BIODARA

 

Infused with a concentration of powerful anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, Biodara skincare formulas assist in fighting signs of aging, stimulate cellular turnover, and protect against free radical damage. Their nutrient dense formulations penetrate the skins layers to revitalize the complexion - leaving it radiant and refreshed.

 
Photographer Julia Kuzmenko

Recently Biodara launched a brand new product, Coconut Matcha Brightening Mask. The mask contains non-GMO, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. As a health nut, foodie, and fan of Biodara products, I was especially excited about the inclusion of MSM and matcha in the formulation of their new offering. MSM provides sulfur, a vital building block of joints, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails. Matcha is a super antioxidant for the entire body.
 

We asked Mimi Kim, the founder of Biodara, to tell us about
the company and herself.
 

AGB: What inspired you to start Biodara?

MK:  Over 13 years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and after dealing with various skin ailments for many years, I found relief and healing from various organic therapeutic oils and botanicals that I personally blended.  After sharing the products with friends and family, I was amazed to learn how many people suffered from skin problems, and like me had also benefited from my concoctions.  That’s when we decided to start Biodara.  It’s very heartwarming to receive emails from customers, writing to tell me how much Biodara has helped their skin.

AGB: Do you have a favorite botanical?

MK:  I really love Helichrysum essential oil, also called Immortelle and Everlasting. It’s known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and regenerative properties. The oil helps increase skin cell production to treat blemishes and other skin conditions.  Its soothing properties also help heal burns; scar tissue; and dry, irritated skin.

AGB: What should people look for when buying all-natural skincare products?  

MK: First before you buy an all-natural skincare product, read the list of ingredients. Parabens, phthalates, synthetic colorants, and fragrances are best to avoid. Ask questions. If you have a thyroid issue – find out if the brand is gluten free.  Also, check the brand’s websites; read their philosophy. Do they use certified organic and wildcrafted ingredients? If not certified organic, do they work with small but reputable companies that practice organic farming?  Is the brand cruelty free?  Finally, is the skincare product results-driven, meaning does it do what it's supposed to do? Read reviews on the social media. I like to read reviews from bloggers who are objective about why they like a product or why it’s not right for their skin . 

AGB:  Can you tell me about the process of recovering from an autoimmune disease?

MK:  I’m on a healing journey. It’s important to me to live a productive, well-balanced, and peaceful life. Making an adjustment in my diet has made a positive change in my experience. I've cut out gluten, refined sugar, and fried foods. Also stretching, going to the Korean Spa, and lying on a bed of nails are very relaxing and soothing for my body. 

AGB: Thank you for speaking with me today, I have have one last question … Please tell me about the bed of nails!?  

MK:  A bed of nails sounds intimidating - I know! It's a lightweight acupressure mat and pillow that has over 8,000 points on which you recline. It’s very relaxing, wonderful for circulation, and helps with insomnia.