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Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with the world’s biggest beauty pioneers. We’re picking the brains behind the beauty products that fill your bathroom cupboards- the CEOs, founders and creative minds heading the brands that shape the beauty industry. From cult favourites to the products you reach for every day, from young entrepreneurs to companies steeped in history, these are the stories behind the most successful beauty businesses on the planet.
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Glow Journal Gemma Watts

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Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with the world’s biggest beauty pioneers. We’re picking the brains behind the beauty products that fill your bathroom cupboards- the CEOs, founders and creative minds heading the brands that shape the beauty industry. From cult favourites to the products you reach for every day, from young entrepreneurs to companies steeped in history, these are the stories behind the most successful beauty businesses on the planet.
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    Season 4 Begins in January 2022!

    Season 4 Begins in January 2022!

    A moment of gratitude from me, Gemma Watts, for our Glow Journal community.
    Season 4 begins January 19. See you in 2022!

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    • 56 sec
    BONUS | Burns and Superficial Scars with Dr Desmond Gan

    BONUS | Burns and Superficial Scars with Dr Desmond Gan

    In this bonus Ask An Expert episode, host Gemma Watts is joined by dermatologist Dr Desmond Gan. An Australasian College of Dermatologists fellowship trained consultant dermatologist, Dr Gan completed his undergraduate medical degree (MBBS) at the University of Melbourne with Honours, achieving Dean’s Honour List and was awarded Evelyn Coy Prize in Surgical Exam. With a long-standing special interest in laser use in Dermatology, Dr Gan was our first port of call when it came to answering YOUR questions on burns and superficial scars. 
    Away from our regular brand founder conversations, I am asked so many highly specific questions about the skin. Given that I am an educated consumer and by no means an expert, it would be extremely unethical for me to even attempt to address your skin concerns which is why I insist on taking those questions to a medical doctor. This Ask An Expert series gives you, the Glow Journal audience, unprecedented access to medical doctors, professors and dermatologists and, while this episode is sponsored by Candela Medical, all of Dr Gan’s views are entirely his own and, as per any interview with a doctor, you only hear generalised advice allowing you to make your own, informed, decisions.
    In this episode, we’ve taken the questions YOU asked about superficial scarring to Dr Gan - from how soon after an injury you should visit a dermatologist to prevent a scar and if it’s ever too late to fade scarring, through to treatments for cuts from sports, burns from hair curlers and scratches from pets, and whether or not topical products can really help to fade superficial scars.
    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com
    Follow Candela Medical on Instagram @candelamedicalanz
    Discover more at candelamedia.com
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 31 min
    Pia Whitesell | Founder of Macabalm

    Pia Whitesell | Founder of Macabalm

    In episode eighty of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the founder of Macabalm, Pia Whitesell.
    Pia’s first memories of beauty centre around strength, rather than aesthetics. Raised by her mother, grandmother and, as she tells me, really her entire community, Pia grew up identifying beauty with strength and getting it done- an ethos she’s taken into her own adult life. 
    Another ethos that has taken Pia from her teens right through to now is this idea of natural beauty, and an understanding that your beauty lies within the things that make you uniquely you. Despite winning the now infamous Dolly Magazine Model Search at the age of 14, Pia tells me that she grew up feeling different, as a Latina going to both school and castings with girls who didn’t share her body shape nor the colour of her skin, her eyes and her hair. Her modelling career saw her walking in fashion shows with the likes Helena Christensen and Linda Evangelista, and it was at this point, the height of the 90s, that she began to appreciate the aesthetic of the time- pared back, natural beauty. 
    As a model, an actress and a mother, Pia had identified a gap for a true beauty multitasker, and as she began researching native Australian ingredients she came across the humble macadamia, the benefits of which you’ll hear more about in our conversation- and so, Macabalm was born. A mere 12 months following the brand’s launch in Australia, Pia is already working on the brand’s US launch. 
    In this conversation, Pia shares the lessons she has learnt around the comparison trap and why she’s passing those lessons on to her teenaged sons, the challenges she’s faced as a brand launching with a single SKU, and how a pest controller could have undone the years of work she put into gaining Macabalm’s organic certification. 
    Read more at glowjournal.com
    Follow Macabalm on Instagram @macabalm
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 47 min
    BONUS | What Do These Trending Skincare Ingredients Actually Do?

