Jenn Thornton 2017-08-15 05:25:57
Natural WOMAN Drawing on life experiences in Korea and Hawai‘i, Eileen Feighny turned to Mother Nature for her new skin solution. At 33, skincare maven Eileen Feighny is a seriously fresh face on the scene. She’s also an esthetician, aromatherapist and founder of new seasonal skincare line Tulura (tulura. com), which just happens to be the name of her Tribeca facial studio in Manhattan. The beauty phenom draws her sensibility from her roots in South Korea, where she was born to a “very modern and forward-thinking woman,” she says. Her savvy mother also grew the family’s own herbs and plants and “always had a remedy for whatever ailed you,” adds Feighny. In Korea, Feighny, a devout nature lover, notably learned to forage for medicinal plants and grind up flower petals to make nail stain. When Feighny later moved to Kāne‘ohe in Windward O‘ahu, she watched locals use natural oils that she would later turn to for help. In the midst of her career as a model known for her flawless skin, she suffered a bout of cystic acne that sent her in search of a solution when established products did not offer one. “I started experimenting on my own with natural ingredients,” says the beauty maven, who explored different essential oils and prepared blends. Her five-year journey of careful research led to a truly beautiful breakthrough. In March, Feighny launched Tulura with The Duo ($170), a vitamin peptide serum and botanical facial oil for all skin types featuring 100 percent active ingredients. Drawing upon a powerful combination of hydrating hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, ferulic acid and exfoliating AHA lactic acid—all in a lotus water base—the serum instantly refreshes the skin. Made with nutritive hemp, marula and tamanu oils, the second product locks in the serum’s botanical goodness. It’s also restorative, thanks to its essential oils of rose, neroli, mandarin and helichrysum—the last of which is highly coveted in aromatherapy circles for its skin healing properties. Since its debut, The Duo has been touted by Jeannie Mai, co-host of the talk show, The Real. Fittingly, the knockout product has become a hit in the islands. “We’ve already had so many repeat orders from Hawai‘i!” says Feighny, adding that local reviews praise the product for leaving skin hydrated and moisturized without a greasy residue. “Why not go back to nature?” she asks. After all, it’s nature that nurtures.
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