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Mama Glow Icon: Tata Harper

| May 20, 2014
Tata Harper- founder of Tata Harper Skin Care
Tata Harper- founder & CEO of Tata Harper Skin Care, Shoreham, VT

When I think of the glow, and who really embodies it I think of beauty maven, Tata Harper, founder of Tata Harper Skin Care. She is a mother of 3 and really walks her talk. She is committed to the wellbeing and beauty of all women and is a true Mama Glow Icon.

Tata Harper is my favorite line in the market. What inspired you to develop your skin care line? 

About ten years ago, I was in the midst of lifestyle-detox, following my stepfather’s diagnosis and treatment with cancer. That diagnosis woke up my whole family to the reality that the products that you put on your skin everyday, and the things that you eat, can really affect your long-term health! I realized that I wanted all of the products I used to be totally natural and nontoxic, so I started replacing all of my products. The one thing I couldn’t find was high-performance, anti-aging skincare that had the science and results I was looking for, while being totally synthetic-free. I searched all over the world, and it literally didn’t exist, so I realized I had to make it myself.

Tata Harper in the garden harvesting botanicals
Tata Harper in the garden harvesting botanicals

What are some of the benefits of embracing botanicals and limiting the amount of exposure to toxins in skin care?

People who use high-quality, all natural skincare usually experience skin that glows with healthy vitality that you just can’t get from synthetics. It’s from the natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients that are in natural ingredients. They’re biocompatible, and they work with the skin to balance it out and help it thrive. In terms of limiting synthetic chemical ingredients, a lot of people experience a reduction in sensitivity, reactions and breakouts; often those kinds of skin issues are caused by the harshness of synthetics.

What’s your glow pick from the line? What can’t you live without right now?

My glow pick from the line would have to be our Regenerating Cleanser. I use it every day, and it literally changed my life and my skin – it’s the reason I never wear foundation. It smoothes, softens, minimizes pores, detoxifies – all without drying the skin. What I can’t live with right now? Our limited edition Power of Rose Hydrating Floral essence – I have one on my desk at all times! It smells like springtime and it gives me a daily moisture boost for extra glow.

Tata lounging with her 3 kids.
Tata lounging with her 3 kids.

What’s the best thing about being a mom?

I think it’s the pure joy that I experience when I spend time with my kids. They keep me centered and present, and keep my attention on the important things in life. Plus, they can cheer me up from any gray mood in about three seconds flat.

Walk us through your glow time routine- your self care practice, what does it include?

My daily skincare routine involves most of the products of my line, and it sounds like it takes forever, but it’s really just around two minutes (I’ve actually timed it, just to see!). I cleanse and exfoliate with my Regenerating Cleanser, I mix my Hydrating Floral Essence with my Elixir Vitae serum and apply to my face and neck, and then use my Repairative Moisturizer. Then, my Replenishing Nutrient Complex to lock in hydration and give me a glow, and my Restorative Eye Creme to fight wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes. Last, a bit of the Be Adored lip treatment on my lips for color and moisture. At night, it’s the same routine but I leave out the Be Adored, of course.

Another element of my glow routine would be the aromatherapy baths that I do with my kids every night; it helps us all calm down before bed. It’s a treat every night. And last, every Saturday morning I do a more extended beauty routine, with a nourishing oil mask for my hair, and I use all of my tools like my Clarisonic brush and my steamer. It gives my skin a fresh start for the week, and is a way for me to relax and spend time with myself.

The busy mom of 3 is committed to a healthy lifestyle
The busy mom of 3 is committed to a healthy and inspired lifestyle

You have a radiance about you Tata. How do you maintain your glow?

Thank you! Let’s see…I eat lots of fruits and veggies, I drink lots of water daily (and lately, coconut water!), I prioritize sleep and make sure I am well rested, and I practice restorative yoga and occasional meditation to keep me feeling balanced. And I just focus on being positive!

Who inspires you? 

The women I meet around the country and world when I travel for business, who are transforming their lives and their skin by switching to all-natural skincare. Sometimes they are just starting the journey, other times they are raving from the results they’ve seen after a few months of committing to natural. They remind me that this company and this movement are about much more than products – it’s about health, happiness and lifestyle.

Tata exploring the stock of her products
Tata exploring the stock of her products

What recipe are you digging right now?

That would have to be the fruit juice/smoothie blend that my family and I make together every morning. It’s a blend of orange, apple and pear juice, plus blueberries, raspberries and apricot blended, and sometimes some coconut water in there as well. It’s an energy booster for sure!

What’s your wish for women using your products? 

My wish is for these women to use these products as a stepping stone into a healthy, glowing life!

Tata Harper in the woods
Tata Harper in the woods

Tata Harper’s Glow Tips for Luminous Living

  • Cultivate self-confidence. That can mean a lot of different things to people, but whether it’s practicing a daily mantra, or meditation, or getting a whole new wardrobe, or just changing your inner dialogue (or using our Love Potion!) I think confidence is a huge part of any woman’s natural beauty, and should play an essential part in any woman’s beauty routine!
  • Never underestimate the power of a healthy, plant-based diet.
  • Stress has a very anti-glow effect on our body and minds. Finding ways to reduce stress and anxiety are essential for looking and feeling your best. My method is daily aromatherapy, with my Aromatic Stress Treatment. It works wonders!

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