Introducing one of the greatest Skinologists I’ve ever known: Sachi Morris, founder of The Freeze Clinic . For nearly a decade, Sachi has been providing top-notch light-therapy facials. Her passion, education, expertise and compassion transcend any beauty and skincare experience you can imagine. If you haven’t tried her famous Freeze facial yet, we are here to peer-pressure you to do so! Until your next appointment, here’s a glimpse into her world.
What inspires you about skincare?
The transformation. Seeing someone’s expression change when they see it too means everything.
What do you look for in skincare products?
Products that deliver results. It sounds simple but when we’re talking about natural and organic skincare products, results are quite hard to find.
What can you not live without in your beauty routine?
Exfoliation and then hydrating immediately afterwards. It’s so important to keep the skin looking fresh
Are there any particular products out there that you believe have a real impact on our skin?
At the risk of tooting our own horn, I truly believe the Freeze Microdermabrasion Facial Polish is one of the best natural scrubs available. I also always immediately apply Graydon’s Fullmoon Serum after using the scrub to add non-oily hydration back into the skin. It absorbs so well.
What’s new and exciting in the beauty industry?
Cyrotherapy facials. It’s all about cold!
Any treatments you’ve tried and hated?
Too many to list. I hate spending money on things that are marketed well but under-perform.
Any treatments you swear by?
Again, I have to say the Freeze Facial at The Freeze Clinic offers something for everyone. It is fully customizable and it delivers beautiful results. Adding in a Cryotherapy Boost, too, takes it to the next level.
What’s your bedtime beauty routine?
Oh boy. It depends on the night. It ALWAYS involves double cleansing and moisturizing, but depending on what my skin is doing, there could also be exfoliating, a mask, a serum, and sometimes a little self–tanner. It never takes less than eight minutes or more than 30. I evaluate the condition of my skin after I cleanse and go from there.
How do you feel the beauty industry is responding and adapting to “clean ingredients”?
We’ve certainly come a long way! Most people now know what to avoid (SLS, phthalates, etc.) and many beauty companies have been mindful about educating their customers. That said, I think the terminology can be confusing and some companies are intentionally deceitful. Just because a product says “natural” or “eco” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s clean.
How do you balance running a business and also being a mom to two kids?
Sometimes I’m a superhero, but more often, I fail at something major. We all know that balance is hard; we hear so many moms on social media talking about how to achieve it. There’s no right way, and each day has its own new set of challenges. But if at the end of each day, our clients leave happy and my kids are healthy and thriving (despite me not necessarily giving them all they wanted or needed), I call that a win.
“Beauty from the inside out” is a common saying. What foods do you feel make a difference to our skin?
Water, fat and protein. In that order. Drink twice as much water as you think you need, eat all of the healthy fats and keep your protein clean. What I mean by this is eat mostly organic proteins, and if it has to be red meat, make sure it’s grass-fed.
When it comes to the sun, what do you do to protect yourself and your kids’ skin?
The first thing I apply to my skin after cleansing in the morning is Coola’s SPF 20 with Rose Essence. It isn’t chalky and it gives me a bit of a glow. I reapply this throughout the day and put SPF on my body if it’s exposed to the sun. For my kids, it isn’t much different, except I use a mineral sunscreen and they don’t care if they look chalky.
Throughout your travels, what skincare and beauty practices have you seen and experienced that are different from ours?
Europeans always seem to be ahead of us in terms of new technologies and skincare ingredients. It’s no coincidence that our equipment comes from Europe and the skincare gurus we turn to mostly hail from there.
Is there any place you’re dying to visit, to learn about its beauty regimes?
Korea and Japan. I’ve been before, but that was in my 20s––my interests were quite different then!
Skincare’s popularity has definitely increased, especially online. Why do you think that is?
I can only assume it’s because we’re all addicted to social media and paying attention to how we look in closeups. Although this is good for business, it can also really negatively affect someone’s self-esteem.
What’s your view on aging?
Fight it with every last breath! Aging is inevitable but through bio-hacking and the newest technologies, we can live well into a second century feeling and looking as good as possible. I envy future generations: bio-hacking is going to develop even further. Provided they take care of the planet, too, there’s no reason why our kids and their kids won’t be able to greatly extend the current life expectancy.
Are there any anti-aging products or practices you believe in?
Intermittent Fasting, the Bulletproof practice, Cryotherapy and Freeze Facials.
What are your tips and tricks for keeping your skin dewy and young–looking?
Customizable facials and products specific to your own skin’s needs are key. Don’t buy something just because it worked for your friend or a beauty blogger.
What vitamins and supplements do you include in your diet, if any?
For daytime, Vitamin C, regular B12 shots, occasional IV therapy, marine collagen and chaga. Melatonin and magnesium for a good night’s sleep––arguably the most important thing of all.
When it comes to the environment, how important is it to protect our skin from pollutants and how can we do it?
Living in the city, we can only do our best. ALWAYS wash your face twice a day (double cleanse if you can) and use a topical antioxidant, like a Vitamin C serum.
The beauty industry seems to offer a variety of laser therapies. Can you explain Cold Laser Therapy and its benefits?
Traditional lasers use heat or thermal energy to create injury in the skin with the expectation that that will improve skin tone and texture. However, it’s risky because it can have negative side effects and there’s a lot of recovery time. Cold Laser, on the other hand, promises no redness or recovery time. Its low-level, non–damaging light therapy leaves skin looking fresh and even-toned. And the best part is, because Cold Laser works at a cellular level, your skin only continues to improve in the days post-treatment.
What about microdermabrasion?
This is an important step at the beginning of each Freeze Facial; it gently removes dead skin cells, allowing us to treat the healthy skin underneath.
You’ve recently launched your own products. What was it like creating your line?
So much fun! Working with a lab and testing different ingredients was eye-opening. The products we created are all–natural and clean, and they really work. We weren’t trying to compete with anything else out there when we set out to create the line. We simply felt that there was a gap in the market for inexpensive and effective natural products. We didn’t create our own cleanser or moisturizer; there are others out there that we love and that are affordable. But an effective, natural, clean and affordable Vitamin C serum, Collagen Mask, Microderm Polish and Marine Complex Toner… these were missing from our own routines, so we could only assume others felt the same way. And we were right.
Is there a product that you think is overused and overrated in the industry?
If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self about taking care of her skin?
Don’t forget your neck, girl! I took great care of my face, but somehow forgot about my neck. But the good news is that my neck has now become the testing ground for new technologies and skin-tightening solutions.