Green beauty titan Tata Harper takes on a new skincare frontier: adult acne
Skincare guru Tata Harper takes on adult acne
When you visit Tata Harper’s lush, pond-dotted farm in the rolling hills of Vermont’s Champlain Valley, the plant power behind her green beauty empire is immediately obvious. Harper has 1,200 acres of fields and greenhouses in which lavender, arnica, calendula, meadowsweet, borage and alfalfa are grown, dried and blended for her decadent skincare products. Even the bustling research labs and manufacturing facilities that act as the brains behind every green and gold bottle are tucked into converted barns.
Lately, Harper has turned her resources to a skin issue many of us are facing. “Adult acne is on the rise—I see it all the time,” says Harper, every inch a glamorous farm-dwelling Colombian in a full gingham skirt and low-back T-shirt. “One of my really good friends has acne, and I felt so bad that I had nothing to help her with. I had never really studied acne with our scientists to get to the root of it.” Now that she has “gone deep,” researching and developing a new spot treatment that stars antiseptic willow bark, detoxifying broccoli extract and oil-reducing saw palmetto, we asked for her top five pieces of breakout-busting advice.
1. Think long-term strategy “Acne is something that needs to be controlled all the time. It is a condition you have to live with, so you need to learn how to control it.”
2. Look to the causes “I think it has to do with people’s lifestyles and the amount of stress they have. It’s also triggered by hormonal changes in people who are having babies. Some people have food allergies and don’t realize it. Also, our air and water is polluted. And sometimes people say to me that they moved from one city to another, like from Miami to New York, and their skin freaked out.”
3. Don’t dry out your skin “When you get to a certain age, controlling it by drying it out just doesn’t work out anymore. You need anti-aging benefits, moisturization and collagen production— you need a lot of things in addition to controlling and healing the skin. Also, people who have eczema and acne can’t use benzoyl peroxide and alcohol because their skin gets so agitated.”
4. Nourish the skin’s top layer “People who have a compromised skin barrier are the quickest to help. Or if you need to improve your microbiome, it’s a fairly simple task. But when people have food allergies or hormonal issues that they have not identified, it’s much more complicated.”
5. Eat your way to clear skin “It’s helpful to eat foods that are rich in sulfur (such as eggs), silica (cucumber) and beta carotene (cantaloupe, apricots, carrots). Look for green and yellow vegetables, rather than red ones.”
Models’ complexions were prepped with Tata Harper products for a runway-ready glow at Brock Collection during Made Fashion Week.
Ingredients for Tata Harper products are harvested at her Vermont farm.