How I Thrive takes an inside look at founders, entrepreneurs and leaders and the behind-the-scenes self-care work they do to in order to live balanced, happy lives. Today's edition is with Khalm Skincare Founder Yasmin Khan, who believes in the healing power of scent, a delicious piece of chocolate and a short hike.
City: Park City, Utah
Company: Khalm Skincare, a company that focuses on luxury oud-infused skincare.
Role: Founder & CEO
My morning routine starts around 5 a.m. with a cleansing ritual of my face. I can't begin the day without it, and sometimes I cleanse twice—that is how much I need this ritual.
As I make my way to the kitchen, I will see my husband has began our daily lighting of Oud incense. It's just the right amount of awakening I need to start the day. I pack my daughters' lunches, give them breakfast, comb their hair and make sure they have everything they need for school. At about 6:30 a.m. I begin my day with a cardio, weights or a short meditation depending on how I'm feeling—sometimes the meditation is all my body needs. My intuition is the determining factor for my morning; I don't let my body do anything my heart and soul does not agree with. Sometimes I do sleep longer rather than getting my kids ready, and in my house that is perfectly fine. They know I am taking a day for self-care and building independent girls who are ready to do things mom normally does.
The first thing I do after work:
Typically, the Khan household eats around 7 p.m. I tend to wait for my husband and we cook together about three days out of the week. I won't lie — the other days we order from our favorite neighborhood restaurant, the Shed.
After the kids are in bed (around 8 most days) I take a shower to remove the day and have a cleansing process in the shower for my face. I use Khalm's foaming cleanser, which has salicylic acid which is great for giving me an ultra deep clean removing impurities and leaving behind the heavenly smell of Oud, a life essential ingredient for me in my wellness journey. Before I fall asleep I look at my calendar for the day and sometimes my husband and I sneak in a show that we've been dying to watch. You could say it's a time in the day for guilty pleasures.
Self-care guilty pleasure:
Workday self-care hack:
I grab a piece of chocolate and go for a 10-minute hike.
How do you define self-care?
Favorite childhood toy or hobby:
State of your (email) inbox:
The amount of emails in my inbox does not concern me. I don't care about it as much as I care about responding to people who need answers from me or need to connect with me. I do use it as a task list. I need to be better about organizing and deleting. I definitely use my calendar, I would be lost without that and my Zoom calls.
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