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They’re doctors, hairdressers, chemists, and beauty specialists but they all have one thing in common: they’re also inventors.
Inspired by challenges they’ve faced and issues they’ve found in their industries, these women are determined to make a difference and help others.
In this series of four articles, HerCanberra speaks to four female Canberra inventors about why they’re passionate about their idea, how it will change the world, and where their projects will lead them next. In the third of our series, we speak to Theresa Bradaric of Teen Skin Health.
Theresa Bradaric is no stranger to business. Opening Canberra’s first-day spa—Canberra Beauty & Body Lab’ in Braddon—founding Allico Australian Skincare and launching the cooking school program Kids Pantry, the basis for all of her ideas has been helping others.
Teen Skin Health is no exception. Launching the vegan, cruelty-free and nut-free skincare range in early 2020, the beauty specialist, nutritionist, and mum was inspired by the time she was spending at Kids Pantry and with her teenage children.
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“I had noticed them, lots of their friends and also the kids that were coming to Kids Pantry, the ones that were struggling with their skin were also struggling with their emotions and different types of stress levels,” explains Theresa. “Most of them were tweens and teens, and that’s where I started to realise that there was something lacking for kids of those ages,”
Founding Teen Skin Health to help young customers build confidence, Theresa created the dedicated easy-to-use skincare range (that is also compostable, recyclable, and biodegradable) using organic, Australian ingredients.
Perfect for people with allergies and formulated to be as gentle and as effective as possible, Teen Skin Health is more than your average skincare line—it’s also a support system that offers virtual skin consultations to provide teens and tweens with advice and the chance to be listened to.
“I want to try and be there to help kids that are struggling because their self-esteem is so important,” says Theresa.
“Giving them the confidence to feel okay about themselves, to know that it’s alright to get breakouts because we all get them no matter what age. It’s just how we handle them and how we can look after the skin, how we can eat the right foods to help reduce some reactions and so forth as well.”
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While Theresa already had knowledge of the industry, for her, it was a shock to realise there are very few skincare lines that focus on teens and particular skin conditions caused by chemical imbalances. Working to change that, she has also created Health, Mind-Body programs to help young people in a safe and fun environment.
“At the moment, we’re working with primary schools and actually teaching the kids different ways diets and certain things can actually help or hinder their skin and how to actually use products on their skin so that they’re not having chemical imbalances,” she explains.
“I’d love to be able to go Australia-wide if possible and have the product line available as a regular product that people can use. I’m not sure whether it’s something I really want on department store shelves because I love the idea of being able to give personalised advice,”
While she admits launching a new business in 2020 wasn’t ideal, Teen Skin Health also helped Theresa realise the value of her ideas as she supported teens and tweens who were battling esteem issues, lockdown, and homeschooling all at once.
“The most important part for me was that it wasn’t about putting something on their skin and getting rid of a pimple, it was about getting them confident with who they are as a person and then treating their skin and making them feel good about themselves,” says Theresa.
“That’s where it sort of kept me going and just saying ‘We can all do this together. And there are days it’ll be sad and days that it’ll be great but you just keep going and make one little difference in someone’s life.”