Episode #19: Kim Emanuel of Luminance Skincare + What’s Really In Your Skincare Products?

May 17, 2017

It’s no secret that for the last few years I’ve struggled with hormonal acne. I’m happy to say that things have really started to improve and I’m working on a post to update you where things are at. But one of the reasons I think I’ve seen some great improvement is because of the skincare products I’m using. As someone with dry, sensitive skin that is also acne-prone, it’s been tough finding products that work for me.

I’ve gone through a lot of products over the last few years, some natural, some unnatural and while I’ve found a few I love and continue to use, none of them even compare to my loyalty to Luminance Skincare. If you’ve seen any of my previous Favorites Videos, you know my devotion to them. From their masks, to their cleansers to their acne serum, I’m not only in love with their products, but have found they work wonders for my skin.

On episode #19 of That's So Maven, we're chatting with Kim Emanuel from Luminance Skincare all about natural skincare and what you should and shouldn't be putting on your skin.

So I reached out to their team to see if their founder, Kim Emanuel would be interested in coming on the show to discuss natural skincare and why their products and other natural products are important for caring for our skin.

On today’s episode we discuss:

  • Kim’s background as an engineer and how he found himself as a natural skincare expert
  • Toxins to lookout for in conventional skincare
  • How he discovered, which plant-based oils work well for different skin types
  • Anti-aging products and if they actually work
  • Why “oil-free” products are not great for our skin
  • Products for acne-prone and sensitive skin
  • Advice he’d have for his younger self

LISTEN HERE:  iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play | Player.FM | Podbean

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P.S. Use the code “HEALTHYMAVEN” at checkout and you’ll receive 15% your purchase from their online shop! My favorites are their exfoliating mask, delicate cleanser and acne serum!

What questions do you have for Kim? Do you use natural skincare products?


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    April 8, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Vicki, I had the same thoughts. My sister gave me some Luminance products–which I enjoyed and wanted to buy more of, but after researching, I was wondering why he had two websites. It would be nice to have some transparency about the two.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 8, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      It appears that the other one (not luminance) is focused exclusively on anti-aging!

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    March 16, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Hi there, I’m so glad i found this post. After listening to your post i did some research and found another company by Kim. https://kreskincare.com/

    Do you know what this is about? And Why he has two? with different products?

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    June 12, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Davida! I’ve been following your blog for a while and just love your podcast. Listening to this episode I just knew I had to check out this company. After looking them up, I realized Luminance is actually based in the town I live – Benicia, CA! What a small world 🙂 Can’t wait to try them out. Thank you for all that you do!

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    May 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I really liked this episode. It was very different than your previous podcasts and really informative.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      May 23, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much, Lindsay. It definitely strayed from past episodes but I think Kim really expanded on the topic in a way that could be easily understood. Thanks so much for the support!

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    Juliette | Namastay Traveling
    May 17, 2017 at 6:38 am

    This podcast came at the exact right time for me. I’m struggling now with some major skin issues (all of the above) and feel like I need to get back to the basics and fresh start. Glad to have someone who knows his stuff to learn from! Thanks for sharing this journey with us.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      May 23, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Of course! I’m so happy this episode resonated with you!

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