Jamie O’Banion is the founder & boss behind BeautyBio & I’ve always been a big fan of hers.
If you aren’t familiar with BeautyBio, it’s a skincare line that gives you clean, science-based products with clinical results. YES PLZ. Jamie is passionate about transparency in skincare & has been in the business since she was little.
She’s a mom & wife too, & she does the most beautiful job balancing it all. I have massive respect for her in this space. Her products are superior & you can tell she puts a lot of thought & detail into everything she does.
I look up to Jamie so much that I needed her to come on the blog for a Q&A. The podcast wasn’t enough !! ( You can listen to her episode on The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER Podcast here. )
Today you’re going to learn why you should start microneedling at home, Jamie’s SPECIFIC morning & nighttime routines, & her must-have makeup products.
You’re going to fall in love with Jamie. Without further adieu, let’s welcome Jamie.
Work & Wellness Tips from Jamie O’Banion
♡ Introduce yourself to The Skinny Confidential
Jamie O’Banion: Hi! I’m Jamie O’Banion, Founder & CEO of BeautyBio. I grew up learning to speak beauty as a second language working in our family owned cosmetic lab alongside my physician father & our team of biochemists.
I unfortunately witnessed prestige brands using minimal concentrations of active ingredients to save on costs but still make clinical claims. This fairy dusting of actives was wrong & we set out to bring transparency & clean, clinical-grade results from home by combining powerful, patented beauty tools with active skincare ingredients.
We launched GloPRO®, the first ever at-home patented microneedling tool in 2016, which was designed to place the results of in-office microneedling treatments in consumer’s hands without the per treatment price tag with tech that’s totally safe, goof-proof & pain free.
GloPRO® has received Allure’s Best of Beauty award, WWD Product of the Year, New Beauty, Cosmo, Town & Country & InStyle Magazine’s Best Beauty Product.
Our mission to this day, as is inscribed on our conference room wall, is #TruthinBeauty. We’re committed to total transparency in our process & products & educating the consumer. As long as they know what’s in their skincare, we’re happy.
♡ What is the one thing everyone should be doing to take care of their skin?
JB: Microneedling, 100%. Any dermatologist, skin expert or plastic surgeon will tell you that in order to regenerate skin, you have to injure the skin. Microneedling allows us to create a microinjury ( instead of a macro injury ) so there is no downtime, results are consistent, & we are not entering the dermis where pain & sterility issues become a challenge. We’re essentially tapping into the body’s most powerful survival response, regeneration.
♡ Let’s talk scalps. You’ve talked a lot about scalps & hair growth. Tell us more.
JB: I knew pretty early into GloPRO®’s launch that I wanted to parlay that technology into scalp care, after all, scalp skin is skin. But it’s often so neglected!
Just like our facial skin, the scalp needs regular exfoliation, stimulation, cleansing & microneedling care to stay looking healthy. We have spent years developing our scalp collection, which now contains our GloPRO® Scalp Tool, Healthy Scalp Serum & our newest launch, the Healthy Scalp Dry Shampoo.
Each one is designed to stimulate our scalps, remove growth-blocking buildup, revive dormant hair follicles, reduce irritation & balance the scalp’s microbiome helping it to be a place where healthy hair can thrive. We have seen massive success with those who were experiencing thinning hair, patchiness, postpartum hair loss, receding hair lines & general inflammation. In fact, our tool & serum have been clinically proven to improve hair density by 50% (!?).
♡ What’s your morning skinare routine?
JB: Cleanse with The Balance pH Balancing Gel Cleanser.
Treat with The Daily Vitamin C serum (1-2 drops).
Hydrate with The ZenBubble Oil-Free Gel Cream.
De-puff & seal in skincare benefits with our Cryo Skin Icing Roller (store in fridge overnight).
I finish with a couple dabs of Quench Reviving Eye Balm under each eye.
♡ What’s your nightime skincare routine?
JB: Cleanse with The Balance pH Balancing Gel Cleanser.
Prep skin for a GloPRO® treatment with a GloPRO® Prep Pad.
Use GloPRO® for 60 seconds total on my face (including cheeks, forehead, nose-to-mouth lines, between the brows & chin) OR on nights I don’t GloPRO®, I use our 2-step facial treatment, Glass & Gloss.
Treat with The Nightly Retinol Repair Serum ( 1-2 drops ).
Hydrate with The Quench Rapid Recovery Cream.
♡ Do you have a morning routine on top of that to set your day up for success?
JB: Right now, we’re still working remotely, but I’ll get fully dressed, do my hair & light makeup each morning to feel empowered, on my A game & ready to work.
♡ How important is it for you to take care of your neck, skin & chest? What do you do to maintain collagen & elasticity in those areas?
JB: GloPRO® & our R45 Neck Cream. When I do my nightly GloPRO® face treatment, I also use it on my neck & chest & then apply our R45 Neck Cream. I’m also a huge proponent of sunscreen & not laying out in the sun. So when I’m at the beach, I’m fully decked out in protective gear. I’m probably the only person who comes back from a day at the beach paler than when she arrived.
♡ When it comes to wellness, what are some daily practices you do?
JB: I always read a passage of scripture & prayer before bed, & we often do the scripture reading as a family in conjunction with setting goals for the week. It’s a very grounding exercise that helps us reaffirm priorities, support each other & strengthen our bonds as a family of faith. I always tell my littles – you can do anything you want in life if you work hard & stay close to God. Also, you can never go wrong with green juice & a cupcake.
♡ Because you’re so busy, how do you keep things efficient? What tools & tactics do you use? Google calendar?
JB: My team! I rely heavily on my team & my amazing – we call her the mayor of BeautyBio – assistant who keeps us all on schedule. Anytime a brand has high velocity growth, the greatest challenge is always prioritization. If everything is important, nothing is important, so it’s crucial to have those people who can help keep everyone on track.
And within the organization we use Slack for all daily communication, Zoom for meetings & a variety of platforms like Asana to keep our creative projects in one cohesive place.
♡ What’s your favorite makeup product & why?
JB: Can’t go wrong with mascara & lip gloss. My go-to is L’Oreal Voluminous in Blackest Black & I always wear our lip serum The Pout throughout the day as it brings out my natural lip tint & creates mega natural volume & definition. Also love YSL brow pencil in number 3. It’s the perfect brow color for dark blondes.
♡ Where can everyone find you? Pimp yourself out!
JB: We are sold globally & available online & in-store at most major beauty retailers including Sephora, Ulta, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Harrods, Cult Beauty & Selfridges in the UK, Mecca in Australia & Holt Renfrew in Canada & Dillard’s, Amazon, HSN & QVC. & of course BeautyBio.com!
Just a little sidenote…Michael is obsessed with the black microneedler to stimulate hair growth. It vibrates & everything.
You really can’t go wrong with any of the BeautyBio products- they’re all superstars.
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