When did your skin start being something that you wanted to focus on?
As a young teenager, when everybody else had spots my skin was very clear. Unfortunately when I hit about 16/17 I started getting bad breakouts, which felt like terrible timing as all my friend’s skins were starting to clear up by that point. Consequently my skin became a big issue to me from then onwards.
What was your biggest skin frustration?
Definitely my acne-prone area. It’s a concentrated area so breakouts would always feel like a huge patch of redness on my face. It felt like an issue that nobody else around me had.
Where did you go first to try to solve this problem?
The doctors. They put me on a course of antibiotics, which did clear up the problem at the time but it all came back as soon as I stopped taking them. Other than that it was trying every range of products someone recommended me.
What was your biggest frustration or challenge with the current beauty market?
I think for me the challenge was always just being easily led. Someone would recommend a brand to me (or I’d even just get drawn into the shop) and I’d just buy their whole range on the back of a ‘this really worked for me’, without ever actually analysing my own skin. It’s so easy to fall into the current ‘it’ items in skincare and what I’ve now learnt is that you need to be aware of what YOUR skin needs.