We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Winter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As the founder of STRALA SKINCARE, all my life I had a strong interest in beauty and health, particularly as years go by it became more important to pay attention to my skin. I was raised in Sweden but have been living in Los Angeles for many years, working in Hollywood as an actress and producer. importance to look your very best at all times. I followed the advice to eat healthy exercise and drink lots of water, but, it comes a time as we age, when it’s simply just not enough. Great skin is essential when you step in-front of the cameras for film and television productions. I have tried most of the top skincare products on the market, but I was never satisfied with the results. I had doubt and misbelief, and even questioned the relevance of skin care products – was it really worth spending hard earned dollars on it when nothing really worked? I went on a personal mission to find the very best ingredients available today. In my younger years I attended medical school in Sweden, studying chemistry and biology, I decided to use my acquired knowledge to research the skincare industries best and latest technology and create a skin care cream that really works and with fast results that shows a visible difference in a week. I had numerous meetings with top scientists and chemists to enquire knowledge and advise about what’s the best, newest and most effective ingredients. Just the way I want it to be. Six years later, Stråla One was born.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a Swedish native and a Hollywood Film actress, TV Star of the award-winning series “Swedish Hollywood Wives”. While fighting the “age battle” in Hollywood, I decided to take matters into my own hands to find an alternative to tedious skincare routines and invasive, even harmful procedures. I left the successful TV show to focus on my skincare company, Stråla, and the development of our star product Stråla One.
Whether I was modeling or in front of the camera for films and TV, my skincare routine was always extremely important to ensure I was looking my very best but was also always burdensome. I wanted something very effective that didn’t require a a45-minute skincare routine.
Now, after six years of extensive research and development with the best scientists and chemists around the world, the result of my quest is Stråla One, a breakthrough anti- aging skincare product that only require a 90 second skincare routine and reflects my determination but also represents my Swedish roots with its rare botanicals sourced from northern Sweden.
As a medical student in Sweden, I learned the efficacy and significance of combining natural ingredients and scientific compounds to create something much more significant than either on its own – a philosophy that I believe in and still hold close to my heart in many facets of life. Less is more, performance is key, and we tend to prefer products that are easy to use and have multiple benefits. In other words, you won’t likely find 10-step skincare routines lurking on the Swedish women’s bathroom vanities. For Swedish women, it’s all about functionality and results. Known for gorgeous landscapes and rich natural resources, another Swedish beauty secret is making the most of the geography around them—a culture-wide value and something that’s easy to see if you were to examine the ingredients and inspiration behind Stråla One. When we were developing, our goal was to formulate our products from a selection of the purest ingredients sourced directly from the Northern Swedish environment.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles has so much to offer! After living here for many years, I still feel excited about the town and I never run out of fun places to visit and finding new exciting adventures. Melrose Avenue not only offers a large selection of shops but also fabulous restaurants. It’s in Hollywood and I would definitely make a visit also to Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios and the City Walk offers a great deal of entertainment. Beverly Hills has its own charm with Luxurious shopping on Rodeo Drive and fine dining. A must is to stop in to the famous Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. for lunch or just a chocolate soufflé.’ Beautiful hiking trails are offered in Franklin Canyon, Runyon Canyon and of course the Santa Monica Mountains. All easy access and in close radius. Malibu and Santa Monica is by the Pacific Ocean with its great beaches for sunbathing or just a long walk on the beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My two sons, Cristofer and Alexander Winter are always my best supporters and the best motivators to pursue my dreams, fight for success and reach my goals.