Q&A with Kate Roath, founder of mindful skincare brand Wild Source Apothecary

"Skincare is such a tactile practise that it can really open up an opportunity to reconnect with yourself."

1. Saintly Skin has always been a supporter of Wild Source Apothecary, but for those who are new to the brand, tell us a little more about you and your wonderful skincare line?

Founder of Wild Source skincare
Kate Roath

Wild Source is a skincare brand that brings the ritual element to the forefront of our customers' experience. We create stripped back, organic formulas that are brimming with plant based skin food and amalgamate that with a meditative self-care ritual. I launched Wild Source in 2017 after struggling with my skin on and off for years. I had bad eczema and the stress of that flared it up even more, it became a vicious cycle. I later launched our first meditation series to encourage our community to use their skincare routine as an opportunity for mindful self-care rituals. I experienced first hand the positive change to my skin when I began incorporating a few minutes of meditation whilst applying my skincare and wanted to share the idea with the rest of the world.

2. The idea of merging mindfulness and skincare was pretty pioneering. Why do you think mindfulness is so important?

I think so often we can complete our daily tasks in a very absent minded manner. We don't take the time to enjoy or even notice much of our daily habits. Skincare is such a tactile practise that it can really open up an opportunity to reconnect with yourself. Taking care and enjoying the process of applying an oil or a face mask can be an incredibly therapeutic experience. Bringing mindfulness into your day can not only evoke feelings of calm and peace but also helps you to enjoy and appreciate things so much more!

For Wild Source's guided meditations please click here

3. Stress is a mini pandemic in itself, affecting so many people’s wellbeing. How does stress negatively impact our skin?

Well chronic stress (the stress that lasts for long periods of time) affects all of our organs, but our skin is the organ we can actually see. If you suffer from a skincare condition like acne, psoriasis or eczema then stress is likely to a