Patti Pao is the CEO and founder of Restorsea and the new Restorsea PRO line.
Patti Pao is the CEO and founder of Restorsea and the new Restorsea PRO line. A Harvard Business School graduate, Patti began her career in beauty at Avon where she helped discover and launch the revolutionary glycolic product Anew.
Twenty-five years later while on a business trip to Norway, she visited a local salmon hatchery and noticed how incredibly youthful the hands of the workers looked. Her keen observation led her to develop a beauty line based on salmon enzymes, or Aquabeautine XL, the key ingredient in all of Restorsea’s products.
Aquabeautine XL is a salmon egg enzyme that gets released into the water when baby salmon hatch. This enzyme has a natural way of keeping the skin youthful, similar to glycolic but without the same chemical harshness. No fish or eggs are harmed during the extraction process. Patti holds the patent on this process and the exclusive global rights to formulate beauty products containing Aquabeautine XL.
The Journal of Drugs and Dermatology, show that our enzyme is both better than glycolic acid in terms of reducing the appearance of brown spots and gentler on the skin.
BWB: What makes the Salmon enzyme so special and different?
The enzyme is unique because it provides gentle exfoliation. It only digests dead skin cells and leaves the living cells untouched. Peer reviewed studies, one of which is scheduled to be published in November 2015 in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology, show that our enzyme is both better than glycolic acid in terms of reducing the appearance of brown spots and gentler on the skin (meaning no redness, swelling, irritation).
BWB: What is the one “face changer” product from your line? The one must have?
PRO Firming Eye Serum.
BWB: What drew you in to the beauty business?
When I graduated from Harvard Business School, all I wanted to do was work in beauty and fashion. I took a position with Avon Products in skincare. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. There, I worked for the greatest boss I have had in my career, and Avon’s R&D group was very supportive and innovative. They introduced me to their skincare consultants who happened to be some of the world’s leading dermatologists and scientists of the past 100 years. This journey led me to Dr. Eugene Van Scott and Dr. Ruey Yu who spent 25 years of their life developing glycolic acid for anti-aging purposes. Avon Products was the first to launch and commercialize glycolic acid, which resulted in a billion dollar franchise called Avon Anew.
Their hands looked like the hands of a 20 year old, while their faces looked 20 years older than their actual age.
BWB: I read that you visited a fish hatchery in Norway and saw the hands of the people working there, which led you to create the Restores line. What was so different about their hands?
I founded and worked fo a consulting firm called the PAO Principle from 2005-2012. From 2008-2010 I went to Oslo, Norway 48 times and never saw the outside of Oslo. One of my clients thought I should see Western Norway and took me on a 3 Day Hike.On Day 2 of our journey we passed a salmon hatchery. The workers’ hands were in the water, herding the salmon fry into a tank where they could grow into little fish, picking out the eggshells and dead eggs. Their hands looked like the hands of a 20 year old, while their faces looked 20 years older than their actual age. This intrigued me and my questions led me back to a Professor at the University of Bergen, who pioneered the synchronized hatching. He noticed the youthful looking hands and spent 30 years figuring out what in the water caused this and then how to extract the enzyme from the post-hatching waters while keeping it active.
BWB: What is the ethos behind Restorsea?
- Every woman (and man) deserves to have great skin.
- Tell the truth, always.
- Under-promise and over-deliver.
- When you educate a girl, everything changes. This is why we give 5% of our sales to
- Room to Read.
- Clinically test all products to make sure they work.
- Formulate all of products with naturally derived, pure ingredients.
- Ensure all products are free of harmful ingredients.
I found the greatest ingredient I have ever seen in the 30 years I have been in the beauty business.
BWB: What was it like to start your own beauty empire after a very successful career in consulting and working for Avon?
I had no desire to ever start my own beauty company. It simply happened because I found the greatest ingredient I have ever seen in the 30 years I have been in the beauty business. I found and helped commercialize glycolic acid in the late 80’s because I wanted to find an over-the-counter less harsh version of Retin A. I was so excited to find Aquabeautine XL(R) because it was better than glycolic acid AND was gentler.
BWB: What is your personal wellness routine?
I eat at least one meal a day from my blender. I find that drinking my smoothie recipe once a day gives me pretty much what I need. I also do cardio dance as often as I can with AKT, and because I am on the road so much, I always travel with my trainer (I’m hooked).
My go-to smoothie recipe is as follows: 1 cup almond milk, 1 T chia seeds, 3 cups of leafy greens, six frozen green grapes and 1 cup of assorted fresh fruit (I like cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew). Blend and drink immediately.
BWB: What else do you do to protect the health of your skin?
I use Erno Laszlo black soap, I sleep, and I make sure to take off my make up every single night. I like Restorsea’s Reviving Cleanser (it’s sulfate free) .
I use sun block and I’ve found that eating a plant based diet has done wonders for my skin and over all sense of well being.
Fernanda Niven is a native New Yorker with a passion for health, wellness, education, and food. Her background is at the intersection of fashion, business, and wellness. She has held executive roles at Vera Wang, Parasol – a sun protective clothing brand and was an early investor and lead strategist for Organic Avenue – a raw vegan juice company. Fernanda is on the board of Edible Schoolyard NYC and Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, NY. She has a BA in Fine Arts from NYU.