The Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates shares the power of edible beauty

Publish Date
Tuesday, 19 March 2024, 9:07AM

"Growing up, I never imagined that the solution to my skin issues would lie in my kitchen." 

In a world where skincare often involves numerous creams, serums, and treatments, the concept of "edible beauty" might seem unconventional. However, as Carla Oates shares in the latest episode of We Need To Talk with Toni Street, the idea of beauty starting from within is gaining traction, and for good reason.

Carla first began looking into edible beauty when she was young, "I'd had eczema as a child and teenager and really quite severely and my mum took me to a naturopath." The naturopath changed her diet dramatically - cutting out gluten and dairy.

"At that age, I had firsthand experience of the incredible connection between what we eat, our digestive system, skin health, and overall well-being," she explained.

"And then my daughter, when she was ten... she also suffered from eczema, and allergies and so I knew from my experience that I had to start looking at her diet."

Carla not only eliminated gluten and dairy from her family's diet but also introduced lacto-fermented probiotic-rich ingredients like sauerkraut, coconut kefir, and kombucha.

They noticed that the diet change had made such a big difference in her daughter's skin, but not only that, "She had more focus at school, her allergies were better, her eczema was better."

From there Carla created Glow Inner Powder in 2009. "I didn't believe in the mass-market skincare products I encountered," she explained. "I saw a gap in the industry for products that truly nurtured the skin from the inside out."

"I launched the product to a roomful of sceptics," Carla recalled. "But the results spoke for themselves. People experienced profound improvements in their skin, energy levels, and overall well-being."

"I've always been driven by a clear vision, and now, seeing my products lining the shelves of big-name stores like David Jones and Selfridges, it's surreal."

Listen to Toni and Carla's full chat in this We Need To Talk episode.

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