FOUNDER OF ONE GIRL CAN & CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF AG HAIR
Lotte is wearing our KIP. x Shangri-La, Vancouver Exclusive Pajama Set
What inspired you to start One Girl Can?
Being born in South African, I grew up seeing significant violence against women as a child, and knew immediately that it was wrong and unjustified. My family also moved to Canada when I was ten years old, and growing up as an adolescent in the 60s, I started to notice that women were often discriminated against and seen as inferior to men. Those experiences really affected me and I made it a dream of mine to return back to Africa to right some of the wrongs that I had witnessed as a child. I became a feminist when I was 13 years old and since then have constantly worked to improve the perception that men have about women.
A pillar of One Girl Can is mentorship — How has mentorship made a difference in your personal or professional life?
I actually never experienced mentorship or anything like what we offer to our students in South Africa. We, as women, have accomplished so much and all of the lessons we have learned in life are so valuable. Women have an amazing ability to pass on knowledge and confidence to others, as well as tricks for success that can benefit women both in North America and in underdeveloped countries. Mentorship is truly one of the most important aspects of our program; while we still focus heavily on buildings schools for girls, when we show up consistently and offer workshops, we really see huge benefits in how the girls are progressing. We see them gain information, skills and so much more confidence in that fact that she belongs in the world.
The annual IWANTtoBe fundraising event is coming up soon, can you tell us a bit about the evening and its goals?
This year, our goal is to raise money for 80 new university scholarships for girls. We are proud to say that this will mean we will have a total of 314 girls in university in the last six years. Proceeds will also go towards the building of a school in the Kibera Slum, that largest slum in Africa. There is no government support for schools in the slums, so schools have previously been built using unsafe materials. Unfortunately this past September, a school had collapsed and killed 11 children. The government has since cracked down on their regulations for school buildings, which has meant that many of the schools have been abandoned and shut down. Therefore, we also hope that the event will help us reach our goal of raising $378,000 to build a safe school in the Kibera Slum.
On a more personal note, between the demands of One Girl Can and AG Hair, do you have any tips for maintaining work-life balance?
I wake up everyday being really excited to go to work and I am lucky to meet so many interesting people that often become a part of my social structure. I do prioritize exercise, socializing and eating properly, of course, as work can get all consuming sometimes. Overall, the balance is the joy I get from what I do. Being an entrepreneur and being flexible with my schedule helps a lot and I try to offer that same flexibility to those that work for me as well. Loving the work you do is so important to finding balance.
Ask An Expert: A 7-Step Nighttime Skin Ritual with Dermalogica
Image source: Dermalogica
While we love getting ready to take on a new day, there's truly no better feeling than unwinding at the end of a long day and starting our evening routines.
In addition to helping us wake up a little glow-ier, a comprehensive nighttime skincare routine helps us to unwind and (literally) peel the day off. We asked Dermalogica National Account Instructor, Brooke Anderson to share her nighttime skin ritual with us to ensure we're covering all our bases. Here's her 7-step night-time routine for total skin rejuvenation:
Step 1: Pre-cleanse
The pre-cleanse step removes all the dirt, makeup or any debris left over from the day. Brooke recommends applying a pre-cleanser to dry skin, massaging in, then adding water and finally, rinsing.
Step 2: Cleanse
The second cleanse is important for detoxifying and purifying the skin so that its really as clean as it can be. This step is simple, just foam up your cleanser with some water, lather on the face, and rinse.
Step 3: Exfoliate
Exfoliating is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. Once the skin is clean and prepped, its time to polish the skin to remove any dead cells and allow the products in the next steps really work their magic after they've been applied. Brooke recommends trying a combination physical and chemical exfoliant, working into the skin for a few minutes for best results. Pro tip: try gently exfoliating under the eyes to banish milia (tiny white bumps under the eyes).
Step 4: Tone
Now its time to layer on the topical products that will aid in regenerating the skin's texture overnight. Toning the skin is an important step for shielding the skin form stressors that can cause irritation and premature aging. Spray your face evenly with toner and allow to air dry before moving on.
Step 5: Super Serum
If you're really looking for that boost in your every day glow, this could be the step you're missing out on. Brooke suggests using a high-quality serum all over the face post-exfoliation to achieve optimal results. Her super serum of choice, Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil uses a combination of retinol and salicylic acid in an oil base to reduce fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, signs of aging, and breakouts -- all while keeping the skin moisturized.
Step 6: Attend to the Eyes
No matter your age, attending the skin around your eyes is a must. Brooke explains the skin around the eye area is around ten times more delicate as the rest of the face, meaning it requires very special and gentle attention. She advocates for an eye cream formulated with retinol to help smooth texture, diminish dark circles, correct signs of aging and prevent future damage. A grain of rice sized amount is all you need; distribute evenly around the orbital bones and eye area using your ring finger.
Step 7: Lock in Moisture
We've reached the final step of our skincare ritual! It's now time to lock in all the hard work we just did with a hydrating night-time moisturizer. Slather on a generous amount and work evenly into the skin for to hydrate and allow the skin to repair itself as you rest.
You can view Brooke's full nighttime skincare routine and shop her pajama set here:
View this post on Instagram
Follow along as skin expert, Brooke Anderson, shares her night time routine featuring our Mist Blue PJ Set and her top skincare essentials 🌙 Enter now for a chance to win a pair of premium cotton pajamas & a full @dermalogicacanada skincare routine — see our last post for details!