Q&A With Founder and Formulator, Sarka Halas
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO LAUNCH YOUR SKINCARE LINE?
I've always lived a holistic lifestyle, but late motherhood, coupled with turning 40, dramatically changed my skin. I developed sensitive and dry skin, I rarely had time for an over-complicated and multi-step routine, but I needed high-performance and nourishing skincare products. Sarka Botanicals really came from a need for multipurpose, holistic skincare that delivered results-driven and was rooted in traditional plant wisdom.
HOW DO YOU FORMULATE YOUR PRODUCTS?
As a trained herbalist with over 20 years of experience studying and working with plants, I draw on the ancient plant wisdom found in western herbalism, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine to make luxurious, modern botanical skincare that is efficacious and high-performance.
I research every ingredient used in our formulas and choose those that are safe, proven, have published research studies or clinical studies to back their purpose in skincare. Every formulation I create focuses on prevention, protection, renewal or regeneration of your skin.
I take a less is more perspective to skincare, formulating with a multi-benefit approach that is broad enough in scope to address a variety of skin concerns. My products are designed with potent plant extracts and science-backed active ingredients for healthy and vibrant skin at any age.
HOW DO YOU SOURCE YOUR INGREDIENTS?
I am to source from local British and European suppliers as much as possible. As much as possible, I aim to use organic ingredients. When this is not possible, I use safe, clean and responsibly farmed or made ingredients to save consumers significant cost. You can read more about my philosophy here and about sustainability here.
WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR KEEPING SKIN HEALTHY?
I've been a lifelong advocate of healthy living and long before it hit the mainstream I've lived a clean and holistic lifestyle. How we treat our body and mind ultimately shows up on our skin.
There are pillars of healthy skin that no one can get away from and they include: a whole foods diet (with the right amount of protein, good fats, and vegetables and fruits), exercise, quality sleep, and stress reduction. No amount of product can give you a radiant, healthy complexion if we don't take care of our overall health.
My goal here is to provide high-value conversation around ingredients, skincare, aging well, and wellness practices, you can read our blog here.