A skincare line launched by two Sydney sisters has surpassed $1million in sales just 15 months after the business started as an experiment on a kitchen table.
Next Level Skin was created by Nel Mokhtar and Palvasha Naziry after Nel gave birth to her second son and developed severe dermatitis.
Unable to use medicated creams and tablets while breastfeeding, she began researching science-backed natural remedies and made her own solutions at home.
The business that arose from those experiments hit the million-dollar milestone this week and now makes $100,000 a month – without spending anything on advertising.
The skin-saving products – including an Ultra Healing Balm, Supercharged Facial Oil and Deep Cleanse Clay Mask – which range in price from $55 to $65 have been hailed as miracle cures as their popularity spreads through word of mouth.
Sydney sisters, Nel Mokhtar and Palvasha Naziry, (pictured) hit $1million in sales this week after starting their own skincare remedy as a natural alternative to harsh creams
The skin-saving products have been praised as miracle solutions and have astonishing results on a range of issues, from eczema and acne to normal signs of ageing
Nel confessed to FEMAIL that she didn’t pay much attention to skincare before developing serious problems of her own.
But she said she was disappointed to find that even skincare options labelled as being ‘natural’ came with warning for breastfeeding mothers.
When her sons developed eczema as she suffered dermatitis, Nel said she was driven to find a solution by creating her own products.
‘I would make them on the kitchen table, I ordered things online and mixed it all together. It was quite quick once I got the ingredients, I could make a product in a few hours,’ she said.
The affordable skincare line ranges from $55 to $65 and features an Ultra Healing Balm (left), Supercharged Facial Oil (right) and Deep Cleanse Clay Mask. The range uses natural ingredients with scientifically proven effects, such as calendula oil, cucumber seed oil and Moroccan lava clay
The Deep Cleanse Clay Mask (pictured) is filled with charcoal and Moroccan lava clay and helps exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, sebum, excess oil, impurities and blackheads
‘I blended together nine of the most powerful natural and organic oils I found in the literature and used them on my own skin. It was an experiment for sure, but I started seeing drastic improvements in my skin straight away.’
Nel said her homemade balms produced results ‘within a few days’.
‘It was like I had never had any skin issues ever. My skin looked better than it did even before giving birth,’ she said.
She then offered to help her sister Palvasha, who had spent ‘thousands of dollars’ over two years trying to cure her adult acne.
‘My sister used it and the acne was completely gone within four to six weeks. She said she felt the effects straight away,’ Nel said.
Palvasha convinced Nel to put the products on the market, even loaning her $5000 to start Next Level Skin.
‘She said, “you need to share this with people”,’ Nel recalled.
Nel said when she used the balms on her and her sons, the dermatitis and eczema faded ‘within a few days’ (pictured)
Nel originally created the Ultra Balm to help fight her and her two sons’ dermatitis and eczema, but when nothing worked to heal her sister Palvasha’s adult acne she formulated the best selling clay mask. The acne Palvasha suffered with for years disappeared in a few weeks (pictured)
The sisters ensure their skincare products are 100 per cent free of toxins, artificial fragrances and preservatives.
They use natural ingredients with scientifically proven effects, such as calendula oil, cucumber seed oil and Moroccan lava clay.
Nel said she has received feedback from thousands of people who had experienced the same skin problems that she and her family had faced.
The brand’s popularity has grown through customers showing off their transformations online, as Next Level Skin had never run a paid advertisement.
Nel’s top skincare tips:
* Focus on hydration – drinking a lot of water solves health problems before they get to the surface.
* Protect skin from the sun – wear a high SPF and keep your face in the shade.
* Cut out the chemicals – use as many natural products as possible and remove any excess products, keeping your skincare regime as small as possible.
Nel said their customers were ‘everyday people’ from 30 different countries.
‘We have received hundreds of messages and transformation photos from customers who swear by our products,’ she said.
‘Their results, and hearing their feedback on how great their skin looks now and how much more confident they are with their skin means the world to us. It’s important for people to know that they need to invest in good skincare and not just in covering it up.’
The popular Ultra Healing Balm is so gentle it can be used on babies and aims to stimulate skin tissue, aid collagen production, and repair damaged skin.
The Supercharged Facial Oil is is designed to transform acne-prone skin, dry and dehydrated skin, eczema, dermatitis, pigmentation, redness, wrinkles and fine lines, and oily skin.
Nel Mokhtar (pictured) started making the products 15 months ago after she gave birth to her second son and developed severe dermatitis
The Deep Cleanse Clay Mask is filled with charcoal and Moroccan lava clay and helps exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, sebum, excess oil, impurities and blackheads.
Customers have left glowing reviews for the products.
‘Love both the serum and the balm. My face, neck and hands never looked so good! It keeps my skin feeling soft and hydrated all day! Highly recommend,’ one woman wrote online.
‘I don’t have words for this product. I just saying WOW,’ another wrote about the facial oil.
Nel said she was ‘constantly humbled’ by the meteoric rise of the business.
‘The day I first launched the business, my husband said, “don’t be upset if nothing sells, these things take time”. But by the time he was home from work we had already sold out,’ she said with a laugh.