International Day of Women and Girls in Science celebrates the global achievements and contributions of women in science and technology. Established in 2015, the United Nations General Assembly dedicated the day to recognising the critical role and important contributions of women and girls in STEM related fields. The 11th of February presents an opportunity for women in organisations to come together and share their experiences.
To celebrate women and girls in science we spoke with Katy Muenter, the Director of Product & Education at Eminence Organic Skin Care. She chatted with us about her scientific background, her experience working with Eminence, and shared an inspiring message for young women everywhere.
Thank you for taking the time to have a chat with us today, Katy.
Can you tell us a bit about your role at Eminence?
“As Director of Product & Education at Eminence Organic Skin Care, I have the pleasure of working with our Product Development and Customer Education Teams to both develop innovative, results-oriented products and create the educational tools to help people understand, choose, and use all the best treatments and products for their skin. Every day I get to learn, experiment and teach others. What’s more fun than that?!”
Why did you choose to work in the skin care industry and specifically Eminence?
“Skin care provides an opportunity to use my scientific background in a creative way. I love the science and technology that goes into formulation, and the bit of magic that happens when the ingredients come together to deliver an exceptional skin care experience. I believe the way Eminence combines innovative natural technologies in incredibly sensorial products is unique and exciting to work on.
I also joined Eminence because of the company’s values and strong commitment to people and the planet. As a Certified B Corporation™, Eminence is part of a community using business as a force for good. In addition to formulating with natural, organic and Biodynamic® ingredients, Eminence engages in environmental and social initiatives like Forests for the Future and the Eminence Kids Foundation. It makes me proud to be part of a purpose-driven company making a positive difference in the world.”
Are there any particular product developments in Eminence that are close to your heart? Why?
“The Marine Flower Peptide Collection! I have a background in marine biology and spent time researching algae, so this was a particularly exciting collection for me to work on. In addition to simply being awesome (it is, I promise!), algae can provide so many benefits to the skin. For example, recent innovations in ingredient technology have allowed us to tap into advanced algae-derived actives that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and provide long-lasting hydration. The Marine Flower Peptide Serum and Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream feature several such technologies. I don’t go a day without using both in my skin care routine!”
What do you believe is the science behind formulating results-driven skin care?
“I believe Eminence excels at looking to nature to deliver results. From natural retinol and hydroquinone alternatives to plant-derived peptides, Eminence products are full of beneficial natural derivatives that deliver results without harsh side effects. Science helps us identify and isolate the ingredients from nature, and then put them together in formulations that are stable, safe, effective and enjoyable to use. And, because we are constantly striving for innovation, each day brings a unique challenge that needs to be solved!”
What advice would you give to young girls who are looking to get into a science career?
“Embrace being a lifelong learner – you can’t know everything but you can learn, so be curious and never be afraid to ask questions! Oh, and everyone can be a scientist even if it is not your ‘official’ career.”
We recognise the power and potential women in science hold for future developments and innovations. We want to thank Katy Muenter for taking the time to share her knowledge and insight. Join us today in celebrating and inspiring the next generation of women to break free from long held biases and explore science and technology related fields.