Contrary to popular belief, I am a pretty simple person when it comes to my daily “beauty” routine. Face wash, astringent (occasionally), facial moisturizer & lip balm – 5 minutes tops and I am done. Not sure if its impatience or a “guy thing” but anything more complicated and I am probably not going to do it. However, I have noticed that after a certain age (cough….) that your skin needs a little help to look its best.
Enter Kari Gran ……
The Kari Gran brand was founded by Kari Gran (left) and her longtime friend Lisa Strain (right). Lisa and Kari, both successful real estate brokers, met “in the business”, and became close friends. It was Lisa who originally inspired Kari to move beyond her kitchen where she made her first batches of eco-skin care products for friends. Today the two partners work in a loft in Downtown Seattle making products and running the Kari Gran e-commerce business.
I had the opportunity to hear Kari talk during my trip to Seattle and was struck by how honest she was about starting her business, but also by her skin. Seriously, the lady is a walking testament to her products! At the end of her talk, Kari provided the audience with samples of her skin care line which I politely took but secretly plotted to gift to a friend upon my return to San Francisco. But as luck would have it, the evening I returned home, I ran out of my normal face wash. On a whim, I decided to use Kari’s line and after one use understood why Kari’s skin looked so luminous …….
The line is based on a three-step process of cleansing with oil, misting with a hydrating tonic and applying a moisturizing serum. I will skeptical on multiple levels; first, I have oily skin and putting oil on my already acne prone skin seemed a recipe for disaster . Second, reading the instructions for the process made it seem rather involved, mind you not complicated, but more time-consuming that my standard 5 minute regimen. Last, it just made me feel a bit too “girly” for my comfort and this is coming from a guy who has toggled between Steel Magnolias and a Golden Girls marathon on TV on more than one occasion …….
But I figured, the worst I could get was a pimple, so I tried it out that night and subsequently for the rest of the week. While I didn’t get pimples, what I got was a glowing complexion! After a week of use, I saw the forehead furrow lines minimize and my general complexion improve. I got compliments on my skin and I actually started to look forward to my nightly routine. As for the time commitment, I found myself still spending about 5 minutes but once a day in the evening rather than twice a day. It actually reduced the amount of time I spent on my skin while making me feel better — so I consider that a “twofer” in my book — less time + better complexion = win! An added bonus was that since I shave, I found this routine to reduce ingrown hairs and overall shaving irritation, so while I may have still felt a ting girly, it was now mixed with the manly affirmation that the routine was good for shaving, so I was able to save face (pun intended)…..
So while I wouldn’t say I am now a slave to beauty, I will definitely call myself an acolyte of Kari Gran. Now if someone could make flossing more interesting and a little less gross, I would be all set…..
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen kiddos!!
[pictures courtesy Kari Gran, Belathée Photography & moi]
disclaimer: i was gifted a sample of the kari gran skin care treatment but all thoughts and opinions are mine.