January Olds of January Labs

When January Olds developed a skin condition, it brought out an interest and drive to dive deeper and discover better solutions to skin problems. She became a licensed esthetician and studied quality ingredients and formulations for your skin while focusing on a holistic approach to skincare — yes, it the key to health skin isn’t only about the products you’re applying, skincare is also heavily affected by diet and lifestyle! 

We love January Labs' skincare line because of its simple and effective products that make the journey to beautiful skin easy. We recently had a chat with January to discuss her brand, her approach to skincare, and how she shaped her skincare line through her own personal journey.

Q: Could you tell us about your journey with healing your own skin? 

A: As a young woman, I developed a pigmentation condition called Vitiligo which really heightened my interest in solving skin issues. I set out to learn everything I could about how the skin functions and as a licensed esthetician, studied how quality ingredients and formulations enable your skin to be at its best as well as the role diet and a healthy lifestyle play in the health of your skin. It has been a lifelong passion.

Q: You used a lot of natural everyday ingredients to make face masks growing up, do you still do this practice today? 

A: We use all of those ingredients in our products; aloe, avocado, witch hazel, fruit extracts and enzymes to name a few because they are tried and true. But it’s important to add the science into the formulations to make sure everything is pH-optimized and functions at the highest level possible. 

There are so many homemade ‘recipes’ you can find online that use sugar, honey, avocado and lemon to make lovely masks and scrubs for a home spa day experience. 

Q: What problem did you set out to solve when you started January Labs?

A: My goal is to help everyone have healthy, glowing skin. I wanted to make sure that I developed a range of products that was simple to use, and highly effective at an accessible price.

Q: How did your experiences in the beauty industry shape your brand?

A: Great question. Mostly, I felt that the regimens and routines were more complicated than they needed to be with a lot of emphasis on the packaging instead of the ingredients that were inside. I wanted to make achieving healthy glowing skin accessible to everyone.

Q: What is January Labs philosophy?

A: To provide high performing ingredient formulations with simple regimens so everyone can have healthy, glowing skin.

Q: Who is it for?

A: The beauty of our line is that it is designed for all skin types and really focuses on skin conditions such as pigmentation, hormonal breakouts and signs of aging. You’ll find that your skin responds quickly to the formulations and continues to improve over time.

Q: We love how January Labs products work well with all skin types. Could you take us through some of the products?

A: We formulate all of our products to be highly effective and to do no harm. They are all vegan and made without sulfates, parabens, essential oils or fragrances which are the main things that people tend to react to. That said, our Pure & Gentle Cleansing Gel for example, will get your skin exceptionally clean without stripping or drying the skin. 

In humid environments, you might have the desire to wash your face more frequently, but typical cleansers dry the skin and remove natural oils which can cause breakouts. Our Moisture Renew Mask and Moisture Balancing Lotions are both super nourishing and help to maintain proper pH of the skin and protect the skin barrier. Our toners are very conditioning and help to optimize the other ingredients in your skincare routine.

Q: What are some of your top tips for glowing skin?

A: The best advice I can give is to keep it simple because if your routine is too complicated or time consuming, you won’t stick with it. Use products that are really hard working and multi-functional so you get maximum benefits from just a few products.

I always recommend a proper cleanse to remove dirt and debris that can cause breakouts and irritation, using lactic acid to help shed dead skin, smooth texture and encourage cellular turnover, keep your skin hydrated and nourished with moisturizers and continually misting throughout the day with our Restorative Tonic Mist.

Q: Do you believe that stress can manifest in our skin?

A: Yes! Both stress and hormones can show up on our skin. The key is to listen to your skin and give it what it needs everyday.

Q: Do you believe diet plays an important role in skin health?

A: Yes again! It goes to the old saying, ‘you are what you eat’. If you’re eating poorly, it may be affecting your ‘insides’ just as much, but you can actually see how it’s impacting your skin.

Q: Which products do you recommend for humid weather?

A: Our Restorative Tonic Mist is a lifesaver for humid weather. It is excellent for absorbing excess moisture and shine and in humid conditions, it can just be really cooling and refreshing too.


Q: Give us an ideal skin routine using January Labs. 

A: Start with a proper cleanse with our Pure & Gentle Cleansing Gel, Tone with Daily Brightening Tonic and follow with either Moisture Balancing Lotion or Moisture Renew Mask depending on humidity and how dry or dehydrated your skin is. Mist frequently throughout the day with Restorative Tonic Mist.

Q: What’s next for January Labs?

A: We’re always developing other ideas for products that will fill a real need, but we’re not ready to reveal new products that are on the horizon just yet!

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