VOYA Brand Ambassador Katie McAnena talks Wind-Surfing + Seaweed Skincare27/04/2015
We have been eager to catch up with our local brand ambassador Katie McAnena, to find out how her 2015 has been so far and of course her thoughts on our new organic seaweed skincare body range products and packaging! Wind-Surfing Champion and Doctor, Katie McAnena chooses an organic lifestyle as well as organic seaweed skincare. “As a medic, I know the detrimental effects of putting highly chemicalised products into your body and hair.” If you haven’t heard of Katie yet, in summary this is a west coast achiever that emanates health and energy with enough drive and enthusiasm to achieve anything she sets her mind to; including the simultaneous pursuit of professional windsurfing and her medical career. Her positivity shines through whether she’s talking about her favourite VOYA products, her windsurfing extreme achievements, training to be a G.P or her new home in our beloved Strand hill Co. Sligo 2015 has had Katie insanely busy with work, windsurfing training and media commitments. Currently, Katie is working on articles for Red Bull’s Red Bulletin and SUP the Mag which is USA’s biggest SUP magazine, not to mention an upcoming TED talk in Dublin. TED talks ‘Ideas worth spreading’ is a worldwide intelligential forum that showcases cutting edge ideas and innovative speakers, those who speak are exposed to global recognition. To put it in perspective, past speakers include; Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Bono and many many Nobel Prize winners.
Katie was located in Sligo this past winter working hard in Sligo General Hospital but still managed to fit in some impressive windsurfing sessions despite the fierceness of an Atlantic icy cold plunge. The American Windsurfing Tour announced a Cabo Verde Pro event in February and Katie travelled in for two days to attend. History was made thanks to tour director Sam Bittner as women competed on the island of Sal for the first time! The Goya Cano Verde was a raging success and the atmosphere amongst the local and foreign riders was very positive, according to Katie. Katie won 1st place in the women’s fleet which was her 1st win on the AWT. Congratulations from VOYA!
Katie plans to compete on 4 of the tour stops to ultimately achieve an overall ranking on the AWT for the year, she will attempt to make it to Santa Cruz in June, Mexico in August or North Carolina in September and finish the season in Maui in November! After this win Katie was off again to Maui for the 2016 Starboard Photoshoot. Katie told VOYA that as a teen she would see the helicopter shoots of riders at Ho’okipa and dream that one day she be included in the catalogues! She says ‘I’ll never ever forget being chased by a helicopter at Kanaha with John Cater taking photos from above; bucket list tick.’
Katie urges everyone to find the time and get out on the water and treat your skin to some organic goodness.
Katie’s Favourite Seaweed Skincare Products
Katie’s new favourite product with a name that reflects Katie lifestyle and ethos. ‘I love Angelicus Serratus, the angel’s kiss of the sea’ Katie comments on the new packaging and VOYA’s branding evolution. ‘The new packaging is simply beautiful and true to the brand!’
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‘Another favourite product of mine has to be Me Time. I know it’s been around for a while but honestly, it is sensational. Because I’m so pressed for time I have a quick and easy morning and evening regimen of Cast Away, followed by some Ritzy Spritzy and then Me Time. Cast Away literally removes every impurity from the day, including make-up and salt and sand! Afterwards my skin feels so so clean and never dry or raw. Then after some Ritzy Spritzy I use Me Time which is the most luxurious moisturiser yet its still light and not heavy. I used to be so prone to pimples and blemishes but honestly I haven’t had a break-out in the last 18 months of using VOYA’
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‘Another golden product for me is Softly Does it, it is a true life saver for me body’s skin after days in the water and in the sun. Most body lotions need re-application after re-application but all I need is one layer of Softly Does It and my skin is totally glowing and replenished. I have converted my mum, my sister and my aunt to using VOYA. Honestly they are now completely hooked on everything and their skin has truly never looked so young and clean and fresh.’ If you’d like to read more about Katie, follow her blog. Or to browse VOYA skincare organic products click here -> VOYA Skincare Don’t forget to find us on Twitter @VOYA beauty and Facebook/VOYA Organic beauty from the sea.