TALK | Meet Savannah, our editorial and special projects intern + world traveler, and green beauty lover.
Team SFT has a new member and we couldn't be more excited for our community to get to know her. Recently at our CAP beauty 1 on 1's we met Savannah Knowles; one of the attendees that day whom came with her bestie and shared so much enthusiasm for nutrition and skin care! She had recently landed back in LA after traveling abroad for 4 months, something that touched my heart because I too have a deep passion for travel and have spent several months solo traveling. You just learn so much about yourself and other cultures when traveling and it can really encourage a mindful way of living when back home. Anyways, Savannah got in touch with the SFT team after meeting me at CAP beauty and shared that she was eagerly looking to pursue a new career and branch out from her normal day to day to do something more in alignment with her passion's and values. I was so excited to hear this and after talking to Savannah more we decided it was the perfect opportunity to work together.
Savannah is such a dynamic and passionate soul I am excited to share with you a bit about her personal journey. We recently sat down and did a little q + a to share with you all!
(Tara) Let's give our community a little background:
(Savannah) I grew up in San Clemente, CA and have been living in LA working in unscripted television since I graduated college in 2013. After traveling for a bit last year I have been looking to make a jump into an industry that I’m more passionate about, which is what brought me to Skin Food Talk!
(Tara) What inspires you?
(Savannah) I am really inspired by what’s happening with female entrepreneurs right now, and really anyone who is stepping past fear and pursuing what excites them most. The things I get most excited about involve almost anything outside, road trips, swimming in the ocean, flowers, farmer’s markets, hot yoga, and live music. I feel so lucky to live in California because there is such easy access to the beach, mountains, and desert and I definitely take advantage of that.
(Tara) When we had met you were just settling back to LA life after traveling for 4 months! Can you tell us where you went and what you saw?
(Savannah) Traveling is one of my biggest inspirations and motivations. I recently got back from my longest trip abroad with one of my best friends. It was something I couldn’t get out of my head and knew I had to do in order to feel more settled and at peace. I was away for almost four months and traveled to Bali, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka, London, Ireland, and Berlin. Of course, all my updates to friends and family at home were what I was eating.
Bali has a huge Australian influence so tons of smoothie bowls, fresh juices, and raw desserts. I definitely had the glowiest skin in Bali. Two of my top days traveling was the day we got surf lessons in Canggu and our sunrise hike to the top of Mount Batur. They were both so challenging but so rewarding!
Sri Lanka had some of the most amazing food I have ever had and the friendliest people I have ever met. My diet consisted of curries, fresh fish that was usually caught earlier that day and exotic jungle vegetables. It was a valuable reminder there to slow down and enjoy the dining experience because the restaurants typically wait to see what guests order before gathering ingredients and preparing the meals. The fresh flavors of the dishes definitely inspired me to try using different spices at home.
(Tara) What was your biggest takeaway or eye-opening moment?
(Savannah) We volunteered in Laos with a nonprofit called Give Children a Choice. They open schools across Laos and we delivered books, bookshelves, and soap to the schools. We had the opportunity to travel to very remote villages that we would never have gone to otherwise. One of my favorite experiences was distributing beanies to hundreds of children who live in cold mountain areas and don’t have much to keep them warm. I will never forget the way their eyes lit up to be given something and their little giggles when we put them on their heads.
(Tara) You and I did a mini 1 on 1 at CAP beauty where you got your first intro to Skin Food Talk's four skin categories. What skin category do you resonate with today?
(Savannah) Hormonal for sure! Growing up I tried antibiotics, birth control, Proactive, and other harsh products that dried out my face so badly that it would burn when I put the prescribed sunscreen on. It wasn’t until after college that I began to educate myself on how much power what you put in your body has on your skin. I began to put some love into my skin instead of all these harsh products. The biggest game changer for my skin was when I began oil cleansing a couple years ago. All I wanted growing up was the dewy complexion everyone on Grey’s Anatomy has, and coconut oil gave me that!
(Tara) What are some of your health goals?
(Savannah) To slow down. I tend to wake up, grab my phone, scroll Instagram and check emails right away. I want to start taking time in the morning to focus on myself, my goals and get aligned for my day. I meditate every couple days, but I would like to create a habit of meditating daily and doing something active daily.
(Tara) And one of our favorite questions to ask others is what are your favorite products?
(Savannah) I keep things very simple. I think simplicity is key for both the foods we eat and the products we put on our bodies. Coconut oil is my must-have product. I put it all over my body and have been oil cleansing with it for years. Last year, I did take a break from it to try True Botanicals cleanser and I loved that too. If you’re not a fan of oil cleansing, I recommend True Botanicals. I use RMS concealer and lip2cheek in color Illusive. If I want more coverage I’ll use 100% pure foundation, eyeliner & mascara. And I make my own toothpaste and I never want to go back to using store bought. It’s super simple and made with bentonite clay. That’s about it!
(Tara) Do you have any daily routines or rituals?
(Savannah)The main things I do daily are write in my Five-minute Journal (https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-five-minute-journal), drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning and at least a gallon of water, dry brush and make sure I eat enough healthy fats. My go-to for healthy fats are avocado and coconut butter.
(Tara) Do you have a favorite mantra or quote?
(Savannah) Ooh! One of my fave quotes is "people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
And for a mantra "I am here now" and "You become what you believe"
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