Read about Kirsten Smith Skin Boss Australia's founder - her battle with IIH and how Skin Boss began

Hello! I’m Kirsten, creator of Skin Boss.

I’m married, have two children and a random thing called IIH.

I was diagnosed with it in 2015, after suffering vision and balance problems. The full story can be found on my life & style blog, Kirsten and co. but long story short, there’s too much CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) inside my head.

The excess fluid was putting pressure on my optic nerves and causing me to lose my sight fairly rapidly.

To stop this from progressing further my neurologist put me on a few different medications and suggested weight loss might also help. So I stopped eating cake and starting swallowing more tablets in a day than I usually do in a week!

It has been a long, hard slog to get my IIH under control. But because I don’t like to dwell on the negative, let’s fast forward two years.

I’m now 25 kilos lighter and my IIH is almost in remission. Hooray for that.

The downside? All of the medication I’ve taken in the last two years hammered my skin. It was so dehydrated and nothing could nourish it.

I tried everything I could to get my skin back to the fresh, glowing complexion I once had – facials, expensive products, not so expensive products, you name it, I’ve probably given it a go.

And yet nothing seemed to give my skin the hydration it so desperately required.

So, with the help of my husband Scott – who has 17 years experience of developing products for the automotive industry – I decided to make my own!

I’d used face oils before and loved them, so I knew that was the way to go.

However after two solid years of taking up to 15 tablets a day I felt like I was already putting enough additional things into my body. I didn’t want any extras on my face as well.

Skin Boss begins

Now while I know what I love and need in a product, when it comes to the blending of it – let’s just say that’s not my strong point.

Fortunately I’m married to a man who has an amazing scientific and mathematical mind. He has also developed and blended chemicals for almost all of his working life.

So when I asked him if he could help me create an all natural face oil blend that would leave my skin feeling hydrated and nourished like never before, Scott was all over it.

I gave Scott a brief as to what I required in a face oil:

  1. low scent – because there’s nothing worse than smoothing your face in an overpowering, foul smelling product first thing in the morning and last thing at night, right?
  2. all natural – I’m definitely not a vegan, although I do love a good acai bowl and quite often think about doing yoga, but the idea of being able to give my skin nourishment with no chemical based nasties was VERY appealing.
  3. a high level of hydration and nourishment – the product had to sink into my skin. None of this sliding over the top business and leaving my face looking like I’d dipped it in a bowl of olive oil. Nope, it had to actually do what I wanted it to do – nourish and hydrate my face.

I also gave Scott a list of oils I knew my skin loved. He looked at the brief, looked at the list and said, “Give me a week. I’ll have this sorted.”

Turns out I’m quite picky.

A week turned into a month and a month turned into three.

Scott was busy developing various oil blends which I would then test.

The first few blends were less than ideal – “not hydrating enough!”  “eewww that stinks”  “yeah, that’s going to be a no from me”

But then, after numerous attempts and several eye rolls at each other, SKIN BOSS was born – “Hold the line caller. You’ve done it!  This is the one. My skin feels AMAZING. I love it!”

Cue a big old cheesy grin from Scott, a high five from me and without even realising it, we’d begun a skin care business.

Bringing Skin Boss to you

I’ve been using our two products – GET UP AND GLOW (day face oil) and SLEEP ON IT (night face oil) since we developed it earlier this year.

After a couple of weeks of using it on my own skin, Scott bought home a couple of different bottles to put the oil in.

THAT’S when it hit me.

This is a product that is helping my skin. It can help other women – and men – with their skin too!

And so I set about bringing Skin Boss to you.

Bottles were selected, labels were printed, a name was created and on Friday 7 July 2017 Skin Boss was launched!