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A woman with tenacity, confidence, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a distinct point of view when it comes to holistic beauty and wellness. Women that our founder, Jena Covello, admire most.
Meet Valentina Hernandez Botero. She’s a clean beauty connoisseur, facialist and the founder of Miami based Sana Skin Studio. After dealing with troubled skin as a teen and all the way into early adulthood, Valentina discovered that all of her favorite skincare products were filled with toxic chemicals. Craving a beauty industry that supported her health and wellbeing, Valentina had a vision for a better kind of skincare experience. She married her love of skincare with her passion for clean beauty and created a space that aims to change your relationship with your skin and skincare products; through goal driven facials, real guidance and curated clean skincare. Valentina thinks of Sana as more than just a skin studio, describing it as “a movement towards acceptance, self love and healthier skin”.
Name: Valentina Hernandez Botero
What inspires you: I'm inspired by our community of Sana Muses.
Beauty Icon: Penelope Cruz + Jeanne Damas (both effortlessly beautiful and strong)
Favorite city for inspiration: Tokyo
Introvert or extrovert: I'm an extroverted Introvert
Daily uniform: A flowy dress or linen pants
AM ritual: I love starting my mornings with warm lemon water + ACV, then moving my body with yoga or pilates and finishing with a grounding meditation.
PM wind down: After dinner I always make myself some peppermint tea. If it's been a hectic day, I love indulging in a nice bath to slow down and unwind. I also make sure to put away my phone and computer and open up a good book instead.
Favorite supplements for the skin: I love HUM nutrition's Daily Cleanse and Moon Juice Super You.
Favorite Agent Nateur product: Definitely holi (water) and holi (c)
Secret skill: My eye. I'm pretty good at putting things together, making sure it's consistent and beautiful. Whether it's interior design, graphic design, art direction, content creation or creating experiences. It's something that comes natural to me.
Best advice you’ve ever received: Always follow the direction of your fears. It will lead you to great places and immense growth.
A mistake you’ve learned from: Don't shy away from what's uncomfortable. Be honest and transparent with everything you do.
To your younger self: You're doing great. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect and allow life to unfold. Also, SELF LOVE darling!
A wellness expert who has significantly helped you: Eckhart Tolle, Chopra, Dr. Mark Hyman, Alisa Vitti
Favorite wellness/beauty book: For wellness/spirituality, my favorite book is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. For beauty, I love the book Whole Beauty by Shiva Rose + Renegade Beauty by Nadine Artemis + In The Flo by Alisa Vitti.
Three things you’re really into right now: Podcast: 1619, Book: Atomic Habits, Recipe: Zucchini Oats
How are you managing anxiety in light of the COVID-19? Taking things day by day, moving my body, laughing. CBD also helps. My favorite is from Vital Tonics.
Is there a COVID-19 silver lining for you?Definitely, we opened Sana 3 weeks before the pandemic hit but this experience has taught us so much. We've learned to work harder than ever before, build a strong digital community and expand our reach through our online shop, SanaSkinShop.com