In honour of International Women’s Day, we sat down with OPTY.NC Co-founders Cate Lilja and Karissa Mather to learn about their inspiration to start the brand and champion a new standard...
Award-winning ingestible beauty and wellness brand with optimised, multi-benefit formulations that nourish and visibly improve your skin, gut, hair, and nails whilst boosting your immunity, all from the inside out.
OPTY [op - ty] best possible; most desirable; optimal, optimum; optimized
NC [nutri - cosmetics] ingestible supplements that complement topical skincare products to create a 360 degree approach to radiant skin, stronger hair and nails, and overall health; providing the nutrients required to maintain a healthy rate of skin renewal, collagen synthesis and protect skin from environmental stressors that cause premature aging
More than skin deep.
Led by innovation.
Driven by efficacy.
– Cate Lilja, co-founder
“We hope people start to recognize that what’s going on inside is reflected outside"
Karissa’s interest in wellness is a lifelong passion. A family history of bowel cancer made gut health a priority from an early age – long before it was a popular wellness topic.
Karissa’s career in marketing spans more than 20 years. She spent the first chapter working in New York for some of the most famous names in beauty including Estée Lauder and MAC.
While living in NYC, she began researching the connection between gut and skin health, and as her interest in the subject deepened, so too did her passion for wellness and a more holistic approach to feeling good.
“Skin health is a long-term goal and it starts in your gut,” Karissa says. “It’s okay to use external skincare and cosmetics, but it’s important to realise whatever we’re trying to mask is an indication of our overall health. That’s why ingestible beauty is really changing the way we think about skincare.”
Natural health has been an integral part of Cate’s personal and professional life since her 20's.
Cate turned to natural therapies to help restore strength and vitality while suffering from adrenal burnout and a seriously depressed immune system. This prompted her to switch from studying a Biomedical Science degree to Applied Science, majoring in Naturopathic Studies.
“This gave me a solid grounding in the importance of gut health and the power of nutrition and herbal medicines to affect real, meaningful change within the gut and body,” Cate says.
She proceeded working in product development, creating supplements and ingestibles within the nutraceutical, cosmeceutical and health food sectors for 15 years, blending the intelligence of nature with scientific innovation.
“There have been so many exciting milestones along the way but more than anything my focus has been on helping people feel well.”
The Inside Scoop
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