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How Kopari Founders Kiana Cabell and Gigi Goldman Built a Beauty Empire on Coconuts

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In The PathTM, we spotlight different women making a difference in the fashion, beauty, wellness, medical aesthetics, and more industries. Here, Kopari Beauty co-founders Kiana Cabell and Gigi Goldman share their road to success.

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GG: I did microneedling once, and it was good. But for me, the recovery was pretty long. It took seven days to fully recoup, and it’s hard to take seven days off. 

Spotlyte: What are your thoughts on aging?

GG: My thoughts [are] just age gracefully and stay out of the sun. That’s one thing that’s really hard with Southern California. You’re so exposed, from the car to walking through the door. The best philosophy is to really just embrace aging. For me, every year I get older, I feel like I’m wiser and actually happier. There’s more joy in my life, and I don’t think a few wrinkles are going to change that. I’ve also been married for 20 years, and he hasn’t noticed anything or at least said anything. Accept yourself at every stage in life, and if you choose to get a little help in that, that’s fine too. But when I eat well and exercise and do my yoga, that’s when I really look my best. 

 

KC: I agree with Gigi. I think it’s just owning and being happy in your own skin. You know, everyone’s aging, so there’s no way to avoid that, but being preventative as much as you can and staying out of the sun is key. Growing up in Hawaii, I used to put oil all over my body and sit in the sun for days on end. I’m starting to see the effects so many years later, and it’s becoming real.

Spotlyte: Whom do you trust with your skin?

GG: I finally put monthly facials on my calendar. They’re so relaxing, and I walk out of there feeling completely rejuvenated. I go to Zio Skin Spa℠ here in San Diego. It’s the whole experience. My esthetician uses a lot of products she created, but it’s just really relaxing. She does all the extractions, and I just walk out feeling like my skin is glowing, and I’ve had an hour to just totally shut down and relax. 

 

Spotlyte: What is your favorite beauty trend currently?

GG: I really like a lot of the tools, like jade rollers and stuff. I’m really into massage and lymphatic drainage, and I recently actually had a lymphatic facial that was incredible. Face massage, really getting the circulation going, just makes your skin look better. 

 

[Editor’s note: If you take blood thinners, talk to your doctor before using a roller tool or getting a lymphatic drainage massage.]

 

KC: I recently bought an infrared sauna, so I try to fit that in twice a week. I’ve noticed such a difference in my overall skin and complexion, but also just energy levels. You feel like the circulation really gets going, so I love that, too.

 

Spotlyte: What are your favorite self-care rituals and practices?

KC: I really like oil-pulling, which is basically swishing coconut oil in your mouth. We have these oil-pulling packs, which have this natural coconut flavor. I go into the shower and swish anywhere from five to 10 minutes, and it’s really relaxing. It takes some getting used to, but now, I find it really soothing and meditative. After you’re done, you immediately notice your teeth and your mouth — which are a breeding ground for all the bacteria in your body — feel a lot cleaner. 

 

GG: Basically, I really like yoga — it’s so centering. I like hot yoga, so it’s a lot of physical exertion, but it’s also great for the mind. On my best days, I love to meditate. Those are two things that really help keep me centered, along with eating well and a grateful mindset. It really shifts my perspective when I walk into every day just being grateful and optimistic. 

 

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