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Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with some of Australia's, and 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.

Glow Journal Gemma Watts

    • Fashion & Beauty
    • 4.5, 4 Ratings

Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with some of Australia's, and 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.

    BONUS | Pigmentation and Sun Damage with Dr John Sullivan

    BONUS | Pigmentation and Sun Damage with Dr John Sullivan

    In this special bonus Ask An Expert episode I’m joined by Dr John Sullivan. A dermatologist with over two decades of experience in both clinical practise and academic teaching in Australia and Canada, Dr Sullivan is leading the way in clinical research and is at the very forefront of advances in laser dermatology as the principal investigator on numerous dermatology trials. This in mind, I felt that Dr Sullivan was the ideal doctor to answer your questions on one of my most frequently queried topics- sun damage. 


    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 is giving you, the Glow Journal audience, unprecedented access to medical doctors, professors and dermatologists and, while the series is sponsored by Candela, doctors legally and ethically have to remain completely objective in interviews like this. For this reason, this series is the most authentic way for me to integrate branded content into the podcast because it’s giving you, the listeners, completely unbiased expert answers to your most specific skin questions- questions that I cannot answer myself. 


    As mentioned, this episode is sponsored by Candela Medical, however all of Dr Sullivan’s views are entirely his own and, as per any interview with a doctor, you will hear absolutely no specific product recommendations throughout this interview. In this episode, we’ve taken the questions YOU submitted on sun damage to Dr Sullivan- from the treatment of pigmentation and freckles through to moles and sun spots, and just how much the sun damage we sustained in our youth can affect us as adults. 


    Given the state of the world at the moment, this interview was recorded remotely which is why there is such a discrepancy in the quality of the audio. There may be a few answers that are difficult to hear and for this I apologise, but I am still absolutely committed to bringing you the answers to your questions despite current constraints so I have made the entire episode transcript available on glowjournal.com so you can read the answers you might miss- almost like a podcast with subtitles. To find this transcript, simply visit glowjournal.com and search “Candela Medical.” 


    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/ask-an-expert-sun-damage


    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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    • 33 min
    Elsie Rutterford and Dominika Minarovic | Founders of BYBI Beauty

    Elsie Rutterford and Dominika Minarovic | Founders of BYBI Beauty

    In episode forty three of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts sits down with the founders of BYBI Beauty, Elsie Rutterford and Dominika Minarovic.


    Elsie and Dominika are almost disarmingly open and honest about their beginnings in business, and everything they said, particularly surrounding funding for women in business and also around global attitude to sustainability, will be ingrained in my head for quite some time. 


    After meeting in ad sales, London-based Elsie and Dominika bonded over a mutual interest in the wellness movement that was only just beginning to gain traction at the time. Their interest in wellness prompted them to start looking at the ingredients they were putting on their skin, and in 2015 their website, Clean Beauty Insiders, was born. 


    In the same way you might swap beauty advice or a recipe with a girlfriend, Clean Beauty Insiders became the globe’s go-to destination for, as the name suggests, clean beauty advice, and for recipes for skincare products you could make at home. Elsie and Dominika both began to study formulation science, and in 2016 their following was so large that they attracted the attention of a literary agent. Their book Clean Beauty, was published in in January 2017- a book that had been to auction, was bid on by every single publisher Elsie and Dom had pitched to, and was won by Penguin, no less. 


    Later that year, Bybi Beauty was born- arguably the first clean beauty brand to lead with a message about performance and science, rather than just the fact that it was a clean brand. Bybi launched onto Asos, one of the largest ecommerce platforms of all time, and is now stocked in beauty retailers globally. 


    As impressive as the Bybi story is, what I found even more impressive was how forthcoming Elsie and Dom were with their knowledge. Their approach to both beauty and business is absolutely no BS, and the way they talk about financing and pre seed funding and even just surviving when the business was in its lean years is the kind of conversation women NEED to be having. Money has long felt like a really taboo topic, but I think the more open conversations we, particularly women, can have around finance, the more financially empowered we can all be. 




