I began formulating my own skincare products many years ago while attempting to treat ongoing flare ups of rosacea. I wasn’t aware at the time that this with other health concerns such as brain fog and anxiety, which I was experiencing, were all related to a buildup of stressors in my life.

After finally consulting with a GP and a Dermatologist, I was recommended topical cortisone creams and anti-anxiety medication which I knew was never going to be an option for me. Instead it prompted me to ask more questions which finally led me to seek alternative modalities of healing.

The next seven years followed a holistic approach to recovery which introduced me to acupuncture, yoga, meditation, spirituality and gratitude. Two of those years were also spent healing my gut with the Gaps diet and furthering my studies to become a health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I’d been working as a registered nurse for many years and this change of path seemed to be more aligned with my true self.

Over those years I began to research more about not just what we put in our bodies, but what we put on our skin. I began to look at ingredients in skincare products and was horrified at what was revealed. Craving more knowledge, I enrolled in a low toxicity course, which led to an upheaval of the bulk of my household cleaning and personal care products.

My loss of faith in commercial products prompted my journey into homemade, natural and safe cleaning and skincare products. After seeing remarkable changes in my skin and the comments from friends and family, I began taking things a little more seriously. I completed a Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation and an Advanced Certificate in High Performance Serums, which has brought me to my personal brand of organic plant-based skincare.

Now, it is my passion to share my expertise and help create awareness of the detrimental consequences that modern day life can bring. A bombardment of everyday stressors from convenience foods, overuse of the latest technologies, Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF) exposure, toxic household products, disconnection from nature and the list goes on.

I now take the time to nurture myself holistically; emotionally, physically and spiritually. This involves a beautiful ritual of an uncomplicated but effective skincare with an emphasis on simplicity and mindfulness.

Minimal skincare that embodies a ritual, not a routine, which creates more time to be with yourself.

Karen Hughes

Registered Nurse
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation
Advanced Certificate in High Performance Serums