Dermalogica is one of the most loved skincare brands in South Africa, and the world. One can only imagine what it takes to run the brand here in South Africa, but now we know. It takes a strong, driven and hard working woman! That talented lady is Cherie Keating. Cherie has been with the company for over 20 years (I know, look at that gorgeous Dermalogica skin!) and has steadily worked her way up to CEO over those years. In a world where people job hop, it is so inspiring and refreshing to see someone work their way up from the bottom over time. We need strong female role models, and Cherie is one of them!
Lets get to know Cherie Keating:
What does health mean to you?
Health is a holistic thing for me – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Feeling and looking our best, inside and out.
What is your chosen form of exercise?
I need to get better at this, but my CHOICE would be dance …. hands down.
What does your way of healthy eating look like?
I love veg and salads, I keep carbs on the low side, love fish and believe in smaller more regular meals. Snacks made up of tuna rice cakes, nuts and biltong. I like to juice too to get a nutrient boost in.
What is your passion project?
Dermalogica has been my passion project for the last 20 years. Changing the way the world sees skin care. I love to decorate though and all things to do with people, development and mind, body and soul topics. I am itching for another renovation or décor project.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Early dry bar appointment, lots of engaging and meetings, admin/desk work in between and I love my chill time at home with a nice glass of wine and candles in the bath. I need to balance my solitude and people engagement time to restore myself.
What would you like people to know about you?
I believe in being authentic and real, I care deeply about what I do and who I do it with and I am a very nurturing and passionate person.
What would you like people to know about your work/business?
I think the work you do is an extension of who you are really, so the above points apply.
I think I would like people to know that a vision and a passion for that vision is my constant and consistent driver as a CEO, not the bottom line -that is the by-product of doing the right things for the right reasons.
Favourite workout song?
Too many to choose a favourite and it depends on what I need that day: strength, calm, movement etc, but what I can say is music is key to me and great music will always mean a great workout.
Favourite exercise and why?
Dance because you can move, express yourself, free your mind and your spirit and physically enjoy a workout that is about so much more than just the body. Dancing helps me reconnect with me and disconnect from outside stressors.
Again many but a favourite:
“BE who you really are, Do what you really love and you will HAVE what you really want.”
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