    I’m interviewing two women here, and you’ll hear Elsie answer me first, but if you are confused about who is who you can follow along with the full interview transcript on glowjournal.com. Naturally, given the state of the world, this interview did take place on Zoom across continents so the audio is far from studio quality, but please persist because this conversation is rich and valuable and one I’m really proud to be sharing. 


    In our chat, Elsie and Dominika share the steps they took to secure investment prior to Bybi’s launch, how you can really know if the time is right to leave your full time job for your startup, and the clever way they bring new customers into the Bybi fold. 


    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/interview-bybi-beauty-founders-elsie-dominika
    Follow BYBI on Instagram at @bybibeauty
    Find out more about BYBI at bybi.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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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Vicki Engsall | Founder of The Jojoba Company

    Vicki Engsall | Founder of The Jojoba Company

    In episode forty two of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts sits down with the co-founder of The Jojoba Company, Vicki Engsall. 


    As I record this, in 2020, just about everyone I know has an understanding of what jojoba is or, at the very least, has at least heard of it- but this wasn’t always the case. I sincerely believe that so much of what we know about jojoba is thanks to Vicki. 


    Despite a long standing interest in the skin, Vicki Engsall grew up wanting to be a teacher- and so she became one. It wasn’t until she was trying to fall pregnant that business ownership looked to be a possibility. Little did Vicki realise, however, that the seeds that grew to become The Jojoba Company had been, quite literally, planted many years prior. I’ll leave the storytelling up to Vicki, but the events that lead to Vicki leaving her teaching role and launching her skincare company are perhaps the best example of serendipity that has ever been told on this podcast. When Vicki co-founded The Jojoba Company with her father in 2008, very little was known about jojoba. Today, thanks largely to Vicki’s background in education, jojoba is one of the most in demand ingredients in the world. 


    Of course, this interview was recorded remotely, and I think now is particularly good time to be spotlighting local businesses like The Jojoba Company. In this conversation, Vicki and I discuss what she has dubbed the “oil revolution,” what an “ingredients claim” is and why they can be so dangerous, and how to bring the skin’s lipid profile back to how it was at the age of 22. 


    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/
    Follow The Jojoba Company on Instagram at @thejojobaco
    Find out more about The Jojoba Company at thejojobacompany.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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    • 47 min
    BONUS | Isolation and Stressed Skin with Dr Ryan De Cruz

    BONUS | Isolation and Stressed Skin with Dr Ryan De Cruz

    Isolation skin. It’s real.


    I have never before received so many questions on one specific topic in such a short period of time. As you know, I am an educated consumer and not an expert, so true to form I have passed your questions on to a leading dermatologist- Dr Ryan De Cruz.


    In the name of full disclosure, this bonus episode is sponsored by CeraVe, however as per all of my expert interviews, the doctor is never here to push specific brands and products. For this reason, you’ll hear Dr De Cruz recommend specific ingredients, rather than products, and offer more general advice, giving you the tools you need to make your own, educated purchasing decisions. The crux of it? When the skin is stressed and irritated, PARE IT BACK. Look for uncomplicated, elegant formulas that will restore calm to the skin without irritants.


    If you are suffering from what has been dubbed as “isolation skin,” I firstly want you to know that you are not alone. As you’ll hear in this interview, many of the skin concerns a lot of you are working through right now are caused by stress, and while we can’t control the state of the world right now, there are steps we can take through our topical skincare to help restore that calm and balance to the skin. 


    I took to Instagram recently to collate your skin questions, and in this interview Dr Ryan De Cruz discusses the effects of stress on the skin, how we can avoid the irritation brought on by increased hand-washing, the skincare ingredients we should all be looking for and the steps we can take to strengthen the skin's all important protective barrier.


