BBW VIP MEMBER INTERVIEW: Dr. Soo-Young Kang, Founder and CEO of LightWater Skin

What is your name?

Dr. Soo-Young Kang

What is your title?

Founder and CEO of LightWater Skin

What is your business name?

What is your website URL?

www.lightwaterskin.com

What is your Instagram handle?

What is your LinkedIn URL?

How long have you been a Boston Business Women member?

I’ve been a Boston Business Women’s member for just a few weeks! I just signed up and I’m so excited to connect with other amazing women in business.

Where are you based? How did you end up there?

I'm based in Burlington because there are many business offices here and I like supporting local infrastructure. I also like many restaurants, shops, and malls in this neighborhood.

Tell us more about your company! What do you do and what pushed you to start?

LightWater Skin is a revolutionary skincare brand, designed by Harvard dermatologists and skin scientists. We are on a mission to provide cleaner, more effective skincare that stands by real results with no compromises; no preservatives, fragrances, or irritants. We have a patent pending technology to deliver maximum efficacy for slow aging, at every use.

My idea came to life when I was looking through my cosmetic bag and was struck by how old some of my products were – three to even up to five years old! As a scientist and beauty product developer, I knew the product actives had broken down and become useless long time ago. Plus, for products to last that long, they’re pumped with preservatives and irritants that adds stress to the skin, rather than help maintain and protect healthy microbiomes. So, I teamed up with Drs. Rox Anderson and Fernanda Sakamoto, world renowned Harvard dermatologists to reinvent and challenge the current beauty industry practices to deliver truly fresh, more effective, nutrient-dense skincare.

What was one of your biggest challenges in business?

I drew a lot of inspiration from the food industry to create fresh skincare. By far, the most challenging part, on many levels, was formulating without preservatives.

We also encountered many skepticisms along our journey, we heard a lot of ``that's just not how things are done``. Despite all that, we established our own manufacturing and processes above and beyond the current industry standards to help us compound our fresh formulas.

Tell us about your most proud moment in your career.

The proudest moment in my career is when I finally decided to pursue my life-long passion in skincare and became my own boss! And being patient and keep working hard even when the pandemic hit and that delayed my timeline of launching this brand.

Who is the woman behind your business? What does she like? How does she spend her free time? What does she value?

I’m a mother of two. I try to spend time with my family as much as I can. My love language is cooking so I'm always dishing out my children's favorite dishes when they are home from college. I’m also into opera. I find peace in classical music, and going to performances with my husband is my favorite pastime; it’s my way to unwind and find inspiration outside the daily hustle of being a startup CEO.

What makes you stand out from others in your field? What do you do differently?

1. Sourcing: Extensive screening process to eliminate any raw ingredients that don’t meet our clean standards (i.e. we do not use water-based raw ingredients containing preservatives)

2. Proprietary processing: Proprietary pharma-level process above CGMP standards

3. Proprietary formulation: Patent pending, preservative free formulations with zero additives. Products are non-irritating to even the most sensitive skin.

4. Flexible packaging: Single doses deliver maximum potency, efficacy, and hygiene at every use. Plus, more planet friendly.

5. Sustainability: 75% less packaging materials, 100% recyclable or compostable, planet-friendly formulas, vegan and cruelty-free.

Where can we keep up with you? What social media platforms do you use the most?

I predominately use Instagram! You can find me @sooyoungkang_ and @lightwaterskin.

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