Carla Oates’s multi-million-dollar beauty empire is built around the idea of nourishing your body ‘from the inside out’, and now the founder of The Beauty Chef has shared the daily wellness rituals she swears by for glowing skin and optimum health.
Carla, 46, from Sydney, said there are a ‘few rituals’ that keep her ‘gut happy, her immunity strong and her skin glowing’ – including morning walks, good quality sleep and a daily well-being spray that she carries around with her and sprays under her tongue after meals.
The Beauty Chef owner founded her range of probiotic powders and elixirs in 2009, after a personal battle with eczema led her to seek a more holistic cure.
A decade down the track and Carla’s Beauty Chef is one of Australia’s most successful beauty exports.
The first – and most important – thing Carla said she does on the daily is move her body first thing.
‘I try to walk most mornings, and thankfully it’s something we’ve been able to do here in Sydney over the past few months,’ Carla wrote on her website.
The 46-year-old said she loves to walk along Bondi Beach at sunrise because it’s close to her home, or through the nearby Centennial Park.
Carla said she thinks of walking as a ‘natural filing system’ for her brain, and she uses the time to think through issues and seek mental clarity.
She also said it gives her some energy and sets her up for a busy day of work at The Beauty Chef.
Daily elixirs and tonics
The second thing The Beauty Chef founder said she does religiously is drink elixirs and tonics using some of her own products.
Carla takes her GLOW powder and COLLAGEN drink ‘religiously’, as she said it’s a ‘simple gut-and-skin-nourishing ritual’ that sets her up for a day of health.
‘The health of our gut microbiome can have a major impact on how we react to environmental allergens and food intolerances, so I make sure I have this health-supporting combination every single day to bolster my immunity,’ Carla said.
By being consistent, she added that this has made a huge difference to her health and well-being long term.
Writing in a journal has become increasingly popular in the modern world, as people seek to separate themselves from their screens and do something creative.
Carla is no exception to wanting to do something outside the digital world, and she said she regularly puts pen to paper.
‘I always feel calmer, clearer and more present when I take a moment to jot down some thoughts before starting my day,’ she said.
Sometimes this takes 10 minutes, while at other times it can take an hour.
Alongside her elixirs and tonics, Carla said she also uses her own WELLNESS spray, and keeps one on her desk, in the car and in her handbag.
This is an oral spray filled with bio-fermented, herbal ingredients, which all support immune health, boost digestion and protect the body from free radical damage.
‘I simply spray it under my tongue 12 times a day – normally after a meal – for a delicious burst of bio-fermented herbs that are quickly absorbed into my bloodstream,’ Carla said.
The spray can also serve as a pick-me-up and energy boost if you’re feeling depleted.
Good quality sleep
The importance of eight hours of shut-eye cannot be overestimated.
Carla said she always reads before bed, and then tries to get eight hours:
‘I find the best way to feel balanced is to ensure I get a full eight hours of sleep – it’s called beauty sleep for a reason,’ Carla said previously.
When she ensures she gets eight hours, the 45-year-old said she notices her skin is brighter and more even.
A natural skincare regime
Looking after yourself isn’t as simple as regular walks and good sleep, however Carla said skincare is just as vital for inner and outer health.
‘I always cleanse in the mornings and believe it’s an important step a lot of people skip,’ Carla told Broadsheet previously.
The entrepreneur said she makes her own with a mix of essential oils and organic coconut oil.
Where possible, with the rest of her skincare products, Carla chooses certified organic products.
Some of her favourites include Marie Veronique’s protective day oil and Coola’s $32 sunscreen.
She also won’t start the morning without having some of her won Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder, which contains more than 20 organic, bio-fermented and probiotic ingredients.
‘I like to think of it as my daily inner-beauty moisturiser for a healthy gut and good skin,’ Carla said.
When it comes to the evening, the 45-year-old again turns to natural products and some of her own items for relaxation before bed.
Carla takes The Beauty Chef’s Sleep Inner Beauty Powder one hour before bed, mixed with some sort of nut milk and a dash of maple syrup if she’s in need of something sweet.
The beauty expert then cleanses with her evening cleanser, Every Bit Organic’s coconut oil, before sweeping The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner exfoliant over her face with a cotton pad.
Finally, Carla uses Tata Harper’s rejuvenating serum – which she said ‘helps minimise the appearance of fine lines’.
Eyes and lips are dotted with The Beauty Chef’s Flora Fix balm to nourish.
Carla Oates famously came up for the idea for The Beauty Chef when her daughter started to struggle with chronic eczema a decade ago.
She started making ‘lacto-fermented foods’ for her daughter at home and quickly noticed ‘a big difference’ in her general well-being.
The Beauty Chef business spawned from here – a business which comprises not only serums, balms and lotions, but also powders that you mix with water or put into smoothies.
The powders are packed with superfood ingredients like macqui berries, zinc and antioxidant-rich grape skins, which all help with inner and outer health:
‘Our gut is where 70 per cent of our immune system lies, where we metabolise hormones, neutralise pathogens, make detoxifying enzymes and where we make nutrients,’ Carla previously told FEMAIL.
‘So much of what goes into our digestive system can impact our skin.’
The Beauty Chef is now stocked at Net-a-Porter, Free People, Selfridges, Goop and Anthropologie – among others.