I have been making my own skincare since I started modelling some thirty years ago because I have always had sensitive and allergic skin.
I started to create my own products using very simple ingredients because they gave the results I needed and were far more gentle, reliable and effective. As a model I had the choice of many high end brands however they were not sensitive enough for my skin.
I began to sell my products at local artisan markets after moving to the beautiful island of Lanzarote in 2011. I had created a simple regime of skincare called nknaturals to care and protect sensitive skin especially those needing to recover from too much exposure to the sun.
It was a new adventure and immediately I met people who have gone on to become friends and continue to use nknaturals products.
From the very beginning the most important aspect of selling my skincare to the public has been to make available the products that I make by hand to offer an alternative to the mass produced, preservative and manmade chemical products available on the high street.
After moving back to London in 2017 to develop the range, I now devote my time to expanding nknaturals to a wider market and completing the range which now includes more climate appropriate oils and home distilled floral waters based on local and seasonal ingredients.
I have always stayed away from promoting my balms as anti aging or made claims of reducing wrinkles or making your skin look more youthful; nknaturals has been developed to allow the natural beauty of your skin to radiate health.
The simple truth is that understanding the structure of the skin, there really is no topical treatment you can apply to make your skin look younger.
Returning to London enabled me to visit some global skin industry exhibitions offering a huge variety of ingredients both natural and chemical that have been manipulated and trademarked to enhance formulations and they make some serious claims, although when I look at the huge investment and the corporate image selling these ingredients I feel both duped from a customer point of view and from a professional point of view.
The skincare industry is worth billions but I feel uneasy about the message. The advertising is set to appeal to personal insecurities about our appearance, to sell us something that we believe will make us look better and or improve on what we have. I believe the psychological element of ageing should be addressed because coming to terms with ageing is essential to overall wellbeing. Trying to chase youth will ultimately bring us unhappiness. I am 50 now and I wear my age with every wrinkle as a life lived so far and all the experience I embrace. A wrinkle free face is only a blank canvas void of expression.
Recently the beauty industry has u turned the marketing term of anti ageing into pro age or positive ageing which in my opinion is just another manipulation, although now aimed at those who recognise the previous false claims.
Genetics play a fundamental part in how we age.
The best advice I can give you for daily results is a good night’s sleep and plenty of hydration in the form of drinking water to reduce inflammation that increases with age.
This range has looked after me for 30 years and it can help you with problems such as dry, sensitive, irritated skin as well as pigmentation and scaring. This is an honest range free from hype that can deliver an experience of luxury and caring natural goodness. For me it is not about your wrinkles, it is about having healthy naturally glowing skin no matter what your age.