Lorena Öberg is a Mum of two and world-renowned Skin Repair Expert, CEO and Founder of Lorena Öberg Skincare. Today she shares with us what she loves about London and what motherhood means to her.
1. What do you love most about being a Mother?
Sadly I come from a place of abuse. I love reversing all the wrongs and making them right in my children. I’m responsible for two wonderful little lives that are becoming sensible altruistic adults. They just blow my mind. To think that these two perfect humans came out of me and were raised by me is almost incomprehensible.
2. What was your inspiration behind your brand/business?
My inspiration was the need to put food on the table for my children. I clearly remember looking at them, then 7 and 5 sitting at the kitchen table whilst I was on benefits following my divorce and thinking, “I can’t let these two perfect angels down”. Failure was not an option.
3. What is your biggest achievement in life?
My daughter asked me for money last week to go buy food for local refugees. Not to buy clothes or a bag but for others. I even got a letter from her teacher commending her efforts with those less fortunate. My biggest achievement is that my children know how lucky we are. They have seen Mummy cry when I thought we would be made homeless and have seen me become a successful businesswoman. They know that there is a big world out there with wars and famine and that they have a responsibility to others by the very nature of their fortune.
I am also proud of changing careers at 40 and becoming successful in that industry.
4. What is your top beauty tips for busy modern Kensington Mums?
Pineapple for hyper pigmentation and age spots. Rub fresh pineapple (not from a can) twice a day on dark spots and sun damage and watch it disappear.
5. What is your favourite hang out in London with your children?
My kids love food…good food…no fast food for those two! They can crack a lobster like a Ninja. So we love a day at the museums and a nice meal afterwards. London has so much to offer. When we were going through hardship, I became an expert at taking advantage of all of the free things to do in London!
6. How do you define quality ‘me-time’?
What’s that? I think most Mums struggle with this. Any time off I get goes straight to the children and my husband. Me time? Does the time I spend of a long haul flight count as me time? I absolutely cannot remember the last time I had time for myself. Children grow up fast, it’s only four more years until my daughter is off to University and her brother will follow two years after that. I will have plenty of me time then. For now, every minute with my family is priceless.
7. What does motherhood represent to you?
Motherhood to me is a chance to make things right in my life and in the world. Adult children of abuse either fall into the same cycle or are hell bent on breaking it. I’m the latter. We have little control of the family we’re born into but through our children we have a chance to put all the wrongs right. We have a chance to know what lives we would have lead had we been free of abuse. There is truly no greater achievement than well adjusted happy children that will hopefully one day be the leaders that we so desperately need.
8. What do you love most about London?
Everything. My love affair with London began after my divorce when I was flat broke with two kids in tow. I was struggling on benefits but for the first time I had a chance to explore the city without repercussions. I began to take the kids to the many free museums and exploring the parks. I’m now the perfect tour guide because I know all the sites! Yet, it’s as a professional that my love of London comes into it’s own. Coming so late into the world of aesthetics was a bold move. Claiming that I had a treatment for stretch marks that gives consistent results was evenbolder. Pioneering lasers to remove permanent wakeup was borderline arrogant. When I moved to Harley Street, four years ago, I knew that I was surrounded by the world’s best minds. I kept my head down, concentrating on doing good work and earned my place in London’s Harley Street. Today I count some of the best aesthetics doctors as my friends and colleagues. When you’re at the top of your industry in London, you’re at the top of the industry worldwide. I honestly think that living and working in London is the reason I have been so successful.
9. What are you looking forwards in accomplishing in 2016?
2016 is my year of expansion. Until now I have been laying foundations. 2016 is the year I build on those foundations. This is the year that we expand into America and our franchises are born. Who knows, perhaps a skin care range might be in the works!
10. Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
My honest advice is not to worry so much. When we’re pregnant we read all the stories of cot death, allergies, meningitis, leukemia and the list goes on and on. I remember thinking that if God ever had a chance to make me pay for my sins this was it. My advice is don’t worry about what anyone else thinks, this is your baby, your child and your creation, your happiness is not dictated by other people’s values. Most of all, know that you can have it all. You can have your family, a career and a wonderful relationship provided that your partner pulls his or her weight. Most of all enjoy every sleepless night and dirty nappy because they are soon packing for University. The bond of today will last you forever.