our story

About Us

The A-HA moment

Small Start-Up with a Big Mission

Hi, thanks for being here. I'm Soo-Young and I've worked in the beauty industry for about 20 years. I first got into skincare in elementary school. I then trained in medical research and moved into beauty products development. Being an industry insider and a scientist, I have first-hand knowledge of why oftentimes the products don't work as well as intended or advertised.

Here's a little known secret - all skincare products on the market are old and stale by the time you use them, and therefore ineffective. I started LightWater to create skincare that's as fresh as possible so it brings true benefits to its users.

My idea came to life when I was looking through my cosmetics bag and was struck by how old some of the products were – three years, some even up to five years old!  As a scientist and beauty product developer, I knew the product actives had broken down and become useless long ago. Plus, in order to last that long, the products are pumped with preservatives and other ingredients that add stress to, instead of help, the skin. 

So, I teamed up with Drs. Rox Anderson and Fernanda Sakamoto, world-class skin experts, to reinvent beauty industry practices so we can deliver truly fresh, nutrient-dense skincare, inspired by the food industry. Our model is unique and makes LightWater both super clean and highly efficacious.

It’s beyond skin care. It’s skin nutrition.

our mission

Skincare as fresh and nutritious as whole food

Good-bye double-dip jars, hello fresh daily doses. Our 100% fresh active ingredients deliver optimum efficacy, and our clean, microbiome-friendly formulations are ideal for all skin. The end result? Skin is balanced, nourished, and healthy.

Our formulas are designed to feed skin with 100% fresh and pure active ingredients.

Soo-Young Kang, PhD | CEO + Founder

fresh inspiration

Light + Water

Fundamental for all living things, light and water support the evolution and natural cycle of life. We respect and aim to support skin's natural processes.

Meet the Founders

Dr. Soo-Young Kang Headshot

Soo-Young Kang, PhD

CEO, bioscientist, and beauty care product expert.

• Skin and hair care products researcher, developer, and expert
• Former pre-clinical cancer research fellow (Harvard Medical School / Boston Children's Hospital)
• 11 medical publications and 8 biotechnology patents
• Korean beauty expertise by birth and choice

Soo-Young loves the beauty of science and the science of beauty, and how they can improve people's quality of life.

R. Rox Anderson, MD

The father of the aesthetics industry & foremost expert in dermatology.

• Prof. of Dermatology (Harvard Medical School)
• Adjunct Prof. of Health Sciences and Technology (MIT)
• 40+ years of research
• 80+ patents
• National Inventors Hall of Fame

Invented laser dermatology, laser hair removal, Cool SculptingTM, Second Skin technology, and more.

Fernanda H. Sakamoto, MD, PhD

Renowned innovator, researcher, and acne expert.

• Assist. Prof. of Dermatology (Harvard Medical School)
• Fellow & Instructor at Wellman Center for Photomedicine (Mass General Hospital)
• 50+ medical articles
• Serves on editorial board of Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Invented laser acne treatments, methods for tissue grafting, skin resurfacing, and tattoo removal, and more.

100% of our packaging is recycled, recyclable, reused, or compostable.

LightWater Skin Nutrition is fresh, clean, and pure
LightWater Skin Nutrition is Microbiome Friendly
LightWater Skin Nutrition is Formulated for All skin types, genders, ages, colors
LightWater Skin Nutrition is vegan and cruelty free
LightWater Skin Nutrition is Responsible and Sustainable
LightWater Skin Nutrition makes a social impact by Nourishing Communities