She believes every choice we make impacts the collective global community. That together we can make a positive impact on the world around us. She believes that less is more & that slowing down is the best gift we can give ourselves. So who's the woman behind the Antika Skin brand & what inspires her?
What does Antika Skin mean to you and where did it all begin?
For me the brand represents a reconnection to the primal essence of nature. Honouring the way of ancient herbalists, treating ailments with one ingredient at a time. As a Holistic Kinesiologist (for over 20 years!) I've had many clients who had skin reactions due to various reasons. When I began looking at products to assist them, we found that many products, while all natural often contained an ingredient that wasn't quite right. In many cases, they needed just one of the key ingredients. So I began sourcing the raw ingredient for them, their skin loved it and they kept coming back for more. It supported my belief that keeping it simple was the best way. Many years later, after taking a few twists and turns in life, becoming a mother, a good dose of burn out from the corporate grind which left me feeling disconnected, I decided it was time to find my way back again; to myself. I gave myself permission to stop and slow down. I took time to enjoy being a mother, travelled with my daughter, began living a more conscious and intentional life, everyday. Finally I began to walk the talk and I did find myself again, with the same passions and dreams I held dear from decades earlier. Finally I was ready to share my knowledge and Antika Skin was born.
What inspires you?
I am honestly inspired by life itself. Inspired to be the best version of myself, so that my daughter might also strive to be the best version of herself. I'm inspired by nature. I'm inspired by the flow of energy. I am inspired by my imagination. I'm inspired by people who give a damn about the environment and sustainable conscious living. I'm inspired by simple beauty. I respect ancient wisdom and the intimate primal connection of nature and humanity. Intrigued by the art and culture that allows communities to celebrate and come together and learn from each other. I'm inspired by mother nature. And absolutely I'm inspired by the opportunity to evolve together as a cross cultural humanity. Where we can learn collectively, share stories and continue to remove the barriers in a borderless celebration of life.
How can we achieve this borderless celebration between cultures?
I think we are well on the way, it's a balancing act. Allowing ourselves to be both ancient and modern in the same breath. We are more connected than ever these days with online communication allowing us to share our knowledge and learn together. I believe there is a great need now to reconnect also with our primal instincts. To reject the definitions placed upon us by words that disempower, labels that inherently disconnect us from each other. Instead let's harness this opportunity to connect, as we evolve into a redefined version of humanity. Where we identify our uniquenesses as our way to unite. Where we respect the importance of ethical trading and the impact we each make on the world around us, so that we can indulge mindfully in the exquisite gifts nature has to offer us. I believe when we can love the individual, we will also love the collective.