our story

About Us

The A-HA moment

Reinventing an Industry

LightWater began with a simple realization – when looking through her cosmetics bag, beauty product developer and expert Soo-Young Kang, PhD was struck by how old some of her products were – three years, some even up to five years old!  As a scientist, she knew the product actives had broken down and become useless after continual exposure to light, air, and touch. Not only that, but in order to last that long, those products were pumped with preservatives and other ingredients that add stress to the skin. 

So, Soo-Young teamed up with Drs. Rox Anderson and Fernanda Sakamoto, world-class skin experts, to reinvent beauty industry practices by creating small batches of fresh, nutrient-dense skincare products, enabling LightWater to be both super clean and highly effective.

Fresh vegetables on marble counter - LightWater Skin Nutrition is as fresh and nutritious as whole food - mission

our mission

Skin care 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.

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

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

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