The Female Founded edit showcases a mix of exclusive cult- favourite brands, created by women, for women.
This month we were fortunate enough to quiz the founders of the brands showcased in this months box. Specifically about their daily lifestyle routines and must have skincare products.
For women, by women, MZ Skin is a high-performance skincare brand that was created to reveal your best skin, enhance it and protect it. The founder, Dr Maryam Zamani, a facial aesthetics doctor by training, created her range of products using scientifically-proven ingredients of the highest possible calibre to deliver the best results for your skin.
What inspired you to create your brand?
"It was in my early days that doctor skincare brands were popping up. I experimented with a few but I became the noncompliant patient, disinterested in the routine as I felt I was more medicating my face than taking care of my skin. That beautiful sensory experience and ritual aspect was lost. I then started working with my own chemist creating formulas to supplement my routine, and my husband actually was the one who put the idea into my head and said, well if you like it, then why don’t you try them for your patients. That was early 2014. I worked with my formulator creating a simple, comprehensive, efficacy formulation. Patients and friends would try my products and were instrumental in helping tweak them as I went along. I had no vision of what the future would hold but when the buyer at Harrods wanted my products, MZ Skin as a brand, was born."
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Glow Boost Ampoules
"The Glow Boost Ampoules are the perfect way to brighten and hydrate tired skin for an immediate glow and skin wellness, either during a selfcare evening or to achieve a radiant complexion as a pre-event quick fix!"
What is your morning/night routine?
"I am not an early morning person so I organize in the evening so I can have a late wake up at about 7:15. I bath and shower before bed so in the morning, it’s a quick 5 minutes in the bathroom. For skincare, I gently wash my face with MZ Skin Cleanse & Clarify, followed by my Brighten & Perfect 10% Vitamin C, Soothe & Smooth eye cream, my Tint & Protect moisturizer with SPF 30. Next steps are makeup- I love Tom Fords bronzer, a little Nars Orgasm Blush, mascara, lip balm, quick brush of the hair or a ponytail and I get dressed. A little breakfast before the school run and I am in the office by 8:30 and start seeing patients at 8:45/9 am. Just like in the daytime, at night I wash my face with MZ Skin Cleanse & Clarify. Twice a week I use this or my MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal mask for deeper exfoliation while I am in the bath. I then use my Soothe & Smooth eye cream followed by MZ Skin Replenish & Restore mask and finally the MZ Skin 2% Retinol Skin Booster. The last steps of my night-time skincare routine are for the lips, and I am ready for bed!"
What does a day in your life look like?
"I have breakfast with the kids, usually a freshly squeezed hot lemon and ginger with either porridge or 2 poached eggs with a piece of buttered brown toast followed by freshly squeezed orange juice (half orange half mandarin), then I race to dress, and we are out the door by 8:05 to drop the kids off at school. Fortunately, everything is very convenient, and I am in my office by 8:30 and start seeing patients at 8:45. Most days I finish at 1 at the clinic, (minus Mondays where I can sometimes still be seeing patients until 7 pm) and then either work on MZ Skin, meetings, calls and sometimes I have time for a fun lunch with friends. Then its school pick-ups and after school activities. While the kids are in their various activities, I tend to check up on our daily plans with MZ Skin. If we are home, we have dinner together as a family. I need to exercise pretty much every day. Usually, I go to the gym for 45 minutes of elliptical most nights when the kids go to bed. And if I have my twice weekly trainer or Pilates, I squeeze it in before or after dinner. Once I have worked out, I come back to the computer and catch up on the emails and prepare for the next day. My husband and I like to see friends in the evening too, so it’s not always possible to get it all done! I try to be in bed by midnight and start all over again. Weekends are family time and I tend to organize my week ahead so that I keep sane."
What is your “desert island” product you couldn’t live without?
" This is like asking me as a mother who is my favourite child! I don’t think I can pick… all the products are formulated to work in synergy in order to reveal, enhance and protect. However, I cannot go without Rest & Revive to promote cell renewal as I sleep."
What piece of advice have you received that has been impactful to your skincare journey/business?
"I had a mentor when I was a resident and when I was about to embark on my private practice in Washington, DC there were many who told me that I shouldn’t do it, that the area was too saturated. I asked the advice of my mentor who said, “there is always room for one more, so if you want to do, do it. You will make it happen.” He was right then, and I still think that today. There is always room for everyone to succeed so if you have the passion, just do it. I have never been competitive with anyone but myself. I love this philosophy and always hope I can help others in their journey like my mentor did for me."
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