    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/isolation-skin-and-how-to-treat-it
    Follow CeraVe on Instagram at @cerave_au
    Find out more about CeraVe 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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    • 45 min
    Kirsten Carriol | Founder and CEO of Lanolips

    Kirsten Carriol | Founder and CEO of Lanolips

    In episode forty one of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts sits down with the founder and CEO of Lano, Kirsten Carriol.


    Kirsten Carriol didn’t grow up around beauty in the traditional sense, however her upbringing was instrumental in the creation of her brand. Her father, a molecular scientist and her grandparents, sheep farmers, taught Kirsten the benefits of lanolin as a child. Lanolin was their cure for just about everything. 


    Passionate about beauty, Kirsten grew to travel across the globe, trying just about every beauty product she passed along the way, before returning to Australia and launching her own beauty PR company. Despite having access to the world’s best products and trialling them all, Kirsten still wasn’t satisfied with the level of hydration her existing lip balms and skincare products were delivering. 


    It was on her way to the airport after her wedding that Kirsten realised the answer had, quite literally, been in front of her all along- lanolin. While the concept and name came to her almost instantly, the first incarnation of Lanolips took six years to bring to life. Given that Kirsten herself had spent much of her teens and adult life distancing herself from lanolin, she was well aware that she was going to have to work hard to change public perception of what had been viewed as a bit of an old and unfashionable ingredient. The key? Education, something Kirsten dedicated another five years to. Five years, sitting down, one-on-one with just about every beauty editor in the world. 


    Kirsten succeeded, thanks to persistence, passion, and a line of products that genuinely do what they say they will do. Lano, now composed of a line of face and body products beyond the original Lanolips, is useful, no-nonsense, and stocked in all of the world’s biggest beauty retailers.


    I visited Kirsten at her home in Sydney to discuss why some of the world’s best-selling lip products aren’t actually helping your lips at all, her favourite unconventional uses for Lano’s cult 101 Ointment, and how the world of digital means that public opinion in the beauty space has a voice independent of traditional press. 


    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/interview-lanolips-founder-kirsten-carriol
    Follow Lano on Instagram at @lanolips
    Find out more about Lano at https://lanolips.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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    • 58 min
    BONUS | Melasma and How To Treat It With Dr Danae Lim

    BONUS | Melasma and How To Treat It With Dr Danae Lim

    Given the state of the world at the moment, this interview was recorded remotely which is why there is such a discrepancy in the quality of the audio. There may be a few answers that are difficult to hear and for this I apologise, but I am still absolutely committed to bringing you the answers to your questions despite current constraints so I have made the entire episode transcript available on glowjournal.com so you can read the answers you might miss- almost like a podcast with subtitles. To find this transcript, simply visit glowjournal.com and search “Candela Medical.” 


    In this special bonus Ask An Expert episode I’m joined by Dr Danae Lim. A cosmetic physician with over 14 years medical experience, Dr Lim is an undisputed skin expert and also has a background in emergency, so her approach to skin is vigilant, safe and well-rounded, with a deep understanding that the health of the skin goes well beyond its appearance. 


    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 is giving you, the Glow Journal audience, unprecedented access to medical doctors, professors and dermatologists and, while the series is sponsored by Candela, doctors legally and ethically have to remain completely objective in interviews like this. For this reason, this series is the most authentic way for me to integrate branded content into the podcast because it’s giving you, the listeners, completely unbiased expert answers to your most specific skin questions- questions that I cannot answer myself. 


    As mentioned, this episode is sponsored by Candela Medical, however all of Dr Lim’s views are entirely her own and, as per any interview with a doctor, you will hear absolutely no specific product recommendations throughout this interview. In this episode, we’ve taken the questions YOU submitted on Melasma to Dr Lim- from what causes and how to treat it, through to the impact of the sun and even birth control on the health of the skin.  


    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/ask-an-expert-melasma


    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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    • 28 min

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