Olivia Jenkins is the business manager and face of South Australian skincare company, Kosmea. The 21 year-old now has a flawless complexion which hides her five year long battle with acne and search to find a treatment that was right for her. “I tried everything. I tried antibiotics; I tried other skincare brands with benzoyl peroxide that ended up burning my skin. It was really scary, having a burnt face on top of having all of these horrible breakouts,” she explains. “I thought, am I going to have this for the rest of my life?” But when Olivia stopped going to parties, because she was embarrassed about the way she looked, she knew it was time for a change.
It was her mother and founder of Kosmea, Marie Jenkins, who recommended she visit local Adelaide naturopath, Tracey Cook. Olivia was diagnosed with a gluten allergy and a sensitivity to yeast. It was recommended that she maintain a strict diet, eating lots of fruit and vegetables and salad every day. Within three weeks her skin was completely clear.
A natural approach to skincare is the ideology behind Kosmea. Marie Jenkins founded Kosmea in 1993 after reading about the benefits of Rose Hip Oil in a magazine article. Convinced of its benefits, Marie sold the family car to have the oil imported from Chile and started her business venture. Rose Hip Oil, made from the tiny red fruit that grow on rosebushes, is now the brand’s signature product. This year Kosmea celebrated 20 years of natural skincare. Their Rose Hip Oil is distributed across Australia and overseas.
“Now we are very much focused on a natural and holistic way, we believe it’s not just about skincare, it’s about what you put into your body, your lifestyle… looking after your body as well as your mind. It’s a natural brand, we take that very seriously, we only use the best ingredients from all around the world and we don’t skimp on quality,” Olivia explains. Olivia’s passion for natural skincare is evident in her new eBook, Clear Skin Project.
Written in partnership with naturopath, Tracey Cook, Clear Skin Project includes an 8-week plan to improve your skin and general health. Olivia says the program aims not only to treat the symptoms of acne and skin issues, but also to treat the body as the root of the problem. “It’s something to keep you on track and to keep motivating you at every step of the journey,” she says.
Q & A
Top tips for clearer skin
Getting enough sleep, make sure that you are eating a lot of fruit and vegetables and you’re steering clear of processed food and sugars. They’re the two biggest things. Making sure that you are taking off your makeup every night is really important to let your skin breathe. I recommend using something a bit lighter during the day as well, like a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser as opposed to a really heavy foundation.
What to avoid
Steer clear of things that are really high in sugar, especially drinks. I think a lot of us forget about sugary drinks and think just about food.
What is your favourite Kosmea product?
The Rose Hip Oil because it is very multipurpose, you can use it for everything. It can be used by people of all ages, all skin types and all skin issues. Anything from scars, burns, wrinkles, eczema, dermatitis, acne, dry and sensitive skin, allergic reactions, insect bites and nappy rash. It is packed full of vitamins, it’s like a multivitamin for the skin. After having healed my acne scars I don’t think I could live without it.
What is the best skincare advice you have been given?
My skin is always going to look better if I eat properly. So probably the best skincare advice I have been given is to look after your body because that’s going to show on the outside. In terms of a beauty tip, I think the most important advice is to always wear sunscreen. I don’t think people realise how important sunscreen is and that 95 per cent of wrinkling is caused by sun damage.
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