    BONUS | What Do These Trending Skincare Ingredients Actually Do?

    In this special bonus Ask An Expert episode, host Gemma Watts is joined by pharmacist and Medical Communications Manager at L’Oréal Australia, Rachel McAdam. Rachel’s role sees her provide L’Oréal brands with insight into consumer skin health needs from a pharmacy perspective, so I thought she would be the perfect person to answer the questions YOU submitted on the skincare and ingredient trends you’re seeing more of. 
    I’m so often asked really specific questions about the skin (and, in this case, about ingredients and industry trends), but given that I’m an educated consumer and not an expert, I insist on taking those questions to those who can correctly and ethically answer them for you. In the name of transparency this episode is sponsored by CeraVe, however as per all of my expert interviews, the goal is not to sell you something specific. For this reason, you’ll hear Rachel recommend ingredients, rather than brands, and offer more general advice, giving you the tools you need to make your own, educated purchasing decisions. 
    In this episode, Rachel answers your questions on skincare trends- from which products are actually necessary in a healthy skincare routine and what percentages of trending active ingredients are actually going to make a difference to the skin, through to the rise of trends like “singular ingredient” serums and “skinimalism,”- and whether or not those trends are worth engaging with. 
    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com
    Follow CeraVe on Instagram @cerave_a
    Discover more at cerave.com.au
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 26 min
    Emily Parr | Founder of HoliFrog

    Emily Parr | Founder of HoliFrog

    In episode seventy nine of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the founder of HoliFrog, Emily Parr.
    Emily Parr’s career in beauty began when her career in the wellness space saw her headhunted by Salma Hayek.
    Having worked in fashion and health PR respectively, Salma Hayek’s brand was Emily’s first beauty client. This led Emily to found Poke PR in late 2012, an agency that would go on to both represent and grow the likes of Drunk Elephant and Glow Journal’s friends The Beauty Chef, Summer Fridays and Briogeo- all of which were brands that Emily cold-emailed and pitched to herself. 
    Emily garnered a reputation for being the industry’s champion of female-founded, founder-led, clean beauty brands, and is largely responsible for the narrative shift beauty media made away from the term “natural” and replaced with the word “clean.” 
    It was in 2018 that a chance encounter at an industry function saw Emily meet the man who would later become her HoliFrog co-founder, with HoliFrog soon becoming the go-to brand for a product many cosmetic formulators had dubbed “the beauty industry’s afterthought”- cleanser. 
    What did begin as a line of facial cleansers has since expanded to serums and a moisturiser, with 4 new launches hitting shelves in the next 12 months. 
    In this conversation, Emily shares the art of the cold email, some truly interesting points on media’s shift to digital and what that means for the beauty industry, and the importance of knowing the difference between telling a brand’s story vs. sharing a selling point.
    Read more at glowjournal.com
    Follow HoliFrog on Instagram @holifrog
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    BONUS | Your Laser and IPL Questions Answered

    BONUS | Your Laser and IPL Questions Answered

    Are laser and IPL different, and which is better? Can I still get laser hair removal in the summer? What does laser actually do to pigmentation? Are laser spider vein treatments permanent?
    In this Ask An Expert episode, host Gemma Watts is joined by National Clinical Operations Manager for Candela Medical ANZ, Kirsten Cachia. Professional skin clinics are finally back open and the festive season is almost upon us, so we’ve received an influx of questions recently regarding skin treatments for everything from hair removal and skin tightening through to pigmentation and spider veins. 
    This bonus episode is sponsored by Candela Medical, however Kirsten is not here to push specific products, treatments or brands. As per the rest of this Ask An Expert Series, I’ve sought qualified experts to give you objective answers to your questions so that you can take that information and make your own educated decisions regarding which treatments are right for you. 
    In this episode, we’ve taken the questions YOU submitted on all things laser and IPL to Kirsten- from the real difference between laser and IPL and if it’s even worth undergoing a hair removal treatment so close to summer through to what’s involved in pigmentation and spider vein treatmments and whether or not laser treatments are really permanent. 
    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/laser-and-ipl-basics
    Follow Candela Medical on Instagram @candelamedicalanz
    Discover more at candelamedia.com
    Stay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.com

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    • 27 min

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