Hello hello! I am excited to bring you this next blog post as part of my interview series. Today I had the pleasure of speaking to the lovely Clarissa from Sal Remedia.
I have met Clarissa in person at a business retreat and she is one of the most motivating and educating people I think I have ever met. I was lucky enough to try some of her products and subsequently now stock them in our Pamper Day gift boxes!
Clarissa’s story really struck me and as busy as she is, she is a true advocate for self care – something I am STILL working on implementing consistently in my routine.
I hope you enjoy this read and please leave a comment below for myself or Clarissa!
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started to become more interested in self care especially for mamas and mamas to be?
I am a Mum to two little ones, Elsie & Madeleine. When I gave birth to my second, Madeleine, I was diagnosed with postnatal depression and anxiety. I realised that apart from medical intervention, I also needed to prioritise self-are in my life to aid in my anxiety. I started thinking about ways I could take care of myself, and realised that I wanted to also help others take care of themselves, especially mums.
Madeline has very sensitive skin and I could not find real, purely natural products for her such as balms and creams. It then hit me to start making my own natural skincare products for myself and my kids. My focus of my range became about self-care and wellness for mums and mamas to be. My range started with a few essentials but have slowly grown to have more than 56 products all made with 100% purely natural ingredients with no preservatives or chemicals.
When did you start Sal Remedia and why?
I bought Sal Remedia over from someone else, who had the same vision as I did. She too had suffered from post natal depression and anxiety. She and I became very close online buddies and when she revealed she was thinking of selling the business, I knew it was the natural right step for me to take over.
I took over in February 2018. I had a clear vision for it to be about self-care skincare for women and motherhood. This became my path to rebrand Sal Remedia. From there I rebranded, redesigned the whole range and added more products.
What are your top 3 ways to implement self care into a busy lifestyle?
I myself am a full-time mum, a full-time PhD student and I also run Sal Remedia. I know all about not having enough time to take care of one’s self but I make it my priority and even if its only for 5 minutes, I make sure I do it.
My top 3 ways are:
1. Take time to do a small thing for yourself every day and fiercely guard that time. Whether it’s meditation in the morning, a fresh coffee before the kids are up or a nail/hair session once a month. Commit to one thing and stick with it no matter what. You will notice the huge difference it will make to your well-being.
2. Read lots about self-care. I follow Instagram accounts that share positive quotes and self-care quotes as I am a visual person and like the reminders when I log into my Instagram.
3. Have family or friends understand that you need self-care for your mental health. This makes it so much easier (and feel less guilty) when you ask friends or family to mind the kids, while you just drive to the shops by yourself. Or when you need a weekend break to attend a mindfulness conference (my sister-in-law is doing this and I am so impressed with her!)
What advice do you have for any newbies who don’t have a skincare routine and want to get started on the basics?
Figure out firstly what your skin likes. If your skin is dry, using oil-based products is better as water and cream can dry out your skin even more. Stick to the basics, a natural cleanser, a face oil and a day cream (moisturiser with sun-protection).
This is my routine. I use a facial cleanser from Face Theory as I do not make water-based facial cleansers and this brand is by far the best for my sensitive skin. I also use my Facial Anti-Aging Serum and my Organic Face and Eye Cream both night and day. I use Vitamin C spot serums for skin-break outs but I don’t use this every day. That’s all I use and I am considered very basic.
What is your favourite product from your range?
Definitely without a doubt the Organic Face and Eye Cream – it is a very light, luxurious cream which doesn’t dry out, doesn’t feel oily and overly creamy. I use it under my makeup and I forget it’s even there.
It gets absorbed into the skin really easily and it leaves a cool feeling on the face after. I love it so much and my customers do. In fact I have a whopping 2,500 unit order of this product by a gift box company.
What are the benefits of using natural skincare?
I find it is really good for really sensitive skin, such as mine. I literally cannot use any product that is commercially made or has even the slightest chemicals/preservatives if not my skin will itch and break out. I also find with natural skincare, you know what you are putting on your skin and do not have to worry about downstream effects of added unknowns in your skincare. I also am not worried when my girls pinch my natural skincare for themselves.
