Clean Beauty Entrepreneur Mary Allan On Developing The Ultimate Travel Skincare Kit

Mary Allan is the founder of Mary Allan Skincare.

Mary Allan is the founder of Mary Allan Skincare.

Mary Allan Skincare

For even the most experienced globe trotters, strategizing a wardrobe is rarely a no-brainer. Not only does the climate of your destination dictate what you’ll wear, the length of your journey will factor into how much you’re going to bring.

But thankfully, with Mary Allan’s Discovery Set, packing a streamlined skincare regimen for any kind of trip is a breeze. Once you place your order and complete her online questionnaire, you’ll shortly thereafter receive a sleek kit packed with travel-friendly products personally selected for you.

While there’s no shortage of indie beauty brands on the market, Mary Allan stands out from the rest because of her science-driven background. (She spent twenty years formulating products for some of the biggest names in the beauty industry, including Jurlique and Dermalogica, before venturing solo last year with her eponymous line.) Given her keen understanding of how ingredients (most notably, oils) can benefit your skin, Allan created every product to support your skin’s natural lipid structure. She says, ”My line is water and oil based, as our skin needs both lipids and water for optimal skin health.”

On top of that, Allan is fastidious about using ingredients that are clean and proven to deliver results, yet gentle on the skin. She’s also committed to bottling everything in glass to be more environmentally-friendly. Below, Allan expands further on why she created her Discovery Kit to cover all your skincare needs – whether you’re on the ground, or flying sky high.

I don’t know any other skincare brand that offers such a comprehensive questionnaire. Why do you offer it?

Allan: I have always had a very personalized approach to helping my customers achieve their most healthy complexion. After spending two decades in the skin care industry, one thing I see over and over again is women buying products that aren’t meant for their skin type. With so many choices and new ingredients entering the market, it’s hard for consumers to figure out what will work. My online questionnaire allows me to zone in on a person’s skin type, concerns, and desired goals. I can see what ingredients they are using on their skin, and how to make an impact with a few tweaks. For example: if a person has congested skin, sometimes it’s as simple as removing comedogenic ingredients from their regimen – like avocado oil, which is for drier skin types. 

Unlike other brands, your questionnaire is answered by an actual person, and isn’t automated. Why is it important to put in the extra effort?

Allan: My answer will always be the same. I have 25 years of skin care knowledge, and my online form allows me to directly help my customers. An automated form can’t replicate real life knowledge, and offer a ongoing relationship with my customers. After you fill out my online questionnaire, my team and I are able to create the perfect regimen for your skin care and lifestyle needs. I love the connection I get to have with my customers. Most of my products are a result of creating formulations to solve very specific skin conditions and concerns that my clients are experiencing.

We all know that flying dehydrates our skin, but can you explain how?

Allan: When we fly, especially on long-haul flights, the body has to adapt to a lower humidity level in a pressurized air cabin. When you combine that with changing time zones – which alters our bodies natural circadian rhythm – you end up with both physical and visual changes to the skin. The lack of humidity is the biggest challenge that flyers face, the ideal level of humidity for our skin is 50% and higher. And typically, an aircraft is anywhere between 7% to 15%. With the lack of humidity, the skin starts to become dehydrated as it attempts to pull moisture. This results in transdermal water loss.

The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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For even the most experienced globe trotters, strategizing a wardrobe is rarely a no-brainer. Not only does the climate of your destination dictate what you’ll wear, the length of your journey will factor into how much you’re going to bring.

But thankfully, with Mary Allan’s Discovery Set, packing a streamlined skincare regimen for any kind of trip is a breeze. Once you place your order and complete her online questionnaire, you’ll shortly thereafter receive a sleek kit packed with travel-friendly products personally selected for you.

While there’s no shortage of indie beauty brands on the market, Mary Allan stands out from the rest because of her science-driven background. (She spent twenty years formulating products for some of the biggest names in the beauty industry, including Jurlique and Dermalogica, before venturing solo last year with her eponymous line.) Given her keen understanding of how ingredients (most notably, oils) can benefit your skin, Allan created every product to support your skin’s natural lipid structure. She says, ”My line is water and oil based, as our skin needs both lipids and water for optimal skin health.”

On top of that, Allan is fastidious about using ingredients that are clean and proven to deliver results, yet gentle on the skin. She’s also committed to bottling everything in glass to be more environmentally-friendly. Below, Allan expands further on why she created her Discovery Kit to cover all your skincare needs – whether you’re on the ground, or flying sky high.

I don’t know any other skincare brand that offers such a comprehensive questionnaire. Why do you offer it?

Allan: I have always had a very personalized approach to helping my customers achieve their most healthy complexion. After spending two decades in the skin care industry, one thing I see over and over again is women buying products that aren’t meant for their skin type. With so many choices and new ingredients entering the market, it’s hard for consumers to figure out what will work. My online questionnaire allows me to zone in on a person’s skin type, concerns, and desired goals. I can see what ingredients they are using on their skin, and how to make an impact with a few tweaks. For example: if a person has congested skin, sometimes it’s as simple as removing comedogenic ingredients from their regimen – like avocado oil, which is for drier skin types. 

Unlike other brands, your questionnaire is answered by an actual person, and isn’t automated. Why is it important to put in the extra effort?

Allan: My answer will always be the same. I have 25 years of skin care knowledge, and my online form allows me to directly help my customers. An automated form can’t replicate real life knowledge, and offer a ongoing relationship with my customers. After you fill out my online questionnaire, my team and I are able to create the perfect regimen for your skin care and lifestyle needs. I love the connection I get to have with my customers. Most of my products are a result of creating formulations to solve very specific skin conditions and concerns that my clients are experiencing.

We all know that flying dehydrates our skin, but can you explain how?

Allan: When we fly, especially on long-haul flights, the body has to adapt to a lower humidity level in a pressurized air cabin. When you combine that with changing time zones – which alters our bodies natural circadian rhythm – you end up with both physical and visual changes to the skin. The lack of humidity is the biggest challenge that flyers face, the ideal level of humidity for our skin is 50% and higher. And typically, an aircraft is anywhere between 7% to 15%. With the lack of humidity, the skin starts to become dehydrated as it attempts to pull moisture. This results in transdermal water loss.

The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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