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A North Connel mum has invented a new body balm to sooth sporty types back to full fitness as lockdown eases.
Entrepreneur Moira Newiss has launched her own eco-friendly skincare brand and called it SKIRR, an old Scottish word meaning glide. Appropriately enough, her first product is an anti-chafing balm.
Moira’s sport body balm, that started out in the spare bedroom she has turned into a mini-lab, is for runners, cyclists, outdoor swimmers and surfers to stop annoying rubbing.
It is both good for their skin and good for the planet, she says because it is made from natural and organic ingredients and has minimal packaging made from recycled cardboard produced in the UK.
Moira completed her cosmetic formulation training through an accredited online Organic Cosmetic Formulation School and is just finishing a three-year diploma in Nutritional Therapy. Her final exam is next week.
Daily exercise whether it has been people pounding the roads or getting on bikes has helped lots of people keep tabs on their mental health during tight COVID-19 restrictions and Moira believes many will keep up new-found fitness habits putting her skin care bigger demand.
To get online orders out to customers, Moira uses her bike to cut down her carbon footprint and get them to the post office, on a route down the side of Loch Etive then across Connel Bridge.
The balm was tested out by volunteers who took part in January’s gruelling Tyndrum24 Ultra where individual winners clocked more than 100 miles in just 24 hours.
‘It was a true test of grit and determination in the Scottish Highlands with six hours of darkness and in mid-winter. Feedback on how the balm topped blisters and chafing was amazing,’ said Moira.
A film of the Tyndrum24 Ultra can be watched at youtu.be/9hrQfIKqOok.
Lucky for Moira, the Scottish-based social enterprise that makes the balm for SKIRR made plenty of it before lockdown as it is now busy making hand sanitiser for the government.
The brand had identified partnerships to sell at 2020 eco-friendly sporting
events such as the Lochness360 but due to coronavirus, it and other events have been cancelled so SKIRR’s marketing focus has moved online.
Support from local athletes who are customers and are sharing it on social media feeds means a lot to Moira who is also using Instagram to share her own sporting adventures as well as win new clients.
New products in the pipeline are an anti-friction cream and an anti-fungal foot balm.
Interested in finding out more go to skirrskin.co.uk or SKIRR’s
Instagram/Facebook handle @skirr_skin