“Akar” means white crystal in Tibetan, and symbolizes purity, wellness and new beginnings. They are values that our founder Kate sought for after her career in banking culminated in a burnout. Deciding to break away from that stressful life, she embarked on a trip to Tibet to pause, reflect and heal. It was there that she rediscovered wellness, happiness and a renewed connection to nature – which eventually led to the founding of Akar Skin.
While in Tibet, Kate was introduced to two berries that locals have long-used in their traditional healing practices – the Sea Buckthorn and Goji Berry, which are rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Upon witnessing the remarkable transformation these two ingredients brought to her sensitized, acne-prone skin, Kate was inspired to launch a clean skincare brand that combined the powerful benefits of select organic superfoods with cutting-edge beauty technology. Her passion for high-performing superfoods for the skin has since grown into an ingredient library of over a hundred plant extracts and oils used across all Akar formulations.
At Akar, we are committed to offering clean skincare that are safe for humans, animals and the planet. This is why all our formulations are 100% natural, plant-based, cruelty-free, and EWG Verified. When you shop Akar, you can do so knowing that transparency, safety and sustainability are at the forefront of everything we do.
Learn more about our transparency and manufacturing standards in our Clean Pledge page.
My story is one that might be familiar to you. I used to work an extremely stressful banking job that had me hospitalized on a business trip in London.
That incident was a huge wake-up call for me. Quitting my job and taking a much-needed break, I flew to Tibet to re-ground and restore myself. Tibet is a unique, beautiful place where modernity and vibrant ancient traditions co-exist side-by-side.
My time in Tibet made clear that science alone is not enough — it didn’t provide lasting solutions to my adult acne despite endless trials of harsh products, expensive treatments and antibiotics. Fact is, nothing came as close to doing for my skin what sea buckthorn oil from Tibet accomplished. My wish to replicate the results I experienced in Tibet led me to venture into skincare formulations, advanced extraction and scientific techniques, to put the best of what nature has to offer in a bottle. I firmly believe that healthy, radiant skin is best achieved with science-backed, clean formulations that benefit both humans and the planet.
I hope that picking up a bottle of Akar will inspire you to check-in with yourself and love the skin you’re in.