How a laid-off Toronto flight attendant created a travel-inspired skincare brand

Umama Ahmed by no means anticipated to go from flying to going viral on TikTok for a skincare brand shared along with her sister, however right here she is.

Umama, 28, and Urusa, 26, began creating skincare instruments impressed by their travels when Umama was grounded by Air Canada again in March 2020.

“I wasn’t anticipating for my dream to finish so shortly,” Umama says. Her final journey was to Dubai, and it marked solely her first anniversary of turning into a flight attendant.

“I assume issues occur for a good motive although,” she says.

Umama and Urusa Ahmed on their final journey collectively in South Korea. 

Included within the sisters’ line, Glow Away Skin, is a physique and face exfoliating mitt extensively used within the Middle East and a set of gua sha and rose quartz rollers in style in Asian international locations for hundreds of years. 

The sisters found each whereas travelling, which Umama typically would carry her sister alongside for. 

It was on their TikTok, which simply began as a spot for them to submit DIY face masks, that they first marketed the silk exfoliating mitt, which she’d first tried on a layover in Morocco.

The video blew up, getting almost two million views and gaining them a following.

Since then, they’ve bought out 4 occasions over on orders of about 500 to 1,000 of the mitts that they import from Turkey.

“We weren’t anticipating to obtain the great amount of response that we did,” Umama says. “Ever since we have been bought out we have been getting a lot of orders. It’s been thrilling and aggravating on the similar time.”

Eventually the pair plans to start out creating their very own skincare with substances like turmeric and oils from Bangladesh, the place their household is from, to promote together with the already profitable merchandise. 

But for now, they’re simply making an attempt to maintain up with orders, working late nights delivery their merchandise throughout Canada. 

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