Q: Olivia, tell us about yourself and your interests?
A: I’m the General Manager of Kosmea Australia and the founder of the Clear Skin Project. I’m also an Aries and the mother of a two-year-old Samoyed called Sweep.
I am interested in all things wellbeing and health, as well business and management. I love making smoothies and creating new ways to incorporate raw foods into my diet.
Q: Has working with Kosmea ignited a passion for using organic products?
A: It sure has! My mum, Marie Jenkins, is the founder of Kosmea. She has always been an advocate of a healthy and holistic life, and this has definitely rubbed off onto me and my passion for organic and natural products.
Q: What’s your favourite product in the Kosmea range?
A: This is a tough one – I love them all equally! But, if I had to choose one, I would say the Hydrating Rosewater Mist. This product is our alternative to a toner; it is created from 1000 distilled rose petals and smells divine! The mist is multipurpose, as you can use it as a toner, refresher, make-up setter and sometimes even as a stain remover! A hand bag essential!
Q: You’ve now launched your own blog www.oliviajenkins.com.au and the Clear Skin Project. Can you tell us more about this?
A: The Clear Skin Project is a program aimed to help you achieve clear skin for life, the way nature intended, through nutrition and self-love, as well as skincare. I have written my Clear Skin Guidelines based on what I do in my life for clearer and radiant skin.
Q: What motivated you to establish the Clear Skin Project?
A: My motivation was really myself and other young girls suffering with acne. I suffered from bad skin since the tender age of 13 and I was at my wits end to clear it. After all, my mum ran a skincare company! I thought how is this happening to me? But guided by SA Naturopath Tracey Cook I was able to discover the underlying problems and clear my skin for life.
Q: So just what is the secret to achieving clear skin?!
A: You’ll have to check my Clear Skin Project Guidelines and find out ;) I’ll give you one clue though, lots and lots of blueberries!
Q: Can you briefly run through your daily skincare routine with us?
A: It is a very brief routine because, at Kosmea, we believe less is more! In the morning I cleanse my face with Kosmea Clarifying Facial Wash, followed by spraying my face with the Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Mist, and then finishing off with the Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost. I then apply my mineral make-up. In the evening, I repeat the same routine except some nights I will exfoliate using our Daily Facial Exfoliant and, before bed, apply Kosmea Certified Rose Hip Oil.
Q: Is there anything women are doing to their skin which is the ultimate no, no?!
A: Not removing their make-up! I am mortified at how many women do not cleanse their skin daily! It’s truly horrifying!
Q: What’s your best advice for achieving a healthy body and mind?
A: Be happy and live simply.
Q: How do you stay balanced?
A: I am very blessed to be surrounded by likeminded and balanced people who allow me to flourish and keep myself balanced. I practice yoga once a week and I start each day with an affirmation.
Q: What does beauty mean to you?
A: Beauty is a reflection of someone’s internal goodness. The quote ‘the best make-up a girl can wear is her smile’ resounds strongly with me.
Q: Have you been given any sage beauty advice you might be willing to share with our readers?
A: Munch on as many blueberries as you can, always include avocado in your diet, wash your face, don’t smoke and sleep for eight hours per night!