FREDRIKA AKANDER is the beautiful scandi blonde with impeccable fashion sense – it’s safe to say she is our muse.
Not only is her style drool worthy and her closet one to envy, she is also a kind and giving person motivated by helping others. Fredrika is the founder of an organisation called Menstruation With Dignity, the foundation raises awareness of the lack of sanitary items for young women in certain countries and how this affects their attendance at school. MWD provides education and distributes sanitary items to women in countries like Uganda so that their education isn’t effected one whole week every month. Got a girl crush on Ms Akander now? We do too.
On a more superficial note, but a note that is still important to women and their self confidence, Fredrika has a passion for the skincare and beauty industry. Her fascination with skincare and good skin is evident with her healthy complexion and her specific selection of products. She has been using Cosmology for a few months now and is in a routine with our Resurfacing Gel Cleanser, Regenerative Serum and Rejuvenating Eye Cream.
WHEN DID YOUR LOVE OF HEALTHY SKIN BEGIN?
During my Yoga teacher training when I was in my early 20’s! That’s when my love for clean food, clean skincare and make up began!
HOW HAS YOUR SKIN JOURNEY BEEN SINCE THEN?
I think I took my ‘good skin’ for granted for a good chunk of my 20’s and my biggest issue has always been sun exposure. I absolutely LOVE being in the sun and I was sooo bad at using SPF! These days I wouldn’t dream of being in the sun a whole day without sunblock!
HAVE YOU EVER STRUGGLED WITH YOUR SKIN?
Yes, I developed psoriasis when I was a child and have bad phases of it but my last 5-7 years have been really good! I’ve been very lucky with no real issues with pimples etc (thank you mum’s DNA!) but during severe stress or bad habits my psoriasis has always flared up. The older I’ve gotten and learnt to look after myself better (bye bye irresponsible early 20’s!) the better my skin has gotten and now I rarely have any flareups.
BIGGEST BELIEFS WITH SKINCARE?
Stick to what works for you! And keep it MINIMAL. I stick to the very few products that I love and I rarely introduce new ones. I may try a bunch of different products but I usually come back to a handful of favourites.
WHAT’S A TYPICAL SKIN ROUTINE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I start everyday with vitamin C serum and SPF (spf15 on days inside, spf30 on days outside) and for my evening routine I double cleanse, first to remove make up and sunscreen and then to really cleanse the skin. I rarely use any scrubs or exfoliates but I love finishing the day off with a really good serum depending on my week and the weather. I stopped moisturising at night a few years ago and only apply serum and it has really helped my skin!
FAVOURITE PRODUCTS IN THE COSMOLOGY RANGE?
I LOOOOVE the Rejuvenating Eye Cream! It is absolutely divine and a lifesaver when those fine lines around the eyes are worse due to lack of sleep or water!