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When chronic stress landed Sarah Kugleman in the hospital, she took action. Forced to re-evaluate her hectic lifestyle, Sarah embarked on a journey that would change her life. During a three month leave of absence, she traveled to Iceland as part of her healing process. Surrounded by the natural oasis of pure, unspoiled waters, air, and plants, Sarah drew inspiration for what would later become skyn ICELAND.
As devoted fans of this therapeutic skincare line, b-glowing brings you an insider look at the woman behind the brand. Learn more about skyn ICELAND founder Sarah Kugleman, her tips for a stress-free lifestyle, beauty must-haves, and personal skincare routine.
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Stress has played a large role in your life, and the development of your brand. What do you do to relieve stress?
It has to be a holistic approach. 8 hours of sleep a night, a healthy and nutrient-rich diet, 64 ounces of water a day, a good exercise program and BREATHE! It's the simple things that really help us alleviate stress … and it's how we take care of the inside that shows on the outside. When I slip into a period of extreme stress, I know I have to get more sleep (when you get less is when you get sick!), cut out the refined sugar and white flour and load up on Omega-rich foods (to decrease internal inflammation such as salmon and avocado), antioxidants (lots of berries), magnesium (sweet potatoes) and vitamin B complex (broccoli) and vitamin D (supplement), try to get some cardio or yoga into my week and get a massage!
You are a mother, have you taught your daughter about stress management? What advice do you have for parents that want to educate their children about stress?
My daughter has a severe nut allergy, and that's very stressful. Also girls, even at that age, can bully a bit. That's also stressful. I have helped her manage her stress by teaching her how to breath (sometimes we take deep breaths together!), the importance of sleep, the importance of eating organic and healthy foods (NO soda, NO candy, NO processed foods, LOW chemicals
), as well as exercise (she does ballet, gymnastics and tennis) and drinking lots of water. Stress is mental too - being able to manage what goes on in your head. I always tell her, "No one can make you feel badly about yourself. You are in control of your own feelings. Tell yourself 'I am a nice person, I am a good friend, and no one can make me feel badly.'"
Iceland has provided much inspiration to you in the development of your brand, how often do you travel there? What are your favorite things to do while visiting?
I travel back to Iceland usually once a year. Some of my favorite things to do are climb to the top of a glacier, walk on the black sand beaches at sunset and soak in a thermal bath. I also love hopping in a car with an Icelander and just driving wherever our whim takes us … you can discover the most otherworldly places there. Favorite food? I love lamb and yogurt. Iceland has unbelievable organic, locally-raised lamb and also locally-cultivated skyr, which is like the best yogurt you've ever had! Favorite place? That's so hard to say!! There are really so many incredible places - Eyrarbakki, Southern Iceland, which has these incredible black sand beaches and blue-green waters, and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is a huge waterfall you can walk under.
You started gloss.com, what is one of your most memorable moments from your time there?
There were so many moments where I had total out of body experiences with gloss. A few that come to mind … Finding out that I had closed a round of $5 million in financing and had to quit my job! Sitting in a meeting with Sara Jessica Parker, and her agent Kevin Euvaine, and negotiating a joint partnership. Being at a press event and having Victoria Principal teach me how/what to do when having your picture taken by a group of paparazzi. Having Jennifer Aniston introduce me to her fiancé Brad Pitt. Having lunch with Michael Keaton. Sitting in the Estee Lauder company headquarters on a Saturday, in hiding, while they discussed buying my company! Crazy …
You've attended, prepped and primed the models at New York Fashion Week for 8 years now. How would you describe your personal style?
Urban Chic - modern but comfortable.
What are some of your favorite pieces in your closet?
My black Chanel clutch, my snakeskin Givenchy bag, my blue patent Gucci platform pumps, my Rachel Zoe camel coat with faux fur collar, Tahari sequin dress, and a beaded mini skirt I bought years ago in St. Tropez.
What is your go-to makeup look?
Black eyeliner, black mascara, pink lip gloss and a little bronzer!
What is your daily skincare regime?
How does your daily skincare regime change with the seasons?
In the winter I use the Arctic Hydrating Balm either instead of the Pure Cloud Cream or sometimes in addition to the Cloud Cream - my skin is super dry in the winter. In the summer sometimes I use the ANTIDOTE instead of the Pure Cloud Cream - I love the cooling sensation when it's hot and humid. Also, when my skin is winter dry or summer parched, I'll switch to the Pure Cloud Cleanser.
What advice do you have for people that want to develop a skincare routine, but don't know where to start?
Keep it simple. Cleanse, moisturize and treat your eyes. When you're stressed it shows up first in the delicate eye area - this is where we see stress, aging, exhaustion, poor diet etc. So an eye cream is critical for overall skin health. Also, you have to cleanse your face (never go to sleep with makeup on!) and even if your skin is oily or combination, it needs moisture. I'd say start with a good daily cleanser (like skyn's Glacial Face Wash, which is gentle enough for all skin types, but really deep cleans without drying), a great moisturizer for your skin type (like skyn's Pure Cloud Cream) and an intensive eye cream (like our Icelandic Relief Eye Cream). Then when you get used to your routine and find the products that are right for you, you can add to it and layer on products to enhance, such as a serum, skin peel, SPF, etc.
What's next for skyn ICELAND?
Global expansion, exciting new partnerships, and fantastic, ground-breaking new products for inside and out.
What can we expect to see in the next year or two?
We have an amazing serum and mask coming for fall, and next spring we're releasing a totally revolutionary new eye product. I'm also really excited to bring more information and education to our customers about stress management, research in the area of stress, relaxation techniques, fitness and nutrition tips and inspiration as well.
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As we enter the summer season, stress from vacation planning, family gatherings, and even changes in climate can take their toll on our skin. That's where skyn ICELAND comes in. Their line of skincare products is specifically formulated to treat the effects of stress on your skin, using only pure and potent natural ingredients from Iceland.
You've read about our EXCLUSIVE skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit, and now we are giving you a chance to win one for FREE! Three lucky winners will receive this amazing set of skyn ICELAND's five top-selling products, valued at $87.50. Whether you are discovering the brand for the first time, or replenishing your stock, the skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit is a must-have for summer.
The skyn ICELAND Saving Face Kit includes:
Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (2 pairs) - Bring the spa to your home! As seen on the Today Show, these award-winning under-eye gel patches work miracles in only 10 minutes. You'll love the instant results including a decrease in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, as well as the improved tone and firmness of the area.
Glacial Face Wash - Purify stressed skin with this creamy, foaming cleanser. Formulated with the purest Icelandic glacial waters, this mild cleanser detoxifies and purifies the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Balancing and restorative, this face wash helps to relieve any stress-related bumps, breakouts, or irritation you may be experiencing.
Nordic Skin Peel - Uncover amazing, translucent, and glowing skin with this gentle, yet effective, treatment. Ingredients like lactic acid, papaya fruit extract, witch hazel, and green tea extract work together to dissolve dead skin, restore elasticity, and reduce pore size for an improvement to your skin's overall appearance.
Icelandic Relief Eye Pen - Perfect for minimizing puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles on the go, this portable product is perfect for travel or even your purse for touch-ups throughout the day. The lightweight contouring eye cream contains cotton powder to fill fine lines, and orange peel to reduce puffiness. This is a suitcase must-have!
the ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion - Perfect red and irritated skin with this hydrating, daily moisturizer. This product contains a mint derivative, providing a delightfully refreshing, cooling burst upon application. With Icelandic kelp working to fight inflammation, and meadow sweet extract for controlling oiliness throughout the day, this lotion is great for all skin types.
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