"In March 2020, I left for the Dominican Republic for a one-week holiday with my two kids, husband, and parents. Because of COVID, we ended up staying 99 days on the island! We arrived with just one shared suitcase for the four of us, and as you can imagine, all stores were closed (the only thing we were able to buy were tourist T-shirts at a local supermarket).
It was stressful at the beginning, especially because my kids were 2 and a half years and 6 months, but after a few 'adaptation' days, it became a very liberating experience. Everything was super simple: what to wear, toys, kids' stuff, and, of course, how to take care of my skin with the few items I had selected to pack in a crammed suitcase for my Caribbean holiday.
There were so few things we actually missed, and we felt a regained sense of freedom, so much that we went back to New York, emptied our townhouse, moved everything to my in-laws' home in Connecticut, and rented an RV to go across the country to spend the summer in the Northwest. After that, we decided to continue the adventure and, just with a couple of suitcases again, fly to Spain (where I'm originally from), where we've been working from home since last October.
This whole experience impacted my business and made me think, 'Why do we need to sell six different types of masks? Why would I want to spend more than 10 minutes getting ready?' Life is so interesting, and there are so many things I want to spend my time with. Skin care should be a simple, uncomplicated, enjoyable act."