I’m Serenity, gym junkie, foodie and glowy dewy skin obsessed!
I grew up in New Zealand with fond memories of time well spent in nature, a typical kiwi girl in the bush with no care for SPF. An avid teenage runner, I was always braving the elements. Coming home with chapped lips and blisters became my normal weekend ritual.
Fast forward to the many late nights of my 20’s, I soon discovered the world of make-up!
WORKING NINE TO FIVE
It wasn’t all fun and games, however, I did manage to start geeking out in 2004 when I started my Bachelor of Science with a chemistry focus, in this time I worked in various laboratories as a technician where I learned many essential formulation skills. I detoured a bit and spent 2 years in Microbiology where growing bugs was a real vibe!
Soon the smell of the micro lab was overwhelming and I decided to change my focus and study radiation sciences, I have now spent a decade taking X-Rays with a real passion for patient care. During this time I became a mother to two beautiful girls who are the life of the party!
SURVIVAL MODE | MY HEALTH WENT DOWNHILL
Not long after childbirth, it became very apparent that my health had been deteriorating for years, mostly due to poor diet choices and a lack of exercise. I had developed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an inflammatory autoimmune condition that essentially attacks your thyroid gland causing it to lower its production of thyroid hormones. This was a huge wake-up call! Not only did I feel terrible but I looked it too! I looked tired and drawn, I had lost my “glow”, safe to say I soon became a little bit vain.
KEEPING IT CLEAN AND REAL | MOVING TO NATURAL VEGAN SKINCARE
Armed with some cute little crinkles on my face and a mum bun, I soon started shopping for organic beauty and skincare products. Although I was paying an absolute fortune for organic products I felt like I was taking real control of my health. It wasn’t long until I put my science skills to work and started making my own skincare! I still buy makeup to this day and adore INIKA ORGANICS.
WE ARE MADE OF TOUGH STUFF | THE MOMENT THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES
On new years day 2020 (yes that year), my beautiful little girl had a horrible accident where hot oil splashed all over her face. This resulted in surgery, a week-long stay in the children’s hospital as well as a very comprehensive skincare routine using petroleum and mineral oil products.
After a month we could finally breathe a sigh of relief that she would show minimal signs of scaring. Pheewww.
I always felt wrong applying petroleum to her skin so my inner warrior got to work to make an effective and non-toxic oil for her delicate skin! This is where Cassiopeia was born!
WE LOVE YOU ALL | Vegan Products for Your Skin
Today, I proudly do something that aligns with my health and spiritual values, I get to help women and men use effective skincare without damaging their endocrine system. Every time someone orders from Skin Muk I feel a sense of pride that one less person is using toxic chemicals on their body! Their health and their skin will improve because some short, stubborn science geek decided she wanted more for herself and her family! A life lived with purpose and energy!