Do you feel women need to focus on body care as well as skin care
I think with body, I feel more strongly about body image and inner confidence. No body is perfect, especially a Mum’s body. The main thing is that when you use body care, you should feel it’s about self-care as well. One of my own favourite body care products at the moment is my Mango Body Butter. This butter is amazing, I concocted this myself and I use it on my whole body. It gives a luxurious rich feeling after and it is extremely good for dry and itchy skin.
Which ingredients should we look out for on our skincare and body care products to avoid?
If you are shopping for natural skincare, I always find to make sure all ingredients are listed. Sometimes, the ingredient name sounds synthetic but when you google it, it may come out as the scientific name for a natural ingredient so don’t dismiss a natural product right away when you see a chemical looking name.
Try to avoid parabens, artificial fragrances, SLS/SLES, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) is used is many types of cosmetics as a thickener, especially in lotions, shampoo, and sunscreen, Sunscreens come in two different forms: chemical and mineral filters. The most common sunscreens on the market use chemical filters such as oxybenzone are some examples. Our natural sunscreen for example does not include these ingredients and is 100% natural with natural ingredients proven to have SPF protection.
Here are some rapid fire questions that have submitted on Instagram!
What are the absolute must haves if you are starting or overhauling your skincare collection?
1. A natural facial cleanser. Not the stuff you can get from supermarkets. It doesn’t need to be expensive. The one I highly recommend and use myself is this one from Face Theory.
2. A facial oil serum: This is one I concocted myself and is one of my best-sellers. I have dry skin as well, and this oil absorbs right into my skin and keeps in moist all day. Our Facial Anti-Aging Serum is packed with highly active ingredients such as Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Vit E and more and a small pea-sized amount can cover my whole face.
3. A organic face cream. I use our Organic Face & Eye Cream immediately after using my Facial Anti-Aging Serum. A small pea-sized amount as well goes a long way. It is the lightest, most luxurious cream we have.
4. A clay or mud mask – this is to cleanse and exfoliate your skin once a week. I use my Dead Sea Mud Mask as this really brightens my skin, removes all the dead skin and makes my skin look and feel amazing afterwards.
5. Must must-have is a sunscreen as well. You do not want the sun damaging your beautiful skin if you have a good routine going on. We have our own natural sunscreen, Sun Me Up which has an SPF15 but if you find that you are in outdoors all day or all the time, get one that is SPF 35 and above.
This is all you need really. Optional items are Vitamin C and retinoid creams, spot serums, toners.
What age range should we start thinking about implementing a skincare routine and self care?
ASAP. Your skin starts to deteriorate after puberty, but I would say the best time to start is mid 20s to early 30s.
What is a must have product for each of these skin types? Oily, Dry and Acne Prone?
Dry skin: oil-based products, products containing cocoa butter, shea butter and/or jojoba oil
Oily skin: Very light cream
Acne prone skin: Spot serums.
Do you have any DIY recipes for us to try at home using items in our pantry?
Get some high-quality (organic if possible) coconut oil and use this for everything.
You can melt it down in a microwave, wait for it to cool down and use it for all skin types and even as a leave on hair moisturiser. You can also use this together with white sugar and a few drops of essential oils to make a moisturising body scrub.
Get some ground coffee, mix it with some coconut oil and you have a coffee facial scrub! Mix coconut oil with a bit of shea butter (get from any natural shop) and you have lip balm.
What do you recommend to use for daily sun protection and that is safe to use on kids?
I recommend using our natural sunscreen Sun Me Up, I use it on my kids and I’ve never had any issues with them playing in the sun. I don’t use commercial sunscreens as I do not know what else is in them.
Where can we find you to follow you and shop your products?
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Thanks so much Clarissa for giving us an insight to Sal Remedia and your why! Please leave us a comment below telling us your favourite piece of advice from Clarissa.
Don’t forget to look at our amazing Pamper Day Range which has many of Clarissa’s amazing products!
Until next time,