Skin & Tonic - Meet Sarah!
Welcome to the second instalment of ‘Meet the Founders’. This week we are, virtually, sitting down with Sarah, the founder of ‘Skin& Tonic’.
Established in 2015 with her boyfriend by her side, Skin& Tonic was born out of Sarah’s desire to find calm & serenity in her life while managing the effects that stress had on her skin. This insightful& beautifully honest interview gives you a look into the journey that Sarah& Skin & Tonic have gone on.
Let’s meet Sarah…
What was the inspiration behind starting Skin & Tonic?
I was in the middle of a really challenging time. I suddenly lost my dad, and shortly afterwards I was diagnosed with endometriosis. In the middle of this grief and stress, I was suffering from debilitating symptoms and trying to juggle a demanding career in TV. I was completely overwhelmed. My mind and body were exhausted. It showed on my skin. I knew I had to make some changes to my lifestyle.
I quit my job, started to eat well and look after myself. I wanted to use sustainable skincare products that were free from dubious ingredients and that were both gentle and effective. I retrained in skin care formulation and aromatherapy. Then I set about creating my own products to soothe my skin and support my wellbeing – and guess what, my skin and my overall health improved! Enter Skin & Tonic.
How would you describe Skin & Tonic in three words?
Less is more!
What is your personal favourite product?
I am loving our Sleep Recovery Night Oil right now. After my evening cleanse with Calm Clean Cleansing Balm and then applying a hydrating serum, I spend a good 5 – 10 minutes gently massaging the oil into my face and neck. Taking extra time around my forehead, temples and jaw to really encourage relaxation. The neroli essential oil in the product has been added specifically to soothe the mood – getting you sleep ready. This oil gets to work as you sleep as it features a revolutionary, dual-action microalgae blend that protects your skin from internal stressors and disruption.
How do you like to relax & unwind in these turbulent, uncertain times?
A bath is always my go-to unwinding ritual and we’ve just launched a new product inspired product because of this, our Slow Down Bath Soak. This Bath Soak has been inspired by Japanese forest bathing with an invigorating blend of cedarwood, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. The base is made from mineral-rich Epsom salts to detoxify and soothe and we’ve added a natural CBD from upcycled whole hemp to rebalance the body and calm the mind. It’s dreamy!
Finally, can you share the best skincare tip you have ever received?
There are too many to name just one! A few of my favourites that have stuck with me a long time are:
1. Always drink plenty of water – a non-negotiable.
2. Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.
3. Learning how to facial massage, I love using my Gua Sha.
4. I make sure I don’t let a clay face mask dry out and leave my skin feeling stripped and dehydrated. Instead I keep the mask wet with a hydrating mist, so it draws out the impurities without leaving my skin red, tight and dry.
What a great interview, thank you so much to Sarah for sitting down with us and sharing such amazing tips. I hope you enjoyed getting to know Sarah & learning more about Skin & Tonic. Next month we have another fantastic interview with one of our fabulous founders!