge believer in natural oils, they can totally replenish and transform skin.
Did you make a 2016 resolution?
Yes, my 2016 resolution is to create a cause related arm to skyn ICELAND so that we can start donating funds to causes I really believe in and support skyn’s mission of de-stressing the world. I also want to find ways to more proactively help women succeed in business.