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Who are you?
Hi Ohti community, I’m Natalie, and I am the person behind LO Skin.
What environmental or conscious traits do you practice?
Sustainable principles and practices are really at the core of my rituals, and how I try to lead my daily life. From little things such as always having a keep cup (or mug as it turns out) for my morning coffee, to shopping at organic/ locally run grocers and markets, also the products I choose to use personally and for home. I try to be a sustainable consumer as much as possible, and really consider the longevity and circular life of pieces I invest in. I definitely have always fostered a ‘less is more’ approach.
What was your childhood like?
It was beautiful, humble and full of sound. I grew up in rural southern Tasmania in a home my dad built on his own. Matthew (my twin brother) and I were the youngest (I’m 1 of 6 siblings) and we were always getting up to something. Mum’s cooking and dad’s records are my fondest memories.
What is something most people don't know about you?
I absolutely adore foreign film. My childhood dream was to be an actor.
What nourishes you? (This can be in any aspect of life)
My beautiful friends, wine and dine, coffee, the ocean, RnB, sunrise and set, my family.
What has a challenge been when establishing LO Skin?
I have been incredibly fortunate to have the support of great friends who have their own incredible businesses to ask any questions/ learn from. I can honestly say I haven’t yet encountered a major challenge, my motivation behind the business comes purely from a place of love and I think this mindset has helped me return to this space if i’m starting to overwhelm myself with self imposed demands or pressure. If anything I feel the main challenge for therapists treating within a corneotherapeutic principle is one of fighting the narrative from mainstream retail and commercial skincare lines, who generate a lot of buzz words in order to market a product. A corneotherapetic approach is really about educating clients on skin structure and cell biology and working with the skin to support this.
What has been your favourite moment so far for LO Skin?
Honestly, I am overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I have received! I am truly floored by the incredible support. Each day I feel so grateful that I get to offer what I do, and have support to do so.
What inspired you to start LO Skin, and what motivates you to keep going?
I have always held a natural affinity for holistic health and rituals, along with a passion for skin and human connection. This ultimately, after years of working within different facets of health and beauty, allowed me to open my own treatment space- which has never felt more right. Each facial treatment, new connection, or being able to support anyone on their own skin journey honestly fills me up.
How have your personal values influenced your career choices and decisions?
I have really wanted everything behind LO to feel authentically me, and a space that you can feel the intention behind when you visit. I am incredibly conscious of my own/ business footprint and try to minimise waste and lower environmental impact. From a personal level, I really feel I am able to offer the service I want to provide, when I am making time and space for myself - doing the things that nourish me from above!
What is your definition of success, and how do you measure it in your life?
I feel success can be measured in such a variable way, however in the simplest form, if you can ask yourself at the end of the day if you’ve had a good day, and the answer is a yes, that’s a successful outcome. Being able to recognise growth personally and professionally, and continue to grow is also success in my eyes.
What services do you offer at LO skin? And what products do you use?
I provide a facial offering, focused on bridging a point between restorative touch, and advanced cosmeceutical skin care. I am fortunate to treat with a corneotherapeutic skin care line from New Zealand called Prologic, which I could not be more thrilled to share.
Why did you choose these products?
Prologic could really not be any more aligned with my own personal ethics and business standards. I am so grateful to provide my clients with an incredible product that has unparalleled standards and integrity across not just supporting our skin health, but filters down through every element of the businesses foundation and practices.
What is your approach to trends and techniques, do you have a practice you like using? Or open to new trends and services?
Honestly, I am not one to be influenced by trends and hype new treatments or ingredient spotlight. The beauty industry is largely unregulated, and we are mostly educating ourselves online by unqualified or untrained figures, on far reaching platforms like Instagram and TikTok. This type of influence is generally paired with the multi- billion dollar industry that is beauty marketing.
That being said, hype I absolutely do get behind are those that allow the body and skin to do what it naturally knows what to do in terms of repair and rejuvenation- Dermal skin needling, home rolling (with the correct usage) and LED Light Therapy are truly wonderful for skin cells and systems.
How do you create the name Lo Skin?
As a chronic overthinker, a close friend's advice was to precisely not do that, so I leant into that and went with the first thing that came to mind. LO stems from a feeling mostly, from how physical touch and connection naturally lowers the heart rate and activates the parasympathetic nervous system- to the physicality of actually laying ‘low’ when receiving a facial.