Monica Watson: Clean Skincare Founder + CEO (Berlin Skin)
MODERN GIRL SPOTLIGHT
Clean Skincare Founder + CEO (Berlin Skin)
San Diego, CA
Business Name/Brief Description:
Berlin Skin. We are a clean, minimal skin care line that focuses on making multi-use and mixable products for the face and body. We seek to bring beauty and simplicity to people's skin care routines and lives.
How do you usually start your mornings?
Well, I used to take them really slow and quiet. However, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy 3 months ago so my mornings look a little different these days. They are still amazing and I deeply treasure the morning time as it's when I'm most inspired and do my best creative work.
My husband wakes up, makes me coffee, and takes care of our little guy so that I can have time to myself and dive into work (yes, he's incredible). I try to take a few moments to read, pray, and take some deep breaths, setting my intentions and heart right for the day. Then I get started!
I focus on marketing, customer support, and general tasks for the business. I wear a lot of hats for Berlin Skin so I try to knock out the priorities first thing in the morning.
What get's you excited about the work that you do?
Everything. I am truly living my dream and have so much passion for what we're doing at and through Berlin Skin, so even the most mundane tasks I find joy in as they are contributing towards the overall vision and goal.
Also, I often receive notes from customers sharing their passion for our products and this really keeps me going — knowing that we're making a positive impact in people's lives.
How would you describe your ideal client?
Our customers who buy our products are amazing and they are typically people just like us who value similar things.
When exploring a partnership with stores who stock our products, we look for a similar commitment to sustainability, natural wellness and beauty, and an understanding and passion for our products.
We really value the relationships of our brick and mortar stores because it gives our customers a chance to support local shops and spas and also gives them an opportunity to experience our products in-person.
What’s one piece of advice you teach consistently, that would help someone take action today?
Don't skip your skincare routine at night, and always take your makeup off with a facial towel before cleansing!
I talk to so many people who admit to either sleeping in their makeup and/or not maximizing their cleansing ritual by putting their cleanser on top of their makeup — if you're doing this you're just rubbing your cleanser into a face of makeup...it's so important to start with a fresh face to get the benefits of those good ingredients!
Let's segue to girl talk... Where do you get most of your clothes?
I shop online for most of my clothes, and try to keep my wardrobe somewhat minimalist. My favorites are Elizabeth Suzann and Hackwith Design House. I'm also a big fan of shopping vintage/secondhand to score one-of-a-kind pieces.
What’s the best TV show you’ve binge-watched?
Can you describe what a night of self-care would look like for you?
A candlelight bath filled with magnesium salt and lavender and rosemary essential oils. A glass of cabernet accompanying me in the silence.
Which girl boss are you currently inspired by?
Dr. Jolene Brighton.
What’s one wellness trend that you have on your list to try?
Ha, you're asking someone who likes to try them all, so I don't have a ton of my list that I haven't tried. However, I've wanted to try floating for awhile now — seems like it would be so relaxing!