January 2020

Meet the Maker: Katonya Breaux of Unsun Cosmetics

What motivated you to start Unsun Cosmetics?

I needed clean sunscreen that didn’t leave a residue and that was tinted with my skin tone in mind.

What would you consider your hero product from your brand?

Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen

What standards/non-negotiables do you take into consideration when thinking about enhancing or developing new products?

All of my present and future products must be good for the consumer and the planet. This includes products that are cruelty-free and does not include any chemical sunscreen actives.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges for "beauty/wellness" brands today?

One of the biggest challenges for beauty brands is in understanding the need to switch up ingredients to be good for us all. This is very important to us all but clean beauty is typically more expensive and sustainable packaging is limited in the choices available.

What has been one of your proudest moments since creating your brand?

I was proud of many things that have happened since 2016 but our recent Allure Beauty Award was pretty exciting :)

What can we expect in the future from Unsun?

You can expect more clean sun protection on the horizon! We are launching 2 new products this summer.

What advice would you give customers who want to make the most out of your brand?

Customers should wear sunscreen everyday. The myth that sun protection is only needed in the summer is damaging our skin more than we realize. Use your Unsun daily!

How do you start your day?

I start my day with mint tea or coffee and a brisk walk with my dog, Sasha.

Do you have a morning / evening ritual?

In the evenings, I wind down with a book or a bath and clean and moisturize my face and neck. I am typically in bed by 9 when I’m home so that I can get a good night's rest. I don’t do well with little sleep...

What is your daily skincare routine?

My skincare routine is simple - I start with a creamy cleanser, use a CE ferric acid, and then apply Unsun Mineral sunscreen. In the winter, when it's more dry, I use a little moisturizer before applying the sunscreen.

Do you have a daily wellniss routine?

I don’t have a daily wellness routine but I train with a personal boxing trainer at  home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I also walk my dog daily. I’m vegan so eating well is very much a part of my daily life.

What is beauty product or tool you can’t live without?

Duh, Sunscreen!

What do you do for R&R when you need to reboot?

I leave! LOL - I try to travel when I’m overwhelmed but if I cannot, I have a massage or a bath with wine.

What are your must-haves when traveling?

I must have a good creamy cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen when I travel. I have a specific blanket that always goes with me as well as whatever book I’m reading at the time as reading is a constant in my life.

What selfcare advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?

Five years ago, I would have told myself to keep up some kind of activity constantly... My thighs would now be very grateful.

Do you have any beauty / wellniss advice for our followers?

I encourage women to always wear their sunscreen and stay at least minimally active. There's so much that we should be doing but these two things keep both our face and our mental and physical health in a better state.