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Interview: Leija Cas

An esthetician for 19 years and a Reiki Master for 16 years, Leija Cas founded Knesko Skin, a luxury range of collagen face masks in 2012. Here she explains her spiritual, yet scientific approach to skincare and why she doesn’t believe in masking for special occasions

Was a career in skin care always the plan for you?

I grew up in Australia where I went to beauty school back in 2000. I always knew I wanted to be in skincare I just I didn’t know how I was going to get there. When I left school, I started working in some of the best medical spas, doing facial treatments and body treatments. I went into makeup as well.

Very quickly, I ended up leaving Australia and moving to Los Angeles for my job in 2007. I ended up travelling all over the world and in my first year in the US I visited 40 states. During that time I very quickly realised that I had to stay balanced because my lifestyle was very hectic. I started meditating in my hotel rooms, doing my chakra balancing and I would always go and buy different masks and run a bubble bath. I loved masking but I never found anything that I was crazy about. So that’s where the idea came from. I had so much experience and I love helping other women feel good about themselves. I noticed in my travels that, as women, we’re very hard on ourselves. I kept hearing excuses about why we should put ourselves last. “I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I have kids now. I’m too old. It’s too late for me.” Every single excuse and I was just so excited to challenge that way of thinking. I would be doing their makeup or their facials and I really wanted to inspire them to stop, have a good time and celebrate the time out.