Ailish Lucas aka The Glow Getter and the brains behind The Glow Summit gives us the lowdown on what sparked her passion for all things clean beauty, health and wellbeing.
Tell us more about your day job.
I’m a full time clean beauty, health and wellness blogger who also runs online events which are called Glow Summits twice a year. These are completely free events where I interview leading health, wellness and lifestyle experts to get their top tips and tricks on how to glow inside and out. They focus around five core themes of what you eat; what you think; how you move; what you use and what you do. I’ve interviewed some incredible ladies and the next one is coming up in April so you can sign up here if you’d like to be one of the first to here more about it >>> CLICK HERE
What sparked your passion for all things natural and organic?
I had horrendous skin and had tried EVERYTHING that you could think of. I was a total Dermalogica girl but nothing was working for me. I randomly came across a brand called Pai Skincare and bought the tester kit to give it a whirl and within two weeks my skin looked and felt a million times better. My eyes weren’t streaming after washing my face and my redness had reduced massively. That’s when I thought I should look into the products I was using a little more and started and blog. It’s since evolved into health and wellness as well because I truly believe that if you want to ‘glow’ then it’s not just about beauty. It’s about nutrition, mindset, movement, what we do in our lives and how we give back. Which is where The Glow Summit was born. I want to help women be inspired to live happier and healthier lives through clean beauty, wellness and lifestyle and could talk all day long about it!
Describe what Clean Beauty means to you.
A product that has been created by a person or company that understands key ingredients to avoid, has an ethical standpoint on business and wants to do good for their customer and the environment.
What do you think the biggest misconception about clean beauty is?
That vegan is natural as well. Everyone thinks that because a product is vegan, means that it’s clean too which is a complete lie. Not all companies are ‘clean’ but can be vegan so it’s something to keep in mind. There are a whole host of others but you may fall asleep if I get into this too much!
Top tip for upgrading your beauty routine.
Ooh for upgrading it? Choose products that make you feel good about taking care of yourself.
Do you follow any specific rules when buying beauty?
Just keeping it clean, and I like to know if there is any science behind the product with regards to skincare. I want something that works and has results.
Which beauty ingredients are a definite no no?
SLS, Methylisothiazolinone, Parabens, Phalates , plus a few others but they are the main ones.
Other than clean beauty, what other elements of healthy living are most important to you?
Food – I’ve recently learnt that I’m intolerant to almonds, eggs, yeast, dairy, coconut and kale which is fascinating because those foods made up a large proportion of my diet so I’ve cut them out to see if it makes me feel better. I think it’s so important to recognise that what works for one person, doesn’t always work for you.
Mindset – Meditation is incredible and I love reading motivational books which I think is super important to do. I love the quote ‘the level of thinking that got you here, won’t get you there’ so try to expand my mindset a lot on this.
Movement – you don’t have to punish your body at the gym, just move it in a way that feels good to you.
Career – if you don’t like your career, leave. You’re not a tree. Find work that you love, that lights you up. You don’t have to just quit on the spot, you can test other things out whilst still having a secure income. I did work for free in spa’s at the beginning and assisted on makeup jobs for free whilst working full time as a marketing manager. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and all that jazz.
Your top piece of beauty advice.
Stop buying products like you’re expecting them to work miracles when you haven’t sorted out the food you eat, the things you drink, the amount of sleep you’re getting, the stress levels you place on yourself and how you move your body. Products are the icing on the cake, so look at everything